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Fortify Kitchen & Bar

69 N. Main St. (Savannah St.) Send to Phone
An oasis of casual fine dining in Clayton that offers the products of North Georgia's vineyards.

Lunch Wed.-Sat., Dinner Tues.-Sat. (Lunch & Dinner Sun. May-Oct.)

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Fortify Kitchen & Bar Restaurant Review

: Jamie Allred has made a name for himself as the chef to seek out in northeast Georgia for fine dining. Fortify Kitchen & Bar doesn't require fancy togs, though, just a taste for creative cooking. His fare relies on local produce and proteins: Springer Mountain chicken; Sylvan Falls Mill cornmeal; grits from Chattooga Belle Farm (just across the Georgia/South Carolina line); Blalock beef from nearby Rabun Gap. Every Wednesday the restaurant features produce from an area farmer. There are house-made pickles and also breads accompanied by some kind of embellished fat, such as a whipped pork fat blended with a bit of local honey or duck fat with herbs. We like the fried oysters, served with a celery root slaw. While our first meal was marred by an excess of salt in the shrimp and grits, we fared better on a second visit with a fine pork chop and buttermilk mashed potatoes. The local emphasis extends to the wine list with labels from Tiger Mountain Vineyards (Rabun Red, a blend) and Stonewall Creek Vineyards (Cabernet Franc) offered by the glass and by the bottle; it’s otherwise wide-ranging, if short. Four Georgia craft beers are included among the quaffs.


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