The Brasserie & Neighborhood Cafe at Parish
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The Brasserie & Neighborhood Cafe at Parish Restaurant Review: Parish calls its street-level restaurant The Brasserie; the upstairs takes advantage of texture-rich walls that sport an unfinished surface and old brick to create a warm, casual atmosphere. Table service and plated fare are offered. The casual downstairs operation is called The Neighborhood Café, which has seating on a patio, at picnic tables and indoors; it deals in sandwiches, pastries, coffee and to-go items. At the former, starter dishes (called "First") could make a fine light meal. Salads are properly dressed and steak is grilled just to the desired doneness. Fruits center many of the best desserts; other sweets also tempt, and no Southern list would be complete without bread pudding. Brunch brings lots of Benedicts, but the now-ubiquitous shrimp and grits beckons as well. Cornmeal pancakes constitute a classic Southern variation on the theme. The wine list is short but intriguing, with some daring options, such as the Paringa sparkling Shiraz. Although there are a few local brews, not a drop of Georgia-produced wine is noted. Extensive bourbon and Scotch collections are well selected.