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3070 Windward Plaza, Ste. P (Windward Pkwy.) Send to Phone
Executive chef Tony Itzie may hail from New Jersey, but he grew up eating grits thanks to his Southern-born grandmother and mother. So he knows what the right stuff tastes like. And he produces it.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Real Food Restaurant Review

: Formerly a Horseradish Grill, Real Food defines itself as an eatery, a somewhat pretentious term that tries to signal a lack of pretension. But if the South knows anything, it knows what real food is. It's a real squash casserole, made with care. Quite tasty dry-rubbed ribs. Even though they're oven-cooked, they're slow-cooked and quite flavorful. The real meal deal is the Blue Plate special with a meat and two sides. The grits are the real thing---stone ground. Excellent biscuits with a classic crisp top show an understanding of the real thing. Light meals can be made from the starters, such as the chicken-Jack cheese quesadillas, which come with a lovely side salad. The fried calamari sport a slightly spicy marinara sauce, perfect with a glass of the Cline Syrah. Our only beef, so to speak, was the green beans, which were way too undercooked for a Southern restaurant. No self-respecting Southerner wants his beans to snap as he eats them. But the very good mashed potatoes helped to offset this imposition of contemporary culinary values. The wine has nice, reasonably priced choices that go with this food. The Château Potelle rosé, for instance, is a great choice with a lot of these dishes. Family-focused and fairly priced, this reconfigured operation is bringing them up from Dunwoody for the quality and the value.


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