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Dining Team Member: The Southerner

Review by Jenny Turknett

Review by Jenny Turknett

Well, you’ve seen the caricature (cookie in hand noted). Want the story to go with the “face?” Here it is… If you’ve stopped by my blog, Going Low Carb, you know I’m a Southerner. I’m fourth generation Atlantan, in fact. So, I do have a certain fondness for Southern cuisine. Think cornflake fried chicken, cabbage cooked with ham hocks, and blackberry cobbler.

It seems that all my favorite pastimes have something to do with food – eating, cooking, talking about food, reading cookbooks… you get the picture. Thankfully it’s no longer taboo to admit that fact. Now I can let my super-foodie flag fly!

I inherited my grandmother’s love of food and feeding people, which inspired my work in catering, event planning, and professional baking. Venturing into food writing, beginning with my blog, has provided me with a way to contribute to the food community while enjoying my two small children at home.

The elephant in the room is whether or not I will only be looking at restaurants through a low-carb lens. Not at all! True, I have a low-carb blog and develop low-carb recipes. And I do try to eat low-carb as a matter of routine to help maintain the status quo. But rest assured, when on a night out with friends or my husband, or when checking out a new place, I order whatever strikes my fancy – carbs or not!

Now might also be the time to confess my weakness for pastries. Low-carb? Not so much.

Thanks for welcoming me to the dining team. I’d love to hear your recommendations for places on my “beat” to check out – neighborhood dining and Southern specialties. Bon Appétit!

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October 19th, 2010
10:34 am

Welcome Jenny! Can’t wait to read your reviews.

Daniel A.

October 19th, 2010
10:40 am

I am so excited for a fresh outlook on some of Atlanta’s southern cuisine. I enjoy John’s contributions tremendiously, but, it is always fun to spice things about a bit. Ok,so I could make a list of farm to table restaurants in Atlanta that are delish but I will give you just one. It is called The Feed Store. It is located in College Park. Yes, I know the area doesn’t have the best reputation, but it is definitely worth the drive (just please use GPS and DON’T get lost). The food is all derived from GA too. What a plus!!!

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October 19th, 2010
11:09 am

Welcome aboard Jenny. Would love to see a revue of The Colonnade, been a while since I’ve been there for some good down-home country cookin’!


October 19th, 2010
3:18 pm

welcome jenny! i look forward to reading you.

Jenny Turknett

October 19th, 2010
3:24 pm

Thanks for the welcome wishes!

LizDawg – I will keep the Colonnade in mind. I appreciate the suggestion!


October 19th, 2010
3:41 pm

2nd The Colonnade. I eat there frequently as a matter of a Sunday Supper With Friends kinda thing but I’d like to see someone else’s opinion. It’s hit or miss most often IMO (but I actually go because of the supper-with-friends tradition moreso than the food) but, I’ve never had a bad fried chicken liver there. :)

Speaking of the Cheshire Bridge corridor, I wouldn’t mind seeing another opinion on Nino’s. Actually, a full on comparison review of Nino’s vs. Alfredo’s would be kinda fun.


October 19th, 2010
3:42 pm

Oh – and again on that same stretch – Red Snapper. And Hong Kong Harbor – ok I’m done.


October 19th, 2010
5:11 pm

Please write on butter beans and lima beans and the difference in the two, if you think there is a difference. I grew up in middle Georgia and there a butter bean is at least half the size of a lima bean and is much greener than the whitish lima bean. BTW, you should review Maritza & Frank’s in Hapeville, Lunch on Main in College Park, and BBQ Kitchen on Virginia Ave. These southside outposts of good southern food never get any mention in the mostly “north of I-20″ snobbery that pervades Atlanta journalism.

Jenny Turknett

October 19th, 2010
7:05 pm

Rodney – thanks for the suggestions – I’ll pass along the applicable ones to Gene Lee, who will be covering International Dining.

Doug – don’t worry, your suggestions are noted – I will drive anywhere for a good meal!


October 20th, 2010
2:14 am

Welcome, Ms. Jenny! Gratz on the byline.

Given your love for pastries, and your low-carb expertise (and the fact that there are folks like me out here that are diabetic), I would love for you to take a drive up I-85 and check out a small French bakery called Gourmandises in Suwanee. Ask for the Chocolate Cinnamon bread.

You will thank me.


Jenny Turknett

October 20th, 2010
5:27 am

Chuckles – we’re on the same page. I’ve been hearing about Cafe Gourmandises and have been meaning to check it out. Now I know to ask for the chocolate cinnamon bread – thanks for the tip!

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October 20th, 2010
12:13 pm

Welcome, Jenny! Loved your piece on Chef Henry – I’ve been there too, and thought your review was pretty spot on. Can’t wait to read more!

Jo Ann Mason

October 20th, 2010
1:22 pm

Check out the new chief at the Watershed in Decatur, since Scott Peacock left they kept the old menu but still not the same. I’m curious where Scott will turn up. foodie JAM


October 20th, 2010
3:51 pm

Hi Jenny and welcome! I look forward to reading your reviews. Quick question, I’m curious, what is your age range? Can you provide a decade range perhaps? :)

Lilian Raji

October 21st, 2010
1:05 am

Hi Jenny,

Welcome! We look forward to having you review Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar ( As a 4th generation Southerner, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on the Southern Oysters (made with collard greens, bacon and bread crumbs), as well as the blackened Crawfish Tails & Grits.



October 23rd, 2010
9:49 am

LizDawg….Unfortunately the Colonnade changed their hours. They are no longer open for lunch during the week (that would be “Dinner” here in the South). For many of us who were regulars for lunch, that change was a catastrophe.

Welcome, Jenny. I do hope that you spend some time observing the significant differences when reviewing “traditional” southern cooking versus contemporary offerings. I look forward to reading your reviews.