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Home Grown GA dining review, Atlanta

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In my family, we congregate in the kitchen. No matter whose house or what the occasion, we snack and we visit — always in the kitchen.

That’s how it feels when I’m at Home Grown GA, like I’m hanging out in the kitchen with family, visiting and eating down-to-earth Southern cooking. The real pine paneling, the scattering of eclectic potted plants and the kitchen’s screen door all make it feel like home — or at least your grandmother’s home, dated but timeless.

homegrownroomHome Grown GA dishes up value-priced traditional Southern dishes, some with a bit of a twist. The friendly wait staff will help you choose from the list of fresh local vegetables that typically include several types of simply prepared peas and beans — beans so good that my 3-year-old son wanted a second helping for “dessert.”

And just as grandma does, Home Grown GA serves a traditional breakfast with all the fixings. This is simple food without any bells and whistles. Also like grandma’s cooking, there are some hits and misses. The pancakes ($4.50) are straightforward, the French toast ($5.50) bland and undercooked.

Review by Jenny Turknett

Review by Jenny Turknett

The omelets ($6), while perfectly cooked, could use a little seasoning, a few herbs and a pinch of creativity. Biscuit dishes abound ($1.50-$3) — but drat. The biscuits are dry, begging for a few pats of butter.

At lunch, chef Kevin Clark gets a little more playful and shows off his culinary pedigree. Up first: the vegan Sloppy Joe, unlike any grandma would make. The Georgia Peach Sloppy Joe ($5.50) is made with MorningStar Farms riblets, a soy product, and may just fool hardcore carnivores into thinking they are eating “the real thing.” You will down the sandwich with gusto, just to keep tasting the thick sauce, both sweet and spicy, brightened with peaches and enriched with caramelized onions.

Another sandwich with flair — Grant’s Stack ($9) with pimiento cheese, fried green tomatoes and bacon on Texas toast — adds up to more than the sum of its parts. Alone, the fried green tomatoes have an excessively thick and under-seasoned panko breading (though the ranch-horseradish cream sauce paired with them is one of my favorite items). The bacon, sampled on multiple visits, ranged from thin and crispy to floppy and rubbery. But put all those things together — pimiento cheese, fried green tomatoes and bacon — and you have a winner. The ingredients play nicely together; the bacon adds richness, the cheese, sharpness and the tomatoes, acidity. The warmth of the sandwich makes it delightfully gooey.

Grant's Stack

Grant's Stack

After lunch, sit a spell. Tarry over a dessert from the cake dome on the kitchen counter. And don’t miss the pies ($2-$3). A rotating menu of pies — sweet grits, peanut butter, pumpkin and more — is graced with a traditional lard-based pie crust. Thankfully, these crusts are more impressive examples of the restaurant’s baking than the dry biscuits and cornbread.

Come visit, y’all. Bring the family and enjoy traditional and fresh Southern fare with a dash of creativity here and there.

HOME GROWN GA
968 Memorial Drive, Atlanta 404-222-0455
2stars5
Food: Meat and three
Service: Friendly and attentive
Best dishes: Georgia Peach Sloppy Joe, Grant’s Stack
Vegetarian selections: Georgia Peach Sloppy Joe (vegan), seasonal vegetable plate, pancakes, French toast
Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
Hours: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
Children: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Reservations: No
Wheelchair access: No, but will assist as needed
Smoking: No
Noise level: Low
Patio: No
Takeout: Yes
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15 comments Add your comment

PJ

November 12th, 2010
9:39 am

My mouth is watering & I’m trying to imagine my 4 & 6-year-olds asking for more beans. I love the combo of pimento cheese & bacon as it is one I make for myself sometimes, but adding the fried green tomato is a great twist. Another great use for what is left of my tomato crop. Sounds like we’ll have to check this place out on our next trip downtown. All I have to say is “pie” and I know my kids are in.

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rb

November 12th, 2010
11:51 am

Typically, the food is rather heavy. Lackluster lunch menu, at times, can be a bit of a let down on a pretty day. Suppose it is also a tad expensive, but the sweet tea is delicious. It is a concept one wants to support, but is often let down by…

M. Johnson

November 12th, 2010
12:16 pm

This has become my go-to spot for a simple Sunday brunch. I love the scene, the food is solid and reasonably priced.

I disagree with rb on the heavy comment. What’s heavy about scrambled eggs, field peas or pancakes?

Megan

November 12th, 2010
12:26 pm

The grits pie here is nothing short of amazing. Trust me. I’m addicted.

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Jean

November 15th, 2010
7:40 am

After reading your thoughtful review, I’m wondering where the 2 stars came from.

North FLA Falcon

November 15th, 2010
11:58 am

I was born in Atlanta but I have never understood the fascination with Pimento Cheese! It’s the new “hipster food” ! NASTY!!!

James

November 15th, 2010
12:38 pm

Who doesn’t like cheese you can spread on stuff?! And I love pimento cheese because of the taste, not because of how hip I look eating it.

sally sue

November 15th, 2010
4:17 pm

We are very protective of our Home Grown ga. Young people just trying to make
it good for the people…. just good honest food. Maybe they are two Big Stars, who’s to
say. Look at all the people that has a job now because of Home Grown. Hope your
review does not steer people away. would be a shame.

Jenny Turknett

November 16th, 2010
6:38 am

SallySue, we LIKE two star restaurants. In fact, we like one star restaurants, too. With the new rating system, restaurants earn each and every star. There were definitely dishes that I enjoyed at Home Grown GA and I will go back. But there are also a few things that need tweaking.

Matt

November 17th, 2010
10:28 pm

based on the words in your review and the star rating description below, I think you gave the place one too many stars. It sounds more hit and miss than consistent. I tried to go one Sat. for lunch but alas, it’s one of the WAY TOO MANY Atlanta restaurants infatuated with brunch. Brunch is a waste of time, so I left and found better fare.

L

November 18th, 2010
5:03 pm

I had the opportunity to eat at this restaurant today for breakfast and I loved it! The atmosphere was warm and the staff was very pleasant the cook even came out to ask me how my meal was which I thought was especially nice!! I will definetly return and tell my friends about it.