Our family goes to Hilton Head every summer. And every summer we end up at this one restaurant — every day. In a house of ten people, some group of us ends up there for at least one meal each day (sometimes more).
There are other good restaurants on the island and we try those, too. But this is our spot. And, now, that spot has come to Atlanta.
I can’t tell you the excitement in the family upon hearing that Truffles Cafe would open a location across from Lenox Mall. After the initial excitement came the worry: would it be as good?
Last week, after braving the cold on a very gray day to ride the Pink Pig with my children, we headed over to give it a try.
A stark contrast to our typical beach-style bike arrival, a valet greeted us in the parking lot. Though standard for the area, I do worry that the valet will discourage casual, spontaneous drop-in business (particularly for people like me who never carry cash and scramble for the currency to tip a valet).
Also appropriate for the location, the interior of this Truffles is a little trendier than our Sea Pines haunt. There are no baskets hanging from the ceiling as there are in the original location, confusing our children when we told them we were going to the “basket place.”
We were off to a good start when they brought the familiar bread with boursin-chive butter. I could eat that butter by the spoonful.
The menu is very similar, containing many of our favorites and a few new items. The kid’s menu is the same – $9 for chicken tenders with fries (which has always puzzled me from a family-run business — as it was until recently). Thankfully, it’s large enough for the two kids to share.
But did they have the soup? Truffles serves a full-flavored tomato-dill soup with bits of onion and tomato, lots of dill and a drizzled spiral of sour cream. They had the soup. Would it be as good? Oh yeah. My main course was the perfect comfort food on that cold gray day: grilled-gooey pimento cheese sandwich with sweet potato fries and tomato-dill soup.
I will be back soon to try another Hilton Head favorite: grilled salmon with the mango-barbecue glaze and pineapple chutney — sweet, tangy and slightly spicy.
Now, the next question: will the Hilton Head location retain its charm now that I can get it so easily here at home?
Mondays-Thursdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays 11 a.m.-midnight, Sundays 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 3345 Lenox Road, Atlanta. 404-364-9050, $$-$$$.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog
– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.