Hours: Lunch: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dinner: Sun.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5-10:30 p.m.; Brunch: Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Southern mainstays are the crowd-pleasing draw (fried chicken, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes) at this spot for regional cuisine. Full bar. Paid parking deck and metered street parking.
Service, from the crisp host to the über-professional waiters, is almost too good. How can service be too good? The waiters here push certain dishes, talk a great game about anything you ask (wine included), and leave you feeling taken care of and a tad hustled. The waiters will tell you that the fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and fried green tomatoes are the restaurant's signature dishes, and I fear that the popularity of these three undermines the quality available elsewhere on the menu. South City Kitchen achieves a lot of what it sets out to — to be a crowd-pleasing, elegant ambassador for the region's cuisine. But as the city around it has become a hotbed for upscale Southern cuisine, the original has started to feel outdated. The restaurant could take a lesson from its own original playbook and step away from the pull of nostalgia.
Price: $$-$$$ ($15 and over)