Almost four years ago, I wrote about the wonderful brunch options at South City Kitchen in midtown. If you missed it, you can read it here. South City Kitchen is part of Fifth Group, which I'm thrilled to report is opening another location of the amazing ECCO in Buckhead later this year!
Okay...back to SCK. When some friends wanted to meet at Avalon for dinner recently, we discovered that there was a new SCK at the swanky complex. I called to discuss a few things and get a read of their gluten-free knowledge and also contacted the company through their website. We made reservations for dinner on a Friday night. Though it's not ideal to try a new place on the weekend, SCK really knows their stuff.
The options on the gluten-free menu were many...in fact, it was hard to choose what to order due to there being so many fantastic looking dishes! Our friends settled on the meat and cheese plate, served with gluten-free bread, and we started with the deliciously creative scallop appetizer. We all tried the she crab soup (yes - it's gluten-free!) which was quite delicious if a tiny bit scant on crab. Everything else we had was also fabulous.
For my entree, I went with the Fried Chicken, though I knew from prior research, it had to be modified to be gluten-free. My husband got his favorite BBQ sandwich (also available gluten-free) and enjoyed it as always. The only questionable moment of the meal was when my chicken arrived and looked fried - like normal fried chicken. I was told it would be modified and I mistakenly assumed that meant it would not be fried. My husband insisted I ask someone to double check it was in fact, gluten-free. The manager confidently assured me that it was. While I can't explain exactly how the chicken was prepared, or how it differs from the gluten option, I know two things. The dish was gluten-free and it was AMAZING!
There were no interesting gluten-free dessert choices so we went elsewhere for that. That's the only slight criticism I have for SCK at Avalon. Many places there have very good dessert options so it's a bit odd that South City Kitchen did not. However, it's a new location and I'm sure they will eventually wow everyone with an amazing gluten-free treat that everyone will love. Can you imagine if they used Sally's Gluten-Free Bakery pound cake to make Strawberry Shortcake in the summer?!
We're looking forward to trying brunch at this location as soon as it's cool enough to sit outside...in other words, it might be fall before we make that happen ;)
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