With Valentine’s Day only a week away, I thought I would write my first blog post about a restaurant in Athens that is a great place to spend this annual #dayoflove. Whether you are coming back to town with your college sweetheart, going on a first date, or hanging out with your closest friends for “galentines day,” South Kitchen + Bar is the perfect setting for your evening.
“South” is a local restaurant that has a fantastic menu filled with southern comfort food with an upscale twist. Additionally, their beverage list has numerous handcrafted cocktails, specialty wines, and craft beers. It is located in the old Georgian Hotel, so the atmosphere is romantic, but not stuffy or uptight. If you’re feeling really fancy, you can even reserve a private dining area. I have been here about five times now and have never been disappointed. Although it is not the cheapest restaurant in town, the plates are huge so it is definitely worth the money for a special night out. When thinking of local restaurants to spend Valentine’s Day, this is the first place that comes to mind. My favorite thing to get, and arguably their most popular dish, is the Barbecue Plate. It includes braised pulled pork, mac & cheese, brunswick stew, and slaw. Barbecue can be a little finicky, but I can honestly say this is the best I have ever had.
As Barbecue may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a romantic meal, some other great dishes to try are the shrimp and grits and Nashville hot chicken. Regardless, I highly recommend South Kitchen + Bar for your Valentine’s Day endeavors for an evening that neither you, your special someone, nor your friends will forget.