southern-fried goodness

Last week I was in Atlanta, Georgia for the American Speech-Language Pathology Convention.  I went with my friend and coworker, Caitlin.  Luckily she's always interested in seeking out good food too, so we had some foodie adventures during our visit.

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The first place we ventured to was the Silver Skillet - a classic diner.  It was everything I expected from a diner that's been in operation since 1956 - the open booths, stools along the counter and lots of "down-home country cooking".  How great is it to be greeted with a "What can I get for y'alls?" with a sweet southern tang?  Pretty good, actually, just like Silver Skillet's warm biscuits with a smear of butter.  I decided to go with the chicken-fried steak with white gravy (recommended by the waitress) and sides of coleslaw and baked sweet potato with butter (of course).  It was pretty tasty - the steak was a flavourful seasoned beef patty that was breaded and fried.  Definitely not low-calorie, but when in Georgia...

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Georgia peach cobbler

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Later on we went for dinner at a pub called Six Feet Under.  The name is a nod to their neighbours across the street in the Oakland Cemetery... The decor was relaxed and fun and we quickly settled into a booth by the window.  I got quite a shock when I ordered a lemonade - it was sooooo sweet, practically like syrup.  I can't believe people could just drink something so sweet - I had to mix it with a lot of water to make it drinkable - crazy!  We shared an order of crab cakes to start.  They were really good - packed with big pieces of crab meat and served on top of micro-greens and spiced corn.

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My meal was awesome (too bad I couldn't finish even half of it!).  I had the fried catfish with coleslaw and jalapeno hush puppies.  I loved the cornmeal batter on the fish - it was crunchy and really well spiced.  I don't think I've ever had hush puppies before... they reminded me slightly spicy Tim Bits - little round fried dough balls.  The food at Six Feet Under was great - there were lots of delicious-sounding options on the menu.

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the Oakland Cemetery

So what did I learn in Atlanta?  The south knows how make fried food!  But be warned if you dive into the world of southern cooking, I was craving vegetables after the first day there :)