ATLANTA (AP) — A couple miles east of downtown Atlanta on the fringe of a historic blue-collar neighborhood, Home grown serves up satisfying Southern fare in an eclectic atmosphere.
Atlanta's crowded dining scene has no shortage of restaurants specializing in farm-to-table sourcing and new twists on Southern favorites. But many are expensive and require reservations.
Home grown offers locally sourced Southern dishes for breakfast and lunch in a quirky, no-frills setting that feels comfortable no matter who you are. The generous portions, low prices and dependably good food attract a delightful cross-section of Atlanta: older folks who lived in the Reynoldstown neighborhood before gentrification set in, tattooed young adults with big glasses and messy hair, young families and police officers.
On a recent Sunday morning, a hook-and-ladder truck was parked on the street outside as its crew of firefighters grabbed breakfast. A young boy eating with his dad in the main dining room climbed out of their booth to give a young woman his best wishes after her friends completed a spirited, almost gospel-like rendition of "Happy Birthday."
The breakfast menu is straightforward and satisfying, offering staples like biscuits, grits, eggs and breakfast meats, along with pancakes or french toast for those who have a sweet tooth in the morning. If you're hungrier, the fried pork chop and comfy chicken biscuit are both substantial and come smothered in a rich sausage gravy.
Lunch options change more frequently, and while they're more likely to have a quirky twist than the very standard breakfast options, they remain pretty traditional: meatloaf, pimento cheese, trout, and shrimp and grits, to name a few.
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