Reuse, repurpose and recycle are the three 'R's which come to mind when one first walks into Southbound, a tastefully converted 1880s drapery shop in Old Chamblee right across from the railroad tracks. Walking inside one immediately knows this is going to be something different with the prospect of something special! No expense and attention to detail has been spared in the refurbishment - what isn't reused, repurposed or recycled fits in perfectly with the rustic decor and ambience of the restaurant - even the 2014 poured concrete bar top fits right in with the old buckets that have been turned into light fixtures illuminating the bar.
Dennis Lange has orchestrated his new restaurant (two years in the making) perfectly and he is determined that his food is going to be as good as its surrounds. Dennis has been part of the Atlanta food scene for a good many years - one of the founding members of Slow Food Atlanta, hands on soil regenerator at Gaia Gardens home to Love is Love Farm Atlanta's renowned organic produce farm, and a respected figure with Georgia Organics - so he knows a thing or two about quality ingredients and the importance of buying local. The menu is American with an emphasis on good old Southern dishes, and in the evening dinner is in the control of chef Cooper Mills formerly of Livingston restaurant another great Atlanta eatery. My personal recommendation is to go for lunch as I think this is where the restaurant excels; featuring items such as a BLT with bacon to die for from our friend Rusty Bowers owner of Pine Street Market, and a pulled pork sandwich with pork sourced from no other than GA Berkshire hog farmer Tommy Searcy from Gum Creek Farms - what Southern menu isn't complete without this item. The chèvre, which accompanies the delicious local salad greens, comes from Decimal Place Farm (not only have we met the goats but have helped milk them too!!).
My only criticism (if i had one) is that the chef is a little heavy handed with the garlic - especially in simple veggie dishes, however Southbound is a wonderful addition to the Atlanta food scene and it is exciting to have such a great restaurant outside of the Atlanta city limits.
We will definitely be regular lunch patrons and wish Dennis Lange every success in his new venture. This is a word of mouth restaurant as it really is off the beaten track - the good news is that the word is getting out and the word is obviously good because the restaurant tables are full for lunch and dinner despite only being open a since June2014. Here's to local and here's to quality ingredients...and here's to the tasty future for Southbound.
The farms & Suppliers
THOSE MEETING THE F2B HUMANE PROTOCOL
Pine Street Market (bacon & charcuterie)
Gum Creek Farms (pork)
Decimal Place Farm (goat's cheese)
THE OTHER FARMS & SUPPLIERS
Springer Mountain Farms (chicken)
Heywood's Provision Company (local butcher's shop)
Heywood's Provision Company is a member of the Butcher's Guild and as such has taken the Butcher's Guild Oath. We intend to visit the shop and discover the farms which supply the meat as it isn't evident from their website.
Springer Mountain Farms chicken a popular choice for chefs in Georgia unfortunately their American Humane Association standards do not meet the F2B Humane Protocol. Here is the link for the standards, simply click onto broiler chickens pdf when you reach the page and decide for yourself whether these standards meet you personal requirements.