Thursday, October 13, 2011

Restaurant Preview: Chicken and the Egg

Dining out in Marietta all too often means settling for a sea of chain restaurants. So it gives me great pleasure to say there's a new kid in town, and there's nary a bloomin' onion in sight. Chicken and the Egg is an actual honest to goodness independently owned restaurant serving up great food deep in suburban country.

Tucked away in an unimpressive strip mall, Chicken and the Egg wasn't at all what I expected. Instead of the cozy countrified environs I envisioned, it was an airy and, dare I say, hip looking dining room. And considering we went on a Sunday afternoon, it had a surprisingly bustling bar scene, too.

Farm to table is de rigueur ITP, but in strip mall country, it's still a fairly new concept. So I found it almost cute that the waitress explained to us their farm to table ethos. It may be old news as a trend, but I'm glad to know that the entire metro area can benefit from the wonders of seasonal, locally farming.

Fried Green Tomatoes with Cheese Fondue and Country Ham
With a choices like fried chicken with mac 'n cheese and crab cake benedict, we had to go big or go home. So we ordered both, naturally, and kicked things off with fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese fondue, country ham and tomato jam for good measure.
Fried Chicken, Collard Greens and Mac & Cheese

Crab Cake Benedict

Peach Cobbler

Great googly moogly, crispy and juicy tomatoes, salty ham, sweet tomato jam and pimento cheese are a match made in Southern-fried heaven! Diet food, no, but man, was it good. In fact, we enjoyed everything we ate, including a sampling of their fantastic desserts.  Add to that a long list of compelling cocktails and gracious service, and you've got a restaurant that might just be worth driving OTP for!

Chicken and the Egg
800 Whitlock Ave., Suite 124
Marietta, GA

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