“A Taste of New Orleans” Returns to South City Kitchen Vinings – Through February 11, 2012

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When good friends get together to share a meal, something special happens. When it happens in the South, it’s even better. For AngieMichaelSean and me, it’s a rare treat to get to sit down, catch up and share a meal – South City Kitchen’s “A Taste of New Orleans” was a perfect choice.

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Good friends, good food...Southern style. If you're wondering what's in those teacups...it's bourbon. Rip Van Winkle 10-year, to be exact. Thanks to Angie and her teacups for our fun tradition!

Now through Saturday, February 11, 2012, South City Kitchen Vinings is celebrating a favorite Southern tradition, Mardi Gras, with a limited-time-only menu featuring the flavors and cooking styles found only in the Crescent City. We checked it out on their opening night…and our tastebuds were transported to The Big Easy. I’ve posted the full menu for you, but I’ve pictured a few of our favorites below. Warning: your mouth may water and you may be compelled to make a reservation immediately. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

We shared our dishes family-style, but once you order, you may not want to share! (I know I could use another plate of the Alligator and Andouille Beignets…all for myself!) Whether you’re just looking for some small bites or a full multi-course, meal, the menu for “A Taste of New Orleans” is perfect for mixing and matching, sharing…or not.

Remember, these special dishes will only be available (in addition to the regular menu) through February 11, so you can go full-on NOLA or just add a small dish or two to bring a little taste of New Orleans to the table. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

CREOLE BARBEQUED SHRIMP shell-on Gulf shrimp, lemon, garlic, French bread 11
OYSTER STEW Herbsaint, fried oyster, smoked bacon, basil butter 7
GULF CRABCAKE fried pickled okra, sauce Ravigote 14.50
GRILLED OYSTERS spinach, pimento cheese, city ham 10
ALLIGATOR & ANDOUILLE BEIGNETS green chili aioli 7
BOUDIN BLANC choucroute, Creole mustard 6
CHOPPED SALAD butter crunch lettuce, satsumas, mirlitons, pickled red onion, cane syrup vinaigrette 8
DEBRIS PO’BOY H&F roll, beef brisket, cheddar, okra pickles, hot mustard aioli 9
CRISPY LOUISIANA CATFISH blue crab maque choux, caper remoulade 18
TROUT MEUNIÈRE Gulf shrimp, caper berries, spring Vidalia onions, bliss potatoes 22
GRITS & GRILLADES pan-roasted veal, stone-ground grits, mushrooms, trinity, tomato gravy 19
MARKET GULF FISH riz jaune, crawfish etouffee M/P
JAMBALAYA shrimp, crawfish, mussels, catfish, popcorn rice, andouille, spicy tomato broth 19
QUAIL & CRAWFISH GUMBO tasso, okra, jasmine rice 20
‘PAIN PERDU’ bread pudding raisins, whiskied cream 7
CHOCOLATE DRUNKEN VOODOO ZOMBIE CAKE 7
POPCORN RICE PUDDING dried apricots, dates, fresh cream 6

WHERE: “A Taste of New Orleans” at South City Kitchen Vinings1675 Cumberland Parkway SE, Smyrna, GA 30080

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Alligator and Andouille Beignets with green chili aioli - one of my favorites of the night! I think I need another plate of these, please!

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Boudin Blanc - choucroute, Creole mustard

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Grilled Oysters with spinach, pimento cheese, city ham. To die for.

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Oyster-lovers, this is it. Oyster Stew with Herbsaint, fried oyster, smoked bacon, basil butter.

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Creole Barbecued Shrimp with shell-on Gulf shrimp, lemon, garlic, French bread. A little spice, a lot of yum.

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Debris Po'boy on an H&F roll with beef brisket, cheddar, okra pickles, hot mustard aioli

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Your reward for cleaning your plate: "Pain Perdu" bread pudding raisins, whiskied cream

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A new take on a classic: Popcorn Rice Pudding with dried apricots, dates, fresh cream.

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Whiskey from a teacup? Yup. Thanks to South City Kitchen for playing along!

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