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Review: Sammy’s New South Kitchen

On the menu: sweet potato fries, Spicy Chicken Peach Glazed Chicken, macaroni and cheese and grilled, corn on the cob and house salad.

Sammy’s is the new kid in town, and he brings the concept of “new southern” cuisine to Woodstock that utilizes traditional foodstuffs of the South in innovative ways. His menu is abounding with French twists and Cajun turns that melds and blends into something new and very interesting, indeed.

Several examples of his innovative style are exhibited in the Fried Green Tomatoes Appetizer ($5.99) where he varies the French Remoulade by adding roasted red pepper and goat cheese. His use of one of Georgia’s icons—the pecan—is dotted generously throughout his menu.

Other nice surprising uses of traditional southern pleasures appear as cornbread croutons, peach pepper jelly, pimiento cheese in the Croque Monsieur ($7.99)—a blend of French and Southern approaches to a grilled cherry glazed ham and Swiss cheese sandwich, hushpuppies made with smoked Gouda and a black bean-corn cake that acts as the foundation for the N.C. BBQ Pulled Pork entree ($9.99).  There are several dishes that just scream “comfort food” like the Meatloaf and Mac & Cheese ($10.99) or the Fried Catfish ($10.99) or the Georgia Coastal Shrimp & Grits ($6.99). There are enough of the classics and the nouvelle to satisfy most discerning palates. The chef has put together a very thoughtful menu.

The lunch and dinner menu is well balanced with burgers, sandwiches, salads, entrees and desserts du jour.  also serves breakfast with omelets, “loaded” French Toast, several choices of egg plates, and all the normal accompany of meats and sides. There was a sense of humor in the creation of The Dead Elvis—a grilled white bread sandwich with pecan-chocolate filling, marshmallows and caramelized bananas ($7.99). There is the claim that it may not be what killed the “King” but “it’s to die for.” I did not have the heart, but it was fun to read on the menu, and I would love to watch someone eat it.

From the many tempting and very interesting selections to choose, I jumped in for the Sweet Potato Fries tossed with vanilla-maple brown sugar and served with a bleu cheese & white balsamic dressing ($4.99) as my appetizer. These are dangerously addictive and now I can’t get them out of my mind. These fries were sweet and salty at the same time, crunchy on the outside and soft and smooth on the inside—hands down better than regular fries.

I chose the Spicy Chicken Peach Glazed Chicken ($10.99) for my dinner. Plump, juicy cubes of chicken breast on skewers and grilled to a proper doneness with the sweet peachy barbeque sauce lingering on the tongue with each bite. Two skewers were plated atop a layer of Andouille sausage, grilled mushrooms and garnished with goat cheese. The sides were Macaroni & Cheese and grilled corn on the cob. I also checked out the House Salad ($3.79) for a taste of those cornbread croutons. The salad was a fresh and lovely mix of salad greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and red onions—and those cornbread croutons that added a wonderful crunch to the bowl.

The atmosphere inside feels like a hometown, Mayberry-like (in a good way), but don’t let the humble surroundings fool you. The food here is focused, thoughtful and high quality. The service was very attentive, friendly and the servers were very knowledgeable. I was happy to see so many unique dishes marked by originality and cleverly composed ingredients. Come hungry because the portion sizes are more than adequate. Conveniently located next to on Highway 92 and Trickum Road. One trip there and I’m sure you’ll return again and again.

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