Like any southerner, I have a special affinity for soul food classics. High fat, high cholesterol classics like anything deep-fried and collard greens and, you’d better believe, a nice heaping stack of warm biscuits and rolls. The kinds of dishes you can’t usually find done well in a restaurant because you necessarily can’t pull them off without the proper amounts of actual love. Food like this just isn’t found outside Sunday afternoon post-church potluck lunches hosted by the elder ladies of the congregation.
Which is why I’m necessarily wary of any restaurant offering to serve me comfort food at a reasonable price. I’ve burned too many times by promises of “just like grandma used to make” in the past and, like anyone suffering from a case of the “I can’t believe I just paid for that” blues, my choices in food consumption and restaurant patronage have become necessarily more learned and refined.
That being said, the fare at Sweet Georgia Brown’s in far south Dallas would make an entire room of grandmas and home-cooking’ artists equal parts hungry and envious. Not only is this food probably better than your grandmother’s cuisine, but it’s probably also better than her grandmothers was as well.
The food is served buffet-style, with generous portions all around. Traditional favorites dominate the menu: brisket, turkey legs, fried chicken, et al. I ordered the fried pork chops and received three huge, golden fried, bone-in chops with three sides (I went with mashed potatoes, greens, and mac and cheese) and a huge basket of bread.
At first glance, the prices might seem a little high. My meal cost approximately $15, but once I was handed my plate of food I understood. There were literally pounds of food laid out before me. More food than I could possibly manage in a single sitting. The point, in fact, my single meal from Sweet Georgia Brown’s fed me three times throughout the day.
As it is a buffet, the food is obviously batch cooked and hot held. Soul food is one of those types of cuisines that almost gets better with a little time though, and the food quality was absolutely unaffected by time spent in the hot well. The pork chops were fried to a perfect golden brown with a nice crispy batter. And this is definitely not a vegan-friendly place as there were chunks of pork in the greens and the potatoes had the definitive creaminess of chicken-stock in them. Sweet Georgia Brown’s is not a place that cares whether or not you’re watching your cholesterol or sodium intake. And chances are, if you’re eating there, you probably aren’t caring to watch these things anyway. Consider all this, there is one more thing that you should be keeping in your mind. You should learn more about your intolerances or allergies with an allergy test or intolerance test this will surely help you in making better choices in terms of food. Additionally, you can also avoid any food problems this way.