Dish of the Week: Venerated Veggie Bowl at Tupelo Honey Cafe
The South is known for meat-and-three joints, but when we’re not in the mood for fried chicken or smothered steak, it’s getting easier all the time to fill up on vegetables. We found one such dish at Tupelo Honey Cafe, a new restaurant located at 4600 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.
The Venerated Veggie Bowl is chock-full of some of our favorite Southern staples – sautéed greens, a puddle of black-eyed peas and a generous heaping of bite-sized okra, tossed in cornmeal and fried to a crisp. The vegetable parade continues with salsa fresca holding minced red onion, cucumber, tomato and peppers. Then comes the side ladle of goat cheese grits (or lemon-parsley farro, your choice), that elevate this dish to entree status.
Tupelo Honey Cafe made a name for itself in Asheville, North Carolina. Soon, the from-scratch, Southern-with-a-twist concept will have expanded to 15 units in six states. With dishes like the veggie bowl, we understand the appeal.
Oh, and when you do have a hankering for fried chicken, head to Tupelo Honey Cafe on Sundays and Wednesdays after 4 p.m. for the Fried Chicken Tower, served family-style.
Tupelo Honey Cafe, 4600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-649-6334, tupelohoneycafe.com.