Southern Sweets has a long history of excellence as a bakery with incredibly scrumptious cakes, pies, cookies and other sugary delights. In recent years, it has also become popular for lunch. Now you can have all the great food and service for breakfast and brunch as well.
The new breakfast and brunch menu incorporates some of the fine items available for lunch but adds a lot more. When in college in the 1960s, a grilled pimento cheese sandwich was a staple breakfast for me. Southern Sweets offers this uniquely Southern “delicacy” in an up-graded homemade version mixing smoked gouda, asiago and sharp cheddar cheeses. If that doesn’t tempt you, the new menu includes “Uriah’s buttermilk flapjacks,” eggs Florentine, lox and bagels, black bean cakes, the “gooey ham and cheese,” and many other possibilities from the extensive a la carte egg and sides selections.
Although I could have eaten any of the above, the shrimp and grits for breakfast was irresistible. The large bowl of creamy but coarse ground grits was topped by two of Southern Sweets signature shrimp cakes – light but filling concoctions. In addition, there was crumpled bacon and a spicy red aioli, making for a wealth of flavors. Toasted slices of baguette and a delicious raspberry jam accompanied the shrimp and grits for $7.95. Southern Sweets offers Starbucks coffee and Luzianne tea along with the usual drinks. Of course, all the wonderful baked goods are available in the morning as well. Just check out the pastry cases for what is ready to be enjoyed. Breakfast and weekend brunch is served Tues. – Fri., 7:30 to 11:00 a.m., and Sat. – Sun., 10 a.m – 4 p.m. For more information, call 404-373-8752 or see www.facebook.com/mysouthernsweetsbakery. Southern Sweets Bakery is located at 186 Rio Circle just off Laredo near the DeKalb Farmers Market.
– Dick Funderburke