Of all the many restaurants in greater Atlanta, I think the Norcross Station Café is the one I could easily see myself visiting several times a week — if only I didn’t live in Decatur. Located in the beautifully restored 1909 train station, it has a welcoming rusticity with its dark colors and rough, wide plank floors. Add to that the pleasant rumble and clatter of an occasional passing train and you have just the place to appeal to this historian and almost anyone else who likes good food in a relaxing atmosphere.
Everything is “made from scratch” at the Station and, considering that, the menu is pretty extensive. Salads, soup, quiche, appetizers, pastas, steaks, seafood, sandwiches, burgers and desserts run the gamut of delightful tastes with all the sauces and dressings made in-house. Starting off, the stuffed mushrooms with house made horseradish sauce are superb but I usually can’t resist the fried shrimp appetizer. Whether as a starter or a main course, these are surely the best fried shrimp in Atlanta — lightly battered and seasoned, the shrimp are large and juicy. The tartar sauce is outstanding as well.
The seafood and ribs have a real southern feel about them and so do other dishes. Who can resist fried green tomatoes, chiliburgers, pulled pork with cole slaw or the gourmet hot dog with chili, cheese, slaw and onions? The salmon salad comes grilled or blackened and the chicken salad made with bacon can’t be beat. The onion soup is especially good on chilly days and even if it isn’t very southern, it should be. Finally, the desserts are worth a visit all on their own, which I have done on late afternoons just to get the scrumptious apple walnut cobbler.
The Norcross Station Café is located in the middle of historic Norcross at 40 S. Peachtree Street. It is open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. There is a kids menu as well as available banquet facilities. For more information, call 770-409-9889 or see www.norcrossstation.com.