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It wasn’t until Kevin Clark opened Home Grown GA that he came to like this Southern classic, which can easily turn thin and soggy. What’s his secret? Slice the tomatoes no less than ¼ inch thick, then salt and pepper them generously about five minutes before frying. Give the slices several good tosses to evenly distribute the seasoning. And instead of the traditional cornmeal, he uses panko Japanese breadcrumbs.
Homegrown, nestled between overgrown lots and a body shop, doesn’t look like a place for a superior breakfast. Neither does their trademark comfy biscuit, a messy, chaotic jumble of fried chicken and sausage gravy, garnished with an ironically thin orange slice. And yet, this is the dish that helped earn the diner city-wide acclaim.“It’s just simple Southern food,” says Kevin Clark, chef and owner of Homegrown. “It’s comforting. It feels like you’re at your grandmother’s house.”
Does the thought of brunch make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? This is precisely why the Comfy Chicken Biscuit at Home Grown is the best brunch dish in Atlanta, as voted by our readers. If you've ever had this soul-soothing dish, then you know what all the fuss is about...
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Other than Outkast, Georgia's greatest export to the rest of the country is undoubtedly the chicken biscuit. Combining two great sources of Southern pride into one flaky, battery protein hand grenade isn't rocket science, but it does explode taste buds unlike any other Southern staple.
Everyone loves Home Grown, Atlanta's favorite local-fresh-homemade haven of breakfast and lunch. We invited our friends, owners Lisa and Kevin to compare notes on these two very different businesses. Where the Vortex walks the gritty line between debauchery and charm, Home Grown glistens like a beacon of light in the darkness. You'll want to sop up every last bite of this episode with a hot buttermilk biscuit. - Vortex Radio
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Whern you're at Home Grown go straight
to the counter; ordera strong cup of coffee
and the Comfy Chicken Biscuit.