Amazing Southern Cooking With A Modern Twist: JCT Kitchen and Bar Atlanta, GA

I know I know…I’m the last person in Atlanta to try JCT Kitchen and Bar.  I will be the first to admit that despite hearing about this gem for years, I neglected to stop by.  But when I received word that I would be meeting the owner, Ford Fry, during Taste of Atlanta 2013, I decided that I needed to get over there.
So, I arrived at the restaurant on a sun-kissed Friday afternoon and found myself smack-dab in the middle of the lunch rush.  But not to worry, there were plenty of seats at the bar and even nicer seating at the bistro style tables that are issued on a first come first serve basis.  I was delighted to find that the bar patrons have access to the complete menu.  So I slid into one of the seats and quickly took it all in.  My waiter, Michael, was the perfect personification of the restaurant that employs him.  What says down-home country charm like an attractive man in checkered board shirt?  Throw in a trendy haircut, designer jeans, and an air of sophistication and you have JCT Kitchen and Bar.  Down-home southern cooking with a modern contemporary flare that starts with the food and spills over into the well-appointed farmhouse chic decor.
I had a “country girl” lunch complete with fried chicken and mac & cheese, JCT Kitchen and Bar, Atlanta, GAbut what set it apart was the splendid salad accompanying my meal which consisted of pickled watermelon radish, cucumber, and corn.  It was a delightful treat.JCT Kitchen and Bar, Atlanta, GA
After a splendid meal, it was time for an equally impressive dessert.  The salted caramel chocolate cream pie danced on my tongue.  The chocolate is so rich and it is probably meant to be shared.  But since I was all alone…I ate the whole thing by myself.  The decadent chocolate pudding is engulfed in a graham cracker crust sitting atop a graceful swipe of salted caramel. JCT Kitchen and Bar, Atlanta, GA It was the perfect ending to an amazing meal.
I plan to return to JCT Kitchen and Bar several times to work my way through the entire menu. 
Have you dined at JCT Kitchen and Bar?  Tell me about your experience.
Tips: JCT is great for lunch or dinner.  Parking is free and complementary valet is available.  If you head there for lunch, pack your patience because parking is a challenge due to the many popular shops and restaurants that share the spaces.
Make reservations if you can but if not, no fear.  There is seating at the bar and a section for dining that is unassigned and suitable for small parties (1-3 people).  So go right in and enjoy!