It’s an exciting time to live in Smyrna, with local restaurants popping up all over. One of those gems, Freckled and Blue Kitchen, is just down the street from my house.
The southern-inspired restaurant sits in a small storefront, which mainly serves as the kitchen for their catering business. Freckled and Blue started in 2012 when owners Juliana and Tyler Lindley shedded their 9-5 jobs to bring their passion for food to life. It started with a food truck at local events and evolved into catering. Just a couple years later they opened the storefront…but still use the truck for private functions.
At Freckled and Blue, they put an emphasis on making as many things from scratch as possible. They have a pimento cheese line, my favorite being the bacon jalapeno. Other house-made offerings include strawberry jam, a barbecue rub and everyone’s favorite childhood snack – puppychow (for those who don’t know, that’s an irresistible combination of Chex Cereal, peanut butter, chocolate and confectioners sugar).
What to Get When You Go
If you’re hungry when you visit, order something from the counter. On the menu are tempting sandwiches like the “beer can chicken bbq sliders” with pulled chicken tossed in a sweet barbecue sauce, topped with smoked Gouda cheese and coleslaw; or the “FAB pimento cheese fries” which are simply fries tossed in their house-made seasoning and smothered in melted pimento cheese. My weakness, basically.
For those nights you don’t feel like cooking, Freckled and Blue has an array of takeout items. Appetizers like sausage balls and classic entrees like chicken enchiladas are neatly packaged and ready to heat up when you’re ready.
I was lucky and got to sample a few of these items.
Their smoked turkey salad was the most surprising, because days after finishing it I still crave it. Craveable turkey salad?! I never would have guessed. But it’s smokey, a little spicy and and not-too-mayo-ey. A few tablespoons with a handful of crackers makes for a nice afternoon snack, or paired with some soup a well-rounded lunch.
I also really enjoyed the chicken pot pie. The pieces of chicken were nice and juicy, and the mixture of chicken, peas and carrots was creamy without being too heavy. I’m a sucker for a flaky, buttery crust and may have had a hard time not picking at it.
It comes in a tin foil tray, so you’re able to plop it in your oven or toaster oven without much hassle. I served mine with a side of Brussels sprouts and it made a perfect winter meal.
You can visit Freckled and Blue Tuesday-Saturday, hours vary. If you live or work in the area you definitely need to check them out! They’re super conveniently located just past the intersection of the Cumberland and South Cobb drive, 4585 South Cobb Drive Smyrna, GA 30080.
Thank you, Freckled and Blue, for sharing your treats with me. Though the treats were complimentary, thoughts and opinions are my own.