When Decatur gem Revival opened two years ago it quickly became one of my favorite spots. Upon stepping in the cozy old house (really old, it was built in the early 1900’s) it’s clear that the staff wants you to feel welcome and that you’re in for a treat. Southern food isn’t my favorite cuisine (despite living in Atlanta for three and a half years), but the food at Revival makes my heart sing with joy. Why? The red-bearded master, Chef Kevin Gillespie, puts such care into the ingredients he uses and the preparation of the dishes. The restaurant is an homage to Gillespie’s years as a youth in the south and the food he grew up with, but we’re getting the fancier version with farm fresh ingredients and “refined culinary techniques.” Although the restaurant is the brainchild of Gillespie, the executive chef is Andreas Muller who puts his own touches on the restaurant’s menu.
Revival launched a brunch menu recently which will be a welcome addition to your Sunday brunch rotation. The menu is approachable and stacked with craveable dishes that’ll make you want to roll out of bed and grab a table. Keep reading to see what we had!
Here’s what we loved at Revival
Start with the old fashioned warm cinnamon roll with buttermilk frosting. I don’t care if you’re on a diet, just DO IT. It’s warm, gooey, and all the cozy things Sunday brunch should be. Dunk a chunk of it in your cup of coffee. It’s okay if you can’t finish it- it weighs about half a pound, after all. But it’s worth it even for a few bites (take the rest home).
I had a tough time choosing between all the enticing entrees. French-style omelette with soft herb cheese? Baked local farm egg crepe smothered in toasted cheese sauce? YES PLEASE. It all sounded so good! I’m a sucker for a cornmeal crust, though, so I went for the cornmeal fried catfish with smoked cheddar grits, milk gravy, and hot sauce.
It was a great decision. The fish is crispy but tender and the grits are infused with a lovely lemon flavor making them so much more interesting than your usual cheese grits. I was happy that they didn’t drown the fish in gravy, they used just enough. And who doesn’t love zesty hot sauce?
Maybe I didn’t need a side dish, but I really wanted to try their green tomato casserole. I probably wouldn’t get it on the side of such a heavy dish again, but I totally recommend it if you go with someone who also likes green tomatoes (Jon does not). The bowl it was served in was super cute, too, and I kind of wanted to take it with me as a souvenir (don’t worry, I would never!).
Jon had the crispy pork schnitzel with roasted onion sauce, local eggs, and breakfast potatoes. He loved it because, what’s not to love? Those eggs are gorgeous with vibrant yolks, and the pork was nicely fried and didn’t taste like rubber as schnitzel sometimes tends to do at less cautious restaurants. The real winner of the dish for me were those potatoes! I think next time I’ll order a side just for myself. Sooo crispy on the outside, but still fluffy on the inside and so good with that onion sauce on top.
Revival is a charming spot no matter the time of the day, but it’s especially welcoming for brunch when the sunlight pours in. Expect to find high-end southern food made with fresh, local ingredients. Everything on the menu is splurge-worthy!
Need to Know for Revival
Address: 129 Church St. Decatur, GA
Hours: Wed. – Thurs. 5-9 pm; Fri. & Sat. 5-10 pm; Sun. 10:30 am-9 pm with a break between 3-5 pm.
Specials: Happy hour at the bar with drink and snack specials 5-7 pm
Must Have: that crazy delicious cinnamon bun!
Odds and Ends
Revival offers complimentary valet, but there’s also plenty of free street parking right in the area.
You won’t be far from Decatur’s square, so plan on taking a walk after brunch if the weather is nice. You’ll want to walk off that cinnamon roll!
We didn’t have cocktails with brunch (I needed my coffee), but they have lovely cocktail options for those of you that are so inclined. If I were to imbibe at Revival for brunch, I’d probably go for the Rosemary’s Kiss with spiced pear, lemon, rosemary gastrique, and Champagne.
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Brunch was complimentary but thoughts and opinions are my own.