“Chicken and the Egg” might sound like just another cute breakfast spot, but don’t be fooled – this Marietta eatery’s name symbolizes the circle of life and serves casual yet sophisticated farm-to-table fare for a delicious brunch, lunch or supper.

My family and I drove into an unassuming strip mall on a Sunday evening to discover a rustic, spacious, homey dining room with children and families at most of the long tables and roomy booths. We felt right at home at our gorgeous distressed wooden table with simple place mats and mason jar candles.

What’s on the menu: The seasonal menu is locally sourced to ensure fresh, high quality ingredients. Appetizers such as “Pimento Cheese Fritters,” “Charred Brussels Sprouts” and “Wild Boar Meatballs” range from $5-$12 under the “Before Supper” section. You’ll find healthy soups, salads and burgers made from grass-fed beef. “Supper” entrees included chicken, steak, seafood and pasta offerings for $15-$20. Savory add-ons like “Nanny’s Favorite Mac+Cheese,” “Garlicky Green Beans” and “Cast Iron Cornbread” are $3-$5, and vegan and gluten-free dishes are clearly indicated.

Why kids will like it: The kids appreciated having plenty of elbow room at our spacious table while eating their tasty “Pimento Cheese Fritters.” Their chicken tenders, cheese pizza and the popular “Grilled Cheese Sammie” clearly agreed with them. Kids’ meals include a drink and fries, simply dressed greens or fruit for $3-$4.

Why parents will like it: As we munched on our “Charred Brussels Sprouts,” my husband commented that he could try every entrée. We were torn between traditional Southern dishes such as “Shrimp+Grits” and “Braised Beef Short Rib” and seafood dishes of sea scallops or salmon with chilled quinoa. I was happy with my salmon dish, while my husband’s “Chicken+Waffles,” a guest favorite, were complemented by the homemade hot sauce recommended by our waiter. It didn’t take much arm-twisting for us to try the sought-after banana pudding and “Sticky Sorghum Cake” for $4-$5, while the boys enjoyed their scoops of ice cream and strawberry cobbler. If supper was this good, we can’t wait to see what brunch and lunch have to offer!

– Felicia Barman

The Details

800 Whitlock Ave., Marietta
678-388-8813; chickandtheegg.com
Tues-Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (lunch);
Tues.-Thurs., 5-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 5-10 p.m.;
Sun. 5-8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (brunch)

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