When Brian Mitchell and Ronnie Marrow moved to Atlanta in 2016, they sensed a need for restaurants in their Summerhill neighborhood. As they watched the transformation of the area around Turner Field, they wanted to be part of the change.
It was only a matter of finding the right spot.
Almost two years in the making, Poach Social — a breakfast and lunch restaurant next to Talat Market on Ormond Avenue — opened June 9 for takeout and patio dining. It’s the partners’ idea of what a modern, all-day brunch spot in a vibrant downtown neighborhood should look like.
With an eclectic menu, featuring classics such as eggs Benedict and French toast, Southern staples like biscuits and gravy and shrimp and grits, plus a few nods to Mitchell’s Jamaican heritage, Poach Social seeks to be a community gathering place that reflects the diversity of the neighborhood.
“We wanted to kind of tread the line of providing something different, but also understanding that sometimes we just want a regular breakfast,” he said of chef Peter Holness’ menu.
Sure, you will find avocado toast, a breakfast burrito, or a sandwich with smoked salmon, cream cheese and all the accouterments. But, you also can have an omelette, or a simple plate of eggs, bacon or sausage, and grits or home fries.
By Wendell Brock for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution