Finally made it over to Farmstead 303 for dinner Friday night. They have been open officially for just over two weeks at this point. I was anxiously awaiting the opening, I'm a big fan Feast, their sister restaurant across the street, as you can see from me previous post. I also like supporting the local joints in Decatur.
We ventured into Farmstead at about 6:30 on Friday night and found the restaurant moderately crowded. Perhaps a good-sized crowd considering the 4th of July holiday weekend. The main room has the feel of a warm southern eatery where locals would convene for fried chicken and iced tea. Keeping with Farmstead locally-sourced, farm-to-table, southern comfort food theme, there is a large chalkboard that lists the local farms that produce much of the food for the restaurant.
The first starter we chose were the fried grit cakes with blue cheese, tomato gravy, and arugula. It was a tasty dish, grits cakes were light and airy with a perfectly crisp exterior. I don't really get the blue cheese in the dish here, but I don't ever turn down blue cheese.
I want to chalk my first visit up to the fact that the kitchen may still be ironing things out as they have not been open too long. Considering my excellent track record at Feast, I will certainly be back to give Farmstead another shot in the near future...I just hope they've rethought their mac and cheese by then.