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Bites Nearby: Sweet Potato Cafe

Each week Patch stops by a local restaurant to find a great place to grab a bite. Check out this week's pick.

is brand-spanking new. So new, in fact, that I was the first to order the spinach tortellini salad - a surprisingly filling meal.

The restaurant, owned by chef Karen Patton (the restaurant's head chef is Georgia Pollard) is located directly across from , so it's positioned to become a go-to spot after an event. It's not a huge eating place, but it's got a very easy and comfortable feel, with its warm wood floors, deep red walls in the main dining room, and softer yellow in an adjacent dining area, which includes a floral couch and yellow side chairs. Looks like a good place to sit and chat with friends over coffee or tea.

It's no coincidence that Sweet Potato Cafe feels like a home; its a 1930s house that got a big renovation to become what it is today.

The menu is chock-full of -- you guessed it -- sweet potato dishes, including loaded sweet potatoes (the types are everyday, veggie and plain, and served with mixed green salad and house vinaigrette); sweet potato hummus with pita chips and sweet potato fries (both appetizers, or AKA "starters"); sweet potato, corn and black bean hash; and sweet potato shepherd's pie.

We ordered the yummy corn nuggets with spicy "boom boom sauce" as a starter (the restaurant was out of the hummus at the time). I got my sweet potato fix by pretty much devouring the fries that went with my companions' meals, the oven roasted turkey breast panini, which they both enjoyed.

I was very tempted to get the sweet potato shepherd's pie, but I decided to try the soup of the day (a creamy, delicious, slightly sweet butternut squash) and the spinach tortellini salad. The portion size for the salad was pretty large; I wasn't expecting that. But it was a pleasant surprise, since I had something to nibble on later that evening and lunch the next day.

The turkey breast panini came with apple-wood bacon, ciabatta, tomato, goat cheese, and avocado ranch (one person at my table got it with mozzarella instead).

I wish I'd had time to try the desserts: of course, there was the sweet potato pie with fresh whipped cream, or egg nog pound cake with chocolate syrup. Next time, definitely.

So, Sweet Potato Cafe is off to a very good start. You don't have to be crazy about sweet potatoes to stop in and pay a visit to this newest addition to the area.

Sweet Potato Cafe is at 5377 Manor Drive in Stone Mountain. Prices range from $3-7 for the starters (appetizers); $12-17 for entrees. soup of the day is $1.50 for a cup, $2.50 for a bowl; loaded sweet potatoes, $4-7; panini, $9-10; salads, $8-10.

The restaurant is open for Sunday brunch from 11 am to 3 p.m.; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. It's closed on Tuesdays. Phone: 770-559-9030.

Martha Sheffield December 19, 2011 at 07:07 PM
Had lunch Sunday at Sweet Potato Cafe and food was good, service was great. Owner and staff were very friendly and ready to help in any way they could.
Leslie Johnson December 19, 2011 at 08:27 PM
I enjoyed my time there, too, Martha. I wish it the best. Thanks for your comment.
Susan Coletti December 20, 2011 at 02:26 PM
We have eaten there twice and totally enjoyed every bite! As your previous comment states; the staff is very welcoming, the atmosphere is cozy and inviting and the food is excellent! Welcome to the neighborhood Sweet Potato Cafe :~)
Leslie Johnson December 21, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Thanks for your comment, Mrs. Coletti. Looks like the place already has loyal customers!
Jack Sartain December 24, 2011 at 05:44 AM
Sweet 'tater is a great place!
mr.food January 09, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Be real you guys you must be friends with them the food sucked and they are not clean I seen a Roach at my table
susan January 31, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Wow Mr Food, we really need to heed your advice since you're obviously illiterate and probable presented to this restaurant as a demanding customer who can never be wrong about anything. Maybe the "Roach" jumped out of YOUR pocket.
Martha Sheffield January 31, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Mr Food, I second what Susan said about you. I did not see anything that was not clean so you must have brought any trash in with you if you saw it.
JesMes July 08, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Not at all impressed. The food is good, but not exceptional. The service was terrible. Our server was completely unfamiliar with the menu and was unable to answer any questions without running to the kitchen for clarification. After a 40-45 minute wait for our entree, she informed us that they were out of chicken breasts. So, after choosing another entree and another 30 minute wait we were do angry, we just requested the entree to go. Finally, the last insult was upon receiving the check. Our server failed to inform us that there were no free refills on soft drinks, so our bill was about $10 higher than expected. We will not be returning.

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