LAKE & SUMTER STYLE MAGAZINE: THE COTILLIONrestaurant review
Written by Jim Gibson
Good things do come in small packages -- or maybe it should read that great things come in small packages. The Cotillion Southern Cafe in Wildwood doesn't have a large dining area, but once the word gets out on just how delicious Kathi Hall Vincent's Southern-style cooking is, it may require a move to a larger location.
The dining area is vintage southern, which includes beautiful window dressings, posters from days-gone-by southern movies and antique memorabilia that give the cozy restaurant a down-home feel. It's almost like eating at home -- only better.
The menu is substantial and the southern favorites it includes are sure to please even the most discriminating patron. "We prepare all our food fresh in the kitchen and make everything from scratch, " says Vincent. "We don't use any pre-packaged mixes and whenever possible we use organic vegetables."
The prices are comparable to the area's finer restaurants and the portions are enormous. An order of two appetizers, Fried Green Tomatoes and Redneck Nachos, can easily satisfy a party of two.
With dishes aptly named "Last Chicken in Atlanta, Alabama Fried Catfish Platter, Low Country Shrimp and Grits, Cracker Chopped Steak, Train Wreck, Redneck Quesadilla and Dixie Caviar" you know you are in for a true southern treat. And a treat it is -- the food is simply delicious.
When you walk in the door, your senses are immediately overwhelmed by two things: the wonderful aroma of fresh food being prepared in their immaculate kitchen and the dessert table loaded with cakes and delicious home-made desserts. It looks so delicious, it almost makes you want to skip dinner and go straight to dessert, but once you've tasted the appetizers and entrees, you'll be glad you didn't.
For those of you daring enough to give it a try Kathi has a cookbook, Miz Kathi's Cotillion Southern Cafe Cookbook, with many of her delicious recipes inside for sale online and on-site.
For true Southern cooking in a charming antebellum atmosphere, I can think of no better place to spend an evening than this warm, homey restaurant. It's an experience you won't want to miss or will soon forget. You almost expect to see Rhett Butler and Scarlett enjoying a nice, quiet meal on their way home to Tara.
Breakfast is served on Saturdays only from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Lunch is served Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and Supper is served Wednesday through Saturday from 4:30-8 p.m. (Reservations are recommended for supper).
Miz Kathi's Breakfeast
Two farm fresh eggs, Georgia Ice Cream (cheese grits) and biscuit $5
Field Hand Breakfeast
Miz Kathi's homemade buttamilk biscuits smothered with our own homemade sawmill gravy $8.99
Miz Kathi's favorite meal . . . Our homemade cheese grits covered with baked beans, Mr Jim's slow-cooked pulled pork and cheese. Baked in the oven $13.99
Last Chicken Pot Pie in Atlanta
Chunks of hand-cut chicken breast, carrots, celery, potatoes, onions and mushrooms smothered in cream gravy and served with puff pastry $15.99
Texas Country Fried Chicken
Hand-cut, tenderized, breaded and deep fried in 100 percent peanut oil. Served over a bed of cheese grits or made-from-scratch mashed potatoes and smothered with homemade cream gravy. Includes veggie $14.99
Chicken N Waffles
Soul-satisfying homemade buttamilk waffles served with tender fried chicken breast and smothered with homemade cream gravy or homemade buttamilk syrup. Includes veggie $12.99