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Peach & the Porkchop seems to have a split personality. The family-friendly destination opened in Roswell’s Sweet Apple Village in October, featuring both a sports pub and a fine dining restaurant, with menus divided between “Northern-style” deli sandwiches and Southern-influenced entrees.
The look: The pub, which adjoins the open kitchen, is anchored by a semicircular bar situated under a soaring vaulted ceiling, with multiple TVs perched around the walls. The quieter dining room recalls Craftsman style with stacked stone, plank floors and hammered copper fixtures.
The scene: On a recent Sunday afternoon, the dual nature of Peach & the Porkchop was easily evident. In the pub, owner Chuck Staley, who’s from Pittsburgh, hosted beer-drinking Steelers fans dressed in black and gold, as a hometown contingent elbowed up to the bar to root for the Falcons. Meanwhile, in the dining room, several large parties gathered bearing Christmas gift bags.
The food: Among hefty sandwiches, served with house-made potato chips, find the Garr-O corned beef ($12) with Thousand Island, sauerkraut and Swiss on caraway rye, and the Big Bologna ($12) with Patak German bologna, bacon, caramelized onions, provolone and barbecue sauce on a Kaiser roll. Entrees top out at $34 for a bone-in cowboy rib eye. More reasonably priced offerings include Southern fried chicken ($18) with whipped sweet potatoes, grilled asparagus and gingered apples and pecans, and blackened red grouper ($22) with smoked corn, tomato farro, arugula pesto and lemon mascarpone.
The drinks: On the beverage menu, look for some 50 craft, domestic and import beers on draft and in the bottle ($4.50-$12.50), as well as sizable wine and spirits lists. Adult milkshakes ($8-$10) include the Sweet Georgia Peach with Georgia Peach Bourbon and High Road Bourbon Burnt Sugar ice cream.
The extras: For dessert, there’s the likes of roasted parsnip cake ($7) with crème anglaise and berries, and pecan pie cheesecake ($8).