FAQ

Q - Where are you located?

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A - We are directly across N Gate Station Dr/Steve Tate Drive from the Big Canoe North Gate. The address is 60 N Gate Station Dr., Marble Hill, GA 30148.

Q - What kind of food do you serve?

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A - We serve what is called “Comfort Food”, and it is, but it is really Classic French cuisine in a Georgia setting using, locally sourced food, whenever possible.
You can go to our menu on this website and see a wide range of great food and we also have special dishes every night. Our fried chicken and short ribs are well known by our customers who order these on a regular basis. Same thing for the Mussels, the Clams, the Trout and most of our menu items.

Q - What wines do you have?

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A - Our wine list may be found on this website. We pride ourselves on having a wide range of well regarded wines from some of the most impressive wineries the world has to offer.
If you want a few words to describe the wines, we would say: eclectic, idiosyncratic and represents the best of any given region or domain available. Put another way: We really know wines and we have some great ones.

Q - What are your hours?

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A - We are open from Tuesday through Saturday starting from 5:30 pm until... We are closed on Sundays and Mondays. However, since we are now able to serve wine, beer and spirits on Sunday, this may change. Please check back as we will update this if we start to open on Sundays.

Q - Do you take reservations?

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A - We do! Reservations will be taken after 3:00 pm until we close, which is generally around 9-10 pm. Just call us after 3 pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays at: 470-695-3600. We are closed on Sundays & Mondays.

Q - Do you have outdoor seating?

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A - Yes and it is, of course, open when the weather is appropriate, meaning when it is not raining or too cold.

Q - I'm allergic to certain foods, how do I handle this?

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A - We will make our best effort to accommodate food allergies, but please be aware our kitchen handles nuts, wheat and dairy products. So please inform your server about your personal needs.

Q - Can you tell me how you source your fish?

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A - We are committed to purchasing and serving responsibly sourced seafood without compromising the future of our oceans.

Q - Do you know how are the animals raised? Chicken, beef, lamb and pork?

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A - All fresh meats are sourced from growers that raise their livestock humanely. Example for Beef: We source our beef from 2 different providers, one is in Washington state the other is in Iowa. Why these 2? These providers are really farmers instead of ranchers as they plant and grow grass that is the best for cows to eat, and this is grass the farmers grow just for their cows. Additionally most ranchers raise the cows from birth to about 12 months old then slaughter them. Plus their cows are fed a lot of high protein feed in order to fatten the cows quickly. The fatter the cows, the more money the rancher makes. Our providers have the attitude of wanting to provide a quality product, so they feed their cows grass for 18 months, and only in the eighteenth month they also feed them corn to add a bit more of fat into the meat. Grass fed cows give you the best tasting beef. This also means the beef we buy is expensive, but it is well worth it to the customer who orders one. Another example, Chicken: We get our Chicken from Springer Mountain Farms. Now if you are a foodie you likely know what this means. But just in case you don't, this is why they are special and why we only use their chickens:

All of their chickens are 100% All Natural with no Antibiotics, no Steroids, no Growth Stimulants or Hormones, and are NEVER fed Animal By-products. And check this out, the chickens only receive a vegetarian diet of American-grown, pesticide-free grains with natural vitamins and minerals and of course, fresh mountain water. But wait, there's more! Not only do they care about what goes into their chickens, but they also are raised and cared for the old fashioned way. They were the first poultry company in the world to be certified by the American Humane Association.

Q - I notice you have raw foods on the menu. Are these safe to eat?

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A - The short answer is most likely. The full answer is that you may know consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness. We would never, ever serve food that we even think may make you sick, but unfortunately this can happen through no direct action on our part.

Q - Where does the seafood come from?

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A - We are committed to purchasing and serving responsibly sourced seafood without compromising the future of our oceans.

Q - Why do I want to come? I'm a foodie.

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A – Well, if you have heard about Sourwood you likely heard it from another Foodie. We love foodies! Almost 100% of the food we serve is made from scratch and it is made the “Old Fashion Way”. Meaning by hand and by time. You will experience food done creatively using local produce whenever possible.

Example: We get our Chicken from Springer Mountain Farms. Now as a foodie you likely know what this means. But just in case you don't, this is why they are special and why we only use their chickens:

All of their chickens are 100% All Natural with no Antibiotics, no Steroids, no Growth Stimulants or Hormones, and are NEVER fed Animal By-products. And check this out, they only receive a vegetarian diet of American-grown, pesticide-free grains with natural vitamins and minerals and of course, fresh mountain water. But wait, there's more! Not only do they care about what goes into their chickens, but they also are raised and cared for the old fashioned way. They were the first poultry company in the world to be certified by the American Humane Association. We say “Comfort Food”, and it is, but it is really Classic French cuisine in a Georgia setting using, whenever possible, Georgia and locally sourced food.

Q - I am driving from Atlanta, or Marietta or Alpharetta or Roswell or Gainesville, why do I want to drive that far?

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A - The short answer? For the food. Note we did not say “To Eat.” We understand you have a wide range of places to just eat, and if you only want to eat something, you can find this close to you However if you want to have a “food eating experience”, where the food is the central focus, that is the reason you want to make the drive. We really are all about the food. A couple of examples: we make all of our cooking stock in house, from scratch. It is not from a bouillon cube or out of a jar to mix with water or poured out of a box. We make it. Our short ribs, when in the preparation to go into the oven, the chef walks to our bar to see what bottles of red wine were open the night before and collects 2 or 3 of these and proceeds to pour them over the seared ribs and into the pan. Most chefs will just add water or open a box of wine and add some to the pan. Does this really matter? This is a question only your nose and your tongue can decide. If you feel you have a good sense of taste, then the answer is yes, it positively is worth the drive. We have customers that flatly state they feel lucky to have a restaurant like Sourwood open because they enjoy the food, the wines, the service, the space and the people. We really are all about the food. And all of our parking is free, well illuminated and we have lots of it! Even if you have to park at the end of the lot, it is maybe a minute to walk to our door. If you love great food, and/or are a Foodie, the drive is worth it! Our photographer lives in Marietta, an hour away, and he drives here once or twice a week every week for dinner. The same photographer also has restaurant clients he shoots for in Milan, and Sorrento, Italy, so we think he knows more than just a bit about good food.