When you walk inside Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand in East Atlanta, it's quickly apparent there's a savvy, experienced hand behind this well designed food haunt. It turns out to be Delia Champion of Flying Biscuit fame and her business partner, Molly Gunn of Porter in Atlanta.
My 12 year old nephew, Cameron is a foodie in training. He loves to go out to eat so I figured visiting Delia's would be a good blog entry we could work on together. Delia graciously hooked us up with some of the house favorites as I made sure Cam and I were prepared with an empty, growling stomach. I chose the Naked Slinger with comeback sauce, a classic Southern topping from central Mississippi....while Cam went a more adventurous route with the Gunn Slinger; chicken sausage, guacamole, salsa, jalapenos and comeback sauce. We just closed our eyes and said ummmm....
Now this next one is for the not-so-sensitive stomach types or the late night crowd...it's called the Double D Delight Slider. It's actually a Krispy Kreme glazed donut turned inside out and grilled with a chicken sausage patty and cherry cream cheese on the inside. I knew myself enough to pass this taste test along to Cam. He gave this dish two thumbs up...after he licked the sugar off his thumbs that is.
Santschi Design is behind the wonderful eye catching interior while Wendy Weiner of Riot Creative Imaging created Delia's lively graphic design. The guide words Wendy used to approach the graphics were "sense of humor, engaging and reclaimed." My favorite element is the homemade wallpaper with phrases and illustrations of their own creation. Delia admits they may have sat around with a few cocktails one night and thought up such favorites as 'mother clucker,' 'cluckin' crazy,' and 'fun in a bun.' I also love the reclaimed wood used on the condiment table and front counter. For this look, the design team sought out Georgia wood worker, Margaret Taylor to create the custom pieces. Reclaimed wood, i love. When it's super distressed and full of color, I salivate.
When Cam and I go out to eat, dessert is of high importance. So when we read 'Cake Shake' on the menu, we knew that had to be the one to try. On this day they were offering a chocolate or red velvet cupcake shake. We both chose chocolate...
Laketha created a Cake Shake for Cam and I in just a couple minutes. All it takes is a blending of ice cream and a cupcake and voila...lots of chocolaty goodness! Delia and Molly's colleagues, Wendy Weiner and John Ryan helped bring this fun, 'who needs a diet?' shake into existence.
Cam was happy. The good thing too is you can take this home and put it in your fridge and come back to it throughout the day when you want a little jolt of yumminess. That's what I did anyway, Cam finished his before we pulled into my driveway. See their full, mouth watering menu here.
As I live close by, I'm so happy that Delia and Molly decided to share their culinary expertise in this slowly evolving section of Atlanta. Their Chicken Sausage Stand, which by the way uses locally sourced, small batch sausage from Gainesville, Georgia, has received endless accolades and a loyal fan base. (and another by the way- if you're a vegetarian, no worries- just tell them to 'Cluck Off' and you'll get any of the entrees with the veggie sausage instead.) In the coming months, keep an eye out for Delia and Molly's next endeavor....the food truck!
Photos and Content: Sweet Peach