Sun in My BellyJessica | June 12, 2010
This is a much delayed post on the last Girls’ Breakfast (though this one was really brunch) of the semester with two of my lovely classmates. For this excursion, we decided to venture a little further outside our usual Midtown/Downtown range and try out Sun in My Belly in The Dec.
Sun in My Belly is a full-service catering and event design company that also happens to have both a “neighborhood cafe” in Decatur/Kirkwood and a “garden cafe” at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. We visited the former for brunch on a warm and breezy morning and decided to sit on SiMB’s back porch to enjoy our meal. Both of my companions were in a breakfast-y mood and ordered the Challah French toast (stuffed with honeyed ricotta, served with brown sugar glazed berries and maple syrup), but I was in the mood for a sandwich and decided on the Rose Pistolla with a side of mac & cheese:
I didn’t include the description of my Rose Pistolla from SiMB’s website because it doesn’t match what I had. There it describes a hot pressed ham sandwich with pepper jack, chipotle mayo, roasted red peppers, and Dijon served on brioche, but that is obviously not brioche in the picture above. Unfortunately, I don’t remember exactly what was on the sandwich, but I know the main component was indeed ham and that it was quite tasty. The sandwich was hot, the bread crunchy, and they were generous with the cheese and flavorful mayo. The mac and cheese was underwhelming, but I guess I should’ve known when the waiter hesitated a split second when I asked him whether it was good.
I was pretty envious of the French toast my friends ordered and managed to beg a bite off one before they both cleaned their plates. Wow. This dish was really fantastic; the bread was somehow light and dense at the same time and the honeyed ricotta filling was creamy and flavorful. I’d recommend trying this if you’re in a breakfast-y mood too.
I had read some negative comments on Sun in My Belly’s service before visiting, and I will say that it was a tad slow. Interestingly enough, our waiter commented on this when he got to the table and let us know that it was a little busy inside, but he wouldn’t forget about us and wanted us to enjoy a leisurely brunch. He did make sure to check on us a few times throughout the meal, but it got a little unbearable when he hadn’t shown up to run our credit cards 20 minutes after leaving the check. We ended up going inside to the counter ourselves to have it taken care of. I guess if you’re in a rush, let your waiter/waitress know up front so they don’t make the meal a little too leisurely.
Sun in My Belly’s neighborhood cafe is located right down the street from the East Lake Marta Station in Decatur. We had no wait for a table on a Friday mid-morning, but as with most brunch spots in Atlanta, their wait can be pretty long on a weekend. Live to Feast and The Food Abides also have reviews of their meals at Sun in My Belly. I look forward to returning!