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Decatur: Sobban

Sobban is one of those only-in-Atlanta combinations: Korean food with a Southern twist housed in a classic Arby's chuckwagon building. (The horn-headed steers in the tile floor are from the Arby's days.) The restaurant is decorated in the style of a gracious Decatur home, modern and with character. The restaurant was jam-packed when I visited but the service was fairly efficient and very helpful.

My food was spectacular. I chose the catfish as an examplar of the Southern/Korean fusion. It was coated with a blackening spice mix that was a bit different from the standard New Orleans blackening spices; the fish was very succulent and flaky tender. I don't know what was in the sauce, but it was in the style of a tartar sauce and complemented the fish very well. The hushpuppies were tasty and the pickled vegetables were wonderful and not overly hot. The Korean sweet potatoes were outstanding. They were made in the style of home fries, hand cut and ranging from extremely crispy to just a little tender. They had a slightly sweet coating that perfectly complemented the sweet potatoes without overpowering them.

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