Bites & pieces: Butterhead Greens

The white bean soup with kale and Chorizo at Butterhead Greens

hit the door at Butterhead Greens Cafe during a class break from the neighboring SCAD building. Feeling like everyone’s grandpas was inevitable I guess. Minutes later a delicious lunch had fully recharged my batteries and left me feeling as giddy as a little boy with a new bike.

Adulthood: It has its rewards.

That’s what young chefs Seth Musler and Patrick Zimmerman  are learning, too. After several years of paying dues and with countless “Yes, Chef,” and “No, Chef,” under their belts, these two are working for themselves now. Chef’s whites have been traded for graphic T–shirts and blessed independence.

On the surface, this in a sandwich, salad, soup shop — but dig into the menu and you’ll reveal the fine dining influence these two bring to the little corner eatery. The ingredients are fresh and packed with flavor, the constructions are complex and layered.

Take my “I Surrender” salad. This meal–in–a–bowl makes lettuce sexy. Big chunks of roasted white meat chicken team with avocado, cucumber, bacon, blue cheese crumbles, sweet oven dried tomatoes and candied pecans to present a harmonic treat for the taste buds. Creamy herbed dressing gently bathes the ingredients in a perfect kind of way – not too much, not underdone.


A cool fall day and a sidewalk table called for soup, too. I chose white bean with kale and Chorizo sausage. The broth was thin and richly flavored, perfect for dunking pieces of baguette into. The finishing touch, smoked paprika oil, added a hint of sweetness, which gave way to lip–tingling spicy heat.

This is a super casual environment – and during SCAD class breaks, it gets very busy. Between breaks, it’s perfect:

Quiet, efficient and tasty. It’s good to see a restaurant serving primarily students that isn’t fast food or pizza – but genuinely pleasing meals with solid nutrition.

1813 Bull St./201–1808

Hearing one thing, thinking another

When I told you that Athen’s–based Your Pie pizza was locating in the former A Vida location, what I should have said was next door to the Avia Hotel on Bryan Street. Work is progressing – and reaching a point where opening shouldn’t be that far away.

Musical storefronts

Pepino’s Mexican Restaurant is gone from Oglethorpe Mall, but has been replaced by Dillinger’s Steaks and Seafood. The menu offers a variety of sandwiches, seafood, steaks and the like – in a casual dining restaurant format. The entrance is in the Macy’s courtyard.

About The Author

Tim Rutherford

Tim Rutherford grew up in rural Kentucky – then left home to pursue more than three decades as a photojournalist and newsman. A ground-breaking meal in New Orleans in 1979 set him on a path exploring food and wine. Six years ago he changed career paths – now spending his time writing about the people and places...
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