Soul food has been around for a long time. The name "soul food" became common in the 1960s as a way for African-Americans to "reclaim their part of the American cultural legacy," according to americanfood.about.com. Today, soul food is a popular cuisine for all.
We are lucky that there is a soul food restaurant right here in the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon area.
Georgia Peach, in Owings Mills, offers a beautiful, cozy dining experience. The restaurant has a lovely seating area, with some upholstered booths and shiny-topped tables and chairs. The restaurant is well lit with a ton of natural light. I personally like to be able to see what I am eating, so I enjoy well-lit places. The atmosphere is just incredibly pleasant. There is a large-screen television in one area and interesting and unique artwork on the walls in other places. There are amazing glass chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, which reflect off the walls, adding to the brightness of the place.
The servers are happy and the food is well-prepared and tasty. There is a large display case that shows off some of the restaurant's tastier dishes.
Georgia Peach's chicken is slow baked; the skin is rubbed with a number of spices and herbs that add to its delicious taste. It comes out all juicy and tender; the aroma arrives before the meal does. I had a chicken breast — it was by far one of the best pieces of chicken I have ever had.
The restaurant serves its chicken by the piece, or in combos of two or three pieces that can be purchased either individually or as a meal with sides and a dinner roll.
Georgia Peach also has deep-fried chicken wings, slow baked turkey wings and more.
Georgia Peach serves ribs and pork chops as well. The folks at the next table had ordered the smothered pork chops and, oh my, did they look delicious. The couple informed me that they go to Georgia Peach often and the smothered pork chops is their favorite dish. I can see why.
Fish is also available at the restaurant. You can get catfish, tilapia and whiting with your choice of two sides and a dinner roll. Or you can enjoy your fish grilled: The restaurant offers grilled salmon and grilled tilapia, both served with rice and your choice of broccoli or asparagus.
There are some amazing side dishes, too, including candied yams, string beans, collard greens, rice, redskin mashed potatoes and more. The candied yams are so delicious and amazing that I could eat them as a meal.
Georgia Peach offers some pretty awesome desserts, including red velvet cake, coconut cake, vanilla cake and banana pudding. All the desserts looked great, but I chose the banana pudding and fell in love. It was creamy, sweet and full of fresh bananas, yet light enough that I did not feel over-full.
Georgia Peach makes its own peach mango lemonade that is by far one of the most flavorful drinks I have ever tasted.
Georgia Peach is at 9223 Lakeside Blvd., in Owings Mills.
Terry Chaney is a Reisterstown resident and can be reached via email at