Opened in 1998, 10 Degrees South is the only South African restaurant in Atlanta. Since the country itself is comprised of people from various countries, the cuisine is a mix of those countries - some European with African influences as well. Calamari, Sosaties (skewered beef in an apricot curry sauce over rice) and Biltong (a cured meat) are some dishes that must be tried. The restaurant also boasts a wonderful wine list. Just ask servers who are happy to recommend a wine.
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As one of the few restaurants in Atlanta to carry ostrich meat, they do it well. But for something much more authentic to South Africa, get the Bobotie, a sweet ground beef mixture topped with a custard. It is like the South African version of Shepherd's Pie. This “pie” of sorts has apples, apricots and raisins.
Do save room for dessert. Specifically, try the Di’s Delight, a moist sponge cake made daily by the owner’s mother. And if you aren't in a hurry to head home, then head to the patio at 10 Degrees South. It's a beautiful area to hang with friends and sip on some wine. Some nights feature live music. Be sure to check the schedule on their website to find out when the musician is playing.