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Looking to bring some more Southern charm to Miami Beach, the team behind Morgan's decided to revamp its South Beach space a couple months ago, transforming it into Georgia's Union. With a decor to match, the focus at Georgia's Union is southern comfort with a menu ripe with organic soul food composed of ingredients straight from the farm. Here's a roundup of whether or not guests are feeling the Southern hospitality at Georgia's Union:

The Outstanding News: One yelper loved the Southern charm, dining on an "outstanding Southern brunch with some twists...the food was spectacular, varied and very well presented. The service was fine. Chef Nate was even kind enough to prepare a sampler plate for me since I wanted to try so many things from my childhood Southern culinary palate. The grits were spectacular and the eggs superbly scrambled. The ingredients were clearly of the finest quality (wow bacon and ham) and it turned out that I know some of the purveyors. Even the toast was exceptional." [Yelp]

The Comforting News: Short Order's Ilana Shulevitz stopped by Georgia's Union for a first bite, finding that the interior "looks like it hopped out of a weekly gardening magazine." Some of the standouts from the kitchen include a roasted tomato and cucumber salad that "is light and refreshing, but stands out because of the fresh taste of home-made farmers cheese" and a oven-roasted Cornish game hen that is "phenomenal, as long as you don't mind really working for it. The hen is served as a huge chunk of meat (almost identical to Morgans roast chicken item in appearance) with a sweet vegetable stuffing and a choice of the restaurant's many sides. It is unbelievably savory and loaded with rich flavor." The only real misses were service that "is well intentioned, but disorganized and largely uninformed" and a bread basket "filled with dry corn-flax muffins". Shulevitz concludes "it's a challenge to qualify as comfort food when staying healthful and organic, but, if anything, the grandma's-porch feel helps up the comfort-level, even if not all of the food does." [Short Order]

The Hefty Good News: Sara Liss at found Georgia's Union to be an "airy ode to Southern cooking" with a "down-home neighborhood-friendly vibe." Highlights include a fried chicken dish that "is a hefty chicken breast marinated in buttermilk and vinegar then topped with a honey drizzle, while the fried catfish can easily feed two. Sides like fried okra, candied yams and white corn grits round out the belly-filling fare." All in all, "the cuisine may be country, but the ideas are urbane at this neo-soul food outpost." []

Good, But Not Great News: One yelper gave Georgia's Union three stars, falling short on a dish but succeeding elsewhere: "Great ambiance. Food is good, but not great. I had the oxtail, which came with a little too much sauce. The baked mac and cheese....was different, tasted undercooked, but then again it was baked. My fiancée had the fried chicken, which was nice and juicy. If I go again, would definitely order her plate instead of the oxtail. On the plus side, the waiter was absolutely great and I love the fact all the food is organic." [Yelp]

Disappointing News: One yelper loved the decor at Georgia's Union but was turned off by a few things: "Despite great decor which gives the impression of a relaxing southern patio, Georgia's Union is somewhat of a 'poor man's Yardbird'...It has a funky, moderately upscale Southern ambience, thoughtful decor, terrific mixed drinks, and it serves several strong appetizers, including a great roasted tomato salad and hush puppies...I was disappointed with the fried chicken, served only as a boneless breast, and several of the sides fell flat (organic vegetable salad, mac & cheese)." [Yelp]

Soulful News: One commenter on FourSquare described the attraction of Georgia's Union: "All organic soul food in a charming setting. The Savannah Punch really packs one. Country fried steak took me back to my southern roots. Peach cobbler rounds out a soulful meal with health in mind." [FourSquare]

Georgia's Union

1781 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139