Thursday, June 12, 2008

Soul Food Stars in the A-T-L

Now everyone loves their soul food a certain way..perhaps your Auntie made your sweetpotato pie with lemon flavoring rather than vanilla..or you prefer your yams with more juice and light on the cinnamon..or your fried chicken with lots of crunch on the outside..and i believe no would argue when i say the mac-n-cheese has to be the real thing along with homemade nana pudding is a must and don't even try it if the sweet tea, cornbread and yeast rolls are not on point! you can see i get passionate about my soul ya'll on with the list of my top faves for getting your soul food on in the A-T-L...and hey i'm waiting breathless on any additions you may have to the list..enjoy!

Busy Bee Cafe 810 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive The West End (404) 525-9212
omigod i love their food! as a matter of fact i'll be back... i'm headed there right

Honey's Kitchen 517 Flat Shoals Ave Atlanta, GA 30316 (404) 586-0009
anyone tried this spot? let me know what you think..

Geraldine's Fish & Grits 971 N Hairston Rd Ste Stone Mountain 3 (770) 498-3660
the only place i know that serves every fish in the sea with all the breakfast trimmings all day everyday till 3 pm

King’s Southern Restaurant 4958 Redan Road Stone Mountain, Georgia 30088
404-501-0182 or 678-596-1198
yum! down home cooking with all the favorites..great spot for after church

Mama Nem’s 6049 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, 770-469-0445
New school soul food..great atmosphere with full bar and flat screen tvs. special events are some of the most fun in town. attended the Election nite party and it was the jam! danced and ate fried green tomatoes and wings to old school.

Who's Got Soul Southern Cafe 3818 Covington Hwy, Decatur, GA 30032(404) 289-0116
Chef Keith Kash who made an appearance as Lisa Hartwell's personal chef on RHA owns and runs this restaraunt..piping hot fish and chicken fried to order..fresh veggies and the meatloaf is the this place after getting my praise on at Berean Christian Church

The Beautiful 2260 Cascade Rd SW The West End (404) 752-5931
an Atlanta institution where you can get your good greasy soul eat on..

Q Time 1120 Ralph David Abernathy The West End (404) 758-2881
another Atlanta favorite..check out the breakfast..the grits are off the cheesy!

A lil bit of Soul 1234 S Hairston Rd Stone Mountain 30088 (404) 297-2242
it ain't fancy but it tis good when you need a carryout meal

Mae's Soul Food Inc. 34 Peachtree St SW (404) 525-4557
has anyone tried this place..give me a shout and tell me what you think...

Son's Place 100 Hurt St NE Atlanta, GA 30307 (404) 581-0530
legendary fried chicken....

Louise’s World Best Soul Food 1455 Pleasant Hill Road Lawrenceville, 770-923-1188
clean, pleasant little spot in the old ruby tuesday's down from gwinnett mall..don't miss the fried green tomatoes...CLOSED

This is It BBQ & Seafood 4065 Memorial Drive (404) 292-5616
still one of my faves...the red velvet cake is orgasmic

Quinnie’s BBQ Restaurant 2860 LaVista Road Decatur 404-728-8763
i'm just so glad to have a soul food spot in my hood! cool spot for lunch

Collard Green Cafe 2566 Shallowford Rd NE (404) 634-3440
another winner for lunch in my hood

Our Way Cafe 2831 E College Ave Decatur (404) 292-9356
they have a comforting selection of soul food favorites

Best steaks in town

Sear 265 Peachtree Center Ave. 404-521-0000 in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis downtown

Maxim Prime Steakhouse The Glen Hotel 110 Marietta St. 404-222-7992

Hal's On Old Ivy 30 Old Ivy Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30342Phone: (404) 261-0025

Morton's - The Steakhouse 3379 Peachtree Rd., NEAtlanta, GA 30326Phone: (404) 816-6535

Room at Twelve Centennial Park 400 W. Peachtree St. 404-418-1250 Atlantic Station

Prime Steaks Sushi Seafood Lenox Square Mall 3393 Peachtree Road NE 404-812-0555

Ted's Montana Grill 1874 Peachtree RoadAtlanta, GA 404-355-3897 and 133 Luckie StreetAtlanta, Georgia 30303P: 404- 521-9796

Wildfire Perimeter Mall 94 Perimeter Center West 770-730-9080

McKendrick's Steak House 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road 770-512-8888

Chops 70 W. Paces Ferry Road Atlanta. 404-262-2675

Kevin Rathbun Steak 154 Krog St., Suite 200 Atlanta. 404-524-5600

Highland Tap 1026 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404-875-3673

Bricktop's 3280 Peachtree Road Suite 100 404-841-2212

Burgers, Burgers, Burgers!

Ok..I know this is a gamble to put myself out here claiming to know the best spots to get a burger...let's face it: burgers are as diverse as the people are in our fine city..but i like my burgers thick and juicy...homemade....and hand you know i have high standards when it comes to a burger...the only spots to make this list with the frozen patties are special spots that gussy up your burger and make the visit worthwhile...So on to the topic at hand..
now i will not attempt to offer my thoughts on these fine about you check them out and give me a shout..holla!

5 Napkin Burgers 990 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta GA 30309 (404) 685-0777

Kitsch’n 155 1788 Clairmont Rd. Decatur, GA 30033 678-973-0606
yummy homemade burgers and sweetpotato fries in cozy location

Farmburger 410b W. Ponce de Leon Decatur, Georgia 30030 404.378.5077
totally groovy 100% grassfed beef in supercool location in decatur next door to Watershed

Grindhouse Killer Burgers 1842 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30324 404-254-2273
these handshaped burgers are mounds of pure delight. u must try the boozy milkshake!

Yeah! Burger 1168 Howell Mill Rd Ste E Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 496-4393

Atlanta icons

George's Restaurant & Bar 1041 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

The Warren City Club 818 N Highland Ave Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 475-1991

Two Urban Licks 820 Ralph McGill Blvd Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 522-4622

not only will you get a good burger but the hottie potattie's are in the bldg!

Bocado 887 Howell Mill Rd Atlanta, GA 30318(404) 815-1399

Manuel’s Tavern 602 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307 (404) 525-3447

The Vortex Bar & Grill 878 Peachtree St NE Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 875-1667

Highland Tap 1026 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 874-4742

Dantanna's 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 760-8873

Atkins Park Restaurant and Tavern 794 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 876-7249

Front Page News1104 Crescent Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 897-3500

Shaun's1029 Edgewood Ave Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 577-4358

The EARL 488 Flat Shoals Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30316 (404) 522-3950

The Burger Club 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Suite 150, Atlanta

Murphy's 997 Virginia Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 (404) 872-0904

Rusty Nail 2900 Buford Hwy NE Atlanta, GA 30329 (404) 325-3326

One of a kind spots

Mikes Big Burger So Dekalb Mall (404) 286-8762

Rosebud 1397 N. Highland Avenue(Morningside) Atlanta, GA 30306. 404.347.9747

Napoleon's Grill 2836 La Vista Rd Decatur, GA 30033 404-321-5000

Moe & Joe's Bar and Grill 1033 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA (404) 873-6090

Ann's Snack Bar 1615 Memorial Dr Atlanta, GA 30317 (404) 687-9207

Rhea's Take Out Foods 1210 Canton St Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 992-8638 7420 Southlake Parkway , Jonesboro 770-210-0031

Melton's App & Tap 2500 N Decatur Rd Decatur, GA 30033 (404) 634-9112

Burgers & More 245 Ivan Allen Blvd Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 658-7808

Chevy's Diner & Ice Cream Parlor 45 Macon St, McDonough (678) 583-8777

Paper Mill Grill 305 Village Parkway, Marietta (678) 766-1500

Places that make a Turkey Burger with their weight in gold

Neighborhood: Castleberry Hill 323 Walker Street SW ATLANTA, GA 30312 (678) 705-9759

FLIP Burger Boutique 1587 Howell Mill Rd Atlanta, GA 30318(404) 352-3547
and u must try the krispy kreme milkshake!

Burger Joe's 810 Marietta St. Atlanta, GA 30318(404) 876-2005

Mr Everything Cafe
870 Martin Luther King Dr Atlanta, GA 30314 (404) 521-9903

Grindhouse Killer Burgers
Neighborhood: Sweet Auburn Curb Market 209 Edgewood Ave Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 522-3444

Fuze Burger 265 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Suite AAtlanta, GA 30308(404) 685-9988

Atkins Park Restaurant 794 N Highland Ave NEAtlanta, GA 30306 (404) 876-7249

Chain restaurants that make a mean burger

Ted's Montana Grill various locations around the city

Houston’s various locations around the city www.

Five Guys various locations around the city

Zestos various locations around the city

Fuddruckers various locations around the city

Happy Hour Baby!

Cafe Circa 464 Edgewood Ave (404) 477-0008 a winning combination of laid back sophisticaion and cool urban appeal has livened up Edgewood avenue... founded by a few brothers from morehouse..don't miss the desserts and appetizers for noshing..and the peach cobbler is awesome..i love this place!

CRÜ Urban Lounge 620 Glen Iris DrAtlanta, GA 30308 (404) 551-2361
swanky loft for the grown and sexxy crowd

Luckie Food Lounge 375 Luckie St (404) 525-5825 you can definitely get lucky at this uber chi-chi restaraunt/niteclub..even the bathrooms are hot! and loved the gelato bar and "corner store" downstairs

FOX Sports Grill - Atlantic Station's Man central! and the drinks will definitely get you buzzing...

Acoustix Jazz Lounge 840 Marietta St NW (404) 898-8788 the decor is amazing..prepare to be dazzled...

Eclipse di Luna 764 Miami Cir NE Atlanta, GA 30324 (404) 846-0449
Love the latin band on thurs-sun nites!

Universal Joint 906 Oakview Rd. Decatur, GA funky unpretentious bar in a revamped auto garage..great bar food

Aiko Martini Lounge 128 E Andrews DrAtlanta, GA 30305 (404) 869-4800 sushi lovers dream...hip decor...

Thrive 101 Marietta St Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 389-1000 cool place to drink and meet and greet

M Bar 257 Peters St Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 523-1555 hip little place in the very buppie Castleberry Hills to get your meet on..good food and drinks..definitely a hot spot for where the black singles mingle

Girls just want to Hang Out - Dreamy things to Do when you have "Me time"

So what is a girl to do with a day of leisure? Hey now..Me time! :-) Need ideas for those rare days when you clear your calendar, push all appts to the side, the kiddies are at school and when you give your to-do-list a break? Well..your girl is on the job! Here is a guilt-free day of girl-fun! Please peruse my fave list of Dreamy Tings to Do Mon...And I'm always open to ideas..Please send me a shout on your fave places!

Shop at Pleasant Hill (to die for!)– Lunch @ Bahama Breeze

Boutiquing in VA Highland and lunch @ Diesel

Spa visit and haircut @ Like the river Salon and and lunch @ Zaya - Dessert at Parish Fine Foods
Marshall’s @ Town Brookhaven – Lunch @ Noche and run by Publix before you leave :-)

Spa vist to Natural Body and Loft browsing in Brookhaven - Lunch @ Haven

Northlake Mall- Lunch @ blue ribbon grill/fuji ya/fuddruckers

Marshall’s and TJ Maxx in Buckhead – Lunch @ Bricktops

TJ Maxx on Howell Mill – Brunch @Social House - Pedicure @ Nail talk

Marshall’s on Roswell road – Lunch @Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe

Massage @ Urban Body Studios + Yoga/Pilates in the studio - Lunch @Papis Grill

Shop at Cumberland Mall – Lunch @ Stoney River legendary Steaks/Ted’s Montana Grill/Cheesecake Factory

Shop at Phipps Plaza – Lunch @ The Tavern/The Grape

Spa @ Gabriel’s Face Spa – Lunch @ Paper Mill

Shop at TJ Maxx Northpoint – Lunch @ the Village Tavern (Exit 9 off GA400)

Shop at Perimeter Mall – Lunch @Wildfire

West End Mall for browsing and people watching - Lunch @ Busy Bee

Movies @ Mall of Georgia - shop at Nordstrom rack and TJ Maxx superstore

Shopping at Lenox Mall - Lunch @ the Clubhouse

Breakfast worth taking a break for

Now this is a subject near and dear to my heart...I love all things breakfast. So brunch is one of my favorite things to do on the weekend. How about a list of the top breakfast spots in the city? And weekend destinations for brunch! Yum....

Breakfast Served All Day:

The Social House
1663 Howell Mill Road, 404-350-1938,
closes at 3 will not be disappointed! their menu is delish. Black owned breakfast spot and another Lorenzo Wyche joint. Great food!

Ria's Bluebird 421 Memorial Drive S.E., Atlanta; 404-521-3737 - closes at 3 pm
killer pancakes...the crowd is always entertaining for people watching. Short satisfying menu that is easy on the pocketbook

Radial 1530 Dekalb Ave NE (404) 659-6594 funky little restaraunt with nice selection of breakfast items

Highland Bakery 655 Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30312 (404) 586-0772
omigod the sweetpotao pancakes and grits are divine..awesome selections of sweets also...

Original Pancake House various locations
Old standby with good reliable pancakes personal fave is on Cheshire bridge

Thumbs Up Diner various locations you didn't think we could mention breakfast without putting them on the list did you?

The Flying Biscuit various locations
An Atlanta institution

West Egg Cafe 1168-A Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-872-3973
great downtown option for light satisfying fare..good selection of breakfast muffins

Matthews Cafeteria 2299 Main St Tucker, GA (770) 491-9577
when you are the Tucker neighborhood drop on by this legendary mom and pop dive that serve killer grits...and all the fixins for the low-low

OK Cafe 1284 W Paces Ferry Rd NW (404) 233-2888
I love the whole "retro diner" vibe and the food is reliable. Brunch stops at 2 pm on the weekend
Gladys Knight Chicken and Waffles various locations
Gladys I'm glad your Midnight waffle train made a stop in Georgia. I do wish they offered more of a variety in syrup fave is the Stonecrest location

Places I haven't tried but I hear are good:

J. Christopher's

The Pecan - off Main Street in College Park

American Roadhouse -Nothing fancy but a good reliable breakfast before a day of shopping in Va Highland

Babbette's Cafe - french cottage that serves unbelievably fresh fare

Chicago's in Sandy Springs has a good Sunday brunch

Brio various locations

Destination Weekend Brunch Spots:

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen 10795 Davis Dr. Alpharetta, GA (770) 992-5566
the motherlode of brunch spots..Served at the Alpharetta location only. Not to be missed!

Ray's on the River 6700 Powers Ferry Rd NW (770) 955-1187 oh my is good! it is a palatial spread...they recently lowered the price too

Chequers Bar & Grill 236 Perimeter Ctr Pkwy NE 7703919383

Murphy's 997 Virginia Ave NE VA Highlands brunch destination stops traffic with home-made baked goods and inventive egg dishes.

Front Page News 1104 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA yummy cajun food and great place for people watching on Crescent Avenue.

Paschal's Restaurant 180 Northside Dr SW Unit B (404) 525-2023
legend has it that pioneers of the civil rights movement planned there strategy over many a meal at this Atlanta institution ..where all the church folks stop by for a good sunday meal

Ritz-Carlton Buckhead The Dining Room 3434 Peachtree Rd NE (404) 237-2700
look no more..this is the quintessential spot for THE brunch in the city..reserve for special occassions and it aint cheap be prepared..but it will soothe that savage foodie beast within


Hi ya'll:

I first and foremost want to shout out my Sister and Soror Adrianne Caldwell. She was the inspiration behind this blog. She always says "Dee your knowledge of the city is so should blog!" So finally I got with it dahlings and here I hope you will stop by often and add your comments. Remember all opinions are welcomed, as long as you are kind. :-) Oh one more thing, food is my passion...I love to try new restaraunts so if you know of any hot spots that are not mentioned feel free to holla! And I'll be sure to include on this site..So onto the matter at hand - Hanging in the ATL! Thanks so much for stopping by,

Peace and Blessings,