Best Soul Food Eateries In Atlanta
Atlanta's got a lot of soul. Whether you get your inspiration from gospel, meditation, or a round of golf, there's no question that a good meal ranks high on the list for many of you when it comes to feeding the "spirit", and Atlanta is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world to find yourself when seeking a plate of soul nuturing food. From collared greens to cornbread and sweet potato pie to fried chicken & waffles, these meals found their way from humble beginnings to downright delicacies and are served by even the most fickle restauranteur. Be sure to visit these Atlanta eateries to experience what real food for the soul tastes like.
Gladys Knight and Ron Winans' Chicken and Waffles™
529 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA
Why did the chicken cross the road? To meet the waffle! We don't know, there is a joke in there somewhere, but that wasn't it (clearly). According to now passed Wells Supper Club, the concept of Chicken & Waffles was born out of the bustling nightlife in Harlem where wee hours of the night diners couldn't decide if it was time for dinner or breakfast so they were given both. However lesser glamorous stories date the meal combination to a time of slavery where men and women forged whatever meal they could with the scraps available to them from the leftovers in the plantation kitchens, often including chicken necks and batter both used to fry up this now popular meal. Nonetheless, what we have today is a unique combination that exceeds its past and is found in both fine dining establishments in the South as well as in road side eateries.
Gladys Knight and Ron Winans Chicken & Waffles is our highest recommended restaurant with its superior soul food menu, dim lit and rhythmic decor with friendly, laid back yet professional staff. On your first visit you must try the staple Chicken & Waffles, and after that be sure to sample other menu items. YAHglobal.Com recommends starting with the Spicy Garlic Shrimp ($7.50) as an Opening Act, the Midnight Train ($10.50 Four southern fried jumbo chicken wings and one Original waffle) as a Headliner and the Sweet Potato Cheesecake ($4.95) for an Encore, which is sure to bring you back for a repeat performance yourself.
Busy Bee Cafe
810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Atlanta, GA
The Busy Bee Cafe located in the historic portion of downtown Atlanta is a classic diner styled restaurant that has gained years of recognition as being among the best soul food eateries in Georgia. The no nonsense approach with an excellent menu keeps Busy Bee buzzing with activity so you may have a wait during lunch and prime dinner time, but its well worth it. There are rotating specials depending on the day of the week that are certainly worth the try, but our personal recommendation reads like this: Bar-B-Que Ribs ($11.50) with a side of Baked Macaroni & Cheese and a Corn Muffin (.50¢), an Uptown beverage ($2.25 16oz lemonade blended with iced tea) in hand and for desert try (attack!) the Georgia Peach Cobbler ($4 small, which isn't really small). The Busy Bee Cafe will have you rubbing your belly in soulful bliss.
K&K Soul Food
881 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy Nw, Atlanta, GA
K & K Soul Food is definitely one of the most talked about and well received soul food restaurants in Atlanta. Its located off the beaten path and is renowned for what is considered to be it's staple meal by many; Oxtail with rice (substitute with the fried pork chops if that's more your thing), Macaroni & Cheese and fresh corn bread on the edge. Prices at K & K are fairly cheap, the cafeteria style service is fast, friendly and welcomes you to come back for more.
285 West Soul Food Restaurant
2636 Martin L King Jr Dr # 10, Atlanta
Being located on the Westend, which is not the trendiest area of Atlanta, only serves to validate the age old assertion that the best home styled food is usually found in on the side of the road, in this case residing on Martin L. King Drive. 285 West Soul Food Restaurant has the cheapest (in price NOT quality) menu on the block (city) where you can get a full plate of Tilapia, black eyed peas, gloriously sloppy dressing and a side of corn bread (of course!) all for around $8. Head west to this historic drive and pay homage to one of the best no frills soul food joints in Atlanta.
Mae's Soul Food
34 Peachtree Street Southwest, Atlanta
Before we posted our write up for Mae's we received news that a raised lease forced Mae's Soul Food out of the Peachtree Building. Rumor has it that they re-opened on Martin Luther King Drive but owners could not be reached for confirmation. YAHglobal.Com's next trip to Atlanta won't occur over the next year so if you have any information on the whereabouts of Mae's, please send us the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.