Atlanta loves soul food, and if you’re looking for Southern home-style cooking, you’re in the right place. Here are some restaurants to check out:
180 Northside Drive
Paschal’s proudly calls itself “Atlanta’s Best Soul Food Restaurant” – and for good reason. Their signature dishes include fried catfish, mac n’ cheese, black-eyed peas, and their famous 1947 fried chicken. They also have a full-service bar where you can grab a handcrafted cocktail.
Drop in on a Friday night with friends and family. The retro-style décor and fun atmosphere make it an excellent choice for casual get-togethers. You can also host a private event here. The restaurant has several private and semi-private dining areas where you throw a surprise birthday party or a send-off.
- Pittypat’s Porch
25 Andrew Young International Boulevard
Combining the best of Southern Plantation Cuisine with New Southern Flavors, this restaurant was named after Scarlett O’Hara’s aunt in “Gone with the Wind.” The fictional character was known to be a gracious hostess, serving guests her finest recipes. Indeed, Pittypat’s Porch has been reliving the elegance and hearty fare of the era since 1967.
Entrees like Aunt Pittypat’s Fried Chicken – “famous world wide!” – are served with the restaurant’s Southern Salad Sideboard, a mix of 12 classic salads. The Sothern Salmon Filet lies on a bed of jambalaya rice with onion rings and fried green tomatoes. Wash them down with classic mint juleps or specialty cocktails like the vodka-infused Sweet Peach tea. Best of all, you get to enjoy these treats in a setting straight out of the antebellum.
129 Church Street, Decatur, GA
Famed “Top Chef” contestant Kevin Gillespie’s Revival restaurant draws from the comfort eats he had as a child growing up in Atlanta. Housed in a 1900s home in Decatur, Revival serves an elevated version of the deviled ham sandwich Chef Kevin and his dad used to pack when they would go fishing, as well as a meatloaf made of grass-fed beef and pork wrapped in bacon.
The dinner menu also gives you the option to partake of the full Southern family-style meal experience – with relishes, side dishes, trimmings, and the Gillespie family cornbread served with your entrée. Or head down for Sunday brunch and polish off the Revival Breakfast Plate with local eggs, pencil cob grits, smoked bacon, homemade sausage, and warm biscuit.
- Soul Vegetarian 2
879 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard
Soul food is known for rich, fatty dishes, but Soul Vegetarian puts a healthy twist on classic Southern fare. Most dishes are served with kalebone, a meat substitute made from wheat gluten and a mixture of spices. Enjoy a plate of country fried steak, barbecue tofu, and eggless salad. They also serve vegan ice cream for dessert.
Located in Virginia Highlands, one of Atlanta’s trendiest neighborhoods, Soul Vegetarian fills the dietary demands of those who want to enjoy their favorite Southern dishes guilt-free.
- Mary Mac’s Tea Room
224 Ponce De Leon Ave
Another soul food restaurant with a lengthy history, Mary Mac’s has been feeding hungry diners since 1945. It’s the last of 16 tea rooms that once lined 1940s in-town Atlanta. Today, they have six dining rooms in addition to a full-service bar. They still make meals from scratch and serve them with true Southern hospitality. Try the fried okra, grilled liver and onions, and BBQ ribs.
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