Breakfast or BBQ, chicken or Caribbean – Atlanta has it all.
Before you next make the difficult decision of what restaurant you should go to, or where to get takeout from, check out this list of some of the best Black-owned restaurants in the ATL. Perfect to support during BHM, and beyond!
1. Atlanta Breakfast Club
It would be rude not to start with breakfast, and for an authentic Southern-style start to your day, make sure you check out Atlanta Breakfast Club. Try the Peach Cobler French Toast for a delicious twist on a Georgian classic. If you’re extra hungry, the Shrimp n’grits is to die for, but make sure you get their famous biscuits on the side!
2. Toast on Lenox
Now that breakfast is sorted, y’all got room for brunch? Toast on Lenox has taken brunch to the next level. Known for their irresistible waffles and fruity mimosas, it’s the perfect spot for Sunday brunch. With modern and Instagram-worthy décor, a killer menu, and an outdoor patio. Toast on Lenox is the real deal.
3. Slutty Vegan
Where: Edgewood, Jonesboro, Ralph David, & Gwinnett
It can be difficult to be exposed to so much southern comfort food and remain, or become vegan. But have no fear, because Slutty Vegan is here. This 100% plant-based burger joint will hit the spot for both vegans and meat eaters alike. They’re continuously expanding into an ATL empire, even opening up a plant-based bar in Ponce City Market last year.
4. Old Lady Gang
Where: Castleberry Hill, State Farm Arena, and Camp Creek Marketplace
The Old Lady Gang’s story is just as heartwarming as the delicious food available, curated by three sisters born and raised in Atlanta. Aunt Burtha’s Fried Chicken alone proves that they are patrons for authentic Southern cuisine, made entirely with love. If you’re a fan of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, you may know this as Kandi Burruss’ business, that’s rightfully becoming an ATL staple.
5. Blaxican Food
Where: Peachtree Corners Mall
Did somebody say Tacos? Blaxican Food is the perfect place to get tasty tacos in Atlanta. Founded in 2010, it quickly became one of the best food trucks in the city. It’s also home to the Collard Green Quesadilla, a perfect representation of the Southern/Mexican fusion that the owner strives for. They’re also a very charitable truck so by supporting Blaxican, you’re supporting Atlanta! The taco truck is passionate about providing food to those less fortunate, working with several local charities.
6. Fin & Feathers
Where: Sweet Auburn
Since we’re on the topic of tacos, it would be rude not to mention Fin & Feathers. More than just a restaurant, Fin & Feathers is a clubby experience boasting an impressive menu of seafood & chicken, signature cocktails combined with some truly genuine Southern hospitality.
7. Anna’s BBQ
Another BBQ hotspot has made our round-up. For tasty bites to eat that reign true to the South, check out Anna’s BBQ. Anna prepares the perfect ribs, the perfect burgers, the perfect veggies. Is there anything she can’t do?… No, but you should definitely go and find that out for yourself. You won’t regret it.
8. Tom, Dick and Hank
For incredible seafood and BBQ, make sure you check out TDH in the ATL. They offer charming Southern hospitality, and the soul food served up will be some of the best Atlanta has to offer. Known for their show-stopping crab boils, check out TDH with an empty stomach!
9. Roc South Cuisine & Cocktails
The undisputed Rockstar of Southern food, this restaurant is an icon in its own right. One bite of their Seafood Eggrolls and you’ll be hooked for life. Their refreshing and unique cocktail selection alone will make any visit worthwhile too!
10. Irie Mon Café
We have another food truck to add to your growing list! Irie Mon Café offers mouth-watering Caribbean food. Labelled the most authentic in Atlanta, you won’t find Jamaican food like this outside of Jamaica, except for here in Atlanta. From their jerk chicken, to their chicken, rice and peas. This place is legit, with the reputation to prove it.
11. Hattie Marie’s BBQ
Where: College Park
From ribs to hot chicken. Crabs legs, to fantastic Mac n’Cheese. Hattie Marie’s is another BBQ staple of the Georgian peach. Devoted locals are obsessed and we have a feeling that Hattie’s could do the same to you.
12. Busy Bee Cafe
Where: Atlanta University Center/Vine City
The Busy Bee Cafe will sort out your day, week and life. The first-rate dishes include fried green tomatoes, and fried chicken. Established in 1947, it’s clear that Busy Bee has been keeping Atlanta happy for a long time!
13. The Corner Grille
Where: Near Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
With a modern and relaxed atmosphere, The Corner Grille serves up traditional American Cuisine with Cajun influences. With chicken, seafood and steak on the menu, make sure you don’t leave without trying their hand-cut fries!
14. Just Add Honey
Where: Inman Park/Old Fourth Ward
This tea shop has an extensive amount of delicious flavors, and snacks to accompany your pot of tea! The peaceful and quite atmosphere is bound to help you flee the hustle of Atlanta. Bring your laptop, bring your favorite book, and bring your best friends!
15. Not As Famous Cookie
Atlanta’s first cookie truck is here to save your sweet tooth. Dessert is important, and we wouldn’t want you missing out on some of the best cookies, and cookie creations, that Atlanta has to offer.
16. Doughlicious Vegan
Where: Stocked at several locations in Atlanta
It can be difficult to find delicious vegan dessert sometimes, and then we were granted this gem to save plant-based dieters everywhere! Vegan cinnamon rolls? Vegan muffins? Vegan sweet-pies? Need we say more?
17. Big Oak Tavern Restaurant
American cuisine, with a little Southern soul. You’ll be returning soon after your first visit to Big Oaks’. The tavern unfortunately opened its doors not long before the pandemic started. But their delicious dishes have kept this place not only surviving, but thriving too!
18. Krab Queenz
These Krab Queenz are our new obsession, and we are looking forward to devouring another plate of fried crab. Their sea-based menu will be perfectly fried, with all the right spices. Get ready for the feast of all feasts. Atlanta’s eager for several! The cocktails are insanely creative too, and perfect to share with a friend.
19. Rosie’s Coffee Cafe
Only in Atlanta can you get exquisite Chicken and Waffles, served with the freshest and best brewed coffee. And for Rosie’s Café, we’ll be eternally grateful.
20. Twisted Soul Cookhouse
Twisted Soul serves up beautifully made soul food. The atmosphere is funky, but incredibly welcoming. Make sure you head here during their brunch hours specifically, because they’ll know how you like your eggs in the morning. But no matter what time you come to eat, you’ll have a delicious time at Twisted Soul.
21. Gocha’s Breakfast Bar
Where: Fayetteville & Cascade
Gocha’s has a glorious selection of breakfast burritos, and a hot sauce worth taking home. From healthy meals to filling treats, you can never go wrong at Gocha’s Breakfast Bar! Not only is this place incredible if you’re into breakfast foods, it’s clear that each dish is full of heart, and y’all deserve a hearty breakfast every morning!
22. The BQE Restaurant
Where: Sweet Auburn
Serving up some of the best mac n’ cheese in Atlanta. The BQE is the perfect place for burgers, cocktails and brunch! Their Edgewood Turkey Burger is next level. And level up even further with their addictive sides.
23. Cutting Edge Pizza
Where: Venetian Hills
Fancy a slice, y’all? You’re in luck, because Cutting Edge Pizza have a superb selection of tasty pizzas on offer, and so much more! Make sure to get the stuffed crust if you like it cheesy. But when it comes to their sides, the lemon pepper wings are the star on the star-studded menu. Click here for a recent round-up of lemon pepper wing hotspots, chosen by Atlantans.
24. Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar
Where: Old Fourth Ward, Marietta, and College Park
With drinks flowing throughout the night, hookah, and a stand-out menu known for its chicken, it’s pretty clear why Harold’s Chicken & Ice Bar now has three locations across the ATL. We recommend jumping on the fried chicken bandwagon, and going family style!
25. Nouveau Bar & Grill
Where: College Park & Jonesboro
With live DJ’s and karaoke, it’s always a good time at Nouveau Bar & Grill. Their homestyle cooking is beloved by many. We suggest trying out their chicken wings, and make sure to get waffle fries on the side.
Featured image: Slutty Vegan