Atlanta’s Dining Room: Mary Mac’s Tea Room (8/10)

IMG_6888 (1).jpgMary Mac’s is a necessary pit stop if you’re looking for traditional Southern food. Known as “Atlanta’s Dining Room,” this restaurant first opened in 1945 and is beloved by many, from locals to tourists, from plumbers to congressmen and everyone in between. Continue reading

Gladys Knight & Ron’s Chicken & Waffles

Many believe chicken & waffles to be a Southern thing, but actually, the modern concept of the dish started in Harlem, New York in the 1930’s. The delightful combination of arguably the two best breakfast and dinner foods eventually grew popular and spread around the country, reaching Los Angeles in the 1970’s.

But it’s the 2010’s now, and Atlanta is doing chicken & waffles exceptionally well at Gladys Knight & Ron’s Chicken & Waffles. Continue reading

Another Broken Egg Café: Another unjustifiable meal

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Another Broken Egg, a chain of restaurants based on the original Broken Egg Café in Louisiana, boasts Southern-New Orleans brunch fusion. Not only are their ingredients “fresh and creative,” their website claims, they’re also very Instagram-worthy.

While I agree that the pop of colors from ingredients like green onions and red peppers against bright ceramic serving vessels yields a picture-perfect photo opp, this restaurant chain offers very little else, falling short in terms of both taste and cost.

The mediocre, poorly executed meals don’t justify the bill, and that’s why Another Broken Egg simply is not worth a visit.  Continue reading

Noche Brookhaven: Tapas Culture with a Southern Kick

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“The trick to any great meal is starting off with guacamole.” – ancient Chinese proverb

If you’re from the South and love tapas, you need to get your ass to Noche A$AP. This restaurant does a great job of combining the dining culture of Spanish tapas with Southern favorites, incorporating foods like fried chicken and cheesy grits into the menu to make the most of its location. Continue reading