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Top Atlanta restaurants serving Southern comfort food

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Paige Minds The Gap
Paige Minds The Gap

Get a taste of authentic, down-home Southern cooking with these top restaurants showcasing regional specialties. These restaurants are serving up comfort food dishes like fried chicken, cornbread, fried green tomatoes, grits, and biscuits and gravy in the familiar classic style and with unique twists. Check out the top Southern food restaurants in Atlanta here.
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Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours on Atlanta’s Westside from classically trained chef Deborah VanTrece perfectly blends casual and fine dining. On the menu, you can expect delicious Southern creations like the Southern Marinated Fried Chicken, the Hoisin Oxtails, a Creole Butter Chicken, and a Mole Sous Vide Short Rib. For dessert, you’ll definitely want to try Twisted Soul’s Sticky Pecan Bread Pudding, Baked Sweet Potato Cheesecake, or a classic Peach Cobbler.

The Busy Bee Cafe

The Busy Bee Cafe on Atlanta’s Westside has been in business since self-taught cook Lucy Jackson opened the restaurant in 1947. The restaurant is seemingly always packed, so be ready for a crowd and a wait. The Busy Bee Cafe is most known for its fried chicken and delicious Southern sides, such as mac n’ cheese, cornbread dressing, and collard greens.

Swan Coach House

Located behind the Atlanta History Center, the Swan Coach House used to be the old couch house of the famous Swan House mansion. Now, the building is home to an art gallery, gift shop, and one of the best Southern restaurants in the city. It’s a popular ladies luncheon spot, perfect for a girls’ day or a bridal party. Friends and families have been coming here for generations for their famous chicken salad inside heart-shaped cups, cheese straws, and the adorably swan-shaped Swan’s Silk Pie.
Biscuits and gravy.Vickie McCarty/Pixabay

South City Kitchen

South City Kitchen has locations in Midtown, Vinings, Buckhead, and Alpharetta. On the menu, you’ll find sophisticated Southern classics in an array of seasonally and regionally inspired dishes. And South City Kitchen is one of the most popular brunch spots in Buckhead. Try their signature fried green tomatoes, the jumbo lump crab cake, a malted buttermilk waffle, and of course the fried chicken.

Mary Mac’s Tea Room

Mary Mac’s Tea Room is a beloved Southern restaurant on Ponce De Leon known for its fried chicken and fried green tomatoes. They celebrated their 75th anniversary in 2020, having first opened in 1945 as one of 16 tearooms in Atlanta. The restaurant serves made-from-scratch classic Southern food with genuine Southern hospitality. Their menu hasn’t changed much since opening 75 years ago; you’ll still find delicious desserts like old fashioned banana pudding and fresh Georgia peach cobbler, crispy fried chicken, and fresh vegetables like fried okra and their world-famous fried green tomatoes.