The Highland Bakery is a great neighborhood bakery in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood in Atlanta. They serve traditional baked goods and Southern-and Southwest-inspired breakfast and lunch. I went for breakfast recently, and was impressed enough to go back a second time during my short stay in Atlanta. The first time, our order took a little long, so the staff gave us some great complimentary sweet potato biscuits warm from the oven. I had the Hoppin’ Highland, black-eyed peas that were bright, delicious, with a little bit of heat, served with tomatoes and a cheese crisp over grits. The country-fried steak eggs benedict was outstanding and consisted of biscuits topped with country fried steak, poached eggs, and jalepeno cheddar cheese sauce, served with a side of creamy grits (excellent roasted potatoes also available). The Sweet Potato Pancakes had great sweet potato flavor and were light and airy. The bakery case was filled with amazing-looking treats. Highly recommended.
Parish Foods and Goods is located in the Inman Park neighborhood that encompasses multiple concepts within a wonderfully restored former pipe factory building. They have a full-service restaurant with dinner and brunch service focusing on Southern cuisine, and a downstairs market and coffee bar that are open all day. At the Market, there are a lot of great value specials, like a whole roast chicken from Spring Mountain Farm and three sides for $20. Bread pudding was pretty good dessert, but the banana cream tart was so-so. In a previous trip I had eaten in the main dining room for dinner, and had a great meal with several seasonal vegetables served over grits for about $12. Definitely recommended.
Flip Burger Boutique in the Westside neighborhood serves burgers, fries, and shakes but with a modern, fun twist courtesy of Creative Director Richard Blais, who won Top Chef All-Stars. The shakes are made using liquid nitrogen and include flavors such as Foie Gras and Nutella with Charred Marshmallows. I had the Cap’n Crunch Shake with Peanut Butter Foam, which tasted exactly how you might imagine a Cap’n Crunch shake should taste. Sweet Potato Tots with Chocolate Salt and Marshmallow Foam are an updated take on sweet potatoes. The burger special of the day was a Turducken, with duck confit, chicken, and turkey formed into a patty and deep fried, served with stuffing and cranberry sauce. They also have a $10 prix fixe with choice of classic/turkey/vegetarian burger, choice of fries/onion rings/sweet potato tots, and a fountain drink that is good value. Service was attentive and friendly. There are two locations in the Atlanta area. Definitely recommended.
Carver’s Country Kitchen is an award-winning Atlanta institution that serves great, homemade Southern food. It is located in an industrial area northwest of Georgia Tech and is a bit of a drive from central Atlanta. Country-Fried Steak, Meatloaf, outstanding sides, corn bread, and desserts are served here. Highly recommended.
The Silver Skillet is a traditional diner established in 1956 that serves breakfast and traditional Southern food with meat and choice of two vegetables, served with corn bread or a biscuit for around $9. The catfish was fried to perfection with a crunchy corn meal crust. Meatloaf was pure comfort food. Biscuits were very good. The turnip greens were a bit over-seasoned for my taste, and the potatoes and gravy were pretty basic.
The Flying Biscuit Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is located in the Candler Park neighborhood, but has expanded to a mini-empire with multiple locations in Atlanta and also franchises as far away as Florida. Their Creamy, Dreamy Grits are buttery and rich, served as part of their Shrimp and Grits or other breakfast items. I was less impressed with the signature biscuits; they are good but are topped with sugar and not as savory, buttery and flaky as I usually expect.
Overall, I give highest marks to Highland Bakery, Parish, Carver’s Country Kitchen, and Flip Burger. There is lots of great food in Atlanta!