Memorial Day weekend presents so many opportunities to pay tribute to our fallen, deceased, retired, and enlisted service people. We gather with family and friends, dance the night away, and of course eat some good food. While many social affairs offer a list of events focused on the former, the latter is often ignored. But, for sure, Atlantans are out this weekend grubbing away.
Although many of us will enjoy food at a barbecue or family dinner, for those of us looking to step out to a restaurant, below, check out a list of restaurant options to visit this weekend in ATL. We’ve broken the list up into three categories: BBQ (any summer celebration calls for ribs and ‘tater salad), breakfast/brunch (a tradition in this city), and soul food options (it’s ATL, ya’ll).
Remember to call ahead for special holiday weekend hours.
- Fox Brothers BBQ: If you get the ribs, dip them into the white sauce and enjoy perfection. This place also gets points for decent mac and cheese, and for brisket worthy of this Texas Bama’s high standards; 1238 DeKalb Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia 30307; 404-577-4030
- Sweet Auburn BBQ: The darn chicken wings here are perfection. They also have BBQ on the brunch buffet; 656 North Highland Avenue Northeast; Atlanta, Georgia 30306; 678-515-3550
- Bone Lick BBQ: This place is all about taste and the taste is in the sauce. Scrumptious! 327 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, Ga, 30308; 404-343-4404
- Daddy D’z: So, the place is far from fancy, but everything is good here. Go for the works; 264 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312; (404) 222-0206
Breakfast and brunch
- Le Petit Marche: This is the little brunch spot you thought no one knew about, but the line out the door proves otherwise. The wait is always worth it. And a sister owns it. 1984 Hosea L Williams Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30317; (404) 371-9888
- Radial Cafe: The place has awesome farm-to-table eats. Your first visit won’t be your last. 1530 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307; (404) 659-6594
- Ration and Dram: I really don’t want to add this to the list, but this spot has some of the best breakfast dishes in the city–and there’s hardly a wait. Sit upstairs and for some fresh air and a decent view; 130 Arizona Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307; (678) 974-8380
- The Beautiful: This place is legendary. Ribs and ham hocks for you and your grandmother. 2260 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30311; (404) 752-5931
- Busy Bee Cafe: A West End classic with budget friendly prices. Try the fried fish; 810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30314; (404) 525-9212.
- Paschals: The spot can be pricey, but it’s worth every dime. The fried chicken always wins; 180 Northside Dr SW #B, Atlanta, GA 30313; (404) 525-2023