Busy Bee

75 Best Restaurants in Atlanta: Busy Bee Cafe
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Atlanta would be a lesser town without Busy Bee, which provided sustenance to Civil Rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr. Since 1947, the woman-owned institution has reliably served heaping helpings of soul food: smothered pork chops, oxtails, fried chicken, collards, and cornbread dressing. Old-school politicos and R&B stars alike continue to file into the tight quarters on the outskirts of Atlanta’s HBCU complex, seeking lunch or early dinner (it closes at 7 p.m.). There’s no better serving of history. 810 Martin Luther King Drive, 404-525-9212, thebusybeecafe.com