Dine like an old-school Southerner

Colonnade
Sides at the Colonnade

Photograph by Caroline C. Kilgore

The Colonnade still serves turkey and dressing every day of the week and has held its ground on an otherwise fluctuating strip of Cheshire Bridge Road since 1962. “Not too many places serve fried chicken livers anymore,” says chef Ryan Cobb. “The recipe for our chocolate fudge is the one we’ve used forever and ever and ever. And you would not believe how much we still sell the tomato aspic.” The restaurant’s fiercely loyal clientele—some even walked to sip on stiff martinis after the I-85 collapse—considers it their country club. For a cafeteria-style old-school Southern meal, head to Matthews Cafeteria in Tucker, where you can get fried chicken with a side of turnip greens and squash casserole for less than $15. Colonnade: 1879 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-874-5642, colonnadeatlanta.com; Matthews: 2299 Main Street, Tucker, 770-939-2357, matthewscafeteria.com

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