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Busy Bee's Fried Chicken

Busy Bee Cafe earns a James Beard Classics Award

The James Beard Foundation awarded Atlanta's historic Busy Bee Cafe with a 2022 America's Classics Award. The award is given to "locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are beloved regionally for quality food that reflects the character of its community." 
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The pandemic reminds me of a time when Atlanta was a very different food city

In this hiatus, I’ve had ample time to return to memories of the restaurant scene of Atlanta’s past.

Best of Atlanta 2018: Food & Drink

The best of Atlanta's food and drink in 2018, including best new restaurant, new chef, zero-proof cocktail, healthy food, date restaurant, and more.
Busy Bee Cafe

Eat lunch where civil rights movement leaders once held meetings

“During the civil rights movement, we’d start our day at Busy Bee or Paschal’s,” says Andrew Young, referencing his days at the SCLC with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. “But you didn’t go to those places so much to eat as you did to meet. That’s where you found out what was going on.”
Best comfort food Atlanta

Our 13 favorite feel-good dishes in Atlanta

Tuck into the city's best comfort food with these 13 favorite dishes, including Spice to Table's Kerala Fried Chicken, Southern Sweets Bakery's Caramel Cake, and more.
Busy Bee's Fried Chicken

Eat This: Busy Bee Cafe’s fried chicken

Busy Bee Cafe may boast the city’s best fried chicken, but it wasn’t always their top seller. When owner Tracy Gates first started working at the restaurant in 1987, the menu was dominated by ham hocks and chitlins.
Christiane Chronicles

The Christiane Chronicles: My reservation with reservations, plus Atlanta’s best soul food

Really, I don’t mind waiting for a table. It’s part of the experience, and one can learn a lot about a place by just showing up. Plus, where to go to feast on smothered chicken, pork neck bones, turkey wings, and oxtail buried in gravy.
Christiane Chronicles

The Christiane Chronicles: Atlanta’s best baklava, and are all the good restaurant names taken?

The best baklava comes from a shop famous around Atlanta for its pita, Leon International Foods. And a restaurant's food may be highly complex, but that doesn't mean its name needs to be.

Top ten places to eat fried chicken in Atlanta

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