Forget Waffle House. When it comes to finding the best restaurant open at all hours of the day, you have to look in Buckhead.
Delish magazine named the best 24-hour restaurant in each state. For Georgia, the winner was none other than R Thomas Deluxe Grill.
“If the beautiful decor isn’t enough to get you though the door,” Delish’s explanation reads, “you’ll love the healthy options like salads, grain bowls and several vegan, raw and gluten-free offerings on the menu.”
R. Thomas Deluxe was also featured on the AJC’s 2013 roundup of the best places around town to eat late at night.
The grill offers several meals known for their high quality. The raw vegetable dinner is one of the best vegetarian meals a hungry Atlantan can buy. It mixes walnut sunflower loaf with chipotle sauce, broccoli cauliflower medley, collard kale salad and raw veggie kraut.
Be warned, though- this dish is “not for the faint of heart,” according to the AJC’s reviewer. Those looking for something simpler can try the Thai Express Bowl, the recipe for which is available on myAJC.com.
The restaurant also serves famously good quinoa.
R. Thomas Deluxe Grill was opened by Richard Thomas at 1812 Peachtree St. in Buckhead in 1985. Thomas died in January, 2017.
In a 1985 interview, he told the AJC he “just didn’t want to do anymore fast food.”
Thomas, a trained chef and graduate of the Culinary Institute of San Francisco, said R. Thomas Deluxe Grill inspired reactions from customers he’d never seen before.
“I’ve been in the food business all my life,” Thomas said in 1988. “But I’ve never had people come up and thank me for the style of food we are doing, like they do now. It’s rewarding.”