10 of the best Black-owned restaurants in metro Atlanta

Breakfast at Barney’s is a downtown hot spot for all-day brunch. Expect a wait, even on weekdays. Takeout also is an option. / Wendell Brock for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Wendell Brock

The city of Atlanta is deep-rooted in a rich history of Black culture and it’s no question that it shines through in the culinary world. Atlanta’s Black-owned restaurants are some of the best gems the city has to offer and there is truly an amazing variety to choose from.

With many Black-owned restaurants to visit and support, we’ve highlighted 10 below (in no particular order) that are definitely worth trying. From french toast to waffles, to traditional Southern food, barbecue, pizza, plant-based burgers and more, you’ll be glad you tried these out for yourself.

Atlanta Breakfast Club

Featured on the Travel Channel and Food Network, Atlanta Breakfast Club puts a creative twist on classic breakfast dishes. Their Breakfast Tacos are made with French toast-battered flour tortillas, eggs, bacon and are drizzled with warm syrup. The Crispy Fried Chicken & Waffles, Breakfast Bowl and Peach Cobbler French Toast are all delicious dishes that will keep you full and leave you satisfied.

Location: Downtown - 249 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd. NW; Website: atlbreakfastclub.com; Contact: 470-428-3825

Toast on Lenox

Over in Buckhead, Toast on Lenox is another great breakfast and brunch spot for your next weekend outing. Toast serves an elevated breakfast experience unlike any other, with their Lobster Waffle, Hot Georgia Honey Fried Chicken, Salmon Croquette, Beef Short Rib Breakfast Skillet and more. If you’re craving a sweeter French Toast, check out their Strawberry Shortcake French Toast which includes strawberry crumble, vanilla glaze and is topped with strawberry syrup.

Location: Buckhead - 2770 Lenox Rd. NE, Suite B1; Website: toastonlenoxatl.com; Contact: 404-748-4594

Breakfast at Barney’s

With a line usually out the door (especially on the weekends), Downtown Atlanta’s Breakfast at Barney’s serves an all-day brunch that specializes in tasty comfort food with a Southern take. From the New York Steak and Eggs to the Lamb and Eggs, or their 24-Karat Gold Pancakes that actually include edible flowers and 24k edible gold, we guarantee every dish is worth the wait. If you’re looking to go all in, you might want to try their Mansa Musa Tower which comes with an order of the 24k gold pancakes, Yard Bird platter, fried lobster, grits and a bottle of Armand de Brignac Aces of Spades gold champagne.

Location: Downtown - 349 Decatur St. SE, Unit A1; Website: breakfastatbarneys.com; Contact: 404-549-6042

The Real Milk and Honey

Found in historic College Park, The Real Milk and Honey is the perfect place for “over-the-top” brunch. They serve Jerk Wings and Waffles, Crab Hash, Lobster Egg and Cheese Biscuits, Peach Cobbler Oatmeal and even Fried Shrimp and Key Lime Waffles, certainly providing a different level of brunch expectations. As a side, you can get a waffle flavored with your choice of plain, peach, cookies ‘n cream, key lime, red velvet, Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Fruity Pebbles.

Location: College Park - 3719 Main St.; Website: milkandhoneyatl.com; Contact: 404-458-2883

Roc South Cuisine

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, you’ll find Roc South Cuisine off of Buford Highway in Brookhaven serving Southern-style fare with specially crafted cocktails to pair. First, start off with their Seafood Egg Rolls, next try their Southern Fried Chicken or the Fried Lobster tail with added sides, and finish off the dinner with their bread pudding and ice cream. Offering a great cocktail selection, French Lemonade and Mango Blitz are just a few of the must-try drinks on their menu.

Location: Brookhaven - 3009 Buford Hwy. NE; Website: rocsouth.com; Contact: 404-481-5915

Hattie Marie’s BBQ

Nothing beats some good old Texas-style barbecue and at Hattie Marie’s, you’ll get some of the best BBQ flavors right here in Georgia. Smoked right on site, you can get anything from pork ribs, beef brisket, sausage, fried catfish, crab legs, southern sides and more. Hattie Marie’s is sure to have you taking extra platters home for leftovers to enjoy later.

Location: College Park - 3699 Main St.; Website: hattiemariesbarbecue.com; Contact: 678-927-9216

Slutty Vegan

Started back in 2018 through Instagram, Pinky Cole’s Slutty Vegan has absolutely sky-rocketed to a whole other level of success through her mission to bring vegan food options to Atlanta’s West End. Now, there’s no stopping her as she continues to expand with several other locations. The plant-based menu has plenty to offer with eye-catching names and unique sauces. If you haven’t tried it yet, be sure to see what it’s all about!

Location: Southwest - 1542 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW (Original Location); Website: sluttyveganatl.com; Contact: 855-439-7588

Slim and Husky’s Pizza Beeria

One of the coolest things about Slim & Husky’s is that they serve pizza inspired by different 1990′s hip-hop and R&B artists/songs. California Love, Nothin’ But a “V” Thang (vegan), and Cee No Green are just a handful of the fun pizzas on their menu. Don’t forget to check out their delicious cinnamon rolls for dessert like Ninja Turtle, Cookie Monsta and Sticky Fingaz.

Location: Midtown - 1016 Howell Mill Rd.; Website: slimandhuskys.com; Contact: 404-458-3327

Le Petit Marché

Le Petite Marché means “the little market,” but this little Kirkwood gem will leave a big lasting impression with their gourmet pastries, breakfast and lunch. Some of their most popular dishes include Vanilla-Rum French Toast Sandwich, Brioche Breakfast Sandwich, Pesto Chicken Panini and Beignets for dessert.

Location: East Atlanta - 1984 Hosea L Williams Dr. NE, Ste. A; Website: lepetit-marche.com; Contact: 404-371-9888

Old Lady Gang Southern Cuisine

Calling all Real Housewives of Atlanta fans - Have you been to Kandi Burruss-Tucker’s Old Lady Gang restaurant in Castleberry Hill yet? This Southern eatery’s menu originates from the Old Lady Gang’s (Kandi’s mother and two aunts) family recipes. Start off by sipping on Momma Joyce’s House Punch, sample Todd’s Crispy Salmon Bites for an appetizer, and try Kandi’s Honey Glazed Blackened Salmon for your main entrée with some traditional sides and cornbread. Lastly, order Kandi’s Peach Cobbler Bread Pudding as a perfect ending to the meal. And you never know, you just might run into Kandi, Todd, or one of the OLG sisters while you’re there!

Location: Downtown - 177 Peters St. SW; Website: oldladygang.com; Contact: 404-748-9689

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