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5 Picks for Comfort Food in Atlanta

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Those cruel temps and windy days we had a couple weeks ago were not my idea of a good time. I blame the northerners who came down to ATL for the Americas Mart Gift Show for bringing the cold weather with them.  But I don’t think we’re out of the woods just yet. During these cold days, comfort food is a necessity. Why not grab a friend and catch up after work and let someone else take care of the cooking? Here are five picks where you can find terrific comfort food and excellent service.

Max’s Wine Dive

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The bar at Max’s Wine Dive

Nothing says comfort food quite like fried chicken, right? And it’s one of the signature dishes on the menu at Max’s Wine Dive. What makes this special? Jalapeno-buttermilk marinated chicken with mashed potatoes, collard greens and Texas toast is what. It is even available in a gluten-free version. The ultimate in comfort food, however is the decadent mac ‘n cheese. It is served with a in a truffle cream sauce with provolone, Gruyere and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses. Don’t leave without at least selecting one song from the jukebox.


Folk Art
A key tip to finding an awesome comfort food spot is when they serve breakfast all day, which Folk Art does. One of the best items on the menu, however, is the gigantic Reuben. This is served with kimchi for a unique twist on a classic favorite. Also find pork chops and chicken and waffles on the menu. Don’t miss out on the redneck cheese dip!

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Reuben sandwich from Folk Art


Mary Mac’s

Mary Mac's fried foods

Signature menu items at Mary Mac’s

Atlanta doesn’t have many restaurants that are around for the long haul. However, Mary Mac’s Tearoom is one of the oldest restaurants in the city. The restaurant has been featured in television shows and magazines for its southern dishes. Even the staff at Mary Mac’s has been there for quite some time, some for decades. Besides fried treats, a meal at Mary Mac’s isn’t complete without their tomato pie. True southern favorites are fried okra, salmon cakes, fried shrimp, fried green tomatoes, chicken tenders, and of course, ribs. Go later rather than earlier to avoid long lines.



South City Kitchen
Located in the heart of midtown, South City Kitchen is amongst the trendiest restaurants. You would think it would be difficult to keep the crowds coming back with all the new restaurants in the area, yet, they still serve classic favorites and are still busy just about every night. Start your meal off with fried green tomatoes and chicken livers. Then move on to favorites like locally caught trout or pork chops.

West Egg Café
It’s all about breakfast at West Egg. West Egg Café, serves breakfast all day, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch as well as “Brinner” (breakfast for dinner). They also have dinner specials like grilled cheese, chicken and waffles, meat and three. Besides eggs, wraps and sandwiches choose from pork chops, chicken and dumplings as well as meatloaf and mac ‘n cheese. How’s that for comfort food? Tip: There’s also free parking in the deck attached.

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Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!