:) = Convenient location. Ample parking. Spacious dining area. Genuine Southern hospitality and a nostalgic, old-fashioned feel. Nice, helpful, experienced wait staff who seem to have no problem with serving little ones. Warm, pleasant crowd. Noise level that's loud enough to drown out a toddler's crying fit, but low enough to allow for conversation at your own table without having to yell at each other. Delicious, authentic Southern comfort cuisine. Wine for mommies (and daddies).
:( = Putting aside the fact that Southern food isn't the healthiest choice, the only real downside to this restaurant is that you have to pay the cashier at the front of the restaurant. This means that if you're a parent dining alone with your little one(s), you may have to stand in line and wait to pay - and keep your little(s) entertained/under control while you wait. This really wasn't a terrible experience for Mommy, though, because the other diners waiting in line to pay were all so friendly to us.
Notes: The restaurant does accept cards - not sure if they accept AMEX, but they definitely accept Visa/MC. Mommy thinks we should mention that the restaurant is near some adult establishments, in case that will make a difference to anyone. (We didn't notice anything but the bright signs, but Mommy thinks this is information that some parents would want to know.)
|So many pretty neon signs around here. What's not to love?|
We have all kinds of friends. Some of our little friends are like us and will eat anything that doesn't eat them first. Other friends are more selective. We don't judge our friends' eating habits because we think taste is subjective, and people - especially tiny people like us - just want to eat different things at different times. (Mommy even told us that when she had us in her tummy, she hated the smell of fish; but now she eats fish that isn't even cooked!) However, we do think there are some types of cuisine that most of our little friends will eat, no matter how "picky" they are. One example? Southern food.
Now, there are lots of good places to get Southern food in Atlanta. And folks from around here will probably agree to disagree on which local eatery truly offers the best or most authentic Southern cooking. We chose Colonnade Restaurant over all the other options because Eater Atlanta recently named it one of the 20 Classic Restaurants Every Atlantan Must Try- and neither we nor our Mommy had ever visited it, despite having lived in Atlanta for all/most of our lives.
|Mouth full of rolls, just like a true Southern gentleman.|
(And, yes, that placemat says "Since 1927!")
The host was clearly accustomed to dealing with kids. He knew to bring us one high chair, mentioned that servings at the restaurant are big enough to share, and even guessed our 14-month age difference. Our server came over right away to greet us, bring us drinks and dinner rolls, and get our order. We ordered the fried chicken plate (mixed dark and white meat), which came with two sides. We chose whipped potatoes and macaroni and cheese. Mommy also ordered a side of collard greens so we would have some veggies. Then, because she simply couldn't resist, she ordered the fried chicken liver appetizer. All of the food came out quickly, and we quickly gobbled it down. Then, for dessert, we ordered the Colonnade Coconut Icebox Pie.
|This is only one third of the fried chicken plate!|
|"Enjoy Southern food responsibly. Eat it in moderation.|
Do some cardio afterward."
|"Try the pie, y'all."|
Long story short, we truly have nothing negative to say about Colonnade Restaurant. We think even the most selective eater can find something on the menu to enjoy, even if only the soft, buttery rolls given at the beginning of the meal. And, if all else fails, there are lots of grandmas and grandpas to give out free coos and smiles. There's no toddler on earth who doesn't have a taste for that.