:) = Atlanta landmark in a historic part of town. Friendly, down-home crowd. Private parking lot behind the restaurant and ample street parking available. Variety of yummy, home-cooked, soul food dishes that change daily, all at a great price.
:( = Food is served cafeteria-style, although there is some table service if you ask for it. Be prepared to juggle trays of food and beverages while wrangling your little ones. And, yes, we know this cuisine is not necessarily the healthiest for your body; but, eaten in moderation, it truly is good for your soul.
Notes: Scoutmob has a deal available for this restaurant. Also, diners who are unfamiliar with this neighborhood should not shy away from coming here, even for breakfast or lunch - it is worth the trip.
|"Come and get your soul food."|
We got there around 6:30 PM and found the restaurant was already pretty full. A group of older gentlemen seated at the tables near the entrance made an excited fuss over us when we arrived, exclaiming warmly, "Hey there, handsome young fellas, how are y'all doin' tonight?" Our souls immediately felt comforted by the genuine welcome and homey, nostalgic feel of the restaurant. The place looked like it hadn't been renovated or updated in decades - and we loved that.
Mommy brought us to the serving buffet where drooling commenced. The Beautiful offers a meat + 2 sides (plus cornbread and a beverage) for $6.99 + tax. There were three different meat offerings and an array of sides. We chose stewed pork neckbones, macaroni & cheese, and black-eyed peas. We also ordered a to-go box for Daddy, filled with two fried pork chops, creamed corn, and boiled turnip greens. And we got some banana pudding and peach cobbler for dessert. Total cost for this huge spread once the Scoutmob deal was applied? $14.99!
|Clockwise from top: Banana pudding, black-eyed peas, cornbread, neckbones, mac & cheese, peach cobbler.|
Photo taken by 3-year-old Toddler Foodie.
|Fried pork chop meal with turnip greens and creamed corn.|
|"This right here... this is the good stuff."|
|"I can't believe I asked Mommy for a second helping of greens. Am I maturing?"|
We got more from The Beautiful than full, happy tummies and hearts. We learned something new, too. As we were winding down our meal, we overheard the group of old-timers who greeted us when we arrived talking about "the old days." They then started swapping stories about Atlanta's dark history of racial segregation, being turned away from certain restaurants around town, and their memories of the first restaurants in Atlanta that were integrated. How fitting it was for us - a new generation of foodies who have never had to experience the pain of being told we can't eat somewhere because of our race - to learn about this embarrassing blot in Atlanta's history from people who actually went through it. On our ride home, Mommy tried to explain the word "segregation" to us. Our response? "But everyone should be allowed to eat at the restaurant."
|"Brother, can you imagine a world where everyone can't eat at the restaurant? That sounds terrible."|