Thumbs Up Diner
In Atlanta, most people go to Cracker Barrel, Waffle House, The Original Pancake House and IHOP for breakfast. Up until a few months ago, I frequented one of these restaurants at least once a month. After recommendations from several friends I decided to try Thumbs Up Diner.
Thumbs Up Diner is a locally owned caf style restaurant with locations on Edgewood in Atlanta and White Way in East Point. If you're looking for pancakes, waffles, French toast with strawberries, catfish, cheese eggs, whole wheat biscuits, or a cheese burger and fries, this is definitely the place to go. Friends, Thumbs Up is my new hot spot.
Since my first experience, I've been to Thumbs Up Diner almost every weekend. The food is delicious and you can either order a combo or create your own. Typically, I get one pancake, one cheese egg scrambled, a side of turkey bacon and a hot chocolate. I know what you're thinking, that doesn't seem like a lot. Well, the pancakes are huge, one cheese egg scrambled looks like two, and the hot chocolate comes in a huge mug with tons of whipped cream and drizzled chocolate syrup. Not to mention, the turkey bacon is thick and smoked, like it should be. For all of you pork lovers, I hear the sausage patties and bacon tastes great.
Honestly, I love this place. The customer service is wonderful, you don't have to wait an eternity for your food, and the prices are reasonable. You should definitely check it out. My mother used to hound me to take her to Cracker Barrel when she visited Atlanta, now it's all about Thumbs Up.
Before you go and share this experience there are a few things you should know:
*Thumbs up is a cash only operation. If you forget to bring cash with you, there is an ATM in both locations.
*Like most eatery's specializing in breakfast, Saturday and Sunday mornings are busy. You can plan on waiting at least 20 to 30 minutes if you go before noon. For faster seating, opt to sit at the booth or the counter.
*Thumbs Up is open Monday through Friday 7AM to 3PM and from 8AM to 4PM on the weekends.
*Parking is free.
On any given weekend there is always a line of hungry patrons waiting inside and outside on the world to change. If you've ever experienced brunch at Highland Bakery you would totally understand.
Just over the bridge above Freedom Parkway is a Place with breakfast, brunch and tons of baked goodies to go around. I especially like the Highland Breakfast with Jalapeno Focaccia, Turkey Sausage and Sweet Potato Pancakes. Beware though, the portions are plentiful so you might be able to share or just take the rest home.
Like everywhere else in Atlanta with street parking, get there before the noon rush. Or else you just might have to park far far away but it's worth it. Although I'm tattooless I'm often inspired by the charismatic hipster waiters and waitresses with tattoos.
Delicious Mimosas + Sunday Brunch = I love this place! Apparently Atlantans love it too because without a reservation you can plan to wait up to an hour. However reservations are not accepted during brunch so get there early.
Great News! I've attended several birthday gatherings at Murphy's and the wait staff is always friendly and just in time.
Be sure to valet your car. It's complimentary! Otherwise plan on circling the block a few times to find a space.
What a perfect name for a cafe that is very hospitable and better than okay. I've been several times for dessert, pancakes, burgers and fries and the food is always well cooked, seasoned and worth the visit. Of course the prices are very reasonable. OK Cafe has a to go section which houses already prepared buffet style foods. Additionally, similar to Honey Baked Ham, they sell takeaway ready to cook refrigerated meals, perfect for a potluck or a regular meal at home.
OK Cafe is located off I-75 and West Paces Ferry. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch menus are available round the clock and I especially love the malt shakes and desserts. For details and directions visit okcafe.com Okay!
After reading several Yelp reviews I met a friend for brunch yesterday and we've officially added Rise-N-Dine to our brunch lists! I just knew the experience would be great since this quaint yet hipster brunch palace is located in Emory Village next to my favorite stress free zone, All Fired Up.
Attempting to avoid the Sunday brunch crowd we arrived around 1:00 and waited about 30 minutes but thankfully there's an abundance sitting and standing room outside the restaurant. I must admit that when I first read the menu I was so overwhelmed because everything sounded delicious! Although I was tempted to indulge on sweet potato pancakes I was in a salty mood so I opted for the Spanish Scramble with homemade chicken sausage, Cafe Au Lait and a biscuit with apple butter. My friend kept it simple with two scrambled egg whites with grits and a biscuit.
Overall the service was friendly and the food was awesome. We will be going back next month to try the french toast and pancakes.
Who knew brunch, lunch or dinner could be this affordable at Lenox Mall? Well with daily $2 cocktails and meal deals I'm totally a fan. Here's a few things I love:
*Brunch: Turkey, Egg and Cheese Biscuit
*Lunch or Dinner: Fried Shrimp with Sweet Potato Fries
*Parking: Anywhere around Lenox Mall but valet is complimentary
*Private Events: I attended a bridal shower in one of the back rooms and we ate great for just $20 a person. The food was so good but unfortunately most of it is not offered on the everyday menu.
*Sporting Events: The main bar area is usually flooded with people during football season. Do yourself a favor and go to the back bar area. Most people don't even know its there and you will probably get better seats and faster service.
*Fast Food: The service is generally speedy and they offer deep booths that are great for groups.
If there's a hunger inside you and you'r seeking a fast delicious meal after breaking the bank at Lenox Mall definitely check out Lenox Square Grill. Plus the all you can eat brunch buffet is about $10 and the Mimosas are $2 each!