Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from @FoodIsMyClassroom here with a tribute to my mother on this special day, December 3rd. It’s her birthday!🎂 Read more about my mom’s life and favorite eatery, Busy Bee Cafe, today!
Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from @FoodIsMyClassroom here with a tribute to my mother on this day, December 3rd. It’s her birthday!🎂
Today we’re diving into one of my mother’s favorite restaurants, The Busy Bee Cafe Atlanta. This Downtown Atlanta staple has been serving up delicious traditional soul food since 1947. Read more about Busy Bee Atlanta’s history on their website at https://www.thebusybeecafe.com/our-history/.
⭐ Materials Needed: 1. Patience 2. Appetite 3. Something to keep you busy while you wait. 4. An umbrella in case it rains. There is no covering for patrons to protect you from the elements. 5. Comfortable shoes. The gravel is uneven and only 2 benches outside for those waiting. So, expect to stand.
⭐ Observation: [The Best of the Day] Opening (Appetizers) – Bread basket and butter
During (Entrees) -Meats: Smothered Pork Chops, Fried Pork Chops, smothered fried chicken -Sides: Collard greens, potato salad, cornbread dressing, macaroni and cheese, and yams. -Drinks: Sweet Tea & lemonade
Closing (Desserts) – Red Velvet Cake
⭐ The Glows [Pros] 1. Still traditional. 2. Homemade dinner and desserts. 3. Excellent sweet tea. 4. They cater full meals for holidays and all other special occassions. 5. Days & Hours have been extended now to the weekends.6. All the veggies are super yummy but they have thee best potato salad I’ve ever had in my life.
⭐ The Grows [Cons] 1. Very small dining space. Never expanded for a larger eating area or moved to a larger location to accommodate their popularity and the growth of Atlanta. 2. Long lines and waits. 3. Very limited parking. Parking is shared with two other businesses. 4. The prices are higher than most Soul Food restaurants and the portions are smaller. But, the taste is in a league of its own, bar none.
Hey students! It’s your favorite teacher, Adriena, from Food is My Classroom here with Lesson #2: OLG (Old Lady Gang) Restaurant. This popular restaurant is located in the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood near the Atlanta University Center. Click to read my full review!
⭐ Materials Needed: 1. Patience: There is very limited parking in the rear of the restaurant. There is one shared lane for entrance/exit, so let the attendant help you. Otherwise, you can try and find street parking. 2. Cash: The parking is not free. There is an attendant to collect your $10 in order to enter. 3. Camera: You may run into Kandi Burruss-Tucker or Todd Tucker (owners), one of the other family members from RHOA, or any local celebrity in the city of Atlanta. 4. Reservations: I would not leave home without it! Only the Peter St. location offers Open Table.
⭐ Observation: Opening (Appetizers) – Deep Fried Whipped Deviled Eggs: I went into my first bite with much hesitation as the description didn’t sound appealing. But, I fell in love at first bite. These were soooo good!
– Mama Joyce’s BBQ Rib Tips: The rib tips were overly coated in BBQ sauce, but they were tasty. A couple of the rib tips were tough because they were the end pieces.
During (Entrees) – Mama Sharon’s Chicken & Cream Anglaise French Toast: The chicken was well seasoned and fried to a perfect southern crunch. The french toast were just okay, but that Maple Syrup was so yummy that it woke the french toast right on up.
– Kandi’s Honey Glazed Blackened Salmon (w/red mashed potatoes & Mama Joyce’s Green Beans). This was the highlight of the night for me. The salmon was cooked perfectly. The mashed potatoes were creamy and I loved the use of red potatoes. But, the true star of the plate were the green beans. They were ‘thee best’ green beans I have ever had in my entire life. Like ever!!!
-Mama Joyce’s Side Salad: Fresh salad that was large enough to share. Beautiful greens and colorful veggies.
-Side Selections: I added on some sides for the table to taste. I ordered mac-n-cheese (very good & cheesy), Kandi’s yams (they were excellent, but they are done soufflé style even though it says yams on the menu), and the Turkey Collards (full of flavor and meat).
Closing (Desserts) -n/a
⭐ The Glows [Pros] 1. OLG has become so popular and productive that they have opened up a 2nd location in East Point and they even serve inside of State Farm Arena which is home to the Atlanta Hawks (NBA) & The Atlanta Dream (WNBA). 2. OLG offers reservations on Open Table. They can be made via their website or your Open Table App. 3. OLG offers an upstairs and downstairs bar. 4. OLG also has an outdoor rooftop patio which is great for parties and catered events. 5. OLG employs many young college students from the area, from talking to many of them, which I think is awesome. What college student doesn’t need extra money, right? 6. The atmosphere of OLG is VERY lively, trendy and of all ages with a moderate noise level. Although much is happening in the restaurant, you can still hear the conversation of those that you are dining with. 7. Much of the time the owners and/or one of the family members are onsite meeting, greeting and taking pictures. They are super friendly. And, how often do we ever get to see the faces behind the places we frequent, especially when they’re celebrities. So, that’s pretty dope! 8. The restaurant is family-owned and you feel that in the ambiance & core concept of the decorations as well. The restaurant is saturated with cute simple decor and MANY real family pictures that we all take as our family grows and ages. Very homey! 9. The food was absolutely delicious. They bring cornbread with a signature sauce to the table, for sharing, and it is sweet like cake. We had at least 3 baskets of it because it is addictive. 10. OLG uses a texting system to notify you that your table is ready. So, make sure you don’t miss that text because you only get so much time to return to the hostess station before your table is given to the next person on the list. 11. The biggest compliment I can give them is…..I will visit again!
⭐ The Grows [Cons] 1. The parking is an absolute nightmare, but one should know that this is the NORM in all major cities and Atlanta is no exception. 2. They allow reservations yet there is still a significant wait. Of course they allow walk-ins which may push those with reservations back. 3. There is extremely limited seating for those who are waiting (inside or outside) to be called & seated by the hostess. 4. The staff is fairly young which seems to be evident in the ‘off task’ behavior (talking/texting) when the restaurantis busy. 5. The space is very tight. You and your neighbor will be really good friends by the time you leave. 6. I went to OLG with friends and family. OLG didn’t have a sling for the baby’s car seat. They flipped over a booster seat but it was rocking so we had to place it up to the wall for stability. 7. The wood floors are VERY slippery. I witnessed a few close calls several times. Also, there is a small, hardly visible, ramp near the hostess station. You don’t expect to feel a slight drop when it appears to be no differentiation in the floor. Be careful!
⭐Evaluation: [The Score] Grade A+
⭐ Teacher’s Notes 1. Old Lady Gang is located in Atlanta’s historic Castleberry Hill Neighborhood (Fulton County). Castleberry Hill is well known for being the backdrop of the TV Series “Walking Dead”. 2. This review is based off of my experience after visiting on 2 seperate occassions to try more of their options. 3. Mama Sharon is Todd Tucker’s mother who passed away in 2014. 4. I was able to get several pictures with Kandi’s mom, Joyce, Aunt Nora and Aunt Bertha. The entire Old Lady Gang! We even song for them. It was such a fun experience! 5. The East Point location does not offer reservations at this time and the State Farm Arena location is only open based on the schedule of the arena. 6. RHOA is the acronym for The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which airs on Bravo.