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May 11, 2009 11:48 AM

Atlanta--southern charm

We'll be traveling to Atlanta next month for a wedding and would love to go to a restaurant that really reflects traditional southern cooking (fried chicken, etc.) and atmosphere but isn't too touristy/goofy. We'll be staying downtown but will have a car. Thanks so much!

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  1. Watershed in Decatur, although fried chicken night is Tuesday night.
    Colonnade restaurant is good southern cooking with an interesting clientele.
    I am not a huge fan of Mary Mac's on Ponce De Leon, but a lot of people love it.
    Hope you find a good one and have some good fried food!

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    1. re: Katj

      Did a trip to Atlanta not that long ago and tried two of these spots. I actually didn't care much for the Colonnade (very tough chicken fried steak and bland sides) but liked Mary Mac's Tea Room (liked the fried chicken and sides, had more flavor about the latter than at Colonnade).

      If you're considering BBQ joints (ribs, brisket, etc.), I really liked Fox Brothers tremendously and enjoyed Rolling Bones a good bit.

      1. re: Katj

        Watershed for a slightly modern/upscale take on traditional Southern, for sure. Or Busy Bee Cafe for the soul food side of Southern. Both excellent. I happen to like Colonnade as well, it's a unique place for sure.

        Fox Brothers focuses on Texas style BBQ, I love it, but it's not what I think of as a "southern" place. (I'm from Memphis).