Atlanta Restaurants

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Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room
107 W. Jones St., Historic District
In 1943, a young woman named Selma Wilkes opened a traditional Southern boarding house (lodging upstairs, a few hearty meals downstairs). Still a family-run business today, Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room is where you head for real-deal Southern home cooking, although the upper part of the boarding house can actually be rented. It’s open every day for lunch (but closed in January), and everything is served family-style: fried chicken, sweet potato souffle, beef stew, collard greens, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, and biscuits. It’s cash only and takes no reservations, so expect a line of people waiting to get in. After lunch, take a walk around beautiful Jones Street, which is lined with historic Southern homes and arched, weeping trees.
The Florence (Closed)
1B W. Victory Dr., Bingville
The Florence’s menu is, not surprisingly, Italian-focused, with an emphasis on Southern-grown, locally harvested ingredients (e.g., the seafood stew comes from coastal Georgia and the bacon in Florence’s carbonara is house-cured). The crowd-pleaser? Hands down the pizza. Florence is closed on Mondays, but otherwise open for dinner and lunch Tuesday through Saturday, and they have a special Sunday brunch menu. Also, in addition to being an Italian restaurant, The Florence also functions as a coffee shop—good for a mid-day pick-me-up.
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