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Atlanta's Top 10 Iconic Greasy Spoons

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Greasy Spoons Week gets started with a roundup of Atlanta's ten most iconic greasy spoons. Have another favorite or want to leave some love for a lesser-known spot? Head to the comments section below.

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The way we look at it, the greasy spoon restaurant has two places in food culture. One, for pre-gaming in a family-friendly sort of way— for when you need a spot to please a variety of ages before doing a variety of activities (catching a game, watching a dance recital, celebrating a low-key birthday, what-have-you). Two, for post-gaming in a decidedly not-family-friendly sort of way— for when you need to lay down a layer between you and your last (or next) drink. Lucky for us, Atlanta's covered on both fronts. So, behold a top-10 list of iconic greasy spoons where you can either get together or try not to fall apart.


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1. Majestic Diner

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1031 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-0276
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“Food That Pleases” since 1929. This Ponce mainstay is open 24 hours, so stumble on in any time between your visit to Virginia Highlands or to the Clermont, whichever way you roll. Grease comes in traditional diner varieties, from burgers to grits.

2. Landmark Diner

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60 Luckie St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 659-1756
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Drop by 24 hours in Buckhead or Downtown, or visit the Landmark Jr. on Cheshire Bridge Road (you might recognize it as JJ’s Diner from Parks and Rec). Look for a menu including regular diner fare plus seafood platters and other Greek and Italian specialties.

3. The Silver Skillet

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200 14th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 874-1388
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Since 1956, this family-run favorite has slung buttermilk biscuits, country, ham, red-eye gravy, and meat-and-three favorites, not to mention some killer pies. Ask one of the lifetime waitresses about all the movies and TV shows this joint has been in.

4. The Varsity

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61 North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-1706
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It’s not a visit to Atlanta without a stop here, our most iconic drive-in since 1928. That’s probably why even presidents step up to the counter and answer, “What'll ya have?” with an order for hot dogs, burgers, chili, fries, and a Frosted Orange.

5. OK Cafe

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1284 W Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
(404) 233-2888
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Folk art, retro-dressed wait staff, and solid comfort food make this a neighborhood standby. The family recipes don’t hurt. It’s hard not to find something on their expansive list of breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner options. Plus a thorough offering of cakes, pies, sundaes, and shakes.

6. BB's Bagels & Diner

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770 McFarland Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-1818
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It’s worth the schlep. Traditional New York bagels, hand-made cream cheeses, breakfast and lunch melts, and macaroni salad. Don’t forget to read the sixteen commandments and pay particular attention to number three (don’t piss off Al).

7. Buckhead Diner

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3073 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 262-3336
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The most upscale restaurant on this list, Buckhead Diner is the sexy spoon. For two decades it’s served brunch, lunch, and dinner to the fancy set who just wants to have fun. Blue-cheese potato chip and (JBF-winning) white chocolate banana cream pie kind of fun.

8. Waffle House

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5335 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 255-4103
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For 58 years southerners have been able to count on Waffle House for being open 24-7, keeping the temp low, staffing some pretty fun folks, and serving up breakfast sandwiches, waffles, patty melts, and hash-browns any way you want ‘em (which is a whole lot of ways).

9. Thumbs Up Diner

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573 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 223-0690
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Breakfast worth waiting for. Whole wheat biscuits, plentiful egg scrambles, and chicken and waffles. Did we mention chicken and waffles? Get them.

10. White House Restaurant

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3172 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 237-7601
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Established in 1948, this unassuming strip mall favorite serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner around the clock. The menu’s got southern staples (country ham, biscuits and gravy, chicken and dumplings) and Greek classics (moussaka, roasted chicken, gyro platter).

1. Majestic Diner

1031 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
“Food That Pleases” since 1929. This Ponce mainstay is open 24 hours, so stumble on in any time between your visit to Virginia Highlands or to the Clermont, whichever way you roll. Grease comes in traditional diner varieties, from burgers to grits.
1031 Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

2. Landmark Diner

60 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Drop by 24 hours in Buckhead or Downtown, or visit the Landmark Jr. on Cheshire Bridge Road (you might recognize it as JJ’s Diner from Parks and Rec). Look for a menu including regular diner fare plus seafood platters and other Greek and Italian specialties.
60 Luckie St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

3. The Silver Skillet

200 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Since 1956, this family-run favorite has slung buttermilk biscuits, country, ham, red-eye gravy, and meat-and-three favorites, not to mention some killer pies. Ask one of the lifetime waitresses about all the movies and TV shows this joint has been in.
200 14th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

4. The Varsity

61 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
It’s not a visit to Atlanta without a stop here, our most iconic drive-in since 1928. That’s probably why even presidents step up to the counter and answer, “What'll ya have?” with an order for hot dogs, burgers, chili, fries, and a Frosted Orange.
61 North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

5. OK Cafe

1284 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
Folk art, retro-dressed wait staff, and solid comfort food make this a neighborhood standby. The family recipes don’t hurt. It’s hard not to find something on their expansive list of breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner options. Plus a thorough offering of cakes, pies, sundaes, and shakes.
1284 W Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30327

6. BB's Bagels & Diner

770 McFarland Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30004
It’s worth the schlep. Traditional New York bagels, hand-made cream cheeses, breakfast and lunch melts, and macaroni salad. Don’t forget to read the sixteen commandments and pay particular attention to number three (don’t piss off Al).
770 McFarland Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA 30004

7. Buckhead Diner

3073 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
The most upscale restaurant on this list, Buckhead Diner is the sexy spoon. For two decades it’s served brunch, lunch, and dinner to the fancy set who just wants to have fun. Blue-cheese potato chip and (JBF-winning) white chocolate banana cream pie kind of fun.
3073 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

8. Waffle House

5335 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
For 58 years southerners have been able to count on Waffle House for being open 24-7, keeping the temp low, staffing some pretty fun folks, and serving up breakfast sandwiches, waffles, patty melts, and hash-browns any way you want ‘em (which is a whole lot of ways).
5335 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

9. Thumbs Up Diner

573 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Breakfast worth waiting for. Whole wheat biscuits, plentiful egg scrambles, and chicken and waffles. Did we mention chicken and waffles? Get them.
573 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

10. White House Restaurant

3172 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Established in 1948, this unassuming strip mall favorite serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner around the clock. The menu’s got southern staples (country ham, biscuits and gravy, chicken and dumplings) and Greek classics (moussaka, roasted chicken, gyro platter).
3172 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

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