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Fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese and chives from Sun in My Belly in Atlanta.
Fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese and chives.
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15 Must-Try Pimento Cheese Dishes in Atlanta

From the classic Southern cheese spread on buttery crackers and mixed in grits to pimento cheese sandwiched between two slices of bread, and even fried to perfection in a fritter

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Fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese and chives.
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Grated cheese (particularly cheddar), mayo, and diced red pimento peppers mixed with a zesty seasoning blend: these are the basic ingredients for the Southern food staple pimento cheese. It might be the food most often associated with the South by folks living outside the region, beyond fried chicken. And while Southerns didn’t originally create the recipe for pimento cheese, the people of the South have fully embraced the spreadable mixture as their own, serving it on everything from Saltine crackers and raw vegetables to being sandwiched between two slices of bread, and even fried to perfection in a fritter.

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Suga’s Cheese Shoppe

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Suga’s Cheese Shoppe and Cafe, owned by Stacey “Suga” Wes, dedicates its menu to all things pimento cheese. This includes serving dishes in the cafe like shrimp scampi with pesto and feta pimento cheese and pimento mac and cheese balls. There’s even pimento cheesecake on the menu. Vegan options available. Pimento cheese available for retail purchases.

She Craft Co

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Located in Tyrone, the menu at this south metro Atlanta restaurant is a mash-up of Southern dishes and American Chinese food classics. Looking for pimento cheese? Try the bacon and pimento cheese egg rolls here.

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

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Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours on Atlanta’s west side is where the South’s most loved dishes meet chef and owner Deborah VanTrece and chef de cuisine Robert Butts. For those in search of pimento cheese, try the sweet tea barbecue brisket pimento cheese melt. It’s a delicious ode to the Southern cheese spread.

Swan Coach House

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People seeking Southern classics during lunch will find those on the menu at Swan Coach House. This old coach house is part of a Buckhead mansion. Yes, the mansion featured in the Hunger Games. Begin a lunch at Swan Coach House with pimento cheese fritters, which are given a bit of sweetness from Vidalia onions and come served with smoked bacon jam and bread and butter pickles. Or, order the soup and tea sandwich combo — a cup of soup of the day, cheese straws (another Southern snack classic), two chicken salad tea sandwiches, and two pimento cheese tea sandwiches.

Empire State South

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A staple on the menu during happy hour at Hugh Acheson’s Southern restaurant in Midtown, a Jars spread comes with Empire State South’s popular pimento cheese with bacon marmalade, hummus, and smoked fish mousse with onion jam. Be sure to order a cocktail or glass of wine, too, and sit outside on the covered portico.

Buttermilk Kitchen

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Chef and owner Suzanne Vizethann’s breakfast and brunch spot may be best known for its biscuits, but don’t sleep on the pimento cheese. Order it as a shareable snack served with the cheese spread, biscuit crackers, green tomatoes, pickles, and red pepper jelly. There’s also creamy pimento cheese grits that can come served as a side with the fried chicken biscuit, but is easily a meal on its own.

Dakota Blue

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The congenial Grant Park restaurant includes a popular grilled cheese on the menu, rightly named the King of Grilled Cheese. Served on buttery challah bread, the sandwich is stuffed with tangy pimento cheese, arugula, sliced avocado, and tomato.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

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Dress up a burger at Grindhouse by topping it with pimento cheese. Then, order a batch of the burger joint’s cheesy poofs — fried pimento cheese balls served with a sweet chili sauce for dipping.

Soul: Food & Culture

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Likely one of the most popular items on the menu at this Krog Street Market food stall, the South fried chicken sandwich is topped with chef Todd Richard’s signature pimento cheese, pickles, and house hot mayo. Folks will also find this fried chicken sandwich on the menu at Bold Monk Brewing.

97 Estoria

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There might not be anything better than a pimento cheese and fried green tomato sandwich on a summer’s evening in the A paired with a cold beer or a cocktail from this dive-y bar in the heart of Cabbagetown.

Home grown GA Restaurant

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Pimento cheese is featured prominently on the menu at this Reynoldstown restaurant institution, especially in or topped on sandwiches. But make sure to try the pimento cheese, chorizo, and cheese grits dip served with a side of Ruffles potato chips.

Alon's Bakery & Market

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Pop over to Alon’s and pick up a batch of the bakery’s popular pimento cheese spread, along with a few other party provisions, for that next outdoor soiree on the porch.

Sun in My Belly

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A favorite for breakfast and brunch in Kirkwood, Sun in My Belly isn’t afraid to show off its love for pimento cheese on the menu, including in an omelette and topped on fried green tomatoes. But the star of the pimento cheese show at this restaurant is the PBLT — a take on the BLT comprising pimento cheese, honey-glazed bacon, lettuce, fried green tomatoes, and scallion aioli served on toasted brioche bread.

Lake & Oak Neighborhood BBQ - East Lake

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This East Lake barbecue restaurant owned by chefs Todd Richards and Josh Lee serves a smokey chicken and pimento cheese and collards patty melt. Pair the sandwich with the Brussels sprouts and cabbage slaw and banana pudding for dessert.

Southbound

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Another Southern restaurant that doesn’t shy away from its love for pimento cheese. Order the Southern caprese to share, which comes with pimento cheese, tomatoes, and arugula drizzled with a green tomato glaze. There’s also a classic pimento cheese spread plate served with ciabatta bread and sides of green tomato chutney and bacon jam. The pimento cheese grit fritters are not to be missed, especially when served with pepper jelly for dipping.

Suga’s Cheese Shoppe

Suga’s Cheese Shoppe and Cafe, owned by Stacey “Suga” Wes, dedicates its menu to all things pimento cheese. This includes serving dishes in the cafe like shrimp scampi with pesto and feta pimento cheese and pimento mac and cheese balls. There’s even pimento cheesecake on the menu. Vegan options available. Pimento cheese available for retail purchases.

She Craft Co

Located in Tyrone, the menu at this south metro Atlanta restaurant is a mash-up of Southern dishes and American Chinese food classics. Looking for pimento cheese? Try the bacon and pimento cheese egg rolls here.

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours on Atlanta’s west side is where the South’s most loved dishes meet chef and owner Deborah VanTrece and chef de cuisine Robert Butts. For those in search of pimento cheese, try the sweet tea barbecue brisket pimento cheese melt. It’s a delicious ode to the Southern cheese spread.

Swan Coach House

People seeking Southern classics during lunch will find those on the menu at Swan Coach House. This old coach house is part of a Buckhead mansion. Yes, the mansion featured in the Hunger Games. Begin a lunch at Swan Coach House with pimento cheese fritters, which are given a bit of sweetness from Vidalia onions and come served with smoked bacon jam and bread and butter pickles. Or, order the soup and tea sandwich combo — a cup of soup of the day, cheese straws (another Southern snack classic), two chicken salad tea sandwiches, and two pimento cheese tea sandwiches.

Empire State South

A staple on the menu during happy hour at Hugh Acheson’s Southern restaurant in Midtown, a Jars spread comes with Empire State South’s popular pimento cheese with bacon marmalade, hummus, and smoked fish mousse with onion jam. Be sure to order a cocktail or glass of wine, too, and sit outside on the covered portico.

Buttermilk Kitchen

Chef and owner Suzanne Vizethann’s breakfast and brunch spot may be best known for its biscuits, but don’t sleep on the pimento cheese. Order it as a shareable snack served with the cheese spread, biscuit crackers, green tomatoes, pickles, and red pepper jelly. There’s also creamy pimento cheese grits that can come served as a side with the fried chicken biscuit, but is easily a meal on its own.

Dakota Blue

The congenial Grant Park restaurant includes a popular grilled cheese on the menu, rightly named the King of Grilled Cheese. Served on buttery challah bread, the sandwich is stuffed with tangy pimento cheese, arugula, sliced avocado, and tomato.

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

Dress up a burger at Grindhouse by topping it with pimento cheese. Then, order a batch of the burger joint’s cheesy poofs — fried pimento cheese balls served with a sweet chili sauce for dipping.

Soul: Food & Culture

Likely one of the most popular items on the menu at this Krog Street Market food stall, the South fried chicken sandwich is topped with chef Todd Richard’s signature pimento cheese, pickles, and house hot mayo. Folks will also find this fried chicken sandwich on the menu at Bold Monk Brewing.

97 Estoria

There might not be anything better than a pimento cheese and fried green tomato sandwich on a summer’s evening in the A paired with a cold beer or a cocktail from this dive-y bar in the heart of Cabbagetown.

Home grown GA Restaurant

Pimento cheese is featured prominently on the menu at this Reynoldstown restaurant institution, especially in or topped on sandwiches. But make sure to try the pimento cheese, chorizo, and cheese grits dip served with a side of Ruffles potato chips.

Alon's Bakery & Market

Pop over to Alon’s and pick up a batch of the bakery’s popular pimento cheese spread, along with a few other party provisions, for that next outdoor soiree on the porch.

Sun in My Belly

A favorite for breakfast and brunch in Kirkwood, Sun in My Belly isn’t afraid to show off its love for pimento cheese on the menu, including in an omelette and topped on fried green tomatoes. But the star of the pimento cheese show at this restaurant is the PBLT — a take on the BLT comprising pimento cheese, honey-glazed bacon, lettuce, fried green tomatoes, and scallion aioli served on toasted brioche bread.

Lake & Oak Neighborhood BBQ - East Lake

This East Lake barbecue restaurant owned by chefs Todd Richards and Josh Lee serves a smokey chicken and pimento cheese and collards patty melt. Pair the sandwich with the Brussels sprouts and cabbage slaw and banana pudding for dessert.

Southbound

Another Southern restaurant that doesn’t shy away from its love for pimento cheese. Order the Southern caprese to share, which comes with pimento cheese, tomatoes, and arugula drizzled with a green tomato glaze. There’s also a classic pimento cheese spread plate served with ciabatta bread and sides of green tomato chutney and bacon jam. The pimento cheese grit fritters are not to be missed, especially when served with pepper jelly for dipping.

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