There is nothing more universally appreciated than good food. While tastes vary, we all crave for that perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked, and perfectly delicious dish. In Atlanta, good food for every palate is becoming easier to find with these four, newly opened Black-owned food places you must visit, and three to keep on the watch out.
Hosea, Atlanta (Open)
Hippin’ Hops Brewery’s second site opened in February at the Hosea and 2nd complex in East Lake. One of the first Black-owned breweries in Georgia, Hippin’ Hops is owned by Clarence and Donnica Boston. The brewery’s beer selection is expanded at this second site, with a concentration on sours, and grilled food choices added to the menu, according to Eater. The East Lake site, like its East Atlanta Village brewery, also distills whiskey, vodka, and agave-based spirits as well as, cocktails. Head brewer Kevin Blodger has eight beers on tap at East Lake, including the IPA Baby Mama Drama, the key lime pale lager I Got the Keys, and sours like the Trapaholic and So Peachy. There are also two hard seltzers available.
Not As Famous Cookie Company
Beltline, Atlanta (Open)
‘Not As Famous Cookie Company’, which Ashley Carlton founded seven years ago, currently has 12 workers and one location. They’re a gourmet cookie business with a focus on handcrafted shakes, deep dish cookie skillets, artisinal cookie sandwiches, and made-from-scratch cookies. On the Westside Trail, at 1089 Allene Avenue, is where you will find Not As Famous Cookie Company which is definitely one of the Black-owned food places to check out.
Good As Burgers (GAB’s)
Beltline, Atlanta (Open)
The CEO and creative force behind Good As Burgers (GAB’S) is Cornoy Watkins and his goal is to create a cook-to-order vegan restaurant business with a global footprint similar to McDonald’s. The restaurant offers a delicious menu that is entirely plant-based — including burgers, sloppy joe sliders, sides and desserts. In Atlanta, GAB’S has one physical store and one food truck. Watkins gives gratitude to his amazing team, which includes Tionne Watkins, Talia Jones, and Jevon Kinloch, for much of his current success. Everyone traveling along the Beltline should pause and consider “Be Better, Eat GAB’S.”
Cococakes by Coco
Beltline, Atlanta (Open)
On the Beltline, Kina Morgan wants everyone to pick up a slice of her personalized cake. She has been in business for six years and will use the Beltline MarketPlace facility to try a new concept which will allow a consumer to select cake and a variety of toppings for a unique dessert experience. She only has one place right now: under Freedom Parkway, on the Eastside Trail. This Black-owned food place is a must-visit.
Mobile, Atlanta (Open)
Summerhill, Atlanta (Opening Soon)
Chef Duane Nutter and restaurateur Reginald “Reggie” Washington are bringing a second location of their Southern National restaurant to Atlanta’s Summerhill neighborhood. “We both love Atlanta,” Washington told Eater. For the menu, you can expect regionally and locally sourced ingredients. “We are excited to work with local farms and producers dedicated to humanely raised and ethically grown and sourced ingredients,” Chef Nutter said.
Nourish + Bloom
Beltline, Atlanta (Opening Soon)
Jamie and Jilea Hemmings, the power couple behind the convenient store and food shop, are eyeing the Beltline in Atlanta for a future Nourish + Bloom Market branch. They’ve built their first grocery store in Fayetteville employing artificial intelligence and delivery robots. The Beltline shop may use a repurposed shipping container; although, the exact site is still a secret. South of the present Fayetteville shop, another site could potentially open in Serenbe. Nourish + Bloom employs self-guiding technology which allowed customers to purchase and pay for goods by scanning QR codes using their smartphone app. Then, customized robots with temperature-controlled compartments carry goods to anyone within a certain radius.
Bryan Furman BBQ
Riverside, Atlanta (Opening Soon)
Pitmaster Bryan Furman is back after losing his second restaurant to fire less than four years ago, closing his barbecue stand at the Kroger on Ponce at the onset of the pandemic, and divorce. He told Eater that he’s opening a new restaurant, Bryan Furman BBQ, this year. The same recipes from his previous restaurants will be used for this new one, though he said will limit it to 15 options. It’ll feature the whole hog barbecue — which Furman is famous nationwide. He will be working with Black farmers from North Carolina for his pork, ribs and chicken. Furman hopes to add other beef items to the menu, including his well-known brisket. Aside from the veggie plate that used to be offered at B’s Cracklin’, expect new vegan alternatives as well. Oyster mushrooms and beet greens, according to Furman, have won him over recently.