Atlanta has a great little place to eat around every corner. On the approximately 2.7 mile trip from the Virginia Highlands where my apartment is, over to Grant Park, my list of “places I need to eat” in Atlanta grew by 50%. Atlanta is consistently named one of the best cities for young adults because of the plethora of arts, food, music, good beer, activity, and never ending list of things to do, see, and eat in this city. Everyone is fit and active. Everyone is working their way up the corporate ladder, and looking at a bright future in Finance, Marketing/Advertising, PR, or Technology respectively (I haven’t met many people whose job descriptions fall outside of those categories).
I spent the entirety of June 2014 – December 2014 going out of town almost every weekend, so sometimes it feels like I don’t know this city outside of my own little VaHi neighborhood. On weekends my Instagram feed is loaded down with delicious looking food, and so the list grows. With not enough time to hit all of the places I would like before my impending move, I have to be selective in choosing which places I absolutely must try while I’m here.
Eating breakfast in Atlanta is one of my favorite things because people here are so diverse. If you are anywhere within a 2 mile radius of downtown, you are bound to see a homeless person hanging out around wherever it is. You will see families and babies, young couples, old couples, groups of college kids, groups of young professionals, people alone. One woman was reading a complex looking book about DNA while sipping her coffee. A variety of people from different walks of life. As a lover of people, and a person who is interested in the story behind the person, this combination excites me and makes me feel like the world is more interesting than I do on the days when I wake up, go to work, go to the gym, and come home to watch the bachelor, only interacting with a demographic of people who are all very similar to me.
I decided on Ria’s Bluebird because the New York Times thinks they have the world’s best pancakes, which is enough for me to add them to the top of my list. I went with my sweet friend Mary, and her pancake loving husband, with the intention of getting the famous pancakes. However, the menu ultimately altered my course to ordering pancakes as a side option to my breakfast entree (yes, i ordered the pancake meal as a side, i’ll say it again). Ria’s has a reputation for having slow service and 2 hour long waits, but we must’ve come at just the right time because we only waited for 30 minutes to be seated in the heated back patio. I ended up deciding on the Eggs Benedict special, which was fabulous.
I know you’re wondering about the pancakes. They were out of this world moist and perfect. I usually like pancakes with bananas or almonds or some kind of addition, but these were literally so perfect that I could’ve eaten it plain. Mary ordered the Huevos, delivered beautifully and equally delicious. And Aaron actually followed through and settled on ordering the pancakes. Everything was delectable, and I will definitely be going back, despite the risk of an abnormally long wait.