She may look tough, but owner and chef Ria Pell lovingly serves up her modern take on classic Southern cooking in this semi-underground local favorite. The homemade pancakes with real buttermilk and vanilla are a perennial crowd pleaser (not to mention "the world's best," according to the New York Times)—add carmelized bananas to seal the deal. We’re accustomed to “real” meat with our meals, but Ria’s country fried tempeh (lacking only soy-milk gravy perhaps) is mouth watering if you ask us. The location is a bit odd: Bluebird is on an industrial-ish corner in a former drive-thru liquor store across from a cemetery, but that hasn’t stopped Atlantans from swarming in to savor Ria’s cooking. The space is small so be prepared to wait for a table at peak times, especially on weekends. Ria's is open every day, but only from 8am to 3pm, so there's no dinner.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 08:00 AM to 03:00 PM
- Feature: Breakfast & Brunch
- Credit Cards Accepted: visa, mastercard, amex
- Takeout Available: Yes