Busy Bee Cafe

Review by: BPStPaul

Busy Bee Café is one of Atlanta’s top restaurants for soul food. Be sure to try the fried chicken, sided by Southern vegetables and don’t forget about desserts like red velvet cake.

Directions & Hours

11am - 7pm
  • Monday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

What To Eat

Fried Chicken

Fried Green Tomatoes


Busy Bee Cafe Recipes


What do you think of Busy Bee Cafe?

2 Responses to “Busy Bee Cafe”

Keith Bailey

April 30th, 2015

Busy Bee Café has been around for a while and has garnered several awards and mentions in various lists as some of the best fried chicken in the country. They don’t lie.

We went for lunch and it was busy, but we were able to score a table pretty quickly. The place is really a large diner with a counter and stools and several tables and booths. Service was quick and friendly.

Typical of southern restaurants, there were lots of vegetables on the menu. I had a half fried chicken with 2 sides and my lunch partner had a 4-vegetable plate. We shared everything. The chicken was delicious. So often fried chicken is greasy, but this was not. The coating was the perfect amount of crunchy without being overly-battered. Highlights in the sides were the collard greens and the fried green tomatoes. Also good were the fried okra, mashed potato, creamed carrot and baked beans. It all comes with very nice cornbread. For dessert we had an excellent peach cobbler. Normally that is way too sweet for my taste, but this had wonderful fruit punch without all the normal added sugar.

I would definitely return for more of that wonderful food.


Blaine Peters

October 23rd, 2011

The Busy Bee is the best Southern restaurant in Atlanta. Period. The chicken beats any chicken I’ve tried, not just in Atlanta but anywhere. I believe they use the Broasting technique, but whatever they do, they end up with chicken that is nearly, scratch that, IS perfect. It’s crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

The sides hold up to the chicken: hot, fresh yeast rolls, the best creamed corn, delicious, real mashed potatoes, cheesy mac and cheese, and great desserts too.

It’s the best place to eat in Atlanta. We always recommend it to visitors and friends for an authentic Southern dining experience. Like anything worthwhile, there is a price to pay. The restaurant is only open until 7pm and is closed on Saturdays. It’s always crowded at mealtime. We usually order food to go, but to get the pictures for this review we went at 3:30 pm on a Sunday and still had to wait 15 minutes.

I should also note that the neighborhood may make some people uncomfortable. Although it’s only a mile from the Georgia World Convention Center and downtown, the area surrounding the restaurant is best described as “challenging.” However, the neighborhood is surrounded by colleges, and the staff and patrons have always been friendly and welcoming. Go.


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