Ria’s Bluebird

by Rachel Parker
Print Email

riasinsideIt has been weeks since I ate breakfast at Ria’s Bluebird, but the place and the food keep nudging me. If you’re in Atlanta, the drive to Ria’s is towards downtown, to an industrial area that’s being transformed into a happening neighborhood. The huge Oakland Cemetery is across the street from the restaurant, and cars and trucks are zooming down Memorial Drive. There must be a synonym for funky, but right now none comes to mind.

Ria’s Bluebird is, funky, hip seemingly old and perfectly au courant. The New York Times called Ria’s pancakes “the world’s best.” As someone with the firm belief that Dupar’s in Los Angeles serves the world’s best pancakes, Ria’s are plenty good enough to share that title, and its menu is deeper and more interesting than Dupar’s.

There, I said it. Sorry, Dupar’s, but the planet can accommodate two “world’s best pancakes” places. Go to Atlanta and see for yourself.

riaspancakesAt Ria’s selections such as sweet potato pancakes, creamy, peppery grits, chunky apple jam for your toast or biscuits, buttery hot maple syrup, a BBQ Brisket breakfast plate made in the smoker that’s in the parking lot, and country-fried tempeh with house gravy make picking only one breakfast difficult.

I haven’t ventured towards the tempeh, but I bet it’s good, or it wouldn’t be on this menu. Ria’s got it all going on. There’s also a coffee and tea bar with beans and leaves from near and far and a nice, comfortable vibe with a roadhouse or diner feel. Breakfast was good, really good.

It is a quick drive from Ria’s to Auburn Avenue, the Martin Luther King Center and the Ebenezer Baptist Church. You can go from a syrupy high to a sad remembering of how things were and how far we still have to go. It makes for a good day’s outing for the stomach and the soul.

Ria’s Bluebird
421 Memorial Drive SE
Atlanta, GA
(404) 521-3737

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

 

restaurant news

Delicious Authentic Mexican Dishes at La Sandia
Los Angeles
by David Latt

img 1235La Sandia Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar shares the top floor of Santa Monica Place with half a dozen other restaurants, the Food Court and the Market.

You'll recognize La Sandia by the crowded...

Read more...
The Hungry Nomad
Los Angeles
by Anna Harari

hungrynomad.jpgThree weeks into all night shoots in Chatsworth on a low-budget indie movie with the same caterer twice a day serving us burgers for “breakfast” every single day (not even I can eat a burger...

Read more...
Seiyo Sushi and Wine Shop
Boston
by Kitty Kaufman

seiyo sushi-barSeiyo Sushi & Wine Shop in Boston's South End on Washington Street has a patio where you can eat as well as watch ambulances shrieking their way to Boston City Hospital but all in a good way. Our...

Read more...
Picnic Table with a View
Arizona
by Lisa Dinsmore

greaswoodsign.jpgFor the past decade, my husband and I seem to find ourselves in Scottsdale Arizona every Spring. Most years it's to celebrate the arrival of another baseball season by talking in as many...

Read more...