Head down to the Urban Foodie Feed Store in College Park for your Southern food fix.

Decatur's Revival features elegant Southern decor to match its Southern cuisine

Upscale Southern food is served in a swanky setting at Watershed.

Vegetables are grown on site at Milton's Cuisine and Cocktails in Alpharetta.

Shrimp and grits are a specialty at Southern Bistro in Sandy Springs.

Famous Southern and Soul Food Restaurants in Atlanta

What’s the difference between Southern food and soul food? All soul food is Southern but not all Southern food is soul food. Soul food embodies a cultural history and experience with foods that were leftover like neckbones, cornbread, pig’s feet, tripe and ham hocks. It is said to have originated during slavery, inspiring and being further adopted by Southern culture. Southern food can consist of barbecue, shrimp and grits, and fried chicken — oftentimes a meat ‘n’ three (choose your meat and add three vegetable sides) — with a sweet tea, of course. Here’s where to find the best of both in Atlanta.


Soul Food

Malika Bowling is the author of Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More!, and founder of Roamilicious. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. Her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram 

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