Since March is Women's History Month, it's a great excuse to visit women-owned businesses.
Top Woman Run Restaurants in ATL
What these Atlanta women are doing is so fantastic you'll likely make their bars and restaurants a regular part of your dining rotation. There's so much to discover in Atlanta.
The Slutty Vegan ATL
Pinky Cole has created a near cult-like following of both vegans and non-vegans alike at her venture Slutty Vegan ATL. Everything on the menu is 100% plant-based and Cole has been using Impossible Burgers long before it became the hottest trend. Try the Heaux Boy sandwich with vegan shrimp tossed in a NOLA-style batter and fried, topped with lettuce, pickle, tomato, and Slut Sauce on a vegan Hawaiian roll. The Dance Hall Queen uses a plant-based patty and then loads it up with sweet, jerk plantains, vegan cheese caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and Slut Sauce all sandwiched on a Hawaiian roll. Pinky Cole also has a foundation in her name that helps empower people of color to excel at their entrepreneurial pursuits, financially, and lead happier lives of their choosing.
Chef/Owner Suzanne Vizethan brings some of the best farm-to-table cuisine to the Atlanta area at Buttermilk Kitchen. Buttermilk Kitchen is currently offering limited dine-in seating and curbside pickup is usually ready in 20 minutes. Nearly everything on the menu is made from scratch and you can taste the love and care the team puts into every dish. Enjoy breakfast all day and order the crispy chicken and waffles which come with delicious rye whiskey-infused syrup. The pimento omelet embodies southern cuisine and is filled with Benton's bacon, the signature pimento cheese, homemade red pepper jelly, and is served with a biscuit and one side. Non-alcoholic beverages can be taken to go but cocktails are for dine-in patrons only. Get a caffeine boost with the Red Eye Russian cocktail made with rye, vanilla syrup, half and half, and cold brew.
Batter Cookie Dough
If you have a sweet tooth Batter Cookie Dough is a must-try destination in the Ponce City Market. Chef Julie Abes serves her doughs ice cream-style in cups or cones, shot form, in milkshakes, and as freshly baked cookies. Everything is dough-licious (WhereTraveler can't take credit or be blamed for this excellent pun as Batter makes it on its website). Chef Abes' favorite flavor has been dubbed the "brookie" and is a combination of brownie and cookie batter. The red velvet is a southern staple and the bourbon brown sugar is a fan favorite. The chocolate chip and sugar cookie flavors are even available in gluten-free varieties. Several flavors are vegan.
Sachi Nakato Takahara's grandmother opened Nakato in 1947 and today she's at the helm serving up a mix of old world and new school Japanese excellence in Buckhead. Nakato offers a hibachi dining experience, a Japanese sushi counter, and a tatami room for an exclusive chef's tasting menu. The premium tokujo nigiri includes two pieces of torched toro (marbled tuna), uni (sea urchin), wagyu beef, ikura (salmon roe), torched sake harami (salmon belly), and hotate (sea scallop). The takoyaki is a popular Osakan street food. It's essentially a fried dough ball with a crisp outside and a soft inside stuffed with octopus garnished with mayo, seaweed flakes, and bonito. The sushi roll and nigiri menu is extensive and has something for every palate. The signature chicken katsu is delightfully crisp.
Hell Yeah Gluten Free
Self-described as a "sassy, lady-owned and operated shop," Hell Yeah Gluten Free specializes in gluten-free baked treats. All of the donuts (unless otherwise noted) are all dairy-free too. The cinnamon rolls are yeast-raised and rolled to perfection before being slathered with cream cheese frosting. The pastellito is triangle-shaped pastry goodness packed with guava and cream cheese. If you have a more savory palate, the chicken pot pie turnovers are for you. The pot pie filling is wrapped in thin, flaky pie crust and topped with everything bagel seasoning. The celiac-friendly spot has quite the following and comical, pro-feminist merch is available on-site. Get your girlfriends a "see you next Tuesday" or an "I don't care diet" pin for a few giggles.
Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours
Executive Chef Deborah VanTrece puts her heart and soul into her soul food at Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours. VanTrece serves up simple, good southern food. Start with the fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese and bacon jam or the dip duo of black-eyed pea hummus and collard greens dip with herby crisps. She puts her southern spin on a Ceasar salad by making it with collard greens and serving it with crunchy crawfish tails and Buttermilk Sawmill anchovy gravy. The cornmeal-crusted catfish is a great next course and served over creamy, cilantro grits. Don't sleep on dessert! The sticky pecan bread pudding with cinnamon and vanilla bean toffee sauce is the stuff of dreams. In the drinks department, the hard to pronounce but easy to drink Southernplayalisticadillacmartini features bacon-infused vodka, brown sugar, apple, sage, and Nux Alpina (walnut liqueur). The signature Twisted Soul Martini uses Jack Daniels whiskey, peche, Thai basil, and is served with a lemon twist.