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Busy Bee Cafe

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Atlanta University Center, Atlanta
  • Explore Georgia
    "smothered chicken and mac n' cheese"(4 Tips)
    Alecia R.
    "Had fried chicken, Mac and cheese, and sweet potato pie."(28 Tips)
    The Bite Life w.
    "Get the fried whiting!!! Nothing like it!!!"(2 Tips)
    Harry G.
    "Get the Banana Pudding"(3 Tips)
77 Tips and reviews
  • fried chicken
  • soul food
  • mac & cheese
  • fried whiting
  • lively
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  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    This friendly café has been serving up crunchy, juicy, fried-chicken ecstasy since 1947. The birds soak in a secret marinade before getting a light toss in flour and a bath in hot peanut oil. Read more
  • Tasting Table
    Sink into some soul food at The Busy Bee Cafe. If you're feeling saucy, go for the smothered version, simmered in pan gravy, and wash it down with a glass of their refreshing sweet tea. Read more
    Tasting Table · 2 weeks ago
  • Craven M.
    #OVERRATED #OVERPRICED seasoning is decent, portions are minimal and the pork chop was NOT smothered!!! It was fried (tough) and dipped in gravy!! 😐 Poor representation of southern soul food...
    Craven Moore · September 8, 2014
  • Tasting Table
    Fried chicken has been the star since 1947. If you're feeling saucy, get the smothered version, simmered in an addictive pan gravy. Sweet tea and sides of collard greens and candied yams are a must. Read more
    Tasting Table · August 5, 2014
  • Alecia R.
    Loved it! A celebrity walked in while we were eating! Food was excellent. Had fried chicken, Mac and cheese, and sweet potato pie. The sweet tea was perfect! Wish we had it this good in Kansas City.
    Alecia Reeder · January 3, 2013
  • Wright B.
    The fried chicken is good but the smothered chicken is yummy! I had purchased the high priced small banana pudding. Glad that I bought it. Broccoli and cheese casserole and the carrot souffle are yum.
    Wright Braids · February 4, 2013
  • Greg C.
    Everything is good here! A little shady outside, but everyone is friendly inside! Staff reminds you of the good ole southern charm! Small, and often no room, so be patient. It's worth the wait!
    Greg Cothran · February 16, 2015
  • AJC
    The wonderful fried chicken tops the menu every day. Marinated for 12 hours, lightly breaded and well-seasoned, it’s deep-fried in peanut oil. Read more
    AJC · March 20, 2013
  • Carl B.
    They charge a 4% fee for take-out orders, and the food is served in polystyrene boxes with plasticware. I understand a surcharge for compostables, but for styrofoam...?!
    Carl Black · March 17, 2014
  • AJC
    The red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting is a popular choice at $5 per slice. Just be prepared, you may have to wait in line to get inside the famous Busy Bee! Read more
    AJC · August 7, 2015
  • Arka M.
    KFC should be ashamed of themselves, this place is the best soul food in the world. Their original recipe is awesome!!!! Try the Joe Lewis Ham Hock the are a must.
    Arka Majumdar · November 13, 2015
  • Atlanta
    Since 1947, the Busy Bee Cafe has been one of Atlanta's best soul food restaurants. Service is friendly and the restaurant is busy and cheerful. Atlanta hearts Soul Food! Read more
    Atlanta · March 3, 2011
  • Jennifer B.
    Great place to take out-of-towners. Not to be missed: the "beelicious" fried chicken and banana pudding. I'm still dreaming about it. Get there early or be prepared to wait.
    Jennifer Boardman · October 21, 2009
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    A crackly and simple breading coats each piece of uncomplicated fried chicken. Not a trace of grease in sight, every juicy, salty bite will fulfill your Southern-fried food dreams. Read more
    Creative Loafing Atlanta · February 2, 2012
  • Gregory C.
    An Atlanta institution. Definitely enjoyed the fried chicken, mac and cheese, and green beans. If you go during lunch, get there early or go later.
    Gregory Cox · November 24, 2014
  • Stephen F.
    Meh...this place is all hype. The parking is terrible, and the food is normal or un-extraordinary. This place is definitely skippable and does not live up to the hype at all.
    Stephen Freshley · February 2
  • Rejeannda H.
    Everything was amazing! I will for sure go back there. Our waitress was super cool and the food was nice and hot.
    Rejeannda Hicks · January 23, 2015
  • Pony Compassionate F.
    everything on the menu is consistently good and seasoned to perfection! If you're in Atlanta and have no satisfied this epicurus dive then sorry for!
  • Explore Georgia
    The smothered chicken and mac n' cheese is a must have when visiting the Busy Bee Cafe. Many visitors say it's the best meal they have ever had!
    Explore Georgia · March 15, 2013
  • V G.
    Oxtails, fried chicken, Mac & cheese, pinto beans, cornbread, sweet tea all made fresh each day with love... Need I say more?
    V George · August 17, 2015
  • Viv
    The fried chicken is some of the best I've ever had. Greens & Yams were great as well. Skip the Peach Cobbler-it's disappointing.
    Viv · June 9, 2014
  • Island G.
    Fried chicken, green beans, fried okra. The fried catfish is delicious. The staff is AWESOME!!!.
    Island Girl · 2 weeks ago
  • Charles G.
    Food is good but outrageously priced. My wallet felt like I had just done at a 5 star restaurant. Fried chicken dinner 20 bucks. Wow
    Charles Gregory · February 28, 2012
  • Eater
    Crackly fried chicken, pork chop, and homespun sides are delivered non-stop by no nonsense servers who call every one “baby.” [Eater 38 Member]
    Eater · October 4, 2011
  • Creative Loafing Atlanta
    Busy Bee lets you know that it holds a hallowed place in Atlanta dining history, and fried chicken is a big part of that history. Read more
    Creative Loafing Atlanta · January 30, 2012
  • Tracy G.
    Fried Chicken mac & cheese broccoli casserole, carrot soufflé, candied yams, squash, cabbage
    Tracy Gates · October 1, 2015
  • La C.
    Order an Uptown (sweet tea & lemonade) to go with your food. You won't be disappointed.
    La Calle · January 9, 2013
  • Reg H.
    Cute small place. Very intimate. Gives you mamas kitchen. Food was delicious...
    Reg H · December 9, 2013
  • Kim A.
    Delicious southern cooked food. It was packed and our server was great.
    Kim Ayers · August 11, 2013
  • Kim N C.
    Tilapia was fried to perfection! Sweet Potato fries were fantastic!
    Kim N Carswell · August 10, 2011
  • Britta S.
    I ordered the fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and green beans...delicious!
    Britta Smith · July 10, 2013
  • Azalea M.
    You gotta try the oxtails smothered with rice and gravy. Yummy!
    Azalea McKinney · August 11, 2010
  • Samantha F.
    Get the fried Whiting!! That Broccoli and cheese is Super Dope!
    Samantha Frazier · December 21, 2010
  • Alda B.
    Everything! The ham hocks are my favorite!
    Alda Blakeney Wright · August 17, 2015
  • TV Food Maps
    Check out Busy Bee Cafe as it was featured on Food Paradise for Fried Chicken Read more
    TV Food Maps · September 29, 2015
  • Cornelius C.
    The fried chicken is worth waiting an hour for
    Cornelius C · December 22, 2012
  • Tracy G.
    Love, love , love the food here. Fried chicken is awesome
    Tracy Gates · August 3, 2015
  • Samar R.
    Fried chicken was Great and I didn't have to add Hot Sauce
    Samar Reid · December 4, 2013
  • OneMic C.
    Walk home to get the weight of all that food off ... Cause u just gained 5lbs
    OneMic Cypher · July 18, 2013
  • Gwen S.
    Save room for the cobbler a la mode!! OMG ;-)
    Gwen Sanks · April 13, 2014
  • Tye W.
    The whiting fried fish is delicious
    Tye W · February 5, 2015
  • Juline
    Fried chicken and any sides!!! Mouth orgasm.
    Juline · September 18, 2013
  • The Bite Life w.
    Get the fried whiting!!! Nothing like it!!!
  • Keisha D.
    Order ahead....don't look to get great customer service though...
    Keisha Deans · April 4, 2014
  • KRick ★.
    Calm down & get the banana puddin
    KRick ★ · March 12, 2013
  • Cyntrina M.
    The fried chicken was heaven!!
    Cyntrina Montgomery · August 25, 2013
  • OneMic C.
    Sit at the counter for faster service
    OneMic Cypher · March 22, 2013
  • Howard B.
    I love The Lord with all my heart JD fried chicken too!
    Howard Baker · November 6, 2012
  • DJ Latin Prince ✔ 
    One of my fav soul food spots in ATL..
    DJ Latin Prince ✔  · September 18, 2013
  • Shayla P. G.
    The best soul food restaurant in ATL, hands down!!
    Shayla P. Goldmon · November 11, 2012
  • Rachel C.
    Great food! Awesome service!
    Rachel Clark · February 3, 2014
  • Maurice C.
    The food is good, but the service is hit or miss.
    Maurice Cherry · February 20, 2012
  • Bri A.
    This menu will change your life
    Bri Alexandra · August 12, 2013
  • Princess V.
    Get the ribs and fried green tomatoes!
    Princess Valentine · February 3, 2012
  • Danie B.
    2 greasy, finger-lickin thumbs up
    Danie Banks · April 27, 2010
  • Terrence A.
    The fried chicken is the business!!
    Terrence Albritton · February 20, 2013
  • Jennifer L.
    The KeyLime Cake mmmmm...mmmm Good
    Jennifer Lester · September 6, 2011
  • DamonGospel
    Best Cornbread Dressing in Atlanta
    DamonGospel · August 15, 2012
  • Rodney J.
    Fried chicken is excellent!
    Rodney Jones · October 4, 2013
  • Samantha F.
    Someone stole my mayorship only because I'm on a diet!
    Samantha Frazier · July 24, 2013
  • Elegant	Beauty G.
    This food will make you move here!
    Elegant Beauty Gigger · June 6, 2013
  • I'na S.
    I'na Saulsbery · October 19, 2011
  • John L.
    meat entrees - fried chicken
    John L · September 14, 2011
  • Dinchaka P.
    Ox tails...$20.99per order!!! Wow
    Dinchaka P · May 1, 2013
    Two words: smothered chicken · August 4, 2011
  • Jeff
    Everything here is awesome.
    Jeff · May 29, 2014
  • Harry G.
    Get the Banana Pudding
    Harry Gatewood · November 3, 2010
  • Yolanda M.
    The best in da land.
    Yolanda Mcclarin · August 26, 2012
  • Ebony P.
    Love the fried chicken!
    Ebony Perro · April 22
  • Crystal I.
    Try the fried chicken
    Crystal Ivory · November 14, 2015
  • Angel M.
    Closed on Saturdays :-/
    Angel M. · September 4, 2011
  • Delilah B.
    Loved it!!!
    Delilah Berkley · February 18, 2014
  • Danie B.
    Try the catfish
    Danie Banks · August 22, 2010
  • Clayton D.
    Smothered Chicken
    Clayton Davis · February 26
  • Robert A.
    Fried Chicken
    Robert Andrews · August 25, 2015
  • Martin S.
    I know you like Soul Food
    Martin Summerour · December 21, 2010
  • Tiff S.
    Tiff Stewart · August 21, 2014
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