Busy Bee Cafe

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314, United States
Hours:
Closed until Noon Sunday (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–7:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
No
9.0/10

Based on 151 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Samar R.
    Fried chicken was Great and I didn't have to add Hot Sauce(19 Tips)
    Wright B.
    The fried chicken is good but the smothered chicken is yummy!(3 Tips)
    The Bite Life w.
    Get the fried whiting!!! Nothing like it!!!(2 Tips)
    Jennifer B.
    Not to be missed: the "beelicious" fried chicken and banana pudding.(3 Tips)
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  • fried chicken
  • puddin
  • fried whiting
  • soul food
  • mac & cheese
  • banana pudding
  • café
  • sweet tea
  • collard greens
  • pork chops
  • oxtail
  • great value
  • good service
  • sweet potato pie
  • fried green tomatoes
  • catfish
  • cobbler
  • cornbread
  • tilapia
  • ribs
  • 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

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  • Damian AtlantaRealtor B.

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  • 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
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  • Tye W.

    The whiting fried fish is delicious

    Tye W · February 5
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Tiff S.

    💙💙💙💙💙

    Tiff Stewart · August 21, 2014
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Jeff

    Everything here is awesome.

    Jeff · May 29, 2014
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  • Gwen S.

    Save room for the cobbler a la mode!! OMG ;-)

    Gwen Sanks · April 13, 2014
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  • Keisha D.

    Order ahead....don't look to get great customer service though...

    Keisha Deans · April 4, 2014
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  • 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
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  • Delilah B.

    Loved it!!!

    Delilah Berkley · February 18, 2014
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  • Rachel C.

    Great food! Awesome service!

    Rachel Clark · February 3, 2014
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  • Reg H.

    Cute small place. Very intimate. Gives you mamas kitchen. Food was delicious...

    Reg H · December 9, 2013
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  • Samar R.

    Fried chicken was Great and I didn't have to add Hot Sauce

    Samar Reid · December 4, 2013
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  • Rodney J.

    Fried chicken is excellent!

    Rodney Jones · October 4, 2013
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  • Juline

    Fried chicken and any sides!!! Mouth orgasm.

    Juline · September 18, 2013
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  • DJ Latin Prince ✔ 

    One of my fav soul food spots in ATL..

    DJ Latin Prince ✔  · September 18, 2013
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  • Cyntrina M.

    The fried chicken was heaven!!

    Cyntrina Montgomery · August 25, 2013
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  • Bri A.

    This menu will change your life

    Bri Alexandra · August 12, 2013
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  • Kim A.

    Delicious southern cooked food. It was packed and our server was great.

    Kim Ayers · August 11, 2013
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  • Samantha F.

    Someone stole my mayorship only because I'm on a diet!

    Samantha Frazier · July 24, 2013
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  • OneMic C.

    Walk home to get the weight of all that food off ... Cause u just gained 5lbs

    OneMic Cypher · July 18, 2013
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  • Britta S.

    I ordered the fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and green beans...delicious!

    Britta Smith · July 10, 2013
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  • Elegant	Beauty G.

    This food will make you move here!

    Elegant Beauty Gigger · June 6, 2013
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  • Dinchaka P.

    Ox tails...$20.99per order!!! Wow

    Dinchaka P · May 1, 2013
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  • Eric D.

    Love the nana puddin!

    Eric Darby · April 26, 2013
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  • OneMic C.

    Sit at the counter for faster service

    OneMic Cypher · March 22, 2013
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • KRick ♈.

    Calm down & get the banana puddin

    KRick ♈💮🌟★ · March 12, 2013
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  • Terrence A.

    The fried chicken is the business!!

    Terrence Albritton · February 20, 2013
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  • 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
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  • La C.

    Order an Uptown (sweet tea & lemonade) to go with your food. You won't be disappointed.

    La Calle · January 9, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Cornelius C.

    The fried chicken is worth waiting an hour for

    Cornelius C · December 22, 2012
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  • Shayla P. G.

    The best soul food restaurant in ATL, hands down!!

    Shayla P. Goldmon · November 11, 2012
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  • Howard B.

    I love The Lord with all my heart JD fried chicken too!

    Howard Baker · November 6, 2012
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  • Yolanda M.

    The best in da land.

    Yolanda Mcclarin · August 26, 2012
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  • DamonGospel

    Best Cornbread Dressing in Atlanta

    DamonGospel · August 15, 2012
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  • 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
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  • Maurice C.

    The food is good, but the service is hit or miss.

    Maurice Cherry · February 20, 2012
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  • Princess V.

    Get the ribs and fried green tomatoes!

    Princess Valentine · February 3, 2012
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  • 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
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  • The Bite Life w.

    Get the fried whiting!!! Nothing like it!!!

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  • 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
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  • I'na S.

    TRY THE BROCCOLI AND RICE CASSEROLE.

    I'na Saulsbery · October 19, 2011
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