The ATL Airport District’s fabric is made up of Black history and culture. That’s why it’s no surprise that we’re full of Black-owned businesses and restaurants serving up some of the best fare this side of the Mississippi. We invite you to support these locally owned establishments during Black History Month – and year-round. Trust us, your tastebuds will thank you.
Bole Ethiopian Restaurant
Opening its doors in 2010, Bole Ethiopian Restaurant is proud offer vibrant flavors and a lively, cultural experience to guests, serving authentic Ethiopian dishes to the College Park community.
Hapeville’s Butterfat Bistro is a fan favorite, offering all things sweet and savory. Choose from a wide range of cheeses, soups and greens, thoughtfully prepared by Tamika Hurley-Carr and Genia Williams, making healthy dining options accessible for Hapeville citizens.
Charlita Varner opened Buttersweet Bakery, offering traditional and modern sweets to the Hapeville community – including their famous cakes, cookies and pastries – and has easily become a local favorite. The bakery partners with Butterfat Bistro, as well, to serve a mix of dining options to the community.
A College Park mainstay, Cajun Bones serves a variety of authentic Cajun food – including fan-favorite low country boil dishes and chicken plates.
Chicken + Beer
Located in Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Chicken + Beer is a College Park favorite, developed by Jackmont Hospitality and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. Featuring classic Southern dishes with a twist, Chicken + Beer boasts bold art, a vibrant playlist and dedication to hospitality in Concourse D.
Green Soma Vegan Café
Calling all vegans – Green Soma is the place for you. Located in the heart of Hapeville, Green Soma Vegan Café serves hot vegetables, vegan entrees, soups, local herbal tea and kombucha, vegan ice cream and beyond.
Grub Fresh Bowls and Wraps
Aiming to serve the Hapeville community with healthy fast-food options, Grub Fresh Bowls and Wraps opened in 2020, with Philip Jones leading the charge behind the dining destination. Guests can choose from a variety of bowls – with flavors like jerk chicken, teriyaki veggie and southwest-inspired dishes – and can leave feeling satisfied, recharged and guilt-free.
Hattie Marie’s BBQ
With inspiration spurring from Port Arthur – a small, Southeastern town in Texas – owner Willie Griggie aims to bring his mother’s legacy to the College Park community by serving authentic barbecue dishes. The Hattie Marie's BBQ menu features barbecue smoked onsite daily, a variety of seafood options and authentic Southern-style sides – all sure to leave you satisfied and coming back for more.
Johnny’s Chicken and Waffles
Brought to Atlanta by Crystal Smith, Ne-Yo and Karlie Redd, Johnny’s Chicken and Waffles opened in December 2020, bringing signature Southern food to the College Park community. With options like Johnny’s famous chicken & waffles, brioche French toast logs and triple decker grilled cheese sandwiches, you can’t go wrong – and will always leave wanting more.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with gourmet cupcakes from East Point favorite, Kupcakerie. Featuring classic cupcakes and unique flavors like Peanut Butta Have My Chocolate, Not Yo Mama’s Banana Pudding, Lemonade and Cookies & Dreams, you are sure to find something to cure your dessert cravings.
Lickety Split Southern Kitchen and Bar
Hapeville’s Lickety Split specializes in homestyle Southern fare, featuring family recipes from owner Melissa Harris. Lickety Split combines comfort, dining and hospitality into an experience that blends 30 years of flavors and recipes – bringing a taste of Southern flare to those who dine at the restaurant.
Lov’n It Live
Lov’n It Live serves a variety of raw, organic and vegan options with the East Point neighborhood, believing that food is medicine and promising to serve healthy options to their community. With a laid-back environment, Lov’n It Live creates a comfortable space for the community to enjoy health food – and cannot wait to serve you.
The Real Milk & Honey
The Real Milk & Honey is proud to be one of the only restaurants in Atlanta to offer all day brunch, from open to close. Whether you’re craving French toast, shrimp & grits or avocado toast, The Real Milk & Honey in College Park has exactly what you’re looking for.
Nouveau Bar & Grill
Owner Ebony Austin combined her experience in marketing and real estate to bring Nouveau Bar & Grill to life. Alongside their food and drink offerings, Nouveau hosts weekly events to bring energy and excitement to the College Park community. Take a look here to see their upcoming events, including open mic and karaoke nights, and bottomless mimosas!
Old Lady Gang
Todd Tucker and Kandi Burruss-Tucker lead East Point’s Old Lady Gang, a Southern eatery honoring Kandi’s mother, Joyce Jones, and aunts, Berth Jones and Nora Wilcox – the original Old Lady Gang. OLG is home to Southern recipes Kandi grew up cooking, bringing her family together – and wants to bring the East Point community together, too.
Located in East Point, Oz Pizza is open for take-out, delivery and patio dining. Stop in for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays, and enjoy a slice of their famous classic pie – or try their fan favorite calzones.
Recently featured on Hulu’s Eater’s Guide to the World, Pit Boss has been serving authentic Southern barbecue since 2008. Pit Boss has been a renowned favorite in the Hapeville community for years, known for their slow smoked ribs, brisket sandwiches and smoked wings. Keep an eye out for their new location, opening in Hapeville soon – and see for yourself why people keep coming back, year after year.
Q’s Restaurant – East Point
Serving homestyle Southern dishes and food with soul, Q’s Restaurant is an East Point favorite – offering dining options like country fried steak, ribs and fried pork chops.
Rosie's Coffee Cafe
Rosie Gail originally opened Rosie’s Coffee Cafe, a community-centric spot known for its locally sourced produce, fresh ingredients and loving atmosphere. Sheri Ricks is keeping the memory and legacy of Rosie alive, as she has taken over the ownership of the cafe and is passionate about providing customers with cheerful and fun-loving service in East Point.
Beginning with a handheld mixer, large bowl and 9-inch pan, Sammy CheezeCake was built out of a passion for baking and sharing delicious desserts with the East Point community. With flavors like Snickers, Reese’s and beyond, Sammy CheezeCake is proud to be voted as “Best Bakery in Metro-Atlanta.”
An East Point favorite, Silver’s Delight shares authentic Caribbean cuisine with the East Point community, including specialties like brown stew chicken, oxtails and curry goat.
Originally opening its doors in Los Angeles, Taco Pete is known for bringing its authentic tacos, burritos and more to East Point. The family-owned restaurant opened its location in the District in 2006 and has since become a household name in the community.
The Corner Grille
Choosing College Park for its historic look and feel, Julian and Annette Naaba serve traditional American style cuisine with Cajun influences at The Corner Grille. The Corner Grille is known for its fantastic food, great service and a friendly atmosphere – alongside their seafood omelet, Cajun seafood pasta and salmon that has customers coming back for more.
The Original Big Daddy’s Dish
Named after its owner, Marcus “Big Daddy” Sabir, The Original Big Daddy’s Dish opened to share authentic Southern soul food with the College Park community, and quickly became a mainstay in the metro-Atlanta area.
Tom, Dick, and Hank
Hank Johnson redefines traditional dishes by adding a soul food twist. Pairing his passion for backyard barbecue with creative flavor profiles, Tom, Dick, and Hank in College Park restaurant is known for its smoked wings, barbecued crab legs and mac & cheese.
Treat Love is a Hapeville-based, modern rendition of an old-fashioned candy store, offering a mix of salted, bubbly, sticky and sweet treats.
Tropical Cuisine serves Caribbean dishes with an international twist, with options like curried chicken, vegetable roti and curried goat – and offers a calm, comfortable dining environment to College Park.
Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen
With the goal of representing and preserving their Gullah Geechee heritage, owners Gee and Juan Smalls created Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar. Serving family recipes handed down through generations – such as rice dishes, wings, lobster tails and shrimp & grits – you can guarantee that every meal has been prepared with patience and pride. This College Park favorite was just recently featured on Good Morning America!
Featuring wraps, salads, rice bowls, alkaline lemonade and fruit smoothies, Wrap-a-Lot is proud to serve health-minded dining options to the College Park community.