Old Lady Gang is Kandi Burress’ baby in Atlanta. She gives credit to her old ladies who whipped up some of the best food as she grew up! I had to give it a shot, so let’s get into it:
Old Lady Gang is more than a restaurant, it is an experience which I believe Kandi was looking for. You are going to find groovy music, modern seating, and a busy environment. When I went, I think someone was shooting a movie outside. I was mad confused, but it fit the aesthetic perfectly. Their menu presents down south classics with a twist. You will find fried then grilled wings, deep fried deviled eggs, shrimp and grits w/ vodka cream sauce, and more! I felt the itis already creeping up on me before I even ordered.
I ordered the OLG fried then grilled wings and a cajun shrimp po’ boy, because who doesn’t love po’ boys. I didn’t even have take a bite before my mouth started salivating. the wings were heavenly. They really shook the game up with that fried then grilled method, because the wings were perfectly crunchy and juicy. The sauce was for sure made from grandma’s recipe, because I did’t have a clue what was in it yet it was delicious! The po’boy was exactly what I needed. The shrimp had great spice and flavor throughout, and the sauce was damn near better than being hugged. The shrimp and sauce combo still sits on my mind till this day. I wonder if i’ll ever have a better combo than that…
Daddy D’z is an Atlanta staple known for their slow cooked meats and comfort food. They use a hickory & oak pit for the meat, because there are no shortcuts to their recipe! Lets get into it:
Daddy D’z is a small barbecue joint, and you might even arrive and wonder if you’re at the right spot. You are! You will see the meat smoker going as soon as you pull in. However, we came to eat and noticed their menu including your typical barbecue along with southern favorites. You will see things such as brisket, smoked turkey, fried okra, and red beans & rice. Have you ever been a cookout with your uncle and see him cooking with a rag on his shoulder, I definitely felt like it was the same situation here. I knew good food was on the way!
The difference between good barbecue vs great barbecue sits in the brisket to me. If you can make a tasty brisket, you should be eligible to win yourself an Oscar for that performance. I bit into my brisket sandwich and felt the slow tear coming. The meat was perfectly juice but tender. The toast was lightly toasted to perfect. It laid in a bed of tangy barbecue sauce that added to the flavor. That brisket had no chance of lasting more than 4 bites. Sides are important, and Daddy D’z sides hit the spot. The greens were packed with love and flavor. Every bite was better and better. The candied yams were the other star of the show. That hint of brown sugar coating on the yams made all of the difference! Their mac & cheese was good, but I just felt like I felt a connection to the other sides. Before throwing away my plate, I noticed a few scraps of brisket left and had to clean those up too..
The Busy Bee Cafehas been around since 1947 sitting in the heart of Atlanta, GA. They have been around through lots of protests, injustices, and traumatic nationwide events. The black community has supported them all the way through the years. It is ESSENTIAL that people (not just black people) support black owned businesses right now. After eating at Busy Bee’s and crushing their fried chicken, I will defend them till the end of time. As a black man in America, I can not just walk around without worry or anxiety. I encourage all people to stand for something, before you fall for anything. Go protest, donate to a black organization, and eat at local black owned restaurants. We must continue to fight for Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. If we let up now, this will just be a moment . If we continue to fight until we receive justice and equality, this will be a movement. Let’s get into the food now:
The Busy Bee Cafe is one of many black owned soul food restaurants, but they have continued to be my favorite! I ordered the fried chicken, baked chicken, sweet potatoes, mac & cheese, cabbage, and greens. When I say this is the best fried chicken in Georgia, I am not lying. They must have the secret recipe, because I ate the whole half chicken before even touching my sides. So damn good. The baked chicken was juicy and tender! You can’t beat that combo when it comes to baked chicken. The sweet potatoes and greens swept me off my feet. The mac & cheese of course went crazy. They packed so much flavor into the cabbage, it almost felt like Christmas! I will continue to put my money into black owned businesses, so I just have to figure out which is next