Every time we'd drive down to Atlanta when I was a teen, a stop at the Flying Biscuit Cafe was essential. It's a local institution and now has nine locations in Georgia, as well as outposts in North Carolina and Florida. This Candler Park location, however, is the original. The building itself is charming—housed in a cutesy neighborhood peppered with quaint Craftsman bungalows, its interior is a hodgepodge of colors and mismatched table linens— and not at all as dive-y as you might expect for a diner-like breakfast joint. You can never go wrong with the fried green tomatoes, but you won't be judged if you come in and only order biscuits. The fluffy, flaky delights are so good, you'll want a whole plateful on which to smear that homemade cranberry-apple butter. There are a number of traditional (and not-so-traditional) breakfast items as well: Egg dishes (the Southern Scramble, for example, comes with collard greens), orange-scented French toast with raspberry sauce and honey crème anglaise, and mozzarella cheese grits. For those not in the mood for breakfast, the lunch menu of meats (try the turkey meatloaf or the Coca-Cola barbecue chicken burrito), pastas, and vegetarian dishes is served all day, too.

Tip: If you can't get a table here, try the Midtown location at 1001 Piedmont Ave.