I recently went to Atlanta to attend a live podcast. We will talk about that in part 2 recap. I want to focus on some of the food I indulged in while in Atlanta. I knew when I booked the trip to Atlanta, I wanted to dine in at Old Lady Gang Restaurant. Yes, the craving for some good southern food. I must say it was hard trying to reserve a table a week or two in advance using Open Table. So we took a chance swinging by and getting on the waiting list. Driving up, you can see the line is at the door. I was a little skeptical but my friend went in to take a look. We got on the waiting list, which was an hour and 15-minute wait.
So, what would any young woman do, we headed to Lenox Square Mall to make the most f our time. The mall is beautiful and comparable to a couple of malls we have in our home town of Dallas. Checking out Pressed was on our to-do list. I was interested in checking out some sunglasses. The inventory was low and I did not see any I wanted to buy. Rasheeda was nice, which I get that from seeing her on TV. A real genuine beautiful person. We ended up heading to Nordstrom and picking up some shades. That’s an easy win and we headed back to the restaurant. Yes, starving at this point and it was past our time.
As I stepped into the restaurant, I immediately realize why the line is at the door. There isn’t a real designated place designed to check in. However, once we checked in we were immediately seated. It was a Saturday, so the restaurant was busy.
Sweet Cornbread is the first thing placed on the table. The cornbread is served with a melted honey butter. It was solid by the time we finished dinner. I would have preferred a spread actually.
Starter: Shrimp and Grits Martini
I failed to get a photo, I was hungry. Perfectly cooked creamy grits. OMG!!! This dish was delicious. I don’t think I can blame how I feel about the shrimp and grits on my hunger. The only complaint I have is the shrimp is mixed in the grits. If the tail was not on, it would not have been an issue. The problem with that is you are unable to see the tail is still on the shrimp. It is not a good look when you have grits in your month and digging for a shrimp tail. Other than that, the shrimp and grits dish is the star on the menu.
Entree: Aunt Bertha’s Springer Mountain Farms Fried Chicken
- 2 pieces of fried chicken
- Macaroni and Cheese
- I substituted the collard greens for yams
I ordered the yams because the women that were at the next table mentioned,” the collard greens were too salty”. The waitress said, “they keep hearing that complaint”. I was not sure if it was just the pot made that night or in general. Either way, I did not want to chance it. Now the yams took it to the other end of the scale. Sweet! My first thought was a brown sugar overload. They are good but too sweet. I could see brown sugar in my serving that wasn’t mixed in all the way. I was hoping the yams were cut instead of mashed. But that is minor. Maybe that will be an option in the future (cut or mashed).
There was a listening party going on downstairs. I initially thought that was the upscale area for dinner was located. I was wondering why people were walking through the restaurant and heading downstairs. My table was near the stairs so the music was heard but faint. I think speakers upstairs would have been nice. This would allow the upstairs diners to hear the music clearly.
Yes, The OLGs, Bertha, Nora, and Joyce were in the house. I also saw Todd and Kaela (daughter). My overall rating is a 3.75 out of 5 stars. The service was pretty slow. I’m sure it will get better with time. Let me know if you dined at OLG and share your thoughts.
We decided to have dessert at McCoughtry’s Ice Cream, which is owned by WNBA player, Angela McCoughtry. The ice cream polar was just a couple of doors down from OLG restaurant. I had a cup of the “Oh Snap” flavor and it was delicious.