There are certain restaurants in Atlanta, which serve mostly forgettable food, but remain immensely popular, particularly with the Buckhead crowd. Jalisco and Silver Skillet immediately come to mind. These places are packed all the time, and the best I can figure is that nostalgia, sense of community, cliques, and modest expectations all play a part in their succes. OK Cafe is definitely another one of these types of places.
Don’t get me wrong, the food isn’t terrible, I’m quite comfortable in their large leather booths, and the service is outstanding. But is the thirty minute figure listed on their exterior wait-time LCD warranted? Not to me.
Particularly in regards to breakfast, I think Buckhead as a whole lacks originality, opting for the more traditional breakfast items such as various meat/egg combinations and pancakes. I much prefer the creative offerings and the surrounding vibe at Radial or Ria’s.
This got me wondering – why is there this separation in style between the various geographies of Atlanta? Would it appear that the suit-clad business man is much more apt to prefer a breakfast of two eggs over easy with toast and potatoes, than perhaps a sampling of chilaquiles verdes with soysauge? That sort of stereotype shouldn’t apply, right? Maybe it’s not the clientele. Maybe it’s the locale which dictates the style, driving the tastes of the consumer. Would Ria’s, which is slammed on weekend mornings, be as popular at Roswell & Peachtree? I don’t know, but if I find something like that in Buckhead, you’ll see my dissenting, J.Crew clad ass there.
Would love to hear your thoughts.
lots of branding around OK Cafe – I like this lamp base
vegetarian “breakfast” plate – tofu stir fry. pretty bad actually.
two eggs with potatoes and link sausage: it is what it is