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Vegan, Southern, International: 40 Women-Owned/Founded Restaurants In Atlanta

Atlanta is home to women-owned/founded restaurants featuring various cuisines. Pictured are offerings from Buttermilk Kitchen.
Atlanta is home to women-owned/founded restaurants featuring various cuisines. Pictured are offerings from Buttermilk Kitchen.
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Atlanta’s food scene is one of the ways that the city’s diversity is showcased.

The metropolis is home to eateries, cafes and diners — many of which are owned or founded by women.

In honor of Women’s History Month, check out our compilation of women-owned or founded restaurants serving American, BBQ, breakfast, international, seafood, southern and vegan cuisines. Use our map to find an eatery near you.

American Fare

Bacchanalia

1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. Suite A, Atlanta

This restaurant’s seasonal menu is reflective of the contemporary American offerings, which include four-course meals. The restaurant is owned by Chef Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison.

Fred’s Meat & Bread

99 Krog St., Atlanta

In Krog Street Market, Fred’s Meat & Bread serves up sandwiches, such as the Smoked Catfish Po Boy, and a variety of hand-cut fries. Shelley Sweet, Chef Todd Ginsberg and Jennifer & Ben Johnson operate this restaurant.

Souper Jenny

Locations in Brookhaven, Buckhead and Westside

Jenny Levison founded Souper Jenny in 1996 as a way to bring her soup recipes to the public.

Staplehouse

541 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta

This restaurant is a for-profit subsidiary of the charitable organization Giving Kitchen. Co-founder and partner Jen Hidinger-Kendrick started the restaurant to keep her late husband’s legacy alive. Diners have to place a reservation for the Tasting Menu.

Barbecue

K BBQ Taco
105 Clairemont Ave., Decatur

Organic produce gardener Eun Pak and her chef brother teamed up to create this Korean BBQ restaurant that features tacos, quesadillas and ramen.

Heirloom Market BBQ

2243 Akers Mill Road SE, Atlanta

Chefs Jiyeon Lee and Cody Taylor lead Heirloom Market BBQ by cooking up “simple, classic and fresh” foods, such as Spicy Korean Pork and Brisket.

Sweet Auburn Barbecue

Sweet Auburn Curb Market and Highland Avenue

Co-owners and siblings Anita Hsu and Howard Hsu grew Sweet Auburn Barbecue from being just a food truck and location in the Sweet Auburn Market to having a building in Poncey-Highlands.

Breakfast, Brunch and More

Bread and Butterfly

290 Elizabeth St. NE F, Atlanta

Chef and owners Kristin and Billy Allin whip up breakfast, lunch and dinner inside of the European-inspired restaurant.

Egg Harbor Cafe

Locations in Alpharetta, Buckhead, East Cobb, Johns Creek and Sandy Springs

This family-owned company was founded in 1985 and now includes 20 locations around the U.S.

Highland Bakery & Kitchen

Locations in Old Fourth Ward, ATL Financial Center, 1180 Midtown, Downtown GSU, Emory, Georgia Tech and Decatur

Stacey Earmes founded Highland Bakery out of her love of a good cup of coffee and baked goods.

 

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Little Star Provisions

1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta

Breakfast, such as the ham and cheese croissant, is served all day at Little Star Provisions. Sandwiches, soups and cookies are also offered at the location. Chef Anne Quatrano operates this restaurant.

Ria’s Bluebird

421 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta

Founder of Ria’s Blue Bird Ria Pell was the former chef of the long-running establishment. Brunch is served all day and lunch.

Star Provision Market & Cafe

1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd., Atlanta

This market includes a counter for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Baked goods, ranging from cakes to pastries are baked fresh at the location. Chef Anne Quatrano operates this restaurant.

Sun In My Belly

2161 College Ave. NE, Atlanta

Executive chef and co-mastermind of Sun In My Belly Alison Lueker helped to create the restaurant’s brunch, desserts and drinks. Offerings include The Belly Benedict and Lavender Biscuit.

 

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The General Muir

1540 Avenue Pl B-230, Atlanta

This modern American eaterie has menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. Shelley Sweet, Chef Todd Ginsberg and Jennifer & Ben Johnson operate this restaurant.

West Egg Cafe

1100 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta

Breakfast classics are served at this cafe that is lead by Jennifer and Ben Johnson. Brunch and lunch are also available.

International Influences

26 Thai Kitchen and Bar

541 Main St. NE, Atlanta

At 26, the founder and owner Niki Pattharakositkul opened up this Thai restaurant, which is where the name originated from.

Arepa Mía

Locations in Sweet Auburn Market and Avondale Estates

A wide variety of arepas, cachapas and empanadas are sold at this restaurant.

Bellina Alimentari

675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, N-131 Atlanta

This Italian restaurant is owned by Tal Postelnik Baum and has a menu that includes lasagne, short ribs and finocchio salad.

Bhojanic

3400 Around Lenox Rd #201, Atlanta

Chef Archna Malhotra Becker offers Indian food, including samosa and pani puri, in her restaurant.

EATaliano

2480 Briarcliff Road NE#21, Atlanta

Italian cuisine is cooked at this restaurant that is under the leadership of partners Marie Nocharli and Marc Gholam.

Floataway Café

1123 Zonolite Rd NE #15, Atlanta

Taste flavors of France, the Mediterranean and Italy at this restaurant that has smaller plates and larger plates.

Le Petit Marché

1984 Hosea L Williams Drive NE, Atlanta

This market, founded by Marchet Sparks, has French influences.

Nakato Japanese Restaurant

1776 Cheshire Bridge Road, N.E., Atlanta

Testuko Nakato started the restaurant in 1972 with her family to sell Japanese fare.

The Consulate Atlanta

10 10th St NW, Atlanta

Co-owner and Executive Chef Mei Lin serves up global food with a rotating menu that changes every three months.

Yalla
99 Krog St NE, Atlanta

Inside Krog Street Market, Middle Eastern food is served including falafel, sabich and lamb kebab. Shelley Sweet, Chef Todd Ginsberg and Jennifer & Ben Johnson operate this restaurant.

 

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Seafood

The Red Snapper Seafood Restaurant

2100 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta

Somporn and Jimmy Veeranarong opened up The Red Snapper in 1986 to serve up seafood staples, such as blackened shrimp and blackened snapper.

W.H. Stiles Fish Camp

675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta

Oyster Po’Boy, Lobster Roll and North GA Rainbow Trout are a few seafood selections available at this restaurant, which bears the name of chef and owner Anne Quatrano’s great-great-great-great grandfather W. H. Stiles.

Southern Inspired

Blue Ridge Grill

1261 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta

This restaurant, owned by Susan DeRose and Richard Lewis, has the ambiance of a cabin in the Blue Ridge mountains and food offerings ranging from a Lobster Club Sandwich for lunch to Herb Roasted Chicken for dinner.

Busy Bee Cafe

810 M.L.K. Jr Dr. SW, Atlanta

Self-taught cook Lucy Jackson chose to open up Busy Bee in 1947. Currently, the soul food kitchen restaurant is owned by Tracy Gates, who has been working at the cafe since 1987. Expect to find foods, such as fried chicken and neck bones, on the menu.

Buttermilk Kitchen

4225 Roswell Road Northeast, Atlanta

Chef Suzanne Vizethann created Buttermilk Kitchen to cook made from scratch Southern foods ranging from the Pimento Omelet to the Farmhouse Fried Chicken Salad.

Home grown

968 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta

Former school teacher Lisa Spooner and chef Kevin Clark started Home grown together, which offers breakfast, lunch and brunch, and is located in Reynoldstown.

Mary Mac’s Tea Room

224 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE

Mary McKenzie opened the tea room in Atlanta in 1945 at the restaurant’s current location on Ponce De Leon. She founded the restaurant to showcase her cooking.

Old Lady Gang

Locations in the Camp Creek Marketplace, Castleberry Market and State Farm Arena

Kandi Burruss-Tucker and Todd Tucker are the founders of these eateries. The restaurants feature recipes crafted by Burruss-Tucker’s mother Joyce Jones and aunts Nora Wilcox and Bertha Jones.

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

1133 Huff Road NW #D, Atlanta

With years of experience, Chef Deborah Vantrece brings soul food with global influences to her diners at Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours. For brunch, there’s the farm to table organic omelet, among other choices. For dinner, there are various offerings, such as the Southern Louie Salad.

Vegan

Cafe Sunflower

Locations in Buckhead and Sandy Springs

This family-owned business specializes in Vegan lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch and dessert selections. German Chocolate Cake and Coconut Layer Cake can be found at the Buckhead location.

Healthful Essence Caribbean Vegan Vegetarian Restaurant

875 York Ave SW, Atlanta

Carribean fixings, such as Jamaican patties made with kale and Jerk Un-duck, are served up at this restaurant founded by Princess Dixon.

Herban Fix

565-A Peachtree St.NE, Atlanta

Chef Wendy Chang created the menu for Herban Fix to reflect Asian influences. Pad thai and creamy curry broth are a few of the offerings.

Slutty Vegan

1542 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta

Pinky Cole started Slutty Vegan in 2018 with the philosophy that vegan food can be flavorful. Vegan burgers include the Dancehall Queen, which is a sandwich packed with sweet jerk plantains and veggies.

Tassili’s Raw Reality Café

1059 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta

Raw vegan eats, such as the renowned kale wraps, are served up in this restaurant located in the West End community, which was started by Tassili Ma’at.