Busy Bee Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 810 Martin Luther King Jr SW

    Atlanta, GA 30314

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  • 404-525-9212

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Watershed gets a lot of the press for the best fried chicken in Atlanta, and I'm actually partial to a national chain (I know, but Popeye's is damn good and consistent!), but as far as individual spots go... I tip my cap to the Busy Bee.

Located in the West Village off MLK, the Busy Bee has been here forever. MLK himself was a frequent visitor. Their pan fried chicken is super-crisp on the outside and moist on the inside, like all good fried chicken is supposed to be. And the nostalgia that comes along with sitting at the counter and putting down the best soul sides certainly doesn't hurt the cause.

2
★★★★★

Watershed gets a lot of the press for the best fried chicken in Atlanta, and I'm actually partial to a national chain (I know, but Popeye's is damn good and consistent!), but as far as individual spots go... I tip my cap to the Busy Bee.

Located in the West Village off MLK, the Busy Bee has been here forever. MLK himself was a frequent visitor. Their pan fried chicken is super-crisp on the outside and moist on the inside, like all good fried chicken is supposed to be. And the nostalgia that comes along with sitting at the counter and putting down the best soul sides certainly doesn't hurt the cause.

Pros: Outside of Popeye's (seriously), this is the best.

Cons: Can be busy, parking lot is small

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Love this place, great food and its close to downtown. The collards and cornbread is the best. The bad thing its always busy during lunch time.

4
★★★★☆

Love this place, great food and its close to downtown. The collards and cornbread is the best. The bad thing its always busy during lunch time.

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I thought the food was very good.Service was good too!The restaurant was too small and it took me a time to find Busy Bee's.

2
★★★★★

I thought the food was very good.Service was good too!The restaurant was too small and it took me a time to find Busy Bee's.

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This place has good soul food, but the wait staff makes the experience of dining here unbearable and if I ever go back, I will only be back for carry out orders.

For the past year I have frequented Busy Bee almost once a week with a former coworker. We WERE regulars. We endured the nasty attitudes from the wait staff (I saw another review that said they were rude to AUC students, but I guess they are just rude to everyone). Even though there would be other tables with plates cleared, my friend and I were constantly rushed to leave by the wait staff. At first it was no biggie, it gets crowded and they need tables. But then we noticed we were really the only ones being harrassed in this manner. We still let it slide.

The last straw came when I was told by the cashier that I could have a seat at a booth (because she knew my friend was close behind) and then I was told I had to move. The booths were full (once I sat down), but all of the tables were empty. After I had been sitting maybe three minutes, the waitresses started yelling at me to get up. They didn't have the decency to come to my table to speak with me, but instead yelled from opposite ends of the restaurant for everyone to hear. The cashier and I both tried to explain that my friend was parking her car and would be right in. I also knew my friend's order so there shouldn't have been an issue. They insisted that I get up and wait for my friend at the front. Instead, I walked out and took my money with me.

Now, if the place had been crowded and someone was waiting, I would have been glad to get up regardless of how close my friend was, but that was not the case. This was simply an intolerable extension of the rudeness that my friend and I have endured over the past year.

So, if you do go to Busy Bee, get it to go. If you dine in, don't tip the waitresses because they do not deserve it. And when you get your food to go, tip the cashier. She is WONDERFUL!!!!

1
★★☆☆☆

This place has good soul food, but the wait staff makes the experience of dining here unbearable and if I ever go back, I will only be back for carry out orders.

For the past year I have frequented Busy Bee almost once a week with a former coworker. We WERE regulars. We endured the nasty attitudes from the wait staff (I saw another review that said they were rude to AUC students, but I guess they are just rude to everyone). Even though there would be other tables with plates cleared, my friend and I were constantly rushed to leave by the wait staff. At first it was no biggie, it gets crowded and they need tables. But then we noticed we were really the only ones being harrassed in this manner. We still let it slide.

The last straw came when I was told by the cashier that I could have a seat at a booth (because she knew my friend was close behind) and then I was told I had to move. The booths were full (once I sat down), but all of the tables were empty. After I had been sitting maybe three minutes, the waitresses started yelling at me to get up. They didn't have the decency to come to my table to speak with me, but instead yelled from opposite ends of the restaurant for everyone to hear. The cashier and I both tried to explain that my friend was parking her car and would be right in. I also knew my friend's order so there shouldn't have been an issue. They insisted that I get up and wait for my friend at the front. Instead, I walked out and took my money with me.

Now, if the place had been crowded and someone was waiting, I would have been glad to get up regardless of how close my friend was, but that was not the case. This was simply an intolerable extension of the rudeness that my friend and I have endured over the past year.

So, if you do go to Busy Bee, get it to go. If you dine in, don't tip the waitresses because they do not deserve it. And when you get your food to go, tip the cashier. She is WONDERFUL!!!!

Pros: Good soul food

Cons: HORRIBLE SERVICE, PARKING and WAIT TIMES FOR TABLES

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??All Abuzz about Busy Bee!? It??s a rainy Sunday afternoon, it??s lunch time, called my dining guest, decided to venture outside my natural/organic cuisine comfort zone and fill my stomach with some Soul Food from Busy Bee. I??ve lived in the ATL for over 15 years and I??ve never been to this Soul food institution, so being the foodie that I am, I had to try it and share my experience. As we arrive, there??s a long waiting line, that didn??t matter, we were seated in about 20 minutes. Our waiter, delightful, excellent customer service, and well informed about the restaurant and menu. I was amazed that the restaurant has been around since 1947. The caf is nestled between 2 other businesses on MLK, so drive slowly so you won??t miss it. My dining guest and I both started our meal with sweet tea blended with freshly squeezed lemonade, just the right sweetness. All the meals are served with corn muffins or yeast bread(we tried both)?delicious! The food service is fast and friendly, our food arrived less than 10 minutes. While I ordered the baked Tilapia over a bed of rice, with a side order of candied yams and collard greens(cooked with turkey), my dining guest had the ??Beelicious? Fried Chicken which is marinated for 12 hours, lightly breaded, cooked in peanut oil, moist, juicy, crispy?..(of course, I had to try it, so I removed the skin, and devoured it, as JJ(70's tv show "Good Times") would say it was ??Dyn-o-mite! LOL), for his side order, turnip greens and candied yams. Now, I can??t forget, dessert, my dining guest and I shared the Keylime Cake and Peach Cobbler, both simply divine. I see what the Buzz is all about, finger lickin?? good, deliciously seasoned and cooked Soul Food, prepared with Tender Loving Care, the way my grandmother did. The restaurant has a diner style counter with red leather stools, and red leather booths that line the walls. The walls are filled with local, national celebrities, and their Best of Atlanta ??Soul Food? plaques. If you are in a hurry, no time to eat in, don??t worry, you can get take out. This is a great place to take out of town guest, just be aware of the long wait and the best part, it??s very economical. The caf has a great atmosphere, very diverse, families, students, and urban trendsetters. There??s something on the menu for everyone, even vegetarians. I??ve had my Soul Food Fill for awhile, now it??s back to ??Organica? food deluxe.

2
★★★★☆

??All Abuzz about Busy Bee!? It??s a rainy Sunday afternoon, it??s lunch time, called my dining guest, decided to venture outside my natural/organic cuisine comfort zone and fill my stomach with some Soul Food from Busy Bee. I??ve lived in the ATL for over 15 years and I??ve never been to this Soul food institution, so being the foodie that I am, I had to try it and share my experience. As we arrive, there??s a long waiting line, that didn??t matter, we were seated in about 20 minutes. Our waiter, delightful, excellent customer service, and well informed about the restaurant and menu. I was amazed that the restaurant has been around since 1947. The caf is nestled between 2 other businesses on MLK, so drive slowly so you won??t miss it. My dining guest and I both started our meal with sweet tea blended with freshly squeezed lemonade, just the right sweetness. All the meals are served with corn muffins or yeast bread(we tried both)?delicious! The food service is fast and friendly, our food arrived less than 10 minutes. While I ordered the baked Tilapia over a bed of rice, with a side order of candied yams and collard greens(cooked with turkey), my dining guest had the ??Beelicious? Fried Chicken which is marinated for 12 hours, lightly breaded, cooked in peanut oil, moist, juicy, crispy?..(of course, I had to try it, so I removed the skin, and devoured it, as JJ(70's tv show "Good Times") would say it was ??Dyn-o-mite! LOL), for his side order, turnip greens and candied yams. Now, I can??t forget, dessert, my dining guest and I shared the Keylime Cake and Peach Cobbler, both simply divine. I see what the Buzz is all about, finger lickin?? good, deliciously seasoned and cooked Soul Food, prepared with Tender Loving Care, the way my grandmother did. The restaurant has a diner style counter with red leather stools, and red leather booths that line the walls. The walls are filled with local, national celebrities, and their Best of Atlanta ??Soul Food? plaques. If you are in a hurry, no time to eat in, don??t worry, you can get take out. This is a great place to take out of town guest, just be aware of the long wait and the best part, it??s very economical. The caf has a great atmosphere, very diverse, families, students, and urban trendsetters. There??s something on the menu for everyone, even vegetarians. I??ve had my Soul Food Fill for awhile, now it??s back to ??Organica? food deluxe.

Pros: Excellent Customer Service, plenty parking, good food

Cons: not open on Saturdays

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I eat at BUSY BEE often and the serve is EXCELLENT, atmosphere is very wholesome and cozy. The cozy nature of the cafe does not allow for students to come there to spend hours upon hours in conversations without taking in considerations of other patrons who are waiting to partake of the sumptious food that BUSY BEE's chef prepare. I always recommend the cafe to visitors, family, friends whenever the opportunity arise.

2
★★★★★

I eat at BUSY BEE often and the serve is EXCELLENT, atmosphere is very wholesome and cozy. The cozy nature of the cafe does not allow for students to come there to spend hours upon hours in conversations without taking in considerations of other patrons who are waiting to partake of the sumptious food that BUSY BEE's chef prepare. I always recommend the cafe to visitors, family, friends whenever the opportunity arise.

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Excellent food, but horrible service, especially toward the Atlanta university students, we are oftentimes rushed off the tables & disrespected. The students at the Atlanta University Center (Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College & Spellman College) bring in a lot of business to the Busy Bee Cafe, it is unfair the ways we are treated with the horrible service by the cashier and the employees.

1
★★★☆☆

Excellent food, but horrible service, especially toward the Atlanta university students, we are oftentimes rushed off the tables & disrespected. The students at the Atlanta University Center (Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College & Spellman College) bring in a lot of business to the Busy Bee Cafe, it is unfair the ways we are treated with the horrible service by the cashier and the employees.

Pros: great food

Cons: horrible service

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This place has some of the best soul food in Atlanta. I have been to several highly recommended places, and this is the only one that did not disappoint. Everything that I ate was delicious. There were a lot of people, but we didn't have to wait that long for a table (only 10 minutes). If you're looking for an upscale place, Busy Bee's is not it. Rather, Busy Bee's is more like a diner/cafeteria. The server was very friendly, and attentive. These are 2 very important things to me when dining out.

2
★★★★☆

This place has some of the best soul food in Atlanta. I have been to several highly recommended places, and this is the only one that did not disappoint. Everything that I ate was delicious. There were a lot of people, but we didn't have to wait that long for a table (only 10 minutes). If you're looking for an upscale place, Busy Bee's is not it. Rather, Busy Bee's is more like a diner/cafeteria. The server was very friendly, and attentive. These are 2 very important things to me when dining out.

Pros: Food

Cons: Somewhat limited menu, Seating was limited

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Good southern comfort food with excellent side dishes. The only draw back is the seating, not very much and very tight. If you don't mind that, then sit down and enjoy.

2
★★★★★

Good southern comfort food with excellent side dishes. The only draw back is the seating, not very much and very tight. If you don't mind that, then sit down and enjoy.

Pros: Food

Cons: seating

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I recently moved to Atlanta from NY and was eager to find some good down home soul food. This place is great! The potatoe salad is to die for. My only complaint is that I wanted more food!

2
★★★★★

I recently moved to Atlanta from NY and was eager to find some good down home soul food. This place is great! The potatoe salad is to die for. My only complaint is that I wanted more food!

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My friends and I meet in Atlanta for a weekend every year in September. A friend residing in the city suggested we try Busy Bee. I logged onto Busy Bee's website, checked out its menus, and decided to try it. As we approached the restaurant, I began to feel a sense of home and I could remember rushing home from school to see what Grandma was cooking. The neighborhood reflected my own and my college years. At that point I knew the food would be good! The Cafe was very small, but the atmosphere was great in its generosity and service. We ordered, and not soon later our waitress was blessing us with home-style cooked meals we didn't imagine having during our travels. The food was delicious, non-greasy, and very presentable. I higly recommend Busy Bee as a place to eat for all visitors to the area.

2
★★★★★

My friends and I meet in Atlanta for a weekend every year in September. A friend residing in the city suggested we try Busy Bee. I logged onto Busy Bee's website, checked out its menus, and decided to try it. As we approached the restaurant, I began to feel a sense of home and I could remember rushing home from school to see what Grandma was cooking. The neighborhood reflected my own and my college years. At that point I knew the food would be good! The Cafe was very small, but the atmosphere was great in its generosity and service. We ordered, and not soon later our waitress was blessing us with home-style cooked meals we didn't imagine having during our travels. The food was delicious, non-greasy, and very presentable. I higly recommend Busy Bee as a place to eat for all visitors to the area.

Pros: Good food, Great Service, Friendly atmosphere

Cons: Kind of small

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The First Time I went to the Busy Bee, I admit, I was a little snooty. The space was a bit cramped and it didn't have that modern feel. But once I sat down and ate...I have been hooked ever since. I go very often. The place is clean, the service is great and the food is to "live" for. I hear that they are supposed to move to a larger space one day. I don't think they should because it would lose that "home" feeling. They have the best sweet tea in Atlanta...hands down.

2
★★★★★

The First Time I went to the Busy Bee, I admit, I was a little snooty. The space was a bit cramped and it didn't have that modern feel. But once I sat down and ate...I have been hooked ever since. I go very often. The place is clean, the service is great and the food is to "live" for. I hear that they are supposed to move to a larger space one day. I don't think they should because it would lose that "home" feeling. They have the best sweet tea in Atlanta...hands down.

Pros: Food, Sweet Tea, Service

Cons: Cramped but worth it.

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Really good smothered pork chops. Lacking in effective air conditioning. Very friendly staff.

2
★★★★☆

Really good smothered pork chops. Lacking in effective air conditioning. Very friendly staff.

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Great food. I read the review and decided to give it a try! Don't let the outside visual effect you decision to come inside. My only suggestion...is portion size needs to increase. My husband felt the serving size was too small. I had to keep reminding him that this was lunch!

2
★★★★☆

Great food. I read the review and decided to give it a try! Don't let the outside visual effect you decision to come inside. My only suggestion...is portion size needs to increase. My husband felt the serving size was too small. I had to keep reminding him that this was lunch!

Pros: Excellent

Cons: Serving size small

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Although this quait little hole in the wall, would cause you to raise a brow...Upon entering, you are immediately taken back in time. I absoulutely loved it. The ambience was everything. Who said keep it simple stupid would not work? On top of that the food is EXCELLENT!!! I can not exhort it enough. I really thought my granny was in the back frying that good ol catfish!!! Well enough of the nostalgia, If you starving for some history, visit busy bees. It will definately bring memories back of Sunday Church Dinners, and Saturday Barbecues with the Family!!!
Keep it up Busy Bees!!!

2
★★★★★

Although this quait little hole in the wall, would cause you to raise a brow...Upon entering, you are immediately taken back in time. I absoulutely loved it. The ambience was everything. Who said keep it simple stupid would not work? On top of that the food is EXCELLENT!!! I can not exhort it enough. I really thought my granny was in the back frying that good ol catfish!!! Well enough of the nostalgia, If you starving for some history, visit busy bees. It will definately bring memories back of Sunday Church Dinners, and Saturday Barbecues with the Family!!!
Keep it up Busy Bees!!!

Pros: Excellent Food, Excellent Service, Great Pricing

Cons: Crowded, Not Enough Parking, Too Small

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In Short\r Maybe the aroma has something to do with it, but walking into Busy Bee is like walking into a time warp. Walls of old photographs, warm booths and counter seating make you feel like you?re on a movie set based in a 1960?s diner.…

 

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