Written just before the pandemic, we visited Inman Park and Little Five Points for a Southern brunch on a beautiful Atlanta afternoon. We were thrilled to dine at FolkArt Inman Park, dishing up a Southern comfort food menu with a twist. FolkArt boasts “Artful Eats for Simple Folks.” Simply scrumptious is what we say!
This quaint and funky spot is a hip and laid-back place to meet friends and family for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Breakfast is served all day. It was not surprising pre-COVID that tables were full with a wait outside. Chatter and laughter filled the room.
FolkArt has reopened since COVID restrictions have eased and is following all the guidelines for social distancing and sanitizing for both dine-in and takeout.
During our pre-pandemic visit, we sat down in a colorful and cozy booth salivating over all our menu options. Starters were their signature and MUST HAVE Sweet Potato Beignets, small homemade donuts tossed in powdered cinnamon sugar and served over a drizzle of maple syrup that immediately made our taste buds do a jig in delight. To quench our thirst, Jen had a refreshing Strawberry Fields mixed with Absolut lime vodka, apple bitters, ginger syrup, lemon juice, apple juice, and strawberry jam, topped with ginger beer. Michal tried the Pineapple Express, a combination of Belle Isle honey habanero moonshine, pineapple juice and lime juice. Both drinks were fruity and delicious with a kick!
In addition to the glorious beignets, our waitress recommended Eggs Benedict with turkey sausage, tomato and spinach along with their token Folk Southern Fried, a melt-in-your-mouth creation of fried chicken and biscuits topped with fried eggs. Both dishes were wonderful, one on the light and healthy side and the other sinfully sensational, a perfect duo.
Celebrity sighting alert: Actor Owen Wilson was eating right behind us! We sent over some beignets to him and his friend and were kindly thanked by Wilson. Clearly the stars know where to dine.
The weather was lovely, and we had a little time to kill, so we opted to walk to our next destination, via Virginia Highlands’ beautiful residential neighborhood lined with charming bungalows. A mere 10-minute walk, we arrived in Little Five Points, one of Atlanta’s hippest neighborhoods. A diverse group of shoppers from all walks of life head to Little Five Points’ one-of-a- kind stores for offbeat vintage clothing, vinyl and unique gift shops, while dive bars, burger joints and vegan eateries line the surrounding streets.
Just a couple of blocks away sits the quaint Horizon Theatre Company, which opened its doors in 1983 and has featured over 130 professional productions. For 36 seasons, Horizon Theatre has been showing contemporary plays from around the world, plays created by some of Atlanta’s finest professional actors, directors and designers. During this time of social distancing, the Horizon Theatre is offering “Horizon @Home” shows and classes on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/horizontheatre. It is really worth watching these.
Check out FolkArt’s website for menus and hours of operation, www.folkartrestaurant.com.
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