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Oakwood Café

3 March 2010 3,513 views Add a Comment

Murals inside the Oakwood Cafe

This cavernous restaurant is the perfect southern “meat and 3” place. It was just after 1pm when I arrived and the place was still full from a lunch rush of farmers, office workers, retirees and families. You reach the Oakwood Café through the Atlanta State Farmer’s Market. The blue ceiling is set off by murals of the Atlanta skyline, fishermen repairing nets along an ocean dock, the canals of Venice, and a rural garden. In the center, a trompe l’oi of onions, chilies, turnips and garlic hanging from a stone villa wall, complete with shuttered windows. You can sit at a booth or chairs, room enough for 350.

The waitress called me Darlin’ like she meant it, even though she’d been on her feet since opening. She brought sweet tea (house wine of the south!) and a basket of bread, baked fresh that morning–a fragrant yeast roll, hot cornbread, and a sweet potato muffin. I had to forgo the 8 pats of butter, but they get points for not being stingy. I settled on the three veggie plate ($5.25) and selected fried green tomatoes, field peas and snaps, and baked sweet potato (which came with a tub of cinnamon and sugar butter), from the list of a 15 odd choices. For dessert, a doughy peach cobbler, not overly sweet, thick enough to stand the spoon, and made with fresh peaches that held onto just a bit of crunch. The meal was simple, but I’d have been proud to serve it in my kitchen. I’d have been hard pressed to prepare it all for the $7.75 it cost me. I left the waitress and her tired feet a kind tip.

the three veggie meal with fried green tomatoes, bakes sweet potato and field peas and snaps, peach cobbler for dessert

I should not have come on a Monday, the one day the Georgia Grown Visitors Center and Gifts shop is closed, but the hall between the restaurant and gift shop has colorful posters of food fun facts about corn and peanuts, with a photo of a smiling Jimmy Carter in overalls. Inside are canned goods, cookbooks and other Georgia Made products.

Oakwood Café

16 Forest Parkway

Forest Park, GA 30297

(404) 214-5660‎


Mon – Fri 6a – 8p

Sat 7a – 8m


The Georiga Grown visitor center at the Atlanta Farmers Market beside the Oakwood Cafe

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