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If you know me, you prob­a­bly would know that I love food. Be­ing Latin, I grew up sur­rounded by food and drinks. Since I’ve been in At­lanta, the strug­gle has been real be­tween eat­ing at home or go­ing out. I have tried to find a bal­ance, but hey, At­lanta has some great places to sit down and feast on your fa­vorite dishes. This week, I am not go­ing to tell you which are the top-rated restau­rants in the city and how they com­pare; in­stead I am go­ing to tell you what my per­sonal go-to places are for food.

There are a few break­fast places in At­lanta that al­ways blow my mind. When I moved here four years ago, my fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor was in town and said “Oh my God, Toby, we need to go to my fa­vorite place in town — it’s a neigh­bor­hood diner/restau­rant right in In­man Park.” She was re­fer­ring to

Bitch, when I tell you I be­came ob­sessed with this es­tab­lish­ment, I’m not jok­ing! Ev­ery vis­i­tor (fam­ily, friends, ev­ery­one) I had in town I would take to Folk Art. This place has charm and south­ern hos­pi­tal­ity out the ass, and ever since it got na­tional recog­ni­tion on the pop­u­lar Food Net­work show “Din­ers, Drive-Ins and Dives,” it’s been hard to go there with­out a line wrapped around the block. But! If you get a chance to go there, my ab­so­lute fa­vorite dish is the Folk South­ern Fried — Oh. My. God. It comes with the most amaz­ing home­made bis­cuits, which are moist and crum­ble in your mouth and are served with fried chicken, a fried egg and some sick­en­ing sausage gravy. Just think­ing about this dish has me sali­vat­ing.

But if you’re not into fried chicken in the morn­ing, there are plenty of other op­tions — just make sure you taste the bis­cuits. If you get the chance to go early and get a ta­ble dur­ing brunch and you like seafood, hands down their lob­ster roll is totes ex­quis­ite. I re­ally can’t find words to de­scribe how im­mac­u­late this roll is — try and you’ll un­der­stand what I mean.

Now, let me tell you one other thing I love

Folk Art.

about At­lanta. The city has a lot of neigh­bor­hoods and neigh­bor­hood bars where the lo­cals go to min­gle. That place for me is lo­cal gay sports bar on Piedmont. I lit­er­ally call it my Cheers. I walk in and the whole staff greats me with a happy face, ba­si­cally no one is a stranger and if you’re a new face I most likely will say hello and in­tro­duce you to a few folks. Ei­ther way, ev­ery­one there knows I love wings, and I know there are some amaz­ing places in At­lanta for wings, but let me tell you Woofs wings are fuck­ing de­li­cious. Al­most ev­ery Sun­day I go in with some close friends and drink beer and eat wings. They al­ways have the same bar­tenders that day — John Clay­ton and Nic. I al­ways sit with Nic be­cause he’s a good friend, he knows I’ll get ei­ther a beer or a vodka soda then or­der 10 lemon pep­per or hot wings (or a mix of the both). I kid you not, these wings are juicy, de­li­cious and mouth-wa­ter­ing. I get sad when I’m on my last one — I suck those bones dry! If you haven’t checked them out, go on Wed­nes­days when its 75 cent wings. Just know that peo­ple come just to eat wings, and some­times it’s so busy you have to eat them stand­ing up. Ei­ther way, en­joy eat­ing up and if you see me at Woofs, don’t be shy — say “hi­i­ieee”! Or if you go, tell the staff that Toby sent you in to try their scrump­tious wings.

“Bitch, when I tell you I be­came ob­sessed with this es­tab­lish­ment, I’m not jok­ing! Ev­ery vis­i­tor (fam­ily, friends, ev­ery­one) I had in town I would take to Folk Art.”


Just Toby is an award-win­ning At­lantabased pho­tog­ra­pher, pro­moter and so­cial me­dia man­ager who indulges in drag queens, food, lo­cal es­tab­lish­ments and shiny things.

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