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Matthews Cafeteria

Matthews Cafeteria in Tucker is one of those rare places: a beloved neighborhood institution whose reputation is known all over the city. It’s been feeding families for as long as anyone can remember.

If the decor inside brings to mind the kinds of restaurants you just can’t find anymore, that’s just because the menu features every kind of Southern classic food that are rarely all on the same menu at the same time these days.

From fried chicken to Brunswick stew; from biscuits and sausage gravy to every kind of Southern vegetable your grandmother still guards the secret recipe to.

Highlights

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Guy Fieri, who’s traveled the length and breadth of the country and stopped into more drive-ins, dives, and diners (what, there’s a specific order to those?) than most of us, said that the biscuits and sausage gravy at Matthews’ are among the best he’s ever had. We’re not going to disagree.

Dessert

Whether it’s the cobbler of the day (Monday is strawberry, Friday is peach), or one of the fifteen pies on the menu, you can’t go wrong. But for the real southern experience you have to try the banana pudding.