If you guys want to know, Ryan and I have not been apart from each other for more than two days max until just recently. Generally, I don’t travel at all for work unless if there are shows or market research work, and this was the exact case for me late January for about two weeks. However though, I managed to come home during the weekends, so that wasn’t too bad for me and at least the boost in flight miles are always nice.
Anyways, speaking of travel – Ryan is now traveling as well for work. And he is gone for an even longer time, to an ever farther place (think Olympics 2016) and think about how lonely I am at home! We are now making a point to try new restaurants in the Atlanta area as we love trying new foods & places, and with that, I think that writing reviews on these places will be a great reference point for us, or for you guys who are local to the area.
One thing about the weekends that I love is that I get to sleep in. But, now with a baby, we try to wake up the same time we wake up on weekdays to maintain Alden’s schedule. We rose early Sunday morning to drop Ryan off at the airport, and after dropping him off, I decided to venture out to find some good Shrimp & Grits.
Originally, I wanted to go to Cabbagetown, but on my way there I drove past Thumbs Up Diner in Edgewood / Old Fourth Ward area, and there was a catchy wall mural on the outer side of the brick wall with a painting of stacked pancakes on it, and I could not resist – I knew that I had to stop.The diner is located right off Edgewood Ave, in an end unit of a row of shops. There’s a decent sized dirt parking lot right outside for you to park in.
Quaint little diner with a average-sized dining room in the main dining area equipped with a breakfast bar, and in a second dining area in a separate room divided up by a beautiful old exposed brick wall. I got there right before 9 AM and there was already a decent crowd, maybe because it was Super Bowl Sunday, but regardless, I was supposed to write my name down to wait for a table but the server was nice enough to get me a table right away seeing I was there alone with my baby. I sat down and started looking around, and I like it. It felt like Atlanta to me; it felt cozy.
The menu was pretty sufficient and it is a typical breakfast/brunch place so you will find your omelette, build your own eggs, so on and so forth, and not to forget your Southern brunch favorites: Chicken & Waffles, Shrimp & Grits. I ordered the Shrimp & Grits of course.
Food & Portion
Soon as I got my dish, it was portioned pretty largely and soon as I took my first bite, I was pretty impressed. I’ve only started getting into Shrimp & Grits recently so I haven’t had a lot of experiences with it but I’ve had better Shrimp & Grits outside of Thumbs Up. However, I liked that theirs has a slight spice kick to it. Like I mentioned, the portion is pretty big but since i’m still breastfeeding, I can eat a lot. So.. i finished it all! Delicious!
4/5 Stars – I am giving it 4 stars because although the food was good, it wasn’t the best grits I’ve had and the one thing I forgot to mention is that they don’t take cards here. They do provide an ATM in the back, so that is convenient but just know that cash is king over here. I’ll definitely come back and try other stuff on their menu.