The term soul food refers to more than just fried chicken and greens. It's the feeling behind the cooking and the pulse of the restaurant. Atlanta has loads of places that make great soul food, but there's a reason BUSY BEE CAFE
is always packed with a line out the door. The place has history, heart and damn fine food. Any of the fried items such as pork chops, chicken and fish are crackly and full of flavor. A serving of baked chicken with hot gravy and a corn muffin exudes the coziness of your mom's cooking when you can't get the real thing. And the long, long, long list of side dishes provides more than enough choice for the pickiest of folks. Hot cobbler is made with seasonal fruit when its available, but the brightly colored slices of homemade cake at the register are a great takeaway for a sugary snack. 810 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. 404-525-9212. www.thebusybeecafe.com.