Ria's Bluebird

Edit: This review was all written up and pics were taken via my phone, which is now DUNZO, so the pics featured are all via Google.

I've told y'all before I'm not a big breakfast person, but when I saw the new TLC show "Best Food Ever" and this place was mentioned as one of the best breakfasts in the US, I had to check it out. 

Ria's Bluebird is a busy, hopping place located in Cabbagetown (across from the famous Oakland Cemetery). I went on a Saturday morning, which is the busiest time. I waited around 20 minutes before being taken to the back, which apparently isn't bad. Here's where we sat as we listened to the fish fountain (below). The whole place has a vibe of hippie, diner, and kitsch, which all are blended together beautifully.

The New York times said that Ria's had the world's best pancakes, so OF COURSE that's what I ordered. The pancakes are hand-sifted buttermilk pancakes and are delicious.

Ria's Bluebird has a variety of menu items, such as huevos, grilled brisket, breakfast burritos, fish and grits, and plenty of vegetarian options.

When I went, I saw TOP CHEF contestant Kevin Gillepsie dining with his wife. This has nothing to do with the pics above. Ha! I just wanted to post more food pics. See below:

The prices aren't bad either, with most offerings averaging around $5-7. Not in the mood for breakfast? There's lunch too! Check out the menu here. Hungry yet? I know I'll be back. Breakfast is the highlight here, but I wanna try lunch next time.

ELLE'S TIPS: Go early on the weekend or be prepared to wait. There's very little waiting area, so if it's hot or raining, you might want to reconsider, but that doesn't discourage Ria's many fanatics. Parking was a little cramped, but a nice man offered to help me as I was backing out of the lot. The grits (a Southern delicacy) were THE best I've ever tasted. Visit the website for weekly specials and there's no separate checks.



  1. That looks amazing! If I lived there I'd probably go every week :-)

  2. I love this place...I am such a breakfast girl too...We have a place next to us that have the best pancakes around...yummy:) Great post:)
    kisses darling

  3. Here's to grits and all the wonderfully Southern artery clogging delicacies. Love them all, LOL.

    Enjoy your day.


  4. Looks SO delicious.

    xo Lynzy

  5. Wow!! Such a pretty place and the food looks DELICIOUS!! I was craving pancakes like crazy this weekend but the breakfast place we chose didn't have them. :( SO...still craving pancakes.

  6. Everything look so yummy! I've always wanted to try out one of the spots highlighted on those types of countdowns. I will have to pay close attention to one close to home :)

  7. Oh my gosh - I'm drooling!! Looks so delicious, and the atmosphere looks great too. Wish I lived there!


  8. Those eggs look delish! And Kevin was my fave Top Chef contestant, so I'm jealous you got to see him!

  9. Ohmigosh the food looks (and sounds!) amazing! What a fabulous review. If I ever find myself in Atlanta I will most definitely be stopping in!! :)

  10. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Ria's looks fantastic - delicious and dirt cheap (by NYC standards). I'm definitely wanting some pancakes now:) xx, Jane

  11. Hi Elle,

    Thanks for your comment by the way! Yes, if you work there and do not enjoy or drink coffee...you're definitely considered to be 'missing the party'. One of the best parts of working there- that's how I got hooked! When I started, I couldn't stand the smell of coffee even!
    Love your background colors BTW:).

  12. I'm always in the mood for breakfast... for breakfast, lunch and dinner!! :)

  13. I'm so hungry and all that food looks amazing!

  14. The phrase "hand-sifted buttermilk pancakes" just made my mouth water.

    Great post; everything looks yum!


  15. Wow those look like some insane pancakes!!!


  16. How lucky are you! This looks DELISH!

  17. I just had dinner and I am hungry again, lovely and seriously yummy!

  18. OMG KEVIN!!! I loveddd him - I totally would've went in for a picture hahaha

    New TC episode in 20 minutes whoo hooo!


  19. Everything looks delicious, especially those pancakes! Yum!



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