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Best greens

032312DGtop50A bowl of turnip greens accompanies a fish taco and a Memphis taco from Taqueria del Sol. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

1. Taqueria del Sol
You say, “We still miss Chef Eddie’s original southwestern/mex place before Taqueria, but the greens are just as fine.”

2. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
3. Mary’s Mac’s Tea Room
4. Community Q
5. Busy Bee Cafe
6. Paschal’s

FDrest1229a 02Chef/owner Bill Greenwood’s collard greens at his Roswell restaurant, Greenwood’s. Staff photo

1. Greenwood’s on Green Street
The AJC dining team’s specialist in Southern and Neighborhood Fare Jenny Turknett says, “With vinegar or without? Cooked with ham hocks or not? These decisions define your mess of Southern greens. I grew up eating greens stewed with ham hocks and still have a fondness for them. Yet, as an adult, I have grown to appreciate those made with vinegar like the al dente collards with a healthy dose of apple cider vinegar and garlic at Greenwood’s.”

2. Busy Bee Cafe
3. Community Q
4. Taqueria del Sol
5. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

57 comments Add your comment

Luisita Preciado

September 10th, 2012
12:05 pm

If you like cilantro & other herbs I highly recommend to anyone in the greater Atlanta to try the best persian stew called Sabzi at Cafe Sababa. I recived an email and they will be having it this week as a dinner special.


September 10th, 2012
2:16 pm

Cafe sababa,ghormeh sabzi persian green herb stew,with cilantro beef and other herbs,
The best.


September 10th, 2012
3:49 pm

This is easy, Busy Bee has the most amazing collard greens, especially with that cornbread muffin. And the best way to eat them is to crumble the cornbread over top and just use your hands (at home of course) mmmmm such good eatin!


September 10th, 2012
4:42 pm

Taqueria Del Sol.

Umm mmm!

September 11th, 2012
9:01 am

The turnip greens at Norcross Train Station Cafe are awesome!


September 11th, 2012
9:14 am

Taqueria Del Sol


September 11th, 2012
9:30 am

Michon’s on Virginia Avenue! The collard greens with Cha Cha…THE BEST!!!

Road Scholar

September 11th, 2012
9:31 am

bucky oneil

September 11th, 2012
9:54 am

Mary Mac’s


September 11th, 2012
9:57 am

Busy Bee & Mary Mac’s

mark b

September 11th, 2012
10:05 am

Best collards are at SmokeJack BBQ on Alpharetta Hwy, hands down


September 11th, 2012
10:06 am

Community BBQ


September 11th, 2012
10:11 am

My vote goes to whoever cooks them true vegetarian style.


September 11th, 2012
10:17 am

Foxx Brothers. Best in Atlanta!

Capt Buckhead

September 11th, 2012
10:30 am

Highland Tap or Wisteria hands down


September 11th, 2012
10:41 am

The collards at Ebony and Ivory Barbeque on Spring Street in Smyrna are by far the best I have ever had.


September 11th, 2012
10:49 am

Mine are the best – mix of collards, mustard, turnips and kale. NOT vegetarian – ham hocks. Otherwise, Heirloom Market BBQ.


September 11th, 2012
10:49 am

Mary Macs are the best in my opinion!


September 11th, 2012
11:48 am

Candied collared greens from Highland Tap


September 11th, 2012
12:05 pm

Sarah’s Country Cooking in Stockbridge has the best greens (collards and turnips) in Henry County!


September 11th, 2012
4:21 pm

@GaPeachy..Oh yeah, that’s exactly the way to eat them..Add a little hot sauce and heaven in a bowl..

@Leroy..Thanks for the heads up on that one..I have tried their gizzards (yummy), but was leery of trying the collards..Will do so next visit..


September 12th, 2012
8:02 am

I’m sure all the aforementioned places are good, but if you are talking original, Southern-style, greens, then you will have a hard time beating Paschal’s collards. My regret is that they won’t be in the A-Concourse in ATL anymore. The small location in the main terminal will be their only presence in the airport.


September 12th, 2012
8:06 am

Fox Bros or Mary Mac’s. I could drink their pot likker by the bowlful.

cheep foodie

September 12th, 2012
8:14 am

Community Q,with pepper sauce….Goood.

Theron Sapp

September 12th, 2012
8:18 am

Taqueria del Sol. We still miss Chef Eddie’s original southwestern/mex place before Taqueria, but the greens are just as fine.


September 12th, 2012
8:19 am

Soul Vegetarian – Yep, I know they are vegetarian but there is reason they constantly win best Soul Food (hint: It ain’t the ribs :) ).. Find them in West End or L5P.


September 12th, 2012
8:24 am


September 12th, 2012
8:25 am

Do collard green spring rolls count? Gladys Knights has the best collard green spring rolls EVER. Outside of the spring roll….I don’t know it’s not the same.

Mary B

September 12th, 2012
8:34 am


September 12th, 2012
8:37 am

Gotta list two ’cause sometimes ya’ can’t get to one or the other joint. Folk’s on Spring Rd behind Cumberland Mall for Turnip greens and Roaster’s on Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs for Turnip greens. Both are served with ‘pot likker’ and are cooked to perfection. Both have just he correct amount of ham hock and seasoning. Now Collard greens are another issue all together. Few restaurants in Atlanta can season them properly and use entirely too much sugar to tame the natural bitterness.

Killer Collards

September 12th, 2012
8:38 am

Tropical Cuisine on Old National Highway in College Park – I wish I could do an internship in that kitchen – WOW !!!


September 12th, 2012
8:47 am

Best Old-fashioned collards that used to be on the Special at Juke-Joints Down-Heah- Busy Bee’s or Paschals, take your pick.

Best, uh, “Uppity” Greens, where you can see CEOs and Heads of States eat some greens with a napkin on the lap, small grin on the mouth and sporting the Onyx Amex? Blue Ridge Grill.

Best place to find the craziest green dish in Atlanta? The Blaxican Food Truck! Those Collard Green Quesadillas are, uh, interesting!

Big C

September 12th, 2012
8:57 am

Sugah Babes in Sugar Hill.

Lovely Greens

September 12th, 2012
8:59 am

Aunt Dawn’s in North Gwinnett!


September 12th, 2012
9:08 am

LOL @ Manny. so funny. I say Who’s Got Soul on Covington Hwy in Decatur or in Lville. They have great everything!

Brown Eyed Girl!

September 12th, 2012
9:14 am

Had some really good greens and cornbread at Eats the other day and, yes, I did put my cornbread in them!! ;-)


September 12th, 2012
9:17 am

Heirloom Market BBQ


September 12th, 2012
9:26 am

My greens are the best….I will not eat any soul food sides out. They are not good!!! I start out cooking my meat first (ham hocks, smoke neck bones and a little seasoned grease) When the meat is almost done I add my greens, and when the greens are almost done I add hot peppers…They are the best in town……REAL TALK


September 12th, 2012
9:38 am

Palaak Paneer or some fresh Ethiopean collards cooked in ghee.


September 12th, 2012
9:43 am

I do not know if they are the “best”, but the greens at BBQ Works in Underground are really simple and good. (Yes, I know saying any food court food is good does not carry much weight, but this is not a chain and there are long lines daily).

The Hammer

September 12th, 2012
9:46 am

Afrodish in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market.

Mike Huff

September 12th, 2012
9:48 am

Sam Huff’s BBQ1 of course.


September 12th, 2012
9:55 am

I make the best greens in Atlanta. This has been confirmed by everyone who ever ate them.


September 12th, 2012
9:59 am

I normally never nominate anything in Henry County (which is an absolute food wasteland), but I will say that Sarah’s Country Cooking in Stockbridge is fantastic and has really superb greens.


September 12th, 2012
10:00 am

Michelle and Smitty – no ones gives a damn about your narcissism. HTH


September 12th, 2012
10:46 am

Thompson Brothers BBQ on Cobb Pkwy in Smyrna. They use a turkey hock…and of course dashes of pepper sauce. My fiance swore he hated collard greens and I made him just “try one bite”, that bite turned into him eating the whole container of them. Even brought them for New Years Dinner at his parents and everyone raved.


September 12th, 2012
10:57 am

Agave or Fox Brothers. ….not crazy about greens but everytime I go to these places I have to have them.


September 12th, 2012
11:06 am

Non-traditional, Taqueria del Sol. Traditional, Lettuce Souprise You (when they are available on the buffet, which is frequently). LSY is run by Asian folks, but there’s someone in the kitchen that can cook some soul food. They also make some great fried okra and black eyed peas.


September 12th, 2012
11:13 am

Thompson Brother’s, Smyrna


September 12th, 2012
11:21 am

I am certain that everyone commenting on this topic are not all African American. Someone need to tell the owner of Mulligans that Collards are enjoyed by many races of people. As for me, I haven’t had any really good ones, since my Dad passed away.