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Jane Fonda on her favorite Atlanta eats


That was the message I heard loud and clear from Jane Fonda when I sat down with her for a few minutes at Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation — the annual taste-around/auction at the Georgia Aquarium that raises money for hunger relief. Jane loves sliders! Particularly the ones at Ted’s Montana Grill.

Of course, the fact that Fonda — the event’s honorary chair — was sitting next to Ted’s owner George McKerrow, Jr., might have had something to do with her avowal of slider love.

Buzztastic Jennifer Brett filed this report today on Fonda’s charity work, so we kept our conversation on food.

Q: So What are you going to miss from Atlanta now that you’ve moved to Los Angeles?

A: Food!

Q: Specifically?

A: The fried chicken at Watershed on Tuesdays. That broth that’s made of cooked soul food at Mary Mac’s.

Q: The potlikker?

A: Yes. The potlikker. And those sliders with the quail egg at Canoe. [Another restaurant owned by McKerrow.]

Q: How does diet fit into a good fitness regime?

A: You can’t be fit if you’re hungry. You can’t be fit if you’re starving and poor. Knowing what good food is and where it comes from is so important. That’s what Vanessa [Vadim, Fonda's daughter, a well-known good food activist in Atlanta] is so good at.

Q: How do you keep so fit and eat well? All good things in moderation?

A. I don’t do desserts. But I do sliders! I like stuff that tastes good, but I just don’t eat too much of it.

Q: Has being a Southerner changed the way you eat?

A: No, but it’s changed the way I think. People on the coasts just don’t understand the realities of the people who live in the middle of the sandwich.

64 comments Add your comment


May 13th, 2010
11:16 am

She has good taste LOL.


May 13th, 2010
11:45 am

“You can’t be fit if you’re hungry. You can’t be fit if you’re starving and poor.” WTF? Not true at all.

Ted's Rox!

May 13th, 2010
12:07 pm

Bison Sliders at Ted’s…….



May 13th, 2010
1:52 pm

Good riddance. A Southerner? You got to be kidding.

East Lake Ira

May 13th, 2010
2:05 pm

Wayne – your sheet is showing.


May 13th, 2010
2:05 pm

“don’t understand the reality of those that live in the middle of the sandwhich?
I lived in both LA and NYC want to talk about realities……what part of ATL /South has she been in? It sounded like a slam, as though the “middle of anywhere between LA and NYC is “somewhere else”…..


Tyler Pike

May 13th, 2010
3:16 pm

Jane Fonda ‘Being a Southerner’, please. The only time Jane Fonda will ever be a Southerner is after she has died and spends eternity in ‘the deep south’-hell. You should have asked her about Vietnamese food, that and what it feels like to be a traitor. Good riddance Hanoi Jane!!!!!!!


May 13th, 2010
4:12 pm

Get a life Tyler.


May 13th, 2010
4:16 pm

Just curious – for those with the negative comments. If you don’t like Jane, why would you even bother to read an article about her favorite foods? Hmmmm … just negative people, I’m guessing.

Southern Gent

May 13th, 2010
4:32 pm

Southern Gent wants to have a drink with Tyler and the Prof… and of course have Jane’s old school workout videos playing in the background.

Johnnie McKenzie

May 13th, 2010
5:51 pm

Being a southerner, a northener, a whatever divides us as a people. Ms. Fonda called Atlanta her home here and cared enough about “us southerners” to make major contributions to our city and its people, southern or not. She has more than made up for any youthful transgressions anyone may judge her for. We all should be as generous and caring as Ms. Fonda. Being a southerner doesn’t make me better or worse than her or anyone else.

John Kessler

May 13th, 2010
6:31 pm

I’m the one who interjected the term Southerner. She said a lot more about being compassionate for people less fortunate and understanding differences. (Didn’t have much to do with food.) I thought she was quite classy.

Steve Swimmer

May 13th, 2010
8:14 pm

Tyler Pike: Leave Jane Fonda alone. All she wanted was an end to that ugly quagmire and its endless killing.
In Vietnam the U.S. won all of the battles; yet, we lost the war. The battles were won because our front line troops fought well. We lost the war because we were politically in the wrong and had no way out.
Most likely, a warrior king commanding our troops would have used nuclear weapons in order to win in Vietnam. However, modern politicians know all warrior kings lived, died by the sword and are gone.
Had we resorted to nuclear explosions the U.S.S.R. and China would have instantly realigned and the consequences for us would be unimaginable.
Unsung heroes in our 1950’s era State Department had divided the two Communist behemoths and to this day we are safer due to their work. There is no way the short term gain of “winning” Vietnam by nuclear bomb could outweigh our world wide diplomacy in place.
So, we basically admitted we were wrong, left Vietnam to her own devices and the world as we know it did not end. The diplomatic way, again, proved beyond any doubt.
Forget Jane Fonda, she had nothing in mind other than peace. If old Vets need to carry a grudge, look to the war profiteers who kept the war going so they could slop up barrel after barrel of blood soaked money.
No, it was not Jane causing the grief it was the greedy war profiteers and their political ilk who must incur the wrath.
So, Tyler pike, forget your miss placed misgivings and head over to Ted’s Montana Grill where you will surly be in for enjoyment far beyond any your ugly comments deserve.


May 13th, 2010
9:31 pm

Why do we care what Hanoi Jane misses about Atlanta?


May 13th, 2010
9:51 pm

From this intowner to Ira from East Lake: Get real. Wayne is a member of the KKK for questioning the Southern pedigree of Jane Fonda? Really?

People like you need to get real. You cry, “oh, another racist” or “another sheet wearer” at even the most defend-able opinions. And yes, questioning Jane Fonda’s Southern cred is a defend-able position.

Second time: Get real. Cry racist when it is a legitimate claim. Your charge of racism makes EVERY charge of racism look ridiculous.

Third time: Get real.


May 13th, 2010
9:51 pm

Steve Swimmer, that’s a nice way of sugar coating it, but you have no clue what you’re talking about. She is a traitor to this country, plain and simple and her actions led to the deaths of many of our American soldiers in Vietnam. Please rejoin reality. It misses you.


May 13th, 2010
9:52 pm

She is OK by me.. Her negatives and her positives are about equal. She has done some bad $hit and some good $hit.


May 13th, 2010
9:56 pm

as a marine wounded at khe sanh i have a lot more respect for jane fonda than for gingrich, chaney, wolfowitz, limbaugh, etc. who all dodged service but loved to send other peoples kids on overseas adventures. it’s easy to love wars when you are far from the battlefield, right boys.


May 13th, 2010
10:40 pm

She said you can’t be fit if you are poor AND starving, not poor OR starving. She’s right! If you are poor you can be fit, but not if you are poor AND starving. Learn to read before you criticize.


May 13th, 2010
10:50 pm

“How does diet fit into a good fitness regime?” Does no one understand that “regimen” and “regime” are different words, have different pronunciations, and have different meanings? BTW, the wrong one was used here.


May 13th, 2010
10:57 pm

Real southerners don’t call sliders “sliders”. They’re called Krystals, even when served at other restaurants!

The Big Picture

May 13th, 2010
11:19 pm

I remember reading something about the infamous photo of Jane sitting on a tank. It said she was basically unaware of the staging of it as a tool for propaganda. Remember she was still a kid. That said, even if that report were not true, Georgians OWE her for her hard work on combating teenage pregnancy. Have YOU contributed as much to the state as she has? If not, hush up.


May 13th, 2010
11:29 pm

Aw, I didn’t know she left Atlanta. I miss her already.


May 14th, 2010
12:04 am

George – you talk about those that didn’t sign up to fight in Nam….. I don’t recall Jane picking up a gun for her country either. She was a spoiled rich kid ignorant of reality – I forgive her but don’t consider her to be one of us Southerners.


May 14th, 2010
12:08 am

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May 14th, 2010
12:09 am

Wow, Atlanta STILL has a lot of backwoods rednecks with not education and no class. Jane outshines SO MANY OF YOU.

John Kessler

May 14th, 2010
12:16 am

All right, people — let’s move on. Nothing more to see here. She was a nice lady who agreed to answer a couple of my dumb questions about food and instead of just talking about stuffing her face, she brought the conversation around to hunger and nutrition. At one point when I was trying to get the conversation around to yummy stuff, she laughed and said, “I’m a social activist.” I was impressed. She really cares about people.


May 14th, 2010
12:22 am

Fonda is a talented actress and I know she has made positive contributions during her time in Atlanta. Still, it’s hard to defend her treason as a “youthful transgression.” She has to live with her past, as we all do, and it must be painful as a never-ending shadow over her life. For me, that is punishment enough for that is all the punishment she will receive in this world. I hope she find happiness wherever she goes.


May 14th, 2010
12:35 am

It’s been decades since Fonda’s tasteless display in Vietnam. Isn’t it time to forgive her? She’s apologized, she’s said it was the worst mistake of her life, she spends time helping the less fortunate. We spend so much time bragging that America is a Christian nation, but we dole out Christian forgiveness selectively. How hypocritical. As a black man, I am inundated with images of men who’ve done and said horrible things to blacks: politicians who supported segregation, people who fought to keep my people out of schools and restaurants, business leaders who discriminated against blacks in hiring and pay. We have politicians and businessmen who used to be in the Klan. Yet I’m willing to forgive them if they’ve tried to change their ways and attitudes. If I can forgive men who used to be overt bigots, can people please forgive Fonda her trespass? That’s what good Christians–good people–are supposed to do.


May 14th, 2010
12:54 am

amen, Keith and I’m white . . .

Sixties Were Thouthful Times

May 14th, 2010
1:11 am

In the words of Pete Segar, “Waist deep in the big muddy, muddy and the big fool says to push on.” I honor those who served in Vietnam but it was such a relief to pull out and save our boys lives. And a lot of them were mere boys…from a mother. Wars are always fought by old men with large egos and young men before they know to say “NO!” Wars, since WWII, have been strictly a profit making machine by the largest corporations and banks in our country.


May 14th, 2010
1:12 am

George – I salute you – and thank you for your comment! whatever your beliefs are, there’s a gulf of difference between spouting off a point of view and taking a stand or acting on something you believe in – whether it’s believing in your country or believing in peace… and I don’t think we believe those things are antithetical anymore.

Sixties Were Thouthful Times

May 14th, 2010
1:17 am

As Mahatma Gandi said, “You Christians are so un-Christ like.” Jesus, if you study him, was all about compassion and forgiveness. Of course, that escapes many in this country that are so frustrated with their own little lives they can only lash out at others and seldom reflect on their own log in their eye and can’t seem to see their way clear to even truly acknowledge each others existance.

Sixties Were Thoughtful Times

May 14th, 2010
1:21 am

I miss the sixties, when thinking was not against the law.


May 14th, 2010
2:28 am

It is precisely this small-mindedness that makes me not miss the South or the States at all! It is embarrassing how a person must defend their “southern cred” or pay the rest of their lives for caring and being brave enough to go against the current and stand up for they believe in. Our Constitution defends that and whether or not anyone agrees with her politics or not, we should be proud that that is a right we have and give space and respect for one another to express that right. Living in europe now for 10 years has thankfully taught me that the tiny world of Marietta, Ga is not, in fact, the whole world. Not even the the United States is the whole world…(can you imagine that!).

Think broader. Get a life. Live your life with a forgiving and loving spirit instead. Who knows, you, we, I…might have something to learn from her and each other.

Steve Swimmer

May 14th, 2010
7:13 am

Matt, Mr. Kessler has asked us to move on. Otherwise your comment would be taken to full task. Perhaps we can argue this matter on another day.
For now, Jane killed no one. The war profiteers caused the Vietnam deaths, maiming and untold destruction. Jane Fonda did what she thought best to end the war when hardly another soul would step forward. To me, and many other Americans, her efforts were and still are heroic. Ms. Fonda, should you read this comment: Here is one American who knows your actions helped end the war and I wish to thank you very much.
Now let’s all go to Ted’s and have some really good food.


May 14th, 2010
7:44 am

Jane said she has moved on but the picture above says a lot. She says 1 thing and yet the picture looks recent. Look, I don’t care for wars and needless ones at that but I also do not want to go over to the other side and make a stand against my own country. I think while here her mind was in the right place trying to make a difference and actually surprised she stayed that long after the divorce from Ted. Wish others good luck, never bad.


May 14th, 2010
8:27 am

CJ-”Real southerns don’t call sliders “Sliders” they call them Krystal’s”? That is not southern, that is white trash-there is a big difference. That is like calling Nordstroms “Wal-Mart”


May 14th, 2010
9:27 am

@george..Thank you, you and everyone else that has ever served for my right to say and do what I want to do..

@CJ..I’m 48, have lived in GA. all of my life and have never heard that..I think you need to see what DD said..

@RoadRanger..Did you do anything when you were younger that you regret? I did..I have a brother that was in Nam and if he can forgive Jane, so can I..Please think about this..

@Keith..All I can say is the same thing that Dave said..

@Sixties..I don’t know about that, but I do miss when I was younger and was able to think without getting in


May 15th, 2010
5:53 am

Jane Fonda is not just a social activist but a Socialist – except with her money. The perfect description of a far left, wacked out liberal. Who cares what she likes to eat? She’s leaving Atlanta and suddenly the air is fresher.

please leave america

May 15th, 2010
6:14 am

Jane, please go back to Vietnam and make a life there. You have added nothing to the US particularly Atlanta. It is a testament to America that someone like you can become rich and have media attention. I hope there is an afterlife, and I hope you spend yours as a tortured POW. You deserve it.

please leave america

May 15th, 2010
6:16 am

Becky – I bet your brother wasn’t in a POW camp and did not get to enjoy the tortures that Jane enabled.


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7:04 am



May 15th, 2010
7:26 am

Please keep this woman ‘traitor to our country’ out of the ajc. She makes myself and I’m sure many others too sick to eat. She betrayed our country and U.S, soldiers were even killed for her actions and you all paste her up on these articles like she some star to us all, she’s shameful in the eyes of our country.


May 15th, 2010
8:27 am

For all of you haters that think Jane Fonda is going to hell for her politics, remember what our Lord said in maybe his most provocative ministry: “He who is without sin, cast the first stone”.


May 15th, 2010
8:33 am

She will always be “Hanoi Jane” to me…Good riddance !!!!!

Byron Mathison Kerr

May 15th, 2010
9:19 am

Jane Fonda apologized a long time ago for her radicalized anti-war activities by acknowledging that she took her convictions too far to the extreme.

If you can’t find it in yourself to accept the apology, you’re not hurting her, you’re only hurting yourself. Ms. Fonda came to terms with it and got beyond it a long time ago.


May 15th, 2010
8:49 pm

Jane is always going to be associated with Vietnam, no matter what she likes to eat or how southern she is. I think wearing a shirt with her mug shot on it is probably just a little incendiary and clearly doesn’t bring out the best in people.

David H

May 16th, 2010
3:16 pm

Hey, East Lake Ira: I’m ironing my white sheets, polishing up my swastika, and getting the nooses out of the foot locker, and raising the Confederate flag in my front yard, even as I type. I would love to feed that American hating, white trash b*tch poison, if I could get away with it. Jane, the city looks a little cleaner, and the air is a little fresher with you gone, the sooner, the better. My best to Ted, when you see him.


May 16th, 2010
4:00 pm

I forgive you Steve but never Jane


May 16th, 2010
5:30 pm

Don’t let the door hit your commy azz on the way out, bitch!


May 16th, 2010
5:39 pm

Most of the people making negative comments have never helped anyone. Jane Fonda, has helped many people and stood up for some right. Nobody is that perfect. We change as life goes along whether it be good or bad, but mostly for the good. Some people need to be more compassionate. In the days and times we live in you don’t know when you will need some type of help. So what she enjoys nice restaurants, who does not? Great work Jane Fonda and to her many charitable contributions. She should let all you haters be her motivators.


May 16th, 2010
5:40 pm

Enough about this crazy self obsessed 70 plus year old has been with a great publicist, ok ?!?


May 16th, 2010
6:37 pm

Get her OUT OF HERE. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Darrel Wilson

May 16th, 2010
7:08 pm

It is a brighter dayin Dixie when this Pinko Commie North Vietnam Witch leaves the South. Promise me you traitor you’ll never come back. Not all of us has forgotten how you betrayed the American POW’s and lead to one of the worst beatings on John McCain by Fonda’s host friends in North Vietnam when he was the ranking POW officer of the ‘Hanoi’ Hilton. You will be judged one day witch…


May 16th, 2010
7:18 pm

She says she is leaving Atlanta, we crawl up her never mind and follow her every word….


no i did not read the article…..never will!

Notch Johnson

May 16th, 2010
7:38 pm

I think she should have gotten the Medal Of Honor for what she said and did. All of you with negative comments probably voted for George Bush even though he, Chaney, Rove and whomever else staged their own private misguided war. If you want to look at the problem, take a look in the mirror. God bless you Jane Fonda.


May 16th, 2010
8:00 pm

What is the obsession that the AJC has with Jane Fondu? Do we really need any more articles about this old hag?


May 16th, 2010
8:02 pm

Lots of tater tot eaters posting here.

The Vietnam War shouldn’t have gone on as long as it did, just like the Iraq and Afganny Wars should be over with by now. Jane was just trying to do her part to bring that awful, fruitless war to a close.

For those who criticize her, I hope you’re on the next plane to Afganny to do your part in war you obviously love and support. You people make me sick. A bunch of cowards.

Jane, hang in there and come back to your adopted home any time.

A real man from the South knows how to be a gentleman.

Beagle Bailey

May 16th, 2010
8:10 pm

I thought for sure her favorite food was Nouc Mam.


May 16th, 2010
8:11 pm

I’m a vet from the late fifties thru the early sixties and I happen to think she is one classy dame. It took alot of balls to do what she did during the Vietnam police action——more balls then these haters that post their vienum.She was trying to stop something that should have been stopped before 50,000 plus of our troops were killed. If you haters want to rant, do it at Congress, they are the ones who got us into that mess and then played a joke on Americans by declaring victory when ther was none.

Waldo 313

May 16th, 2010
8:33 pm

I thought she left Ted because “she was tired of starving to stay slim”. Well, she still looks slim. Guess she’s “still starving”. Also, it looks like she’s had more than one facelift. Maybe the North Vietnamese can help her with that.

Navy Carrier Jet Pilot, retired


May 18th, 2010
3:01 pm

God bless Jane Fonda for all the good she has done.
I would be proud to share a slider or cup of pottlikker with her.
She is not a socialist or a communist but a great American.
Some of you people need to crawl back under your rocks.
Don’t start throwing rocks because you clearly live in glass houses.


May 18th, 2010
3:39 pm

@please leave america..No, my brother wasn’t in a POW camp, but a gentleman that I go to church with was and he forgave her a long time ago, so again, if they can I CAN..