421 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, USA.
Buttermilk pancakes moist and delicate enough to prompt locals, and Jane Fonda, to tout them as the ‘best in the City’. And innovative sandwiches like the popular prosciutto, brie, dates & basil on toasted baguette. Locally roasted coffee from Batdorf & Bronson acts as the bass note to Ria’s creations.
Chef Ria Pell earned her stripes in some of the toniest kitchens of the City, like Dish, Mondo and Chef Annie Quatrano’s Float Away Café. Under Quatrano, Pell developed her natural instinct for surprising, yet grounded, experiments in the art of gourmet cuisine. But it was Pell’s Danish grandmother, and New Jersey mother, who inspired her to cook delicious food like the hand-sifted pancakes topped with carmelized bananas that has become a signature classic.
Always the chef, never the owner, Ria finally got the opportunity to open her dream restaurant when she and co-owner Alex Skalicky (El Myr and Patio Daddy-O BBQ) spotted a rundown, drive-thru liquor store across from the Oakland Cemetery. After a year of hands-on hard labor, more than a few robberies, and borrowing money from every relative and friend left, they threw open the glass doors to Grant Park’s only brunch spot.
Ria’s has become a favorite of local celebrities, touring bands, loft-dwelling hipsters, tattooed artists, and in-town families alike.
Chef Pell and the great food of Ria’s Bluebird has not gone unnoticed. Chef Pell made an appearance on the television morning show “Good Day Atlanta” and Ria’s has twice garnered a “Top 100” citation in Atlanta Magazine’s annual restaurant reviews. Ria’s Bluebird is a featured hosting spot for Atlanta’s Table (a benefit for the Community Food Bank Fighting Hunger), and has received countless mentions in magazines and on web sites, including ‘Elle’ magazine, Zagat’s famous survey, Citysearch.com, TripAdvisor.com, Knife & Fork, and many more.