With a leer on his face, Chef Roblé Ali tentatively poked at the cream-colored disc with a fork. “What is that? I’m afraid of that!”
The story you’re reading is premium content from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Subscribers get total access to all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive premium content. You can now also buy a 24-hour digital pass or 7-day digital pass.
Read MyAJC.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24-hours
Read MyAJC.com all week — 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7-days
Subscribe to AJC for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers
AJC Print subscriber — I need to register my account for digital access.Access Digital
AJC Print subscriber — I’ve already registered my account.Sign In
SWAN COACH HOUSE
Food: Southern tea fare
Service: You’ll have to wait and see if Grandma is in a good mood that day.
Best dishes: Swan’s favorite, fried green tomato sandwich
Vegetarian selections: salads
Price range: $$
Credit cards: all major credit cards
Hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays
Wheelchair access: yes
Noise level: low to moderate
Patio: upstairs patio used mostly for events
Takeout: yes, with additional items for takeout
Address, phone: 3130 Slaton Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-261-0636.
IF YOU LIKE …
More options for this type of cuisine:
Mary Mac’s Tea Room
Like the Swan Coach House, Mary Mac’s is another Atlanta tradition. More meat-and-three than dainty tea room, Mary Mac’s serves traditional Southern favorites including fried chicken, pork chops, tomato pie and fried okra. You can’t escape without a back rub from Jo Carter or a helping of the Georgia peach cobbler. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. 224 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-876-1800, www.marymacs.com. $$.
The Roswell Teahouse
Housed in a modestly decorated 1920s home in Historic Roswell, this wellness teahouse creates a unique experience for tea-goers — one that nourishes the body and soul with healthful and satisfying foods. Salt and sugar sneak into recipes only occasionally, and olive, coconut and sesame seed oils replace butter. Produce is local and organic when possible. Tea sourcing also receives high priority here, with a selection of more than 100 teas from around the world. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. 108 Magnolia St., Roswell. 770-643-5813, www.roswellteahouse.net. $$-$$$.
Tea Leaves & Thyme
Located in historic Woodstock, Tea Leaves & Thyme serves a full lunch and traditional English afternoon tea. The tea room offers more than 60 varieties of hot tea. Children can join in the fun with special teas attended by popular characters like Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Belle. See the website for event dates. Tea and lunch service: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; dinner service: 6 and 7:45 p.m. seatings Thursdays-Saturdays. 8990 S. Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-2609, www.tealeavesandthyme.com. $-$$.