by Devon Walsh
1031 Ponce de Leon Drive, Atlanta, GA 30306
For better or for worse, at the Majestic Diner, it isn’t about the food. In fact, you probably shouldn’t be here if you’re looking for anything green; unless maybe it’s a mint chip milkshake. This is, as the neon sign out front advertises, “Food That Pleases.” Think diner staples: sausage and eggs, patty melts and quesadillas fried up on amply greasy griddles. The 24-hour eatery serves food that tastes best at 4am.
Here revelers flock. You’ll see all types, from the young and sophisticatedly on trend, to an assembly of muscle men in brightly colored tanks, as well as folks less apt to party, drinking coffee all alone—plus everyone else in between.
The classic Atlanta institution originally opened its doors in 1929 in Virginia-Highland, a “streetcar suburb,” or a neighborhood that arose due to its proximity to a streetcar line. The cafeteria was originally attached to a 24-hour drug store, Plaza Drugs and the two establishments served the community at all hours. Today, Plaza Drugs is no longer, but the Majestic lives on.
If you’re up late in Atlanta it’s is a must see, after a drink, or four. Put simply, The Majestic constitutes the perfect diner; oily fare in a timeless setting that’s endlessly occupied by an odd and rowdy bunch. You’ll leave pleased.
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