About 10 years ago when my son was around 3-years-old, I would drive down to College Park where you could watch planes take off and land at Hartsfield-Jackson airport plus the added bonus of a train line and MARTA track providing lots of toddler-aged entertainment. Unfortunately, College Park was in a slump so there wasn't much else to do. That's changed.
College Park's main drag feels vital and cool now, and just added a hot new restaurant, Johnny's Chicken & Waffles brings the cooking talents of chef Crystal Smith and the star power of Hip-Hop star, Ne-Yo (plus Karlie Redd from VH1's Love n' Hip Hop and Bounce TV's Saints & Sinners). The 85-seat indoor dining space will provide full-menu service and will feature booths, tables, high tops, and bar seating. A take-out counter will serve pies baked fresh daily and a selection of café goods.
As the name suggests, the restaurant's signature menu item is the most popular brunch food in Georgia: chicken & waffles. The hybrid dish that combines breakfast and lunch is made with crispy and juicy fried chicken paired with fluffy and golden waffles. Johnny's Chicken & Waffles' guests will have the option to customize the famed Southern staple with mix-and-match proteins, plain or bacon-flavored waffles, sauces, and add-on sides. Other sweet, savory and satisfyingly good grub include party starter Cheddar Drop Biscuits with whipped honey butter and strawberry preserves; Hot Skillet Cobbler desserts in apple or peach served with vanilla bean ice cream and salted caramel drizzle; Saints & Sinners Brioche French Toast Log served with either bacon, sunny side eggs and crispy garlic potatoes or berries, whipped topping and chocolate sauce; and The Mac Attack Chicken Sandwich with crispy chicken breast, creamy mac & cheese, bacon, sriracha aioli, and a toasted bun. In addition, diners will be treated to a special affair - all champagne orders come with a sparkler! Guests can also sip on signature drinks designed to share and served in carafes. Individual beverages are served in mason jars.
Fourteen platinum albums from famous Atlanta-bred musicians grace the walls of the restaurant. Ranging from R&B, Rap and Hip Hop, the collection will highlight names like OutKast, Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Usher and more. Impressive original pieces of artwork, a mural of Harlem-based Apollo Theater and Insta-worthy neon signage that reads "Everyday I'm Waffle'n" contribute to the music scene-influenced atmosphere of Johnny's Chicken & Waffles.
"Ne-Yo and I aim to make everyone feel at home at Johnny's Chicken & Waffles, and you never know who you'll see dining alongside you! Anyone who appreciates music will love the ambiance we created in our dining room, with awards and plaques from Ne-Yo, myself and some of our closest friends, said Karlie Redd, hip-hop artist, actress and Johnny's Chicken & Waffles partner. "Who doesn't love some amazing chicken and waffles, while listening to some amazing music! We hope to see you if you're in College Park."