1812 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
R. Thomas’ Deluxe Grill is a rarity in Atlanta – a restaurant that’s been around for almost three decades. Driven by the zeal of its namesake owner, Richard Thomas, to bring healthier fare to Atlanta, R. Thomas serves mostly organic, vegetarian and “super foods.” You can still get peanut butter chocolate pie or a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, but these options sit side-by-side with raw veggie dinners and freshly squeezed juices. The food is so good, your kids won’t know they’re eating healthy.
What’s on the menu: The “breakfast anytime” entrees, such as the seafood and white cheddar California omelet ($12.25) and French toast ($12.75) make for a hearty meal anytime. Vegetarians have options like basil tofu lettuce wraps ($8.25) and meat lovers can dive into dishes like the signature Thai Express bowl ($16.00) with chicken, quinoa, veggies and a spicy peanut sauce. Try one of the fresh juices (starting at $3.50) or a Tropical Delight smoothie ($6.50, with strawberries, apple and honey). Half-size kids’ smoothies are $3.25.
Why parents like it: It’s the perfect spot for breakfast, dessert on date night, or just a fun and healthy place to feed the kids. The covered patio has a tropical Key West vibe, and the menu includes beer, organic wine, and warm sake.
Why kids like it: The kids’ menu includes pasta ($6.25) and organic PB&J ($5.25), while my son enjoyed washing down his scrambled eggs, toast and home fries ($5.69) with fresh coconut juice ($4.25, served in the shell.) Children love visiting the exotic birds kept in spacious cages outside the restaurant, which Mr. Thomas occasionally brings out to entertain kids. During our visit, he placed a fuzzy dove on our heads and introduced us to Sparkle, a talkative parrot he hatched from an egg almost 70 years ago. The birds serve as a welcome distraction for fidgety toddlers.
– Karen Robbins