Self-described as a “nerdy Cracker Barrel” and “Your friendly neighborhood comic book bar,” My Parents’ Basement is one of the newest restaurants in downtown Avondale Estates. The concept is one of a kind: a combination comic book store plus restaurant and bar.

What’s on the menu: You’ll find an interesting and delicious twist to typical family dishes, including Crunchy Black Eyed Peas ($4), Foot-Long Pimento Cheese Toast ($7) and Grilled Kimcheese ($10), an amazing combination of kimchi and Emmental cheese. The CBJB, which stands for Cashew Butter, Strawberry Jam and Bacon ($9), is the signature dish. This spin on a traditional sandwich was a favorite at our table.  Kid menu items include the Junior Burger, Grilled Cheese, Shrimp Tacos and Chicken Fingers and Fries, all in the $7 range. Dessert is the “Ice Cream Truck Selection” ($3), which includes rotating flavors from your childhood like Bomb Pops and Choco Tacos. When possible, MPB uses locally sourced foods like bacon from next-door neighbor Pine Street Market, Springer Mountain Chicken, and kimchi from Simply Seoul.

Why parents like it: We enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere, including the outdoor patio, and friendliness of the staff. We allowed our two daughters, Natalie (9) and Kate (7), to purchase a comic book and we were excited to see them showing interest in a different type of publication. Anything that encourages reading gets our approval!

Why kids like it: The comics store, of course! Kids can browse through the different titles with the help of a sales person. We learned that each Wednesday is “New Comic Release Day.” It is a great day to stop in and check out what is new. There are also other activities at MPB, such as a free arcade cabinet and on some days, corn hole toss games on the patio.

– Jennifer Joyner


22 N. Avondale Rd., Avondale Estates
ph# 404-292-4607
Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-Midnight

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