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, Foot-Long Pimento Cheese Toast and Grilled Kimcheese, 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,” 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
Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-Midnight

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