You may know about Paschal’s Restaurant, founded by brothers James and Robert Paschal, located in Castleberry Hill. Since 1947, James and Robert Paschal, the founders of Atlanta’s historic Paschal’s Restaurant, have been serving the Atlanta community. However, what you may not be aware of is the sheer history that this restaurant represents. Here are nine things you probably didn’t know about this legendary restaurant.
- The signature dish, available since 1947, and the most popular, is the Fried Chicken. Paschal’s fried chicken recipe remains a secret, and it's so good it will keep you coming back time and again.
- Don't miss out on the sides. They are pure Southern goodness. The cornbread dressing and mac and cheese will make you feel like every day is Thanksgiving.
- The Legacy Cocktail is a terrific way to kick off dinner, a key ingredient being sweet tea. This is the South, after all!
- The predecessor to Paschal’s was a 30-seat lunch restaurant, with no stove. The food was prepared at Robert’s home and transported to the restaurant.
- The Paschal brothers opened Le Carrousel Lounge in 1960. It was considered Atlanta’s jazz mecca for more than a decade. Le Carrousel Lounge featured acts like Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Dizzy Gillespie and more. Even now, there is a special event space within Paschal's designed to resemble the original Le Carrousel.
- They were big supporters of the civil rights movement. Paschal’s became a meeting place for civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. Also, the brothers regularly posted bond for arrested protestors.
- You must promise to save room for dessert. Paschal’s Peach Cobbler is some of the best in Atlanta.
- In 2002, they relocated Paschal’s to the glamorous building on Northside Drive in Castleberry Hill. The two-story expansive dining room has many pictures of civil rights leaders adorning its walls.
- If you can’t make it out to Paschal’s restaurant, they also can be found at Concourse B within Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
If you haven’t yet been to Paschal’s, Black History Month is the perfect time to visit. Mention this article and give the keyword "ACVB Black History Month" to receive 10 percent off your meal. Valid through Feb. 28, 2015.
Malika Bowling is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta and founder of Atlanta Restaurant Blog. She has been a contributing writer to USA Today and Urbanspoon and has been featured on the Huffington Post. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. She is the president of the Association of Food Bloggers, and you can follow her on Twitter @ATLEatsNTweets and on Instagram @malika_bowling.