Atlanta is often criticized for not preserving its history, but there are lots of metro Atlanta restaurants striving to keep the longtime character of the city alive. 

Busy Bee Cafe became a meeting spot for civil rights leaders after opening on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive NE in 1947, and continues to stay busy, serving up fried chicken and other southern staples.
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From Atkins Park Tavern, which has been serving beer and food in Virginia-Highland since 1922, through to Anis Cafe and Bistro, which has been dishing up French cuisine in Buckhead since 1994, click on the gallery above to see some of the metro Atlanta restaurants that have been welcoming customers for more than a quarter century. 


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