Atlanta >Food & Dining > Belly General Store
772 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030633.775428 -84.352515
Mon - Sat, 7am - 7pm; Sun, 8am - 5pm
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Northeast, St. Charles/ Greenwood
Super-Casual North Highland Eatery a Neighborhood Staple – The casual "General Store" vibe is perfect for ambiance but lacks in practicality. However, the restaurant portion of the store delivers with hot dishes like warm, fluffy bagels topped with lox, cream cheese and capers or paninis oozing with mozzarella, tomato, and basil. Other deli offerings like roast beef sandwiches or cold dishes like potato salad or hummus are also doled out in brown bags. The food is easy to grab and run, or to stay and eat on rustic, wooden community tables. Italian lemonade sodas and bottled Coca Cola are found in the refrigerated case, though scalding hot coffee is available behind the counter. The line to order feels like it creeps by slower than a caterpillar, but if you have the patience, it can be worth the wait.
Great Bagels, but service is sorely lacking – I would have given Belly five stars, but the service is so poor! The bagels are wonderful (though they are quite different from New York City bagels), and the coffee is excellent (they serve Batdorf & Bronson coffee, a local Atlantan coffee roaster), but the service is slow and the employees are not very helpful. The sign inside clearly reads that bagels are served all day, but I have taken the trip there on several occassions around 11 am when I've been told that the bagels have sold out (???). The worst part about it is that the employees aren't even apologetic about it, they could care less. On the rare occassion that you can enjoy a bagel and a coffee on a weekend day (and find a seat!) Belly is definitely worth a shot.
Why is this here – I truly don't understand the listing on some of the hot spots, but to each their own. I see there is a much more realistic view here from the actual customers versus the advertisers
I have walked into this palce mnay times as it is on my path, but each time an di thas been many, I am put off by the many flies hovering around the open food. I just don't get it.
I have tried the bagels and beg to differ. They are not nyc bagels or anywhere close.
when I read the reference to my hometown of ny bagels, I felt moved to comment
Get real people, this place is here because of the location
I agree with the above, it is also here due to the likes of Suzy, and all of the other leftover yups that have the cash to burn, on useless, poor quality stuff.
Sorry, but too many great local places to have this one on one of the top 10
Auroa rules in coffee and still have not found any great bagels in the city,
Objective Observance... – Belly is a great little atmospheric place in the highlands. When it's raining outside, it's a nice and sunny place inside. They provide delicious sandwiches, salads at a reasonable price, including baked goods, empanadas, bagels and delicious coffee too. However, if all you want is a cup of coffee, it can be quite irritating when you've got Suzie Indecision in front of you wanting to know how much everything from muffins to bagels cost when it is clearly on the chalk board menu right in front of her face....or when Holly Housewife and Dennis Dogood want to sample every damn thing in the chef's case. All I want is a cup of coffee people. Can SOMEONE please step aside so I can pay my $2 and be on my merry way? Another thing....I went for a refill one day, something I rarely do, because usually one cup is enough, however on this particular day, a second cup was called for. So I go up to the counter with roughly 50 cents in dimes, nickels and pennies and the charge for a refill is $1.35??!?!?!?!?!? WTF? A REFILL people is supposed to be much less to encourage people to stay in your establishment and to reuse their cups. What a ripoff.
The people who work there are pleasant enough, however, a little sense of urgency would be nice to see. Maybe during high traffic times there could be a line for only coffee so that the Suzie Indecision's of the world can take their precious sweet time and not drive other guests away....I'm just sayin. I've left and gone to another coffee shop because of this factor. Am I the only one who feels this way? You tell me.
Sadly, it's really gone downhill.... – I used to love going to Belly but now something's happened and it has really gone downhill. Their bagels are still good (thought they are left out uncovered) but the rest of the food does seem like it's been left out to long, has flies hovering around, and is sorely lacking in taste. Last time I went I watched someone drop a customer's food on the ground (wrapped, but not well wrapped) and just pick it up and place it back in their bag... Also, the wonderful doo-dads, jams, and toys are all gone. Looks sparse and like a shell of it's former self. So sad!
Wish it was better! – After finding a large fly in my salad I stopped getting food here awhile ago. Occasionally, I will go by and get cupcakes only to find them very very dry every time. Items are way to expensive!
Disappointing...... – I totally have to agree with the previous reviewer. I expected this to be a great place based on the other reviews and walked in only to find flies on the cupcakes and quiche....no joke. The front door was wide open as it was a nice day and flies were buzzing around all over. The staff had to notice since the quiche was uncovered right near the register. Is a glass cover too much to ask for or even saran wrap? Gross.....I walked out empty handed.
Flies on cupcakes and more – I do not get this place. Atlanta is so full of those trying to tie so called fame to a food business, and please this is not NYC, so avoid the tired 80's attitude.. Belly is just a so, so coffee spot on a high end corner, but so not high end.
The cupcakes have flies hovering over them. The hummus is tired an covered in saran wrap. They have quilts and jams, yet try to be European..hello.. and it is all run by non owners, and a so non caring attitude
Too much food is lying around on counters uncovered. Can I say, food alert..police.. Dirty..stuff. yet overlooked, due to so called boring Key Lime fame. I guess in Atlanta, if you have relations with someone that does color on hair, you can have fame and be called GOURMET
Woo-hoo for Belly!!! – Whether you're a fan of breakfast or lunch, Belly is sure to please! The olive oil bagels, made daily, are delicious. The made-to-order breakfast wraps (my favorite is the egg, cheese, house-made mole' and avocado) and sandwiches are filled with fresh, quality ingredients. The organic coffee - steaming hot or iced - is always excellent. And if you're looking for "just a little something," try one of the empanadas. I don't know why but they are magical! Each of them - chicken, beef, potato, or egg & cheese - are simple but spiced just right, and are served with freshly made chunky salsa. Treat yourself to Belly!
Great food, comfortable atmosphere and free WiFi – I love going to Belly for the amazing food. Every time I go I find something new there to try out. I must admit that I'm partial to the bagels, sandwiches, cookies and of course the cream puffs are to die for. Hanging out at Belly is always great because the people there are so friendly and make you feel at home. And now that they have free WiFi it's even more fun to join friends for lunch.
On those days when I'm not able to go to Belly myself, if I hear that someone will be in the neighborhood, I usually bribe them to bring me back a treat. It's really that good! And did I mention that cream puffs are to die for?
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