In the heart of Atlanta’s ritzy Buckhead neighborhood sits a bright white house with a light grey roof and red trim. It’s just off the beaten path and a stones throw from the area’s Whole Foods Market. If not for the droves of cars in the parking lot, one might think this a residence. But a closer inspection reveals a painted on tree and a friendly little sign pronouncing the name of the business within: Café Jonah & The Magical Attic.
Run by Jenny Levison, a nationally known feel-good chef/restaurateur, Café Jonah serves as a welcome home restaurant just off West Paces Ferry. Named after her young lad, Café Jonah is a breakfast/lunch sandwich shop with a daily menu of salads, soups, sandwiches, and the like.
As food goes, it’s not an all out departure from Souper Jenny, Levison’s ‘round the corner soup store. However, the experience is quite different. Though both are order at the counter places, SJ is a traditional restaurant. Meanwhile, Jonah is an unconverted house. There are books to read, games to play, and finding a seat is like visiting someone’s living room. Upstairs, the Magical Attic offers an array of holistic/spiritual/etc… services. It’s really quite a departure from other restaurants in the city.
Any who, given that CJ currently has a huge picture of me on display (above), the rules prevent me from providing y’all with any context here. Sorry, them’s the breaks folks. Nonetheless, I can still show you what I ate.