By Karen Head

Candi’s is a new spot at Irwin Street Market – on the border of the Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park – sharing space with Jake’s Ice Cream at 660 Irwin Street.

There are two things that make me love a breakfast spot: a solid command of the basics and a cheap price. Candi’s has both. The staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is fun.

I had a veggie omelet with goat cheese, and was very pleased to have no mark up for egg whites only. The waitress apologized for the appearance, which was a bit broken, but the taste was definitely on the mark. Plates come with TWO sides: I had an english muffin and oatmeal. The oatmeal was very especially good, but if you don’t like cinnamon, then definitely it isn’t for you.

My dining partner had a ham and cheese omelet with a biscuit. The omelet was basic, but good. The biscuit was much enhanced by the wonderful homemade mango jam (all the jams are homemade–a nice touch). He reported the coffee was good (I don’t drink the stuff).

One note about tea, which I do drink. I can’t seem to find a single breakfast spot in Atlanta that actually GETS the idea of real tea. Either it’s awful generic tea bags, or it is some silly device for loose tea dropped into a too small cup. Buy a few 2 cup tea pots folks! You can even use a good quality tea bag in a pot, if cleanup is your concern. And, those stupid little silver “pots” that don’t hold enough water for a mug full are not what I mean; those are just stupid.

Candi’s hasn’t been discovered by many people yet, so there was no wait. The price for two of us was just under $15.00–a good deal anywhere, but especially good given the quality of the food.

Visit Karen Head’s blog, Poetic Acts in a Digital World, to find out more about her poetry.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

5 replies on “What’s Good: Candi’s”

  1. Ate there Saturday and loved it although it was kind of packed. I’m taking friends from out of town in April and then over to look around Studioplex. Makes for a great morning out.

  2. We walk there for breakfast. Great to see a write up about Candi’s and Irwin Street! It’s nice to see a magazine paying more attention to the small hidden gems rather than the touristy, big name chef restaurants.

  3. What a shock to see a review of Candi’s right after I ate there. I went during the week and it was completely empty. I was a little concerned, but when my food came, all doubts quickly went away. Even though it was close to closing time, they did a WONDERFUL job with my food and didn’t rush me. Someone even came in just after closing and they gladly served them. The servings were so plentiful. I’ve got to go back and try the stuffed biscuits! What a great new addition to the neighborhood!

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