As Atlanta’s oldest historic district, the thriving Grant Park neighborhood maintains the atmosphere of a bygone age when corner markets and quaint specialty shops drew neighbors out together on daily errands. Popular area diner Stone Soup Kitchen reflects this same nostalgic spirit in a convivial haven for home cooking — with a twist.

Stone Soup Kitchen, in historic Grant Park, serves up classic diner favorites with a twist.

Stone Soup Kitchen, in historic Grant Park, serves up classic diner favorites with a twist.

Owner Sarah Rick chose the name from the familiar folk tale. Dust off memories of library story time visits to recall the fable in which sneaky peddlers, with nothing to eat, convince villagers to add savory items to their pot of boiling rocks, ultimately creating a feast for everyone. Stone Soup Kitchen serves up the same sense of camaraderie with a far better menu. Cozy tables and kitschy decor give the vibe of stopping by a friend’s house … a friend with mad cooking skills that insists you stay to eat with them.

Cozy tables and kitschy decor give the vibe of stopping by a friend's house ... a friend with mad cooking skills that insists you stay to eat with them.

Freshed baked goods perched by the cashier tempt customers to take a little extra treat to snack on later.

Diner standards like eggs and bacon, biscuits and gravy, or pancakes present their very best selves with the freshest local ingredients. Vegan specialties such as “Vegos Rancheros,” tofu scrambles, and gluten-free blueberry flapjacks mix in nicely with those favorites, creating a spread that transitions seamlessly for any appetite. While focused somewhat on healthy eating, the cooking style is never pretentious. Nope, nobody’s going to get judgmental about a side of sausage and bowl of cobbler. On the contrary, they might just offer up a cocktail with it from the fully-stocked bar ready to mix up whatever suits the mood.

Diner standards like eggs & bacon, or biscuits & gravy, present their very best selves with the freshest local ingredients.

Diner standards like eggs and bacon, or biscuits and gravy present their very best selves with the freshest local ingredients. (Image: Stone Soup Kitchen)

The daily specials chalkboard colorfully announces what's cooking in the bakery and splashing over at the bar.

The daily specials chalkboard colorfully announces what’s cooking in the bakery and splashing over at the bar.

That's right, a diner with liquor license, wine list, and drink specials... why not?!

That’s right, a diner with liquor license, wine list, and drink specials… why not?!

Stone Soup actually opened in the 1980s as a grocery, food co-op and deli. Sarah’s soups and sandwich creations found a loyal following and eventually, she was inspired to develop the business into a restaurant. She brought the favorites from the deli to the menu and built up from there. Several signature items have been named by, or for, long-time customers.

Every morning's a little bit brighter with a stack of pancakes drizzles in pure maple syrup.

Every morning’s a little bit brighter with a stack of pancakes drizzled in pure maple syrup. (Image: Stone Soup Kitchen)

Stone Soup actually opened the 1980s as a grocery, food co-op, and deli with many of the current items held over from the original menu.

Stone Soup actually opened in the 1980’s as a grocery, food co-op, and deli with many of the current favorites held over from the original menu. (Image: Stone Soup Kitchen)

Vegetarian and vegan specialties reflect the menu's focus on healthy eating, but recipes are never pretentious... just a delicious something for everyone.

Vegetarian and vegan specialties reflect the menu’s focus on healthy eating, but recipes are never pretentious … just a delicious something for everyone. (Image: Stone Soup Kitchen)

Wrap-up the meal with a bowl of fresh peach cobbler? Why yes, please...

Wrap-up the meal with a bowl of fresh peach cobbler? Why yes, please! (Image: Stone Soup Kitchen)

While the restaurant only serves breakfast and lunch, the diner often hosts evening events showcasing acoustic musicians. Local artists also present works for sale in continually rotating exhibits displayed along the walls. The Stone Soup facilities provide an intimate venue available for rent for parties or private gatherings, with a variety of catering options offered as well.

Cozy tables, kitschy decor, and rotating art exhibits all add to the homespun atmosphere at Stone Soup Kitchen.

Cozy tables, kitschy decor and rotating art exhibits all add to the homespun atmosphere. (Image: Stone Soup Kitchen)

In nice weather, Stone Soup Kitchen's back patio beckons. The facilities may be rented for private parties and events.

In nice weather, Stone Soup Kitchen’s back patio beckons. The facilities may be rented for private parties and events. (Image: Stone Soup Kitchen)

Catering Manager Tscharner Dickerson notes that the word seems to have spread about what’s stirring. Now they’re even feeding the occasional vampire or zombie, as orders come in from the big production companies selecting Atlanta for feature films and television series such as Vampire Diaries and Walking Dead. That’s a whole new scramble, and Stone Soup Kitchen happily dishes it up. 

Sit down, sip a cup of coffee, look over the menu and relax... Stone Soup Kitchen tells everyone, "We Got This!"

Sit down, sip a cup of coffee, look over the menu and relax… Stone Soup Kitchen tells everyone, “We Got This!”

You’ll find Stone Soup Kitchen at 584 Woodward Avenue. Visit the the website for more information: stonesoupkitchen.net.