What to eat at Old Lady Gang, Kandi Burruss’ restaurant featured on Bravo’s Kandi & the Gang
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Old Lady Gang serves much more than drama!
The Atlanta Restaurant – owned by Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss and her husband, Todd Tucker – are in the center of the action on Kandi and the gangBravo’s new reality show about the behind-the-scenes battles with the staff at the family restaurant.
In the five years since Burruss and Tucker opened the joint, OLG has become a smash hit, expanding to two more locations in the Peach State. Lines to eat there are usually at the end of the block, making OLG one of the hottest restaurants in the area.
But this success has been accompanied by increasing difficulties for operations, as shown Kandi and the gang. The addictive reality series follows tensions rising between larger-than-life personalities amid a sea of personnel changes. This is reality TV at its finest – dramatic, funny and damn entertaining.
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All of this makes a trip to OLG necessary when visiting Atlanta. Its menu is packed with tasty twists on Southern staples, all assembled from a mix of recipes from Burruss’ mother, Mama Joyce Jones, as well as the singer’s Aunt Bertha Jones and Aunt Nora Wilco (the trio earned the nickname “Old Lady Gang” during their time on RHOAhence the name of the restaurant).
PEOPLE were wowed by OLG’s flagship location while filming Kandi and the gang. Here are some of our favorite things we tried on their menu:
Grilled green tomatoes: Battered and fried into a crispy delight, this savory entrée is topped with pulled BBQ chicken and feta cheese (although vegetarians can order without the chicken). One of the highlights of the menu, hands down.
Fried whipped deviled eggs: A unique twist on the beloved dish, these hard-boiled eggs are dunked in the air fryer before being topped with a dollop of creamy egg yolk and crispy brown sugar bacon mixture. As with fried green tomatoes, vegetarians can skip the meat. The menu also suggests adding grilled prawns for a little extra, although each bite is already so decadent that you won’t miss much without it.
Aunt Nora’s Fried Catfish Strips: Yes, another fried option, but these strips of catfish aren’t over-battered, so the slightly sweet flavor of the fish still comes through. Slightly salty, it is served with a tasty Cajun remoulade.
Riley’s Shrimp and Grits: Named after Burruss’ daughter, shrimp and grits are a perfect companion to fried foods on the menu. The dish features sautéed shrimp served on a bed of smoked gouda grits, with a vodka cream sauce drizzled on top. Order it with extra shrimp if you’re hungry, or save a few of those catfish strips for dipping.
OLG Cheeseburger: A 6 oz. Angus beef patty topped with melted American cheese, on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato and grilled onion. What more could you want? Oh, well, it also comes with fries. For those who want something extra, add bacon or a fried egg for an additional charge.
Tips for Mama Joyce’s BBQ Ribs: Served with mashed potatoes and green beans, the BBQ rib tips were moist and tender and fell off the bone easily. Good to lick your fingers.
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Mama Sharon’s Chicken and French Toast: You’ve heard of chicken and waffles, but what about chicken and French toast? This dish, from Tucker’s late mother, is bursting with flavor in every bite, delivering that savory blend of sweet and savory in every bite. Served with maple syrup and custard.
OLG Signature Wings: Although technically an appetizer, try the wings as a starter. They’re fried, then grilled and drizzled with OLG Hot Sauce, which kicks it up a notch.
Mama Joyce’s house salad: Looking for something lighter? Try this salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, carrots and cheddar cheese. Add grilled salmon, shrimp or chicken at an additional cost if you’re looking for more protein options.
Kandi sweet potato soufflé: There’s a plethora of sides to choose from on OLG’s menu, including coleslaw, collard greens, green beans, sautéed spinach, steamed cabbage, fries, potatoes crushed and more. But the side you have to try? Kandi sweet potato soufflé. The creamy dish melts in your mouth, with hints of brown sugar and maple syrup throughout. It’s soft and chewy and the only problem will be preventing you from eating it all at once.
Mac’n’Cheese: Another side needed. The melty, gooey pasta dish is a perfect companion to the crispier dishes on the menu.
Corn bread: Most entrees come with a mini muffin-sized cornbread, but trust me, you’ll want more. Order a few extras on the side, you’ll be glad you did.
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Bananas Foster Banana Pudding: No dinner is complete without dessert, and this one is to die for. You’ll get that traditional banana pudding consistency, but with that delicious flavor of dark brown sugar, butter, rum, and cinnamon.
Kandi Peach Bread Pudding: Another twist on the traditional bread pudding, Burruss’ own recipe takes peach cobbler up a notch while providing the perfect throwback to home cooking that will warm your heart. Order it with extra whipped cream.
Kandi and the gang airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.