I almost never turn down a brunch. So when Tori Allen PR invited me and a few of my other local blogger friends out to Pijiu Belly for brunch this weekend, I couldn’t resist. There was a promise of chicken and waffles, so you know how that goes.
Pijiu Belly is an Asian and American beer bar located on Atlanta’s Westside right near Westside Provisions and directly across from the Atlanta Humane Society (one of my favorite places). It’s in a cute little building with a huge outdoor patio for dining and playing cornhole. Although they’ve only been open since December 2014, it feels very established and I can imagine it gets pretty fun on weekend nights being so close to Georgia Tech, Georgia State and all of the other schools in the city. (There was a Georgia Tech flag flying above our table, but I won’t hold it against them.)
You might be wondering what “pijiu” means. It’s “beer” in Mandarin, so this restaurant’s name literally translates to “beer belly” and they’ve got a lot of the beer to offer. I always find beer bars to be very welcoming comfortable and fun and this is no different. There’s cornhole outside, dart boards and video games inside and my personal favorite is the stack of board games under the hostess stand. I have a thing for board games and not many bars supply them, so that’s an A++ in my book.
But on to the food. My table tried to sample everything on the menu. I ordered the Chicken Tot Scramble which was made of sweet potato tots, pulled chicken (their specialty), cheese and eggs. It was the perfect blend of sweet and savory and I highly suggest it. The table also ordered the chicken and waffles (so affordable for an entire chicken and 4 pieces of waffles!), pijiu burgers, frittata and challah french toast. For our sides (bloggers love to eat) we ordered grits, thai tots, bacon and the star of the show — the fried grit sticks. If you go here and don’t order them you’re crazy.
If you’re in Atlanta looking for a nice brunch place on either Saturday or Sunday, you need to give Pijiu Belly a shot. Everything was totally affordable (read: under $14, drinks for about $4) and it was such a great time. Can’t make it to brunch? They’re also open for lunch and dinner every day of the week and have everything from burgers to roasted chicken.