I was so excited to check out Café Jonah and the Magical Attic, especially since they opened while I was entrenched in the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and I had to wait a few weeks to make my first visit, which (I’m sure you could’ve guessed) will certainly not be my last. From delicious fresh food to cozy nooks, it’s a place to relax, refuel and feel rejuvenated.
Opened by one of Atlanta’s favorite restauranteurs, Jennifer Levison of Souper Jenny, Café Jonah and the Magical Attic is an extension of Levison’s “desire to provide an old-fashioned outlet for busy Atlantans to take time for themselves, restore and find inspiration.” Like Souper Jenny, the menu at Café Jonah changes daily and emphasizes the use of fresh, local and organic ingredients. Perfect for an early breakfast, a leisurely brunch or lunch, Café Jonah is located just around the corner from Souper Jenny, across from the Buckhead Whole Foods Market.
I met a group of friends there on Saturday for brunch – three of us had not been before, but my friends from Our Libatious Nature (who are friends of Jenny) had been to the opening night soirée. Of course we knew to expect delicious food – much like the offerings at Souper Jenny, in quirky, comfortable surroundings, but I think even our expectations were exceeded by our delicious meal and the unique experience of Café Jonah. The menu is filled with so many great options that you’ll want to try them all (which is great, because you’ll definitely want to come back); i had a difficult time deciding what to order, but one thing really stood out to me: the Smoked Salmon Tartine with local goat cheese, capers and fresh dill, served open-faced on Ezekiel bread and served with a side of the creamiest, cheesiest grits I’ve ever tasted (pictured – right). The rest of my party all tried something different – our table was a menagerie of Café Jonah goodness: from the Frittata (artichoke, tomato, and arugula) to the Secret Breakfast sandwich (country ham and Grafton cheddar) to the Quiche (Gruyere, spinach and ham) and even something for a friend who requires gluten-free dishes, with yogurt and fresh fruit and Sally’s Gluten-Free muffins! With breads and pastries from some of Atlanta’s best bakeries – like Holeman + Finch and Highland Bakery, Café Jonah’s menu is mouthwateringly scrumptious.
From the name you can guess that Café Jonah is more than just a great eatery with delicious food. The Magical Attic refers to the actual attic of the historic home in which the café is located and where Jenny offers “inspirational books, candles, aromatherapy oils and even periodic classes and events.” Every Thursday morning from 8:45 AM until 10:00 AM you can take part in a complimentary meditation class. You can also reserve a spot almost any day to indulge in a reflexology treatment or have a reading done. I had a reading done for me by Martha on Saturday (a first for me – thanks, Jenny!) and though I was a skeptic and a little freaked out, I found it fun and insightful!
Café Jonah’s hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM (closed Mondays). Please note: unlike Souper Jenny, Café Jonah accepts cash, checks and credit cards; however, cell phone use is still discouraged.