On this Cute Atlanta Date Guide you will be brunching it up at Ria’s Bluebird Restaurant and taking a lovely stroll through the Oakland Cemetery. I know what you are thinking… Brunch for a date? A graveyard? Sure it may be the complete opposite of the dinner & a movie cliche but trust me, this is one cute Atlanta date for the early birds and cool cats (not scaredy cats). This date will be located in and around Memorial Drive.
So, I was thinking… we should do brunch
I love brunch. Who doesn’t love brunch? If you don’t love brunch, you’re no fun. Us fem-fATL ladies love getting brunch together on the weekends and girl chatting it up. Our brunch pick would have to be Murphy’s in the Virgina Highlands area, but brunch isn’t just for girl talk. Yes – it makes for a quirky and exciting date. I’d say, brunch dates aren’t really for a first date, maybe not even a second, but certainly a third! Think about it. Dinner dates are so ordinary and formal, but brunch is like ‘OK we’re cool now. let’s hang’. Brunch is also fun because since you normally see your date in the evening, you get to see a new side of them. Who knows, maybe they are more of a morning person and you’ll even like them more. Maybe they have awful casual clothes!
The brunch I got lined up for you is Ria’s Bluebird on 421 Memorial Drive. They have a cute website, so peek the link and menu (http://riasbluebird.com). Ria’s has southern charm. It’s a small restaurant, with a big bite and cute illustrations. I recommend sitting out on the covered patio, especially since its spring time now. In the winter, the patio is heated so anytime during the year is a good time for patio sitting! Breakfast is served all day and Lunch from 11 to 3PM. On the menu, you can’t go wrong with biscuits & gravy or pancakes. I believe the Biscuit Breakfast is their charmer. Getting brunch is great, because you know you are going to order a cup of coffee. So it’s like a coffee date packed into brunch goodness. You can eat and chill out drinking coffee and talking as much as needed.
Why don’t we take a stroll through the cemetery, why don’t we?
When you are done eating, it’s time to walk it off with a stroll through the Oakland Cemetery. When you walk out the front door of Ria’s literally walk across the street and you will be able to enter from the left side of the Cemetery. So why the Oakland Cemetery? Well if you have never been through it, it’s simply gorgeous. The Oakland Cemetery is a Victorian styled cemetery with one of the largest plots of green space in Atlanta. During the 19th Century, a ‘rural garden’ cemetery movement began as an alternative to crowded graveyards. The belief was that cemeteries should be for the living as well as the departed. These types of cemeteries include winding paths, large shade trees, beautiful flowers and elaborate sculptures and inscriptions. Basically the Oakland Cemetery is a beautiful walk. And a stroll through the park isn’t all that strange for a date.. now is it?
The Oakland Cemetery is huge, but I would make sure to visit the original 6 Acres where some of the oldest graves are located and the Confederate Memorial Grounds where you can view the impressive ‘Lion of Atlanta’ sculpture that was modeled after the Swiss ‘Lion of Lucerne’ and guards the graves of unknown confederate soldiers. Finally after your stroll, wander south from the main entrance and you will find large areas of green space. Pick a nice shady area to sit down and relax.
The great thing about this date is that since you start early with brunch you have the opportunity to spend the rest of the day hanging out. Also if it is your third date, well it could be the perfect scenery for a first kiss. Have fun kiddos!