Southern Agenda

A Taste of Home

As Erika Council put the final touches on the new space for her wildly popular Bomb Biscuits, in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, she handed her contractor a photo of her maternal grandmother standing in her yellow kitchen in Goldsboro, North Carolina. “He went to Sherwin-Williams and found the exact same paint color,” Council says. That photo now hangs on the yellow-trimmed walls, alongside a photo of her paternal grandmother, Mildred Council of the beloved Mama Dip’s Kitchen in Chapel Hill. Family inspired Council to launch Bomb Biscuits in the first place, first as a pop-up, then in a stall in the nearby Irwin Street Market, and now in a 2,100-square-foot space with a full kitchen and patio seating. Fried chicken biscuits decked out in hot honey, lemon pepper sauce, or country ham are mainstays, but Council has added other breakfast favorites and a bar, as well as room for biscuit-making classes.