During a recent trip to Atlanta, we decided to visit the very first Chick-fil-A. As I mentioned once or twice yesterday, we love Chick-fil-A (read about why here.)
Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant in a small town called Hapeville (just south of Atlanta and very close to the airport) back in 1946. The restaurant, then called The Dwarf Grill, would go on to inspire the chain Chick-fil-A.
The menu and dining experience at The Dwarf House are slightly different from that at a more traditional Chick-fil-A. Although you can order any typical menu item, you can also order items from the original menu. A few items include: pancakes, waffles and hashbrowns (served all day.) The most surprising thing on the menu- a hamburger!
The Dwarf House is also set up in the original format, which is like a diner (with servers). There is also an option to eat at the counter where they cook in front of you.
After thoroughly enjoying our meal, we were able to go on a behind the scenes tour with the manager. This is an experience that anyone can do and you do not need to set it up ahead of time. Simply ask when you arrive, and you are in for a treat!
It’s hard to pick a favorite part of the tour, but it was probably when we stopped at the pie station. Chick-fil-A makes all their pies from scratch in their stores. They.Are.Delicious.
We also enjoyed hearing about all of the things that make The Dwarf House unique. For example, they have 3 completely separate kitchens. Also, they are open 24 hours a day (but obviously still closed on Sunday.)
Another neat feature is that part of the building is from the original structure built back in the ’40’s. Of course, they have added on to make accommodations for a larger facility and a drive-thru.
After our meal and tour, it was hard to leave such a fun place. However, getting to exit through this dwarf door certainly made it easier!
The Dwarf House is an awesome addition to any trip to Atlanta. It’s located extremely close to the airport and The Delta Flight Museum. It’s also a short drive (depending on traffic) from the downtown Atlanta area.