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Experience the Joy of Food at Joy Cafe

By Elisha Neubauer

For Joy Austin Beber, food has always been a priority.

Growing up in Georgia, her family took a very Southern approach to food. Everything was handmade. In Beber's household, things like Bisquick and Hamburger Helper didn't even exist. Food was a passion in her home. It was a way for everyone to bond, work together, and create something special for the entire family to enjoy.

"I didn't realize how other people ate until I went to college and discovered ramen noodles," Beber said.

Beber continued on in life carrying a passion for food. Traveling across the world, she trained in some of the most varied kitchens wherever she could. Today, she translates that journey into the very menu she offers at her own eatery, Joy Café, located in Atlanta, Georgia.

"When I trained in Italy it totally changed the way I cooked," Beber said. "I realized that high quality food doesn't need much to make it great."

At Joy Café, they aim to make everything from scratch. They cook seasonally, which means they change their menu options with the seasons in order to utilize only the freshest ingredients. Sauces and dressing are all made in-house.

The décor at Joy Café is designed to evoke an inviting feel. French country-themed, the eatery features a 1700 square foot patio which is deemed "dog friendly," just as most European-based eateries are.

"I want my guests to feel as if they are eating at my house," said Beber. "We want everyone to feel welcome."

When it comes to the food, there's just no comparison. In fact, the eatery has taken home several awards thanks to their excellent menu. They were recently named in Time Out Magazine as having one of the "Top 5 Grilled Cheeses in America" for their Southern Grilled Cheese and took home the honor of "Best Pie in Atlanta" from the AJC for their Cookies and Milk Pie.

They're also well-known for providing an impressive serving size.

"One of my favorite sayings, as people always are surprised with the amount of food we give, is that if you leave here hungry it is not my fault," Beber said.

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