About Marla

Marla Adams

Owner/Chef Marla Adams

I’ll make this short. I began cooking on a lark in 1980 at a restaurant in Boston. I had graduated from The University of Virginia and was a little burned out. I took a bakery job for $3.50 an hour (in Boston, mind you) and have never left the restaurant business. I LOVE IT. I love the hours, the pace, the people, the food, the challenges and working with my hands and brain at the same time. Food is a craft. It’s real and it’s essential to everyone. Most of all, I love cooks: line cooks, prep cooks, chefs, sous chefs, all of them. They are a very unique group of people. After a few years I attended the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park and upon graduation, headed to Atlanta with a boyfriend. The boyfriend didn’t last, but I’m still in Atlanta. There was never a shortage of jobs, and I moved quickly up the ranks in several restaurants and even a hotel. Upon reaching a glass ceiling in one position, in 1992 I decided to open my own place, Babette’s Cafe.

In 2015, after 23 years, I turned my kitchen over to Chef Justin Kurtz. He is talented, passionate, and able-bodied. He is also one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He has gently thrown me out of my own kitchen and I’m ok with that. I have a great front of house staff and now spend my time fighting computers, light bulbs and marketing. Leaving a little time for me to take it easy.

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573 N Highland Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307

Tuesday – Saturday: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Call Us: 404-523-9121

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You can see who we've worked with near you that you might know for a reference by browsing our hierarchical portfolio directory below. For french restaurant, cities we serve include Atlanta, Brookhaven, Buckhead, Candler-McAfee, Decatur, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Fayetteville, Forest Park, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Midtown Atlanta, North Decatur, North Druid Hills, Redan, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stockbridge, Tucker, and Union City.