The to-go window has become a vital part of the takeout operation for many restaurants and bars since the pandemic began in March. It’s a creative and viable solution to offering a quick bite, as more people avoid indoor dining for the relative safety of eating and drinking outside.
In August, Eater featured 10 Atlanta establishments successfully navigating the world of takeout via the to-go window. This second installment tours eight more Atlanta restaurants, bars, and bakeries giving these windows proper due and possibly proving that to-go windows in Atlanta are here to stay.
Cuban sandwich and coffee shop Cubanos ATL in Sandy Springs is located inside a custom-built tiny house on Roswell Road. Cubanos ATL has quickly become a hot spot for cubanos and Cuban coffee drinks since its opening in August. All of the shop’s sandwiches are served on La Segunda Central Bakery bread — the oldest Cuban bread maker in the United States — and are created using family recipes. Cuban-born owner Ozzy Llanes moved to Atlanta from Miami a decade ago and says he designed and built this tiny restaurant on wheels in under two months earlier this year. Order online for pick-up or fill out a disposable menu in line to hand to the cashier at the window.
Lenox Cupcakes (Chamblee)
Cupcake and cake bakery Lenox Cupcakes includes two Atlanta-area locations, one in Decatur and the other in Chamblee off of Peachtree Road. The Chamblee shop features a to-go window around the back to pick up preorders or to order from the daily cupcake and dessert menu. People scan a QR code to pull up the menu before ordering. Follow on Instagram for updates.
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Que’osk
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q owners Justin and Jonathan Fox opened their barbecue kiosk called the Que’osk inside a converted shipping container on Ottley Drive in Armour Yards four years ago. The brothers wanted to provide Atlantans living and working in the city’s northwest neighborhoods a counter set-up serving a pared-down menu of the restaurant’s barbecue plates and sandwiches. Order at the window or online for pick-up or delivery via Doordash.
Varuni Napoli (Midtown)
Owner Luca Varuni serves up some of the city’s finest Neapolitan-style pizzas out of his Morningside restaurant and at the pizza kiosk inside Krog Street Market. In a pandemic pivot meant to make it easier and safer for residents living in Midtown and Morningside to grab pizza, Varuni added a to-go window outside his Monroe Drive restaurant. Order at the window or online for pick-up or delivery via Uber Eats, DoorDash, Chownow, or Zifty.
Container bar at Victory Sandwich Bar (Inman Park)
Victory Sandwich Bar in Inman Park expanded its covered patio into the parking lot over the summer, complete with picnic tables and tents providing shade from the hot Georgia sun. The parking lot also includes a bright yellow container bar popping up Wednesday through Sunday, featuring boozy cocktails from sister concept the S.O.S Tiki Bar in Decatur. Simply walk up and order drinks at the bar’s to-go window. Open for patio dining. Order online for takeout. Masks required.
Supremo Taco, the taco joint from chefs Duane Kulers and Nhan Le (8Arm, Octopus Bar), resides across the parking lot from Grindhouse Killer Burgers on the edge of Grant Park. This LA-style takeout establishment serves a selection of tacos, like al pastor, mole poblano with chicken, and barbacoa, tostadas, and snacks, such as a fried choriqueso and churros. Make sure to check out Supremo’s daily specials, too. Order at the window or online for takeout. Masks required. Follow on Instagram for updates and special menu drops.
The Summerhill barbecue restaurant, from the team behind The General Muir, Fred’s Meat & Bread, Yalla, opened inside a 1930s building along Georgia Avenue last year. The menu includes smoked meats by the pound, barbecue sandwiches, brisket tacos, and smoked sausage hot dogs, along with sides like potato salad, mac and cheese, and beet and jalapeño slaw. Wood’s Chapel debuted its patio to-go window earlier this summer — a pandemic pivot likely to stay post-health crisis. Open for limited dine-in service inside and on the patio. Order at the counter inside or at the takeout window located on the side of the building, online, or for delivery via DoorDash.
Boggs Social and Supply, from Tim Song of Gaja Korean and Shane Pringle of the Earl, opened in West End on White Street last year. Dubbed a “straightforward” bar and neighborhood hangout, Boggs serves domestic and craft beers on draft, as well as a selection of Korean spirits and cocktails. The bar often hosts pop-ups serving everything from New Zealand savory hand pies from Heaps ATL and fish tacos from Dani and Marco Tacos, to breakfast from Ria’s Baby Bird and Korean street eats served from the Gaja food truck parked beside the patio. The patio includes windows with seating, which open to the bar inside for easy food and drink ordering. People can also walk in to order at the bar. Order from Gaja at the food truck window. Follow on Instagram for updates and menu drops