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7 Recent Atlanta Restaurant Openings to Know

From vegan soul food in Berkeley Park and birria tacos in Brookhaven to ramen in Johns Creek and spicy oxtails with peas and rice in Jonesboro

Soul Vegan

800 Forrest Street, Berkeley Park

Part of the Forrest Neighborhood Eatery ghost kitchen facility in Berkeley Park, Soul Vegan specializes in vegan and vegetarian comfort food and snacks. The soul food-inspired menu features dishes like vegan Philly cheesesteak egg rolls, vegan chicken and waffles, a Beyond burger, and even vegan gumbo, all paired with candied yams, vegan mac and cheese, and collards. Open for takeout and delivery. Order online. Masks required for pick-up.

LowCountry Steak

1010 West Peachtree Street, Midtown

Chef Gerry “G.” Garvin recently opened LowCountry Steak at the Hanover West Peachtree complex in Midtown. In addition to prime cut and dry-aged steaks, the restaurant also serves dishes such as crab cakes, shrimp and grits, seafood bouillabaisse, a fried chicken sandwich, and a burger topped with gruyere and arugula. There’s peach cobbler and doughnut bread pudding for dessert, along with a full bar. Open for lunch and dinner and brunch on the weekends. Check out the menu here. Reservations encouraged. Masks highly encouraged.

Sea Salt Seafood Lounge

1044 Greenwood Avenue, Virginia-Highland

Billed as a seafood lounge, this recently opened restaurant replaces Tiki Iniki on Greenwood Avenue in Virginia-Highland. The menu features dishes like lobster bites with Caribbean aioli, a shrimp basket, crab and shrimp seafood boils, and an eight-ounce lobster tail with lobster mac and cheese and broccolini. Additionally, the restaurant offers crab cakes, lamb lollipops, a burger, and brunch on the weekends, along with cocktails and hookah. Check out the menu here. Open daily at 5 p.m. Masks highly encouraged.

Salsa Taqueria and Wings

3799 Buford Highway, Brookhaven

Located next to a Shell gas station on Buford Highway in Brookhaven, this counter-service taqueria serves a halal menu of Mexican-American comfort foods, including beef and chicken birria tacos, tamales, wings and fries, tortas, and burgers and cheesesteaks. Call 404-957-8038 for takeout. Weekend specials. Available via UberEats, GrubHub, and DoorDash. Masks required.

Spicy Hill Restaurant

1544 Tara Road, Jonesboro

Owned by brothers Desrick and Alrick Smith, Spicy Hill Restaurant in Jonesboro is now open serving a full menu of classic and twists on Jamaican fare. Kick off the meal with cod fritters, ackee and saltfish spring rolls, or mild to insanely spicy jerk wings served with pineapple salsa. Entrees here include spicy oxtails with peas and rice, Ital curry stew, curry goat, and whole snapper, along with jerk chicken and pineapple stuffed waffles and a seafood special with crab legs, shrimp, and lobster tail at brunch. Check out the menu here. Open for dine-in service and takeout. Closed Mondays. Masks highly encouraged.

Rakkan Ramen

9700 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek

Described as a “Japanese soul food” restaurant, Rakkan first opened as a small, four-seat restaurant in Tokyo nearly a decade ago. Now, with a handful of locations in California, Rakkan has expanded to Johns Creek in metro Atlanta. While the restaurant does serve izakaya-style bites on the menu like gyoza, takoyaki, rice bowls, buns, and rolls, Rakkan is most known for its vegetable broth-based ramen. Check out the menu here. Dine-in service. Order online for takeout. Masks required.

M&J Caribbean Cuisine

3380 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross

This counter-service Caribbean restaurant is owned by the same team behind Tropical Caribbean Cuisine just up the road on Holcomb Bridge. Come here for classics like oxtails, curry goat, jerk wings, chicken roti, and beef patties, alongside comfort food twists such as a Caribbean stewed beef Philly, a jerk pork and ham Cuban sandwich, and peanut coconut chicken. Grab some bread pudding for dessert or a slice of M&J’s daily cake or pie specials. Order online for takeout. Masks highly encouraged.

Tropical Caribbean Cuisine

3375 Holcomb Bridge Road, , GA 30092 (770) 582-6682 Visit Website

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