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38 Essential Restaurants in Atlanta, Spring 2022

From Karachi-style chaat, tlayudas, and goden tibs to wine bar fare, elegant pasta dishes, and an iconic farm egg baked in celery cream

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The Eater 38 is an attempt to answer the question, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” It is a curated list of restaurants covering the entire metro Atlanta area — both inside and outside the perimeter — spanning myriad cuisines and price points.

Clever solutions for providing hospitality throughout the pandemic run the gamut now in Atlanta, and continue to impact the dining landscape here. Restaurants are building all-weather patios and transforming parking spaces into outdoor seating areas, installing takeout windows and outdoor kitchen areas, offering robust to-go options on the menu, and even launching side businesses.

With all these factors in mind, the Eater 38 has been updated for the first time in the new year and includes longtime Atlanta staples, restaurants with loyal followings, and those really stepping up to the challenges brought on by the health crisis. The restaurants listed below have also been open for six months or longer and were selected to not only reflect the changes the pandemic has created, but to properly showcase the impressive diversity of Atlanta’s dining scene. Removal from the Eater 38 does not mean a restaurant isn’t still great and won’t return in the future, but allows for new additions, keeping the 38 a fresh, inclusive, and representative list.

Want to nominate a restaurant? Send suggestions to atlanta@eater.com, along with details as to why a particular restaurant should be included on the 38 before the next quarterly update.

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1. Spring Restaurant

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36 Mill St
Marietta, GA 30060
(678) 540-2777
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The critically acclaimed restaurant, owned by chef Brian So and partner Daniel Crawford, features a tight, seasonally-inspired menu of dishes paired with a carefully curated list of natural and biodynamic wines. Start with fois gras terrine and sockeye salmon crudo before moving on to entrees like grilled wagyu flatiron steak and braised short rib or a whole fish course. Never skip the desserts at Spring, which change often and incorporate herbs, fruits, and other ingredients of the season. The small dining room here lends itself nicely to intimate dinner dates for two or foursomes of friends meeting to catch up over bottles of wine and a meal. Reservations highly encouraged.

2. Minas Grill & Emporium

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2555 Delk Rd
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 818-9900
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Located on Delk Road, Mina’s Grill and Emporium is a cornerstone restaurant and market for Atlanta’s Brazilian community. Head in for a traditional Brazilian buffet as well as churrasco cut to order, and other fried street foods, including pastéis stuffed with ground meat or cheese, pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese puffs), and coxinhas (croquettes shaped like tear drops). It’s not unusual to find people camped out at tables dining while watching soccer at Mina’s, especially when Brazil is playing. Read more about Mina’s here. Takeout available.

Camarão na moranga, or shrimp stew in pumpkin, sites next to Portuguese salt cod stew called bacalhoada at Minas Emporium and Grill in Marietta, GA. Kris Martins

3. Virgil's Gullah Kitchen & Bar

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3721 Main St
College Park, GA 30337
(404) 228-4897
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The Gullah and Lowcountry dishes at Virgil’s, owned by Gee and Juan Smalls, are not to be missed. Order the she-crab soup or Gullah egg rolls stuffed with red rice, cabbage, and shrimp; the crab rice mixed with sautéed bacon, onions, and peppers; a side of greens; and the brownie-based Chucktown Chewie sundae for dessert. A second location opens along the Marietta Street Artery in 2022 near Georgia Tech. Order online for takeout. Just north of the College Park MARTA station. Outdoor seating available via parklet.

Shrimp and crab gravy at Virgil’s in College Park, GA
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4. Heirloom Market BBQ

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2243 Akers Mill Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 612-2502
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This Cobb County barbecue spot has limited seating, but chefs and owners Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee bring more than enough flavor to compensate for the cramped quarters or a ride home with a to-go box. Taylor and Lee’s Southern-Korean barbecue restaurant offers a must-try spicy Korean pork sandwich on its menu with chopped rib meat marinated in fermented chili paste, topped with kimchi coleslaw, black sesame seeds, and a sliced scallion. Order the sandwich with a side of Brunswick stew or collards. Order online for takeout.

The spicy Korean BBQ pork sandwich at Heirloom BBQ Official

5. Hot Cafe

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5286 Riverdale Rd
Atlanta, GA 30349
(770) 996-6544
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For years, this modest restaurant just south of town has been serving up a comforting mix of Laotian, Thai, and Chinese dishes on its menu. But it’s the Laotian fare that really shines at Hot Cafe. Make sure to order any of the larb (or “lab”) — a meat salad tossed with scallions, cilantro, red onions, and toasted rice — along with the fiery papaya salad paired with sticky rice. Regulars also swear by the wings, pad thai, and tom yum soup. Call to order takeout.

6. Bacchanalia

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1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 365-0410
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Two decade-old fine-dining stalwart Bacchanalia and its epic tasting menu are better than ever. The menu still includes the popular crab fritter, Maine lobster with caviar and brioche, and a rotating array of in-season entrees and desserts. Located next to market and cafe Star Provisions on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, reservations are necessary for a table here. Don’t have reservations? Head to the bar for cocktails, a glass of wine, and the a la carte menu. For those looking to create the Bacchanalia experience at home, the restaurant also offers a lavish, four-course takeout menu that includes dishes such as Maine lobster, New York strip, cheeses, and dessert. Reservations required. Order online for takeout.

7. Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

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1133 Huff Rd NW #D
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 350-5500
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Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours in Westside is where the South’s most loved dishes meet chef and owner Deborah VanTrece and chef de cuisine Robert Butts. VanTrece’s world travels and her three decades of professional cooking experience drive the menu and the service here, with Butts pushing the boundaries further with his dishes — striking a balance between casual and fine dining with ease. Expect dishes like mole sous vide short ribs, a smoked salmon croquette sandwich, cornmeal-crusted catfish goujonnette, and crispy confit duck with chevre scallion Johnny cakes. Reservations encouraged. Outdoor seating available.

8. Busy Bee Cafe

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810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 525-9212
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In business since the 1940s, this Vine City soul food staple on Atlanta’s Westside serves some of the city’s best fried chicken, alongside an assortment of other Southern meat-and-three staples. The fried chicken here is marinated for 12 hours, hand-breaded, and fried. If that isn’t enticing enough, get the smothered version, which is topped with pan gravy. Order online for takeout and delivery.

Fried chicken, collards, and mac and cheese from Busy Bee Cafe in Vine City Atlanta Busy Bee Cafe

9. Miller Union

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999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(678) 733-8550
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James Beard award-winning chef Steven Satterfield’s fresh Southern cooking is simple, elegant, and includes a lot of seasonal, locally grown vegetables. The farm egg baked in celery cream with grilled bread is a must-try Atlanta dish. The restaurant also has one of the best vegetable plates in town and offers a killer wine list, too. The pandemic saw Satterfield and his team of chefs offer takeout from the restaurant for the first time ever to enjoy the Miller Union experience at home. Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout. Outdoor seating available.

[Miller Union's farm egg in celery cream. Photo: Matthew Wong]
[Miller Union’s farm egg in celery cream. Photo: Matthew Wong]
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10. Redbird

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1198 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 900-5172
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Redbird, the restaurant from chef Zeb Stevenson, churns out wildly creative seasonal dishes, with vegetables and fish always playing starring roles on the menu. Order family style and pair the meal with food-friendly wines, a cleverly named cocktail, or local beer while sitting in the airy, light-filled dining room or on the covered patio taking in the action at buzzy Westside Provisions District. Redbird serves weekend brunch, too, with its biscuit sandwich and burger pop-up Birdy Biscuits from the restaurant’s to-go window on the patio. Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout. Outdoor seating available.

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11. Little Bear

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71 Georgia Ave SE Unit A
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 500-5396
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Former pop-up chef Jarrett Stieber opened Little Bear in Summerhill right before the start of the pandemic in 2020. Despite the challenges brought on by the health crisis, Stieber never wavered from what made his pop-up, and now his restaurant, so popular with regulars. The chef’s mischievous sense of humor and creativity continue to be on full display in the dishes and in the cocktails at Little Bear. It’s best to order the entire tight menu here. Tell the server “Just F*ck Me Up, Fam.” Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout. Limited outdoor seating available.

A ceramic blue and white bowl of gold rice pudding garnished with edible violets at Little Bear Atlanta Ryan Fleisher

12. Lyla Lila

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693 Peachtree St NE UNIT 118
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 963-2637
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Chef Craig Richards opened his Midtown restaurant Lyla Lila in December 2019. Just three months later, the pandemic halted its forward momentum as a destination restaurant. Despite it all, Richards seemed to never lose sight of his original vision for Lyla Lila, a casually elegant neighborhood restaurant that Midtown needed. Pasta is a craft Richards has been working at for nearly two decades, which includes stints with Italian chef Lidia Bastianich at her Kansas City and Pittsburgh restaurants, and leading the kitchens at Virginia-Highland trattoria La Tavola and St. Cecilia in Buckhead. From cold-smoked scallops to duck lasagna to whole wood-grilled fish to the tiramsu, the dishes on the menu definitely make Lyla Lila a destination restaurant. Reservations encouraged. Order online for takeout. Outdoor seating available.

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13. Talat Market

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112 Ormond St SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 257-6255
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Summerhill Thai restaurant Talat Market opened in spring 2020 inside an old neighborhood market on Ormond Street. Each week, chefs Parnass Lim Savang and Rod Lassiter create around a dozen or so Thai and Thai-influenced dishes for the menu, featuring soups, salads, relishes, curries, stir-fries, and desserts, along with a couple of larger entrees, like yum khao thawt (crispy rice salad) and whole fish preparations. This is where to head for happy hour specials, fresh oysters, off-menu dishes, and crushable cocktails, including a Thai-inspired twist on the pina colada. Order online for takeout. Outdoor seating available via patio and parklet.

14. Lucian Books and Wine

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3005 Peachtree Rd NE Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 549-2655
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Owners Katie Barringer and Jordan Smelt merge their love for books, wine, food, and London at bookshop and wine bar Lucian. Located at Modera Buckhead, Lucian specializes in titles centered around art, design, food, and culture and carries nearly 250 wines by the bottle and 15 wines by the glass, curated by Smelt. Food here is approached with the same thoughtfulness and care as Barringer does with books and Smelt with wine. Nothing is an afterthought, right down to the sauces composed for each dish. Standouts on the menu are the raw hamachi with seasonal fruits, the gnudi, and duck. Be sure to order a bowl of crispy fries, too, which comes served with a chef’s choice aioli, like horseradish or spiced with chilis. Pair with a glass of champagne. Read more about Lucian here. Reservations highly encouraged.

Three slivers round white radish slices topped with a small dollop of mustard seeds sit atop raw hamachi over slices of cucumber at Lucian in Atlanta Ryan Fleisher

15. Aria

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490 E Paces Ferry Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 233-7673
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After years of serving classic, white-tablecloth fine dining, chef Gerry Klaskala remodeled his Buckhead staple restaurant to appeal to a younger generation of diners. Now it’s a bit more relaxed and casual — there’s a walk-in ready bar and lounge for drinks and snacks for an impromptu night out. The kitchen consistently cranks out Aria favorites, like butter braised lobster, slow braised pork, and lump crab cakes. Aria continues to carry one of Atlanta’s most comprehensive wine lists, too. Dine al fresco on Aria’s covered and heated patio. Reservations required. Outdoor seating available.

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The main dining area inside the revamped Aria in Buckhead.
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16. Glide Pizza

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660 Irwin St NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

The lines that form in the evenings at Glide Pizza speak volumes of the breakout success this takeout operation continues to experience at Irwin Street Market. First opened during the height of the global pandemic last summer, Glide Pizza owner Rob Birdsong slings giant slices and 20-inch Brooklyn-style pies for takeout or local delivery via electric bicycle served through a to-go window just steps from the Eastside Beltline. Birdsong keeps the pizzas at Glide simple and classic, using fresh meats and other ingredients to top his pies procured from several local food purveyors in town. Soon, residents and visitors of Decatur will be able to grab slices and pizzas from Glide when a second takeout window opens inside brewery Inner Voice Brewing. A third location opens later in 2022 at the new Westside Paper complex on West Marietta, too. Order online for takeout or local delivery.

Rob Birdsong holding a red tray with a slice of pepperoni pizza from the takeout window of Glide Pizza at Irwin Street Market in Atlanta Ryan Fleisher

17. Supremo Taco

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701 B Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 965-1446
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Supremo Taco, the taco spot from chefs Duane Kulers and Nhan Le, 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, as well as 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. Follow on Instagram for special menu drops.

A line of people standing socially distanced and in masks ready to order from Supremo Taco’s to-go window. The shot is taken from the parking lot looking toward the white painted brick building with the bright neon green Supremo logo lit up as the evening sun sets, A white Jeep is parked to the left Ryan Fleisher

18. 8 Arm

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710 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(470) 875-5856
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After the departure of chef Maricela Vega in 2021, 8ARM shifted menu gears again, this time to Japanese-focused dishes. The menu now features sushi, ramen, and traditional izakaya fare, along with some original dishes whipped up in the kitchen here. 8ARM owners chef Nhan Le and Skip Engelbrecht are eventually transforming the restaurant’s outdoor kitchen Sidepiece into a late-night kushiyaki/yakitori food stand. But people can still expect strong cocktails from the patio bar and a deep wine list loaded with by-the-glass and bottle options of mostly natural and small producer wines, along with a selection of natural junmai sakes. Reservations encouraged.

19. Ticonderoga Club

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Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St NE W
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 458-4534
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To be a member of this Krog Street Market New England-style tavern, one simply has to walk in, grab a seat, and order a drink or a meal. Try popular menu mainstays like the Ipswich clam roll, the seasonal vegan noodle bowl, the veal sweetbreads, or the crowd-pleasing (and feeding) chuckwagon steak platter. Ticonderoga Club is owned by three forefolk of Atlanta’s cocktail movement: Greg Best, Paul Calvert, and Regan Smith. Cocktails rotate regularly here, but T-Club’s mint julep riff the Ticonderoga Cup and an Irish Coffee are always on the menu. Watch for cocktail and wine specials on the menu here. Reservations encouraged. Order to-go cocktails online for takeout.

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20. BoccaLupo

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753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 577-2332
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Opened in 2013, Italian-American restaurant BoccaLupo has become both a neighborhood favorite in Inman Park for local residents and one of Atlanta’s must destination restaurants. Order any of the fresh pasta dishes on the menu — the black spaghetti and the 20-yolk tagliatelle are now Atlanta classics. Make sure to check out the tight wine list and cocktails here, too. Reservations encouraged. Outdoor seating available.

21. Argosy

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470 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 577-0407
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This East Atlanta Village hangout has been known to quietly serve some of the best versions of popular foods on its menu for years, including pizza, meatloaf, wings, vegan burgers, and a hot chicken thigh sandwich served on a brioche bun. Make sure to check out the seasonal food and dessert specials on the menu, too, and pair the meal with clever cocktails, wine, local beer, or even a boilermaker. Order online for takeout. Outdoor seating available.

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22. El Tesoro

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1374 Arkwright Pl SE
Atlanta, GA 30317
(470) 440-5502
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This roadside cantina in Edgewood looks like it’s been around for years. Tacos at El Tesoro come dressed with onions and cilantro, and are doctored up with scrambled eggs, beef, chicken, pork, or salchichon (Mexican sausage). There’s even an option to add chapulines (dry-roasted crickets). Order tacos on flour, corn, or house-made corn tortillas made from heirloom Oaxacan masa. Typically run as a Thursday special, the birria tacos here are not to be missed, as are the mulitas and any of the daily specials, including the tamales. El Tesoro upped its patio game in 2021 and now features ample outdoor seating throughout the property, complete with fire pits and conversation areas. It’s become a real neighborhood gathering spot. Keep an eye out on social media for mezcal dinners, too. Takeout available. Outdoor seating available.

MULITA at El Tesoro Ryan Fleisher

23. Lazy Betty

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1530 DeKalb Ave NE ste f
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 975-3692
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Owned by chefs Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips, Lazy Betty in Candler Park is built around the tasting menu experience. Here, people choose between two highly curated tasting menus of six to eight courses with optional wine pairings. There’s also champagne and caviar service, which comes served with steamed milk buns and scallion pancakes, too. In Lazy Betty, Hsu and Phillips have created the elegance and sophistication of fine dining wrapped in a warm and inviting neighborhood restaurant. Reservations required. Vegetarian menu available upon request. Outdoor seating available.

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24. Gato

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1660 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 371-0889
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This small and inviting neighborhood restaurant on the corner of McClendon Avenue and Clifton Road in Candler Park discontinued its popular Southwestern-influenced breakfast on the weekends. It’s been replaced by Taiwanese breakfast pop-up Mighty Hans on Saturdays. Dinner is where Gato really shines. Served Wednesday through Sunday, the dinner menu explores the regional food roots of southern Mexico and the Yucatán. Head in to enjoy a tight selection of natural and biodynamic wines in the evening with a family-style meal. Gato also serves as an incubator for young chefs and restaurant entrepreneurs, some of whom have gone on to own their own restaurants, including chefs Parnass Lim Savang and Rod Lassiter of Talat Market and Jarrett Stieber of Little Bear. Look for Gigi’s Italian Kitchen here on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings. Follow on Instagram for pop-up updates. Limited outdoor seating available.

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25. Feedel Bistro

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3125 Briarcliff Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 963-2905
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This congenial restaurant on Briarcliff, owned by siblings Tamar Telahun and Simon Gebru, serves traditional Ethiopian and Eritrean fare on its menu with flatbread called injera used to scoop up the vegetable- and spicy meat-laden dishes. Order options like the lamb and collard stew gomen be’siga or the red pepper stew doro wet, the ye’shimbra asa chickpea biscuits, and the marinated short ribs goden tibs or vegan mushroom tibs. All entrees are served with injera, which can be substituted for rice. Order online for takeout.

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26. Las Brasas

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614 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-9121
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First opened in 2007 as a Peruvian takeout restaurant on East Howard Avenue serving up delectable rotisserie chicken, Las Brasas has since moved to a larger, full-service space on Church Street allowing folks to sit down and enjoy a meal with a few drinks. The chicken here is cooked over hardwood and seasoned with huacatay, a minty herb tasting of tarragon basil, and a touch of citrus. Birds come in half and whole portions. While rotisserie chicken is the star attraction on the menu, do not skip the lamb empanadas stuffed with spiced ground lamb meat, a hint of mint, and chimichurri, any of the ceviches, the seafood chaufa (fried rice) with octopus, squid, and white fish, and the lomo saltado (filet mignon and pisco fries sauteed with tomatoes, red onions, balsamic vinegar, and aji panca). Order online for takeout.

Lamb empanadas are one of the most popular menu items at Peruvian restaurant Las Brasas in Decatur, GA. Las Brasas

27. The Deer and The Dove

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155 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 748-4617
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Chef Terry Koval opened his Decatur restaurant in 2019 and its become not only a destination restaurant for Atlantans, but provides Koval ample space to really shine as a chef. Expect skillfully composed dishes of in-season vegetables, beef and pork from nearby cattle and pig farms, and game meat entrees, like crispy rabbit legs fried in fermented buttermilk, duck sausage roulade, and plates of venison. The restaurant’s bar offers a handful of classic cocktails, beer, and cider, as well as a selection of mainly French and Italian wines. In the mornings, head next door to Koval’s B-Side Cafe for Montreal-style bagels, bagel sandwiches, and coffee. Reservations encouraged. Outdoor seating available.

Chef and owner Terry Koval inspecting dishes prior to being served at The Deer and the Dove The Deer and the Dove

28. Kimball House

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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Housed in the former Decatur train depot, the menu at Kimball House is an ode to elegant dining and drinking all experienced in a dimly lit, laid-back dining room. Kick off the night with Southern and Gulf water oysters paired with cocktails or champagne at happy hour. Stay for dinner and continue the evening by sharing local vegetable and fish dishes or a three-course steak dinner for two. Beyond its award-winning cocktails, the Decatur restaurant features a wine list that is equally impressive, and includes everything from mucadet, chenin blanc, and big, bold reds to sherry, madeira, and vermouth. Reservations encouraged. Outdoor seating available.

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29. Snackboxe Bistro

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C, 113 Peachtree Rd
Doraville, GA 30360
(770) 417-8082
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Since opening in 2018 at the H Mart plaza in Doraville, Lao restaurant Snackboxe Bistro has gained an avid following — and for good reason. Chef Thip Athakhanh mixes traditional Lao dishes and street foods with beloved home recipes passed down from her family on the menu at Snackboxe. Expect plates of larb (meat salad), khao poon (spicy rice noodle soup), and the popular mok pha (steamed fish) with street foods such as fried garlic-pepper wings, lemongrass spare ribs, and tapioca pearl dumplings here. A second location opens soon in Duluth focused on Lao barbecue. Order online for takeout.

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30. Northern China Eatery

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5141 Buford Hwy NE C
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 458-2282
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At the dumpling-heavy Northern China Eatery, diners will find everything from baskets full of warm and savory soup dumplings to pork and fennel-filled fried dumplings. Try the pork and chive steamed dumplings or pork, shrimp, and chive fried dumplings, too. Though, there really is no wrong dumpling order here. Don’t skip the Chinese crepes with crullers at breakfast or the cumin lamb, Mandarin pork belly and glass noodles, and chong ching spicy chicken. Northern China also sells bags of 60 frozen dumplings to make at home. Order online.

31. LanZhou Ramen 兰州拉面

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5231 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(678) 691-2175
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This Buford Highway staple in the Pinetree Shopping Plaza, now with a second location in Kennesaw, offers heaping plates of hand-pulled noodles and noodle soups on its menu. Try the pork or oxtail stir-fried noodles or order the beef or roast duck hand-pulled noodle soup. Watch the chefs through the kitchen window roll, twist, pull, and whip noodles into shape. LanZhou also offers a variety of dumplings on its menu, including soup dumplings and pork buns. Order online for takeout.

32. Chat Patti Indian Vegetarian Restaurant

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1707 Church St ste c-7
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 633-5595
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Located in the Patel Plaza in North Decatur, this counter-service vegetarian restaurant has been serving loyal regulars Indian street eats for over 20 years now, including generously sized dosas, savory samosas, and a selection of vegetarian biryani. Order thali platters and Indo-Chinese dishes here, too. Make sure to pop over to the bakery counter to grab some sweet treats for the road, like jalebi, kulfi, a variety of burfee, and kaju rolls. Call to order takeout.

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33. Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl House

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5953 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30340
(678) 530-0844
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Located in Seoul Plaza on Buford Highway, Woo Nam Jeong or Stone Bowl House serves traditional Korean fare created by the restaurant’s longtime chef Young Hui Han, lovingly referred to as “grandma”. Regulars to this Korean restaurant know to order its signature dish, any of the dolsot bibimbap. The dish is served in a searing hot cast iron stone bowl allowing the rice to become nice and crispy before mixing. Make sure to indulge in the complimentary banchan here, which Han makes herself each day. Other dishes to try include the haemul pajeon (seafood scallion pancake) and gujeolpan, an elaborate Korean royal court dish consisting of nine types of food served with crepes in an octagonal wooden platter. Order online for takeout.

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34. Sushi Hayakawa

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5979 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30340
(770) 986-0010
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Chef Atsushi Hayakawa’s Buford Highway sushi house continues to dominate Atlanta’s sushi scene. Reservations are required and should be made well in advance; especially for those who want to watch Hayakawa prepare dinner himself. The two-and-a-half hour honkaku omakase is a one-on-one, 14-course sushi extravaganza with the chef. It’s a must for any sushi lover living in or visiting metro Atlanta. Sushi Hayakawa relocates later this year to Star Metals on Howell Mill Road. Reservations required.

35. Chef Winnie's Kitchen

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4238 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Clarkston, GA 30021
(404) 228-9152
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Hailing from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, chef Woinshet Legesse Emory (Chef Winnie) is no stranger to the hustle and bustle of restaurant life. She worked in a number of hotel restaurants before settling in Clarkston, where she opened her eponymous restaurant. Here, Emory mixes Ethiopian, Mexican, and American cuisines on the menu; one might dine on beef, chicken, or jackfruit curry tibs and gomen with spongy injera alongside Philly cheesesteaks and fish tacos. Order online for takeout.

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36. Dil Bahar Cafe

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5775 Jimmy Carter Blvd Suite 220
Norcross, GA 30071
(470) 359-5770
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Opened in 2021, Pakistani bakery cafe Dil Bahar Cafe is already a go-to in Norcross for its variety of Karachi-style chaat, Masala fries, panipuri, and samosas as well as for desserts like shahi tukray (bread pudding) or glasses of refreshingly cold falooda. Try the chicken roll, the bun kabab, or the savory, deep-fried kachori served with sabzi (mixed vegetables). Pair snacks with a hot cup of chai or a mango lassi. Make sure to keep an eye out for specials here, including beef and lentil haleem. Takeout available. Halal.

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37. Sun City Caribbean & American Restaurant

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6201 Memorial Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
(770) 755-5897
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Sun City in Stone Mountain serves beef, chicken, and coco patties, a selection of classic Jamaican dishes, and a few specialties, including barbecued jerk ribs, on its menu. Come for the weekly soup specials like a thick red pea soup or the fish soup — referred to in Jamaica as “fish tea”. Breakfast often features jerk chicken and waffles, oat or cornmeal porridge, and saltfish paired with ackee or callaloo. Takeout available.

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38. La Mixteca Tamale House

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1185 Old Peachtree Rd NW
Suwanee, GA 30024
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A family-owned and operated restaurant located in a small shopping complex on Old Peachtree, La Mixteca Tamale House serves up real deal Oaxacan cuisine on the menu, along with righteous tamales. Expect the pizza-like tlayudas to be topped with everything from mole con huevo to carne asada and chapulines (dried grasshoppers), along with other traditional Oaxacan fare, like picaditas topped with cheese crumbles and salsa and tetelas triangles filled with black bean paste. But the star attraction on this menu are tamales. Tamales come in both sweet and savory varieties and are served individually, as plates with rice and beans, or as bowls with potatoes, crumbled cheese, and pico with a fried egg to top. Order a cold bottle of Modelo, take a seat, and dig in. Order online for takeout or delivery.

La Mixteca Tamale House

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