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These 30 Atlanta Dishes Are Totally Iconic

From a broiled half pineapple stuffed with grilled seafood and cheese to a Korean BBQ sandwich

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Diners looking for staples of Atlanta's food scene, take notice. It’s time to round up a few of the dishes defining ATL’s culinary scene at the moment. Some have been around for years, while other dishes have just recently achieved “icon” status. Atlanta is full of great food, and there’s not a list large enough to contain every dish making Atlanta and its sprawling metropolitan area a great place to dine. From tlayuda south of town to a chicken liver tart in the Old Fourth Ward, check out these iconic dishes found at Atlanta restaurants and markets.

This list is updated twice a year to keep it fresh with new dishes to try.

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1. Fried chicken biscuit at Stilesboro Biscuits

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3545 Stilesboro Rd
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 429-5552

This roadside restaurant in Kennesaw offers ten biscuit sandwiches on its menu, but try the fried chicken, egg, and cheese biscuit. If in the mood for pork, another great option is the sausage, egg and cheese.

2. Birria tacos at Birria El Gordo

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350 Pat Mell Rd SE
Marietta, GA 30060
(678) 503-0114

People drive to and then stand in line for the birria tacos here. Slowed-cooked and stewed, tacos come stuffed with beef, goat, chicken, or jackfruit birra at this counter-service spot. Make sure to order a side of consomme for dipping the tacos and an aguas frescas. Try the crunchy taco dorados and vampiros (tostadas filled with a choice of meat, cheese, and guacamole) here, too.

3. Lemon pepper wet wings at LT's Wings

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1160 Fairburn Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
(404) 349-0006

The debate over who has the best lemon pepper wet wings in Atlanta will forever rage, but the three places most people agree on are LT’s Wings on Fairburn Road and any location of J.R. Crickets or American Deli. This quintessential Atlanta dish caused a nationwide wings craze when it was featured on Season 1 of “Atlanta” in the scene where Paper Boi and Darius go to J.R. Crickets for an order of lemon pepper wet.

4. Crab rice at Virgil's Gullah Kitchen & Bar

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3721 Main St
College Park, GA 30337
(404) 228-4897
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Located along the bustling Main Street of College Park, Virgil’s serves soul food takes on Gullah-Geechee cuisine on the menu. Owner Gee Smalls, who owns the restaurant with husband Juan, hails from Charleston and proudly showcases his Gullah Geechee roots through the food here. Order the crab rice spiced with Gullah seasonings and the Gullah egg rolls stuffed with red rice, fried cabbage, and white shrimp. The red rice at Virgil’s is also worth the order. The rice is cooked in tomato sauce and mixed with onions, peppers, bacon, and smoked sausage. Call for takeout.

5. Korean BBQ pork sandwich at Heirloom Market BBQ

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2243 Akers Mill Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 612-2502
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Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee’s Southern-Korean barbecue restaurant offers a must-try spicy Korean pork sandwich on its menu with chopped rib meat marinated in fermented chile paste, topped with kimchi coleslaw, black sesame seeds, and a sliced scallion. Order the sandwich with a side of sweat and spicy crispy tofu, pickled cucumber-radish salad, or kimchi slaw. Order online for takeout. Order via Doordash for delivery.

6. Menage a trois vegan burger at SluttyVegan ATL

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1542 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
(678) 732-3525
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The huge success of Slutty Vegan in Atlanta cannot be overstated. Owner Pinky Cole founded the business in 2018 as a delivery service, with people contacting her via Instagram to place orders for her provocatively named meatless burgers. Three years later, Cole has three restaurants in Westview, on Edgewood Avenue, and in Jonesboro, with a fourth in the works for Birmingham and a fifth headed to Duluth. With patties made using Impossible beef, order the menage a trois — a vegan burger topped with vegan bacon, shrimp, and cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, and tomato and garnished with a house sauce. It’s served on a Hawaiian bun. Order online for takeout or delivery.

7. Crab fritter at Bacchanalia

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1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW #1
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 365-0410
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The crab fritter has become a staple dish on the tasting menu at Bacchanalia. This dish is a must to kick off the four-course tasting at chef Anne Quatrano’s Blandtown establishment. The beautifully fried, crispy fritter is filled with juicy crab meat and accompanied by a fresh burst of citrus and sliced avocado. It might be the perfect bite.

8. Lemon pepper wet pizza from Phew's Pies

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873 Victoria Pl SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 333-2101
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This westside Atlanta pizza pop-up from Matthew “Phew” Foster slings handmade pies, including pizzas topped with lemon pepper wet wings and oxtails and ricotta. His signature pizzas, the lemon pepper wet and hot lemon pepper wet, are made using butter sauce, chopped chicken, and mozzarella with wings dotting the center. Order online for pick up. Location provided upon ordering. Follow on Instagram for menu updates and pop-up locations.

9. Fried chicken at Busy Bee Cafe

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810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW
Atlanta, GA
(404) 525-9212
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In business since the 1940s, this Vine City staple serves some of Atlanta’s best fried chicken. Busy Bee has had plenty of time to perfect its fried chicken recipe. Take the yardbird to the next level by ordering it smothered with pan gravy. The restaurant is always bustling, so be prepared to wait. But that fried chicken is worth it. Order online for takeout.

10. Farm egg in celery cream at Miller Union

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999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA
(678) 733-8550
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The farm egg at James Beard award winner chef Steven Satterfield’s Miller Union is a must-order. This seemingly simple dish is made with fantastic ingredients — a farm egg swimming in celery-infused cream and a side of crusty bread. Patio available. Order online for takeout with curbside pick up.

11. Tlayuda at La Oaxaquena Taqueria

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605 Mt Zion Rd
Jonesboro, GA 30236
(770) 960-3010
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Owned and operated by chef Rosalia Ruiz in Jonesboro, La Oaxaquena Taqueria is a favorite place for tacos and great Mexican in the south metro. Come here for a taste of Oaxaca, which includes their extremely popular tlayuda—a pizza-like Oaxacan dish consisting of toasted tortilla typically topped with refried beans, cheese, meat, and lettuce. This is a dish people from around metro Atlanta travel to Jonesboro for just to eat.

12. Chicken liver tart at Staplehouse

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541 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 524-5005
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The award-winning restaurant on Edgewood Avenue has transformed into a neighborhood market selling everything from artisan pantry ingredients, fresh breads, cheeses, and charcuterie to bags of house-made dry pastas, pastries, and beer and wine. But one of the former restaurant’s most sought-after and memorable dishes is still on the menu at Staplehouse Market: the chicken liver mousse tart. It’s a beautifully garnished indulgence. Patio available. Open Thursday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

13. Jerk chicken plate at Eats

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600 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 888-9149
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Now considered an Atlanta institution, and one of the few good and affordable restaurants still standing near trendy Ponce City Market, Eats is where to head for hearty meat-and-three combos for around $10 each. The restaurant’s jerk chicken platter is the move here, with choice of two vegetables, like collards, broccoli casserole, or black eyed peas. Order the special which comes with black beans, rice, and cornbread and choice of meat. Order online for takeout or delivery.

14. Choriqueso at Supremo Taco

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701 B Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 965-1446
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LA-style taco joint Supremo Taco serves tacos stuffed with al pastor, barbacoa, and mole poblano chicken. But for something truly indulgent order Supremo’s choriqueso — a sort of fried quesadilla stuffed with gooey cheese and chorizo and topped with salsa fresca. Order at the window and mingle in the parking lot or grab a standing spot on the small front patio. Order online for takeout.

15. Veal sweetbreads at Ticonderoga Club

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Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St NE W
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 458-4534
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With Greg Best and Paul Calvert overseeing the beverage program, it’s no surprise Ticonderoga Club’s cocktails are a hit. But the food from chef David Bies and his crew shines all on its own. Try popular menu mainstays like the Ipswich clam roll, the seasonal vegan noodle bowl, or the crowd-pleasing (and feeding) chuckwagon steak platter. But, do not leave without ordering the veal sweetbreads. It’s become a T-Club classic and pairs great with a cocktail, a glass of champagne, or a cold can of Narragansett. Reservations highly encouraged. Read the Covid-19 policies here.

16. 20-yolk tagliatelle at BoccaLupo

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753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA
(404) 577-2332
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BoccaLupo quickly became both a neighborhood favorite and a destination restaurant when it opened in 2013 on Edgewood Avenue. Head in for the fresh pasta like the black spaghetti or pappardelle in bolognese gravy. However, it’s the 20-yolk tagliatelle that is now an Atlanta classic. Patio available. Call to order takeout.

17. Comfy chicken biscuit at Home Grown

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968 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA
(404) 222-0455
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Home Grown is a breakfast favorite among Atlanta’s diners and restaurant industry folks. And, it’s home to one of the city’s must-try dishes—the comfy biscuit topped with fried chicken smothered in sausage gravy. Patio available. Order online for takeout.

18. Double cheeseburger at NFA Burger

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Inside the Chevron, 5465 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(404) 666-2874
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NFA Burger opened inside a Chevron market on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in 2019. If the long lines at lunch are any indication, Billy Kramer’s burger counter is as popular as his former pop-ups. Head in for NFA’s classic double cheeseburger served on a potato bun or a Belgian waffle bun. All are topped with American cheese, pickles, mustard, and Kramer’s sweet and salty “sassy” sauce. Add the turkey chili, too, from neighboring Breadwinner Cafe and Bakery.

19. Cuban sandwiches at Buena Gente Cuban Bakery

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1365 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(678) 744-5638
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Even when Buena Gente was a food trailer, it was consistently serving some of the best Cuban street eats in the city. Owners Manny Rodriguez and Stacie Antich took Buena Gente permanent in Decatur last year and continue offering their flaky and buttery empanadas, croquetas, and beef pastelitos. But do make sure to order one of the meaty Cuban sandwiches served on the bakery’s fresh-baked crusty bread with a side of plaintain chips.

20. Pho at Pho Dai Loi 2

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4186 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 633-2111
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There are plenty of great places around Atlanta to slurp pho but, Pho Dai Loi 2 might be the best for steaming bowls of noodle-laden, protein-packed soup with a variety of proteins to choose from like chicken or beef tendon and combinations. There’s also a location in Forest Park. Call to order takeout.

21. Cheesesteak egg rolls at Big Dave's Cheesesteaks

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6035 Peachtree Rd Suite C-107
Atlanta, GA 30360
(470) 299-2154
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With two Atlanta-area locations now and a roving food truck, Big Dave’s continues to dominate Atlanta’s cheesesteak scene, serving up messy and meaty cheesesteaks on its menu. But make sure to also order some of Big Dave’s hand-rolled egg rolls stuffed with lots of gooey cheese, onions, and a choice of beef, chicken, or salmon. Order online for takeout or delivery.

22. Khao piek at Snackboxe Bistro

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6035 Peachtree Rd
Doraville, GA 30360
(770) 417-8082
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Located in the Super H Mart plaza in Doraville, the menu here is a mix of traditional Laotian dishes and street foods, including the khao piak, a comforting chicken rice noodle soup, and laap (meat salad). Try the pork belly or the minced tofu laap. Both are tossed in toasted rice powder, chili pepper, fish sauce, lime juice, kaffir, and fresh herbs. Order online for takeout.

23. Banh mi at Quoc Huong Banh Mi Fast Food

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5150 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 936-0605
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Many Atlantans consider the bánh mì at Quoc Huong in the Asian Square complex to be the best in metro Atlanta. The fresh French bread definitely contributes to this reputation. The favorite order here is the barbecue pork. The shop is cash only, but sandwiches average around $3.50 each. Order five bánh mì, and that sixth one is free.

24. Dumplings at Northern China Eatery

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5141 Buford Hwy NE ste c
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 458-2282
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The dumpling-heavy menu at Northern China Eatery includes everything from baskets full of warm and savory soup dumplings to those filled with pork and fennel. Try the pork and chive steamed dumplings, lamb and zucchini, or the pork, shrimp and chive dumplings. Northern China also offers bags of frozen dumplings to make at home. Order online for takeout.

25. Hand-tossed noodles at LanZhou Ramen 兰州拉面

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5231 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(678) 691-2175
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Located in the Pine Tree Plaza shopping center just down from Supermarket Chicago, this is where to head for heaping plates of some seriously long-as-your-arm, hand-pulled noodles. Try the pork or oxtail noodles or a hot bowl of duck or pork noodle soup. Watch the chef roll, twist, pull, and whip those noodles into shape through the window overlooking the kitchen. Order online for takeout or delivery.

26. Taiwanese-style hot chicken sandwiches at Java Saga

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3781 Presidential Pkwy FP-318
Atlanta, GA 30340
(678) 825-2438
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Hit the takeout window at Java Saga for a Taiwanese-style hot chicken sandwich that comes in four levels of heat: lifeline (mild), crypto (hot and numbing), octane (very hot), and predator. Each sandwich is topped with Java Lava Saga sauce and sweet pickles served on brown sugar milk toast. Order coffee or tea drinks or a mango smoothie to curb the heat. Patio available.

27. Seafood pancake at Yet Tuh

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3042 Oakcliff Rd
Atlanta, GA
(770) 454-9292

This Doraville restaurant stands out among the many excellent Korean dining establishments throughout metro Atlanta. Matthew Kang, host of Eater’s Korean-centric web series K-Town, says the seafood pancake here is one of the “deepest, most well-constructed” versions he’s had. And, Atlantans agree. Call for takeout.

28. La piña rellena at Mariscos La Riviera Nayarit

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5385 Jimmy Carter Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093
(770) 662-0086

This Norcross marisqueria opened in 2011 serving everything from giant platters filled with shrimp, crab legs, and lobster to whole red snapper rubbed in chile marinade. But, for something truly indulgent, order the la piña rellena — a broiled, half pineapple stuffed with grilled seafood and topped with melted cheese. It’s over-the-top and good. There’s a second location in Lawrenceville. Call for takeout.

29. The soup specials at 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 offers patties in the expected formats (beef, chicken, coco), small and large portions of Jamaican classics, and a few specialties, including barbecued jerk ribs. However, it’s the weekly soup specials here which really shine at this restaurant. On Thursdays, the restaurant serves a thick red pea soup. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s fish soup — referred to in Jamaica as “fish tea”. Order online for takeout and delivery.

30. Grandma Pie at O4W Pizza

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3117 Main St
Duluth, GA
(678) 587-5420
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The location has changed, but Anthony Spina is still serving up his famous Jersey-style Grandma Pie. Once located in Irwin Street Market, O4W Pizza moved to Duluth in July 2016 where Grandma continues to be a hit. The pizza is made with fresh mozzarella, marinara, Pecorino-Romano, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh oregano, and basil. Order online for takeout.

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1. Fried chicken biscuit at Stilesboro Biscuits

3545 Stilesboro Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30152

This roadside restaurant in Kennesaw offers ten biscuit sandwiches on its menu, but try the fried chicken, egg, and cheese biscuit. If in the mood for pork, another great option is the sausage, egg and cheese.

3545 Stilesboro Rd
Kennesaw, GA 30152

2. Birria tacos at Birria El Gordo

350 Pat Mell Rd SE, Marietta, GA 30060

People drive to and then stand in line for the birria tacos here. Slowed-cooked and stewed, tacos come stuffed with beef, goat, chicken, or jackfruit birra at this counter-service spot. Make sure to order a side of consomme for dipping the tacos and an aguas frescas. Try the crunchy taco dorados and vampiros (tostadas filled with a choice of meat, cheese, and guacamole) here, too.

350 Pat Mell Rd SE
Marietta, GA 30060

3. Lemon pepper wet wings at LT's Wings

1160 Fairburn Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30331

The debate over who has the best lemon pepper wet wings in Atlanta will forever rage, but the three places most people agree on are LT’s Wings on Fairburn Road and any location of J.R. Crickets or American Deli. This quintessential Atlanta dish caused a nationwide wings craze when it was featured on Season 1 of “Atlanta” in the scene where Paper Boi and Darius go to J.R. Crickets for an order of lemon pepper wet.

1160 Fairburn Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30331

4. Crab rice at Virgil's Gullah Kitchen & Bar

3721 Main St, College Park, GA 30337

Located along the bustling Main Street of College Park, Virgil’s serves soul food takes on Gullah-Geechee cuisine on the menu. Owner Gee Smalls, who owns the restaurant with husband Juan, hails from Charleston and proudly showcases his Gullah Geechee roots through the food here. Order the crab rice spiced with Gullah seasonings and the Gullah egg rolls stuffed with red rice, fried cabbage, and white shrimp. The red rice at Virgil’s is also worth the order. The rice is cooked in tomato sauce and mixed with onions, peppers, bacon, and smoked sausage. Call for takeout.

3721 Main St
College Park, GA 30337

5. Korean BBQ pork sandwich at Heirloom Market BBQ

2243 Akers Mill Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee’s Southern-Korean barbecue restaurant offers a must-try spicy Korean pork sandwich on its menu with chopped rib meat marinated in fermented chile paste, topped with kimchi coleslaw, black sesame seeds, and a sliced scallion. Order the sandwich with a side of sweat and spicy crispy tofu, pickled cucumber-radish salad, or kimchi slaw. Order online for takeout. Order via Doordash for delivery.

2243 Akers Mill Rd SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

6. Menage a trois vegan burger at SluttyVegan ATL

1542 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

The huge success of Slutty Vegan in Atlanta cannot be overstated. Owner Pinky Cole founded the business in 2018 as a delivery service, with people contacting her via Instagram to place orders for her provocatively named meatless burgers. Three years later, Cole has three restaurants in Westview, on Edgewood Avenue, and in Jonesboro, with a fourth in the works for Birmingham and a fifth headed to Duluth. With patties made using Impossible beef, order the menage a trois — a vegan burger topped with vegan bacon, shrimp, and cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, and tomato and garnished with a house sauce. It’s served on a Hawaiian bun. Order online for takeout or delivery.

1542 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

7. Crab fritter at Bacchanalia

1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW #1, Atlanta, GA 30318

The crab fritter has become a staple dish on the tasting menu at Bacchanalia. This dish is a must to kick off the four-course tasting at chef Anne Quatrano’s Blandtown establishment. The beautifully fried, crispy fritter is filled with juicy crab meat and accompanied by a fresh burst of citrus and sliced avocado. It might be the perfect bite.

1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW #1
Atlanta, GA 30318

8. Lemon pepper wet pizza from Phew's Pies

873 Victoria Pl SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

This westside Atlanta pizza pop-up from Matthew “Phew” Foster slings handmade pies, including pizzas topped with lemon pepper wet wings and oxtails and ricotta. His signature pizzas, the lemon pepper wet and hot lemon pepper wet, are made using butter sauce, chopped chicken, and mozzarella with wings dotting the center. Order online for pick up. Location provided upon ordering. Follow on Instagram for menu updates and pop-up locations.

873 Victoria Pl SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

9. Fried chicken at Busy Bee Cafe

810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA

In business since the 1940s, this Vine City staple serves some of Atlanta’s best fried chicken. Busy Bee has had plenty of time to perfect its fried chicken recipe. Take the yardbird to the next level by ordering it smothered with pan gravy. The restaurant is always bustling, so be prepared to wait. But that fried chicken is worth it. Order online for takeout.

810 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW
Atlanta, GA

10. Farm egg in celery cream at Miller Union

999 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta, GA

The farm egg at James Beard award winner chef Steven Satterfield’s Miller Union is a must-order. This seemingly simple dish is made with fantastic ingredients — a farm egg swimming in celery-infused cream and a side of crusty bread. Patio available. Order online for takeout with curbside pick up.

999 Brady Ave NW
Atlanta, GA

11. Tlayuda at La Oaxaquena Taqueria

605 Mt Zion Rd, Jonesboro, GA 30236

Owned and operated by chef Rosalia Ruiz in Jonesboro, La Oaxaquena Taqueria is a favorite place for tacos and great Mexican in the south metro. Come here for a taste of Oaxaca, which includes their extremely popular tlayuda—a pizza-like Oaxacan dish consisting of toasted tortilla typically topped with refried beans, cheese, meat, and lettuce. This is a dish people from around metro Atlanta travel to Jonesboro for just to eat.

605 Mt Zion Rd
Jonesboro, GA 30236

12. Chicken liver tart at Staplehouse

541 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

The award-winning restaurant on Edgewood Avenue has transformed into a neighborhood market selling everything from artisan pantry ingredients, fresh breads, cheeses, and charcuterie to bags of house-made dry pastas, pastries, and beer and wine. But one of the former restaurant’s most sought-after and memorable dishes is still on the menu at Staplehouse Market: the chicken liver mousse tart. It’s a beautifully garnished indulgence. Patio available. Open Thursday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

541 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

13. Jerk chicken plate at Eats

600 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Now considered an Atlanta institution, and one of the few good and affordable restaurants still standing near trendy Ponce City Market, Eats is where to head for hearty meat-and-three combos for around $10 each. The restaurant’s jerk chicken platter is the move here, with choice of two vegetables, like collards, broccoli casserole, or black eyed peas. Order the special which comes with black beans, rice, and cornbread and choice of meat. Order online for takeout or delivery.

600 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

14. Choriqueso at Supremo Taco

701 B Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

LA-style taco joint Supremo Taco serves tacos stuffed with al pastor, barbacoa, and mole poblano chicken. But for something truly indulgent order Supremo’s choriqueso — a sort of fried quesadilla stuffed with gooey cheese and chorizo and topped with salsa fresca. Order at the window and mingle in the parking lot or grab a standing spot on the small front patio. Order online for takeout.

701 B Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

15. Veal sweetbreads at Ticonderoga Club

Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St NE W, Atlanta, GA 30307

With Greg Best and Paul Calvert overseeing the beverage program, it’s no surprise Ticonderoga Club’s cocktails are a hit. But the food from chef David Bies and his crew shines all on its own. Try popular menu mainstays like the Ipswich clam roll, the seasonal vegan noodle bowl, or the crowd-pleasing (and feeding) chuckwagon steak platter. But, do not leave without ordering the veal sweetbreads. It’s become a T-Club classic and pairs great with a cocktail, a glass of champagne, or a cold can of Narragansett. Reservations highly encouraged. Read the Covid-19 policies here.

Krog Street Market, 99 Krog St NE W
Atlanta, GA 30307

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16. 20-yolk tagliatelle at BoccaLupo

753 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA

BoccaLupo quickly became both a neighborhood favorite and a destination restaurant when it opened in 2013 on Edgewood Avenue. Head in for the fresh pasta like the black spaghetti or pappardelle in bolognese gravy. However, it’s the 20-yolk tagliatelle that is now an Atlanta classic. Patio available. Call to order takeout.

753 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA

17. Comfy chicken biscuit at Home Grown

968 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA

Home Grown is a breakfast favorite among Atlanta’s diners and restaurant industry folks. And, it’s home to one of the city’s must-try dishes—the comfy biscuit topped with fried chicken smothered in sausage gravy. Patio available. Order online for takeout.

968 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA

18. Double cheeseburger at NFA Burger

Inside the Chevron, 5465 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338

NFA Burger opened inside a Chevron market on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in 2019. If the long lines at lunch are any indication, Billy Kramer’s burger counter is as popular as his former pop-ups. Head in for NFA’s classic double cheeseburger served on a potato bun or a Belgian waffle bun. All are topped with American cheese, pickles, mustard, and Kramer’s sweet and salty “sassy” sauce. Add the turkey chili, too, from neighboring Breadwinner Cafe and Bakery.

Inside the Chevron, 5465 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

19. Cuban sandwiches at Buena Gente Cuban Bakery

1365 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

Even when Buena Gente was a food trailer, it was consistently serving some of the best Cuban street eats in the city. Owners Manny Rodriguez and Stacie Antich took Buena Gente permanent in Decatur last year and continue offering their flaky and buttery empanadas, croquetas, and beef pastelitos. But do make sure to order one of the meaty Cuban sandwiches served on the bakery’s fresh-baked crusty bread with a side of plaintain chips.

1365 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

20. Pho at Pho Dai Loi 2

4186 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30345

There are plenty of great places around Atlanta to slurp pho but, Pho Dai Loi 2 might be the best for steaming bowls of noodle-laden, protein-packed soup with a variety of proteins to choose from like chicken or beef tendon and combinations. There’s also a location in Forest Park. Call to order takeout.

4186 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345

21. Cheesesteak egg rolls at Big Dave's Cheesesteaks

6035 Peachtree Rd Suite C-107, Atlanta, GA 30360

With two Atlanta-area locations now and a roving food truck, Big Dave’s continues to dominate Atlanta’s cheesesteak scene, serving up messy and meaty cheesesteaks on its menu. But make sure to also order some of Big Dave’s hand-rolled egg rolls stuffed with lots of gooey cheese, onions, and a choice of beef, chicken, or salmon. Order online for takeout or delivery.

6035 Peachtree Rd Suite C-107
Atlanta, GA 30360

22. Khao piek at Snackboxe Bistro

6035 Peachtree Rd, Doraville, GA 30360

Located in the Super H Mart plaza in Doraville, the menu here is a mix of traditional Laotian dishes and street foods, including the khao piak, a comforting chicken rice noodle soup, and laap (meat salad). Try the pork belly or the minced tofu laap. Both are tossed in toasted rice powder, chili pepper, fish sauce, lime juice, kaffir, and fresh herbs. Order online for takeout.

6035 Peachtree Rd
Doraville, GA 30360

23. Banh mi at Quoc Huong Banh Mi Fast Food

5150 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340

Many Atlantans consider the bánh mì at Quoc Huong in the Asian Square complex to be the best in metro Atlanta. The fresh French bread definitely contributes to this reputation. The favorite order here is the barbecue pork. The shop is cash only, but sandwiches average around $3.50 each. Order five bánh mì, and that sixth one is free.

5150 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340

24. Dumplings at Northern China Eatery

5141 Buford Hwy NE ste c, Doraville, GA 30340

The dumpling-heavy menu at Northern China Eatery includes everything from baskets full of warm and savory soup dumplings to those filled with pork and fennel. Try the pork and chive steamed dumplings, lamb and zucchini, or the pork, shrimp and chive dumplings. Northern China also offers bags of frozen dumplings to make at home. Order online for takeout.

5141 Buford Hwy NE ste c
Doraville, GA 30340

25. Hand-tossed noodles at LanZhou Ramen 兰州拉面

5231 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340

Located in the Pine Tree Plaza shopping center just down from Supermarket Chicago, this is where to head for heaping plates of some seriously long-as-your-arm, hand-pulled noodles. Try the pork or oxtail noodles or a hot bowl of duck or pork noodle soup. Watch the chef roll, twist, pull, and whip those noodles into shape through the window overlooking the kitchen. Order online for takeout or delivery.

5231 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340

26. Taiwanese-style hot chicken sandwiches at Java Saga

3781 Presidential Pkwy FP-318, Atlanta, GA 30340

Hit the takeout window at Java Saga for a Taiwanese-style hot chicken sandwich that comes in four levels of heat: lifeline (mild), crypto (hot and numbing), octane (very hot), and predator. Each sandwich is topped with Java Lava Saga sauce and sweet pickles served on brown sugar milk toast. Order coffee or tea drinks or a mango smoothie to curb the heat. Patio available.

3781 Presidential Pkwy FP-318
Atlanta, GA 30340

27. Seafood pancake at Yet Tuh

3042 Oakcliff Rd, Atlanta, GA

This Doraville restaurant stands out among the many excellent Korean dining establishments throughout metro Atlanta. Matthew Kang, host of Eater’s Korean-centric web series K-Town, says the seafood pancake here is one of the “deepest, most well-constructed” versions he’s had. And, Atlantans agree. Call for takeout.

3042 Oakcliff Rd
Atlanta, GA

28. La piña rellena at Mariscos La Riviera Nayarit

5385 Jimmy Carter Blvd, Norcross, GA 30093

This Norcross marisqueria opened in 2011 serving everything from giant platters filled with shrimp, crab legs, and lobster to whole red snapper rubbed in chile marinade. But, for something truly indulgent, order the la piña rellena — a broiled, half pineapple stuffed with grilled seafood and topped with melted cheese. It’s over-the-top and good. There’s a second location in Lawrenceville. Call for takeout.

5385 Jimmy Carter Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093

29. The soup specials at Sun City Caribbean & American Restaurant

6201 Memorial Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Sun City offers patties in the expected formats (beef, chicken, coco), small and large portions of Jamaican classics, and a few specialties, including barbecued jerk ribs. However, it’s the weekly soup specials here which really shine at this restaurant. On Thursdays, the restaurant serves a thick red pea soup. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s fish soup — referred to in Jamaica as “fish tea”. Order online for takeout and delivery.

6201 Memorial Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

30. Grandma Pie at O4W Pizza

3117 Main St, Duluth, GA

The location has changed, but Anthony Spina is still serving up his famous Jersey-style Grandma Pie. Once located in Irwin Street Market, O4W Pizza moved to Duluth in July 2016 where Grandma continues to be a hit. The pizza is made with fresh mozzarella, marinara, Pecorino-Romano, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh oregano, and basil. Order online for takeout.

3117 Main St
Duluth, GA

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