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Atlanta Suburbs' 10 Best Kept Restaurant Secrets

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Far from the bright lights of Atlanta, the deep suburbs hold countless high-quality, low-key restaurant options that have managed to sneak under the city's radar. Many are situated in lesser-known ethnic corridors such as the Korean and Vietnamese neighborhoods of Duluth and heavily Mexican-populated midtown Roswell. Below, catch some of the Northern outskirts' best eateries you may not know about, but should.
Joe Duffy


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Taste of Italy

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8265 Highway 92, Ste 106
Woodstock, GA 30189
(770) 928-3764
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No longer affiliated with any other locations with the identical moniker, this must-try pizzeria belongs in every discussion of “best New York style pizza in metro Atlanta,” yet never gets the acclaim it warrants.

2. Elaina's Cafe

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1234 Old Alpharetta Road
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(678) 761-7284
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This mother and daughter undertaking puts out the best tamales in town. It's a part of Roswell’s little-known "tamale and taco trail."

3. Disco Latino Panaderia Bakery

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1213 Alpharetta St
Roswell, GA
(770) 650-1212

Disco Latino Panderia has not only a cornucopia of baked goodness, but also a food menu replete with Salvadorian, Haitian, and Mexican options. Pupusas are the highlight of this great restaurant hidden in a sleepy shopping center.

4. Samad Mediterranean Grill

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8897 Roswell Rd
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
(770) 807-3700
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Kibbeh ball soup and garlic sauce are among the distinguished items offered at this Mediterranean restaurant. Samad Grill is yet another gem of an eatery wedged in the middle of a mostly dormant, borderline dilapidated strip mall.

5. Lotus Vietnamese Cuisine

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2550 Pleasant Hill Rd
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-9693

BuHi ITP gets all the attention, but those in know are aware that Gwinnett has evolved into the epicenter of Asian and Latin revelations. Bánh bèo and pho have erudite food lovers longing for more.

6. Uptown Cafe

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117 South Perry St.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
(770) 995-0805
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Regulars bemoan the inconsistent hours. However, the gyro and falafel make the trip up I-85 more than worthwhile.

7. Dominican Restaurant and Bakery

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510 Pleasant Hill Rd NW
Lilburn, GA
(770) 931-8412

For years, food lovers flocked to Mi Pilon for top-shelf but "secret" Dominican cuisine— until the big city newspaper finally revealed it by calling it a top restaurant. One wonders how long it will be before this Lilburn restaurant meets the same fate.

8. Oh! My SamGyupSal

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3585 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Howell Center Shopping Center
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 623-8411

Perhaps the metro area’s best-named restaurant, this Korean jewel is also the hub of all things pork belly.

9. Thai Ginger

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5399 Bells Ferry Rd, #200
Acworth, GA 30102
(678) 494-0880
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To the surprise of many, Acworth has several good hole-in-the-wall restaurants along the Bells Ferry/Highway 92 corridor. It's finally getting some respect, but word has not dispersed quickly enough about this preeminent Thai restaurant.

10. Baba's Gyro & Kabob‎

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2310 Ronald Reagan Blvd
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 888-8100
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Throw away all the 1980s stereotypes about Cumming and head over to this Mediterranean delight. Trust in the name and get the gyro.

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1. Taste of Italy

8265 Highway 92, Ste 106, Woodstock, GA 30189

No longer affiliated with any other locations with the identical moniker, this must-try pizzeria belongs in every discussion of “best New York style pizza in metro Atlanta,” yet never gets the acclaim it warrants.

8265 Highway 92, Ste 106
Woodstock, GA 30189

2. Elaina's Cafe

1234 Old Alpharetta Road, Alpharetta, GA 30005

This mother and daughter undertaking puts out the best tamales in town. It's a part of Roswell’s little-known "tamale and taco trail."

1234 Old Alpharetta Road
Alpharetta, GA 30005

3. Disco Latino Panaderia Bakery

1213 Alpharetta St, Roswell, GA

Disco Latino Panderia has not only a cornucopia of baked goodness, but also a food menu replete with Salvadorian, Haitian, and Mexican options. Pupusas are the highlight of this great restaurant hidden in a sleepy shopping center.

1213 Alpharetta St
Roswell, GA

4. Samad Mediterranean Grill

8897 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Kibbeh ball soup and garlic sauce are among the distinguished items offered at this Mediterranean restaurant. Samad Grill is yet another gem of an eatery wedged in the middle of a mostly dormant, borderline dilapidated strip mall.

8897 Roswell Rd
Sandy Springs, GA 30350

5. Lotus Vietnamese Cuisine

2550 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth, GA 30096

BuHi ITP gets all the attention, but those in know are aware that Gwinnett has evolved into the epicenter of Asian and Latin revelations. Bánh bèo and pho have erudite food lovers longing for more.

2550 Pleasant Hill Rd
Duluth, GA 30096

6. Uptown Cafe

117 South Perry St., Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Regulars bemoan the inconsistent hours. However, the gyro and falafel make the trip up I-85 more than worthwhile.

117 South Perry St.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

7. Dominican Restaurant and Bakery

510 Pleasant Hill Rd NW, Lilburn, GA

For years, food lovers flocked to Mi Pilon for top-shelf but "secret" Dominican cuisine— until the big city newspaper finally revealed it by calling it a top restaurant. One wonders how long it will be before this Lilburn restaurant meets the same fate.

510 Pleasant Hill Rd NW
Lilburn, GA

8. Oh! My SamGyupSal

3585 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Howell Center Shopping Center, Duluth, GA 30096

Perhaps the metro area’s best-named restaurant, this Korean jewel is also the hub of all things pork belly.

3585 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Howell Center Shopping Center
Duluth, GA 30096

9. Thai Ginger

5399 Bells Ferry Rd, #200, Acworth, GA 30102

To the surprise of many, Acworth has several good hole-in-the-wall restaurants along the Bells Ferry/Highway 92 corridor. It's finally getting some respect, but word has not dispersed quickly enough about this preeminent Thai restaurant.

5399 Bells Ferry Rd, #200
Acworth, GA 30102

10. Baba's Gyro & Kabob‎

2310 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Cumming, GA 30041

Throw away all the 1980s stereotypes about Cumming and head over to this Mediterranean delight. Trust in the name and get the gyro.

2310 Ronald Reagan Blvd
Cumming, GA 30041

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