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The half-pound classic at Little’s Food Store in Atlanta’s Cabbagetown neighborhood
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Atlantans love to eat out. The cost can quickly add up, though, leaving many people with both sticker shock and an empty wallet. A delicious meal that also happens to be reasonably priced is something most will agree is a great find these days in Atlanta. Thankfully, there are plenty of restaurants around ATL serving up really good food with an affordable price tag attached. This map shines the spotlight on just a few establishments offering excellent, budget-friendly dining options — most with dishes on the menu priced right around $10 each.

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1. Gut Busters

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5495 Cascade Rd
Atlanta, GA 30331
(404) 228-2725
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AUC graduates of the past 20 years are familiar with the college-friendly affordability at this local breakfast and cheesesteak chain, as it has had multiple West End locations. There’s still a generously stuffed, six-inch shaved meat sandwich for here $4.99, or a footlong for $7.50. Along with the cheesesteaks, most items on the menu are under $10, including entrees like shrimp over rice, wings, burgers, tenders, fried fish, and salads.

2. Wing Depot

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3644 Campbellton Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
(404) 344-0808

It’s nice to visit a chicken wing stand that doesn’t charge $1 or more per wing, particularly when the wings are really good. That’s the case at this permanently parked red food trailer in Southwest Atlanta, just off I-285’s Campbellton Road exit. The fried wings, including the standard Buffalo flavor, are a perfect mix of salt, butter, pepper, and hint of citrus. A 10-piece order costs around $8 or get an order of 50 wings for just under $38. 

3. One Love Cafe ATL

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2102 Hollywood Rd NW suite b
Atlanta, GA 30318
(770) 944-7777
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This Caribbean and soul food cafe opened in the former Acapulco Mexican restaurant space in Riverside in 2019. Come here for homey comfort food, friendly smiles, and platters of jerk chicken, brown stew, oxtails, or rasta pasta. Entrees come with a choice of two sides and cost between $10 and $12 per person. Check out the daily chalkboard specials, too.

4. K & K Soul Food

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881 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 685-1073
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K & K has been serving the Bankhead community for more than 43 years now, and for good reason. The food is just that good here. Biscuits can be filled with red sausage links, pork chops, chicken or beef sausage, country-fried steak, or fatback. However, this is where to come for meats like beef liver or chicken gizzards as well as stewed beef or fried whiting. The family-owned, counter-service restaurant with its brick-tiled floors and 3-D mural includes a few booths. Check out K&K’s vegetable plates, too.

5. Don Chon

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616 S Central Ave
Atlanta, GA 30354
(404) 762-6864
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From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. every weekday, Don Chon offers a Mexican buffet with a glass of water for $8. Find marinated meats, fresh-made tortillas, vegetables, a salad station, and everything to make a custom nacho plate. Don’t skip the $3 tacos here, including the barbacoa, tripe, lengua, carne asada, and chorizo.

6. Dat Fire Jerk Chicken

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226 Northside Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 254-4494
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When it comes to a slightly oversized carryout plate, Dat Fire offers solid jerk, brown stew, curry, and other Caribbean preparations of proteins on its menu — and quite inexpensively. Prices rise when choosing pork or goat, but a large jerk chicken meal here costs just under $10. Stop by during lunch and both brown stew and jerk poultry served with rice and peas, cabbage or collard greens, and either a can of soda or bottled water comes in under $6.

7. Aviva by Kameel

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225 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 698-3600
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This downtown food gem is deceptively hidden in the mall at Peachtree Center. While more of a food court than a mall, make a beeline to this Mediterranean food stall filled with dishes served by the delightful chef Kameel. Aviva by Kameel also has a location in Midtown at the Collective at Coda.

8. El Progreso

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1460 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 624-4774

El Progreso is one of those “in-the-know” kind of places in Atlanta. Located at the back counter of the southeast Atlanta Mexican grocery store across from the federal penitentiary, this is where to head for super good tacos in town. Regulars swear by the beef barbacoa, spicy chorizo, and the el pastor, but there’s really no wrong order here.

9. Little's Food Store

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198 Carroll St SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 963-7012
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This Cabbagetown neighborhood market and grill happens to serve one of the best burgers in town. Grab an old-school, counter-service cheeseburger, fries, and Coke for $8.99. There’s also a slider version with fries and slaw for around $6.50, or grab a Chicago hot dog basket piled with onions, tomatoes, and relish with a side of fries and a Coke for under $8.

10. Eats

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600 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 888-9149
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It’s hard to pass up this Atlanta landmark restaurant for a hearty yet super-affordable meal, especially when a meat-and-three combo costs around $10. In addition to lemon pepper, barbecue, and jerk chicken on the menu, Eats also serves turkey meatloaf and tilapia. The priciest meal here is the chicken alfredo with garlic bread offered on select days for $11.50.

11. Mama's Restaurant

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1958 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 874-6152
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Mama’s Cocina Latina in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood serves a mix of comfort foods and familiar Mexican dishes like tortas, tacos, burritos, and tostadas on its menu. Grab hot wings, fajitas for one, two, or three people, or a grande dinner platter with two enchiladas, a taco, rice, and beans. The platter hovers around $10. For breakfast, try the huevos rancheros or Mama’s breakfast with scrambled eggs, pancakes, and bacon for under $10. Open 24/7. Drive-thru service available.

12. Jack's Pizza & Wings

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676 Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 525-4444
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Special slices, like the Hangover topped with bacon, tomatoes, green peppers, spinach, and jalapenos, may go for $5 at Jack’s, but a jumbo slice of cheese pizza from this endearingly divey Old Fourth Ward pizza and wing joint costs just $2.50 on Mondays. It’s also the spot for a great deal on beer-and-a-shot combos, too.

13. Julianna's Coffee & Crepes

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775 Lake Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 436-1825
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Julianna’s is tucked inside a circa-1901 house on Lake Avenue in Inman Park. The counter-service crêperie serves Hungarian-style savory and sweet crepes made from an old family recipe. Try the Breakfasty One with scrambled eggs, ham, Swiss, and sautéed mushrooms or the Royale with Tasso ham, Gruyere, field greens, and peach chutney. Dishes on the menu range between $7 and $12.

14. Home Grown

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968 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 222-0455
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Whether dining in for breakfast or for lunch, no one ever leaves hungry after eating at this cozy Reynoldstown establishment full of Southern food and charm. Most of the menu options at Home Grown stay well within the $10 to $15 range. However, lunch offers a Blue Collar option — a “value-sized portion” with cornbread and a drink for just a couple of bucks more.

15. We Suki Suki | A Global Grub Collective

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479-b Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 430-7613
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Food stall We Suki Suki anchors the restaurant incubator stalls known as the Global Grub Collective in East Atlanta Village, churning out a selection of bánh mì and bowls of lemongrass-infused pho. Everything on the menu here is under $10. Next door, head to one of six food stalls offering everything from birria tacos, baos, and poke to ramen, honey-lemon pepper chicken biscuits, and lamb tanjia. Be sure to check the website to see which food stalls are open and operating each day.

16. Pan American Bakery

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3671 Clairmont Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 457-2172

This small bakery off of Clairmont Road offers only one sandwich on the menu: the Cuban. And it’s really good. This pressed ham and cheese sandwich is toasted to crispy perfection. Make sure to grab a guava pastry or two here, too. Cash only.

17. The Imperial

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726 W College Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 464-5698
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This buzzy Oakhurst neighborhood bar includes an affordable menu filled with pub grub, like wings, baskets of chili fries and poutine, and a selection of burgers and dogs. Try the Ol’ Fashion double cheeseburger topped with sautéed onions and Thousand Island dressing for right around $10. All burgers and dogs come with a choice of French fries, coleslaw, sweet potato fries, steamed broccoli, baked beans, or a side salad.

18. 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 on the menu for just $4 each. There’s also ham croquetas for$3 here and $2 beef pastelitos, too. Order a meaty Cubano sandwich on fresh-baked bread for just $9.50 and throw in a side of plantain chips for a couple of bucks more.

19. Atlanta China Town Food Court

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Head to Atlanta Chinatown and its food court to partake in everything from hand-pulled noodle dishes and hot pots to succulent roast duck and dumplings. Most stalls here offer generously portioned dishes for around $10 to $15 each. Grab a cup of complimentary hot tea and take a seat inside or in the garden courtyard patio.

20. Victory Sandwich Bar

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340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-9300
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This hipster slider shop continues to put an astounding amount of effort into every small sandwich that comes out of its kitchen. For those craving braised beef, try the Beast on Yeast. Most sandwiches here, including the pulled pork Porky’s Revenge, the meaty Mile High Club with fontina cheese, chicken, bacon, ham and avocado, or vegetarian sliders the Beeter or Weed Eater, are just $5 each. Add Victory’s popular Jack n’ Coke slushie for $8, too.

21. 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.

22. 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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For over 22 years, this counter-serve, vegetarian restaurant in Decatur has been feeding its loyal regulars Indian street foods like dosas, samosas, and biryani as well as a variety of thali platters. Chat Patti offers an expansive menu and serves generous portions, with most items hovering around $10. A great place to feed a crowd and eat family-style.

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1. Gut Busters

5495 Cascade Rd, Atlanta, GA 30331

AUC graduates of the past 20 years are familiar with the college-friendly affordability at this local breakfast and cheesesteak chain, as it has had multiple West End locations. There’s still a generously stuffed, six-inch shaved meat sandwich for here $4.99, or a footlong for $7.50. Along with the cheesesteaks, most items on the menu are under $10, including entrees like shrimp over rice, wings, burgers, tenders, fried fish, and salads.

5495 Cascade Rd
Atlanta, GA 30331

2. Wing Depot

3644 Campbellton Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30331

It’s nice to visit a chicken wing stand that doesn’t charge $1 or more per wing, particularly when the wings are really good. That’s the case at this permanently parked red food trailer in Southwest Atlanta, just off I-285’s Campbellton Road exit. The fried wings, including the standard Buffalo flavor, are a perfect mix of salt, butter, pepper, and hint of citrus. A 10-piece order costs around $8 or get an order of 50 wings for just under $38. 

3644 Campbellton Rd SW
Atlanta, GA 30331

3. One Love Cafe ATL

2102 Hollywood Rd NW suite b, Atlanta, GA 30318

This Caribbean and soul food cafe opened in the former Acapulco Mexican restaurant space in Riverside in 2019. Come here for homey comfort food, friendly smiles, and platters of jerk chicken, brown stew, oxtails, or rasta pasta. Entrees come with a choice of two sides and cost between $10 and $12 per person. Check out the daily chalkboard specials, too.

2102 Hollywood Rd NW suite b
Atlanta, GA 30318

4. K & K Soul Food

881 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

K & K has been serving the Bankhead community for more than 43 years now, and for good reason. The food is just that good here. Biscuits can be filled with red sausage links, pork chops, chicken or beef sausage, country-fried steak, or fatback. However, this is where to come for meats like beef liver or chicken gizzards as well as stewed beef or fried whiting. The family-owned, counter-service restaurant with its brick-tiled floors and 3-D mural includes a few booths. Check out K&K’s vegetable plates, too.

881 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. Don Chon

616 S Central Ave, Atlanta, GA 30354

From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. every weekday, Don Chon offers a Mexican buffet with a glass of water for $8. Find marinated meats, fresh-made tortillas, vegetables, a salad station, and everything to make a custom nacho plate. Don’t skip the $3 tacos here, including the barbacoa, tripe, lengua, carne asada, and chorizo.

616 S Central Ave
Atlanta, GA 30354

6. Dat Fire Jerk Chicken

226 Northside Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30313

When it comes to a slightly oversized carryout plate, Dat Fire offers solid jerk, brown stew, curry, and other Caribbean preparations of proteins on its menu — and quite inexpensively. Prices rise when choosing pork or goat, but a large jerk chicken meal here costs just under $10. Stop by during lunch and both brown stew and jerk poultry served with rice and peas, cabbage or collard greens, and either a can of soda or bottled water comes in under $6.

226 Northside Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

7. Aviva by Kameel

225 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

This downtown food gem is deceptively hidden in the mall at Peachtree Center. While more of a food court than a mall, make a beeline to this Mediterranean food stall filled with dishes served by the delightful chef Kameel. Aviva by Kameel also has a location in Midtown at the Collective at Coda.

225 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

8. El Progreso

1460 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

El Progreso is one of those “in-the-know” kind of places in Atlanta. Located at the back counter of the southeast Atlanta Mexican grocery store across from the federal penitentiary, this is where to head for super good tacos in town. Regulars swear by the beef barbacoa, spicy chorizo, and the el pastor, but there’s really no wrong order here.

1460 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA 30315

9. Little's Food Store

198 Carroll St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

This Cabbagetown neighborhood market and grill happens to serve one of the best burgers in town. Grab an old-school, counter-service cheeseburger, fries, and Coke for $8.99. There’s also a slider version with fries and slaw for around $6.50, or grab a Chicago hot dog basket piled with onions, tomatoes, and relish with a side of fries and a Coke for under $8.

198 Carroll St SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

10. Eats

600 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

It’s hard to pass up this Atlanta landmark restaurant for a hearty yet super-affordable meal, especially when a meat-and-three combo costs around $10. In addition to lemon pepper, barbecue, and jerk chicken on the menu, Eats also serves turkey meatloaf and tilapia. The priciest meal here is the chicken alfredo with garlic bread offered on select days for $11.50.

600 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

11. Mama's Restaurant

1958 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Mama’s Cocina Latina in the Piedmont Heights neighborhood serves a mix of comfort foods and familiar Mexican dishes like tortas, tacos, burritos, and tostadas on its menu. Grab hot wings, fajitas for one, two, or three people, or a grande dinner platter with two enchiladas, a taco, rice, and beans. The platter hovers around $10. For breakfast, try the huevos rancheros or Mama’s breakfast with scrambled eggs, pancakes, and bacon for under $10. Open 24/7. Drive-thru service available.

1958 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

12. Jack's Pizza & Wings

676 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Special slices, like the Hangover topped with bacon, tomatoes, green peppers, spinach, and jalapenos, may go for $5 at Jack’s, but a jumbo slice of cheese pizza from this endearingly divey Old Fourth Ward pizza and wing joint costs just $2.50 on Mondays. It’s also the spot for a great deal on beer-and-a-shot combos, too.

676 Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

13. Julianna's Coffee & Crepes

775 Lake Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Julianna’s is tucked inside a circa-1901 house on Lake Avenue in Inman Park. The counter-service crêperie serves Hungarian-style savory and sweet crepes made from an old family recipe. Try the Breakfasty One with scrambled eggs, ham, Swiss, and sautéed mushrooms or the Royale with Tasso ham, Gruyere, field greens, and peach chutney. Dishes on the menu range between $7 and $12.

775 Lake Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

14. Home Grown

968 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Whether dining in for breakfast or for lunch, no one ever leaves hungry after eating at this cozy Reynoldstown establishment full of Southern food and charm. Most of the menu options at Home Grown stay well within the $10 to $15 range. However, lunch offers a Blue Collar option — a “value-sized portion” with cornbread and a drink for just a couple of bucks more.

968 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

15. We Suki Suki | A Global Grub Collective

479-b Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Food stall We Suki Suki anchors the restaurant incubator stalls known as the Global Grub Collective in East Atlanta Village, churning out a selection of bánh mì and bowls of lemongrass-infused pho. Everything on the menu here is under $10. Next door, head to one of six food stalls offering everything from birria tacos, baos, and poke to ramen, honey-lemon pepper chicken biscuits, and lamb tanjia. Be sure to check the website to see which food stalls are open and operating each day.

479-b Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

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16. Pan American Bakery

3671 Clairmont Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341

This small bakery off of Clairmont Road offers only one sandwich on the menu: the Cuban. And it’s really good. This pressed ham and cheese sandwich is toasted to crispy perfection. Make sure to grab a guava pastry or two here, too. Cash only.

3671 Clairmont Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341

17. The Imperial

726 W College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

This buzzy Oakhurst neighborhood bar includes an affordable menu filled with pub grub, like wings, baskets of chili fries and poutine, and a selection of burgers and dogs. Try the Ol’ Fashion double cheeseburger topped with sautéed onions and Thousand Island dressing for right around $10. All burgers and dogs come with a choice of French fries, coleslaw, sweet potato fries, steamed broccoli, baked beans, or a side salad.

726 W College Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

18. 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 on the menu for just $4 each. There’s also ham croquetas for$3 here and $2 beef pastelitos, too. Order a meaty Cubano sandwich on fresh-baked bread for just $9.50 and throw in a side of plantain chips for a couple of bucks more.

1365 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

19. Atlanta China Town Food Court

Chamblee, GA 30341

Head to Atlanta Chinatown and its food court to partake in everything from hand-pulled noodle dishes and hot pots to succulent roast duck and dumplings. Most stalls here offer generously portioned dishes for around $10 to $15 each. Grab a cup of complimentary hot tea and take a seat inside or in the garden courtyard patio.

20. Victory Sandwich Bar

340 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030

This hipster slider shop continues to put an astounding amount of effort into every small sandwich that comes out of its kitchen. For those craving braised beef, try the Beast on Yeast. Most sandwiches here, including the pulled pork Porky’s Revenge, the meaty Mile High Club with fontina cheese, chicken, bacon, ham and avocado, or vegetarian sliders the Beeter or Weed Eater, are just $5 each. Add Victory’s popular Jack n’ Coke slushie for $8, too.

340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

21. 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

22. Chat Patti Indian Vegetarian Restaurant

1707 Church St ste c-7, Decatur, GA 30033

For over 22 years, this counter-serve, vegetarian restaurant in Decatur has been feeding its loyal regulars Indian street foods like dosas, samosas, and biryani as well as a variety of thali platters. Chat Patti offers an expansive menu and serves generous portions, with most items hovering around $10. A great place to feed a crowd and eat family-style.

1707 Church St ste c-7
Decatur, GA 30033

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