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30 Restaurants to Try Along Buford Highway in Metro Atlanta

From Vietnamese dishes, dim sum, and Korean barbecue to Colombian cuisine, late-night tacos, and Venezuelan fare

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Buford Highway isn’t a single neighborhood or its own municipality. It’s a four-lane highway stretching from the tip of Brookhaven just north of the city of Atlanta to Duluth and beyond. The road is filled with restaurants and markets representing nearly two dozen countries from around the globe, featuring food from nations like Vietnam and Korea to Mexico and Colombia. This map highlights just a few Buford Highway restaurants and markets to know, and is updated quarterly to keep the list fresh with new places to try.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Biswas Grocery and Cafe

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This small Indian grocery store also includes a cafe serving everything from butter chicken, lamb tikka masala, and saag paneer to goat curry, biriyani, and sweets like gulab jamun. While waiting for the food order to be ready, pop over to the shop to purchase candies, snacks, spices, and bags of basmati rice, dal, and dried peas.

Havana Sandwich Shop

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Since 1976, Havana Sandwich Shop has been a go-to for meaty Cuban sandwiches, generously stuffed empanadas, and arroz con pollo and picadillo platters for many an Atlantan. Be sure to also order a cafe con leche and a gauva and cheese pastry for dessert.

Roc South Cuisine

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The honey lemon pepper wings at Buford Highway Southern-soul food restaurant Roc South Cuisine are not to be missed. But make sure to also try the jasmine rice seafood gumbo with chicken and beef sausage. Other standouts on the menu include the whole fried snapper, lamb chop, and fried, hot-honey-glazed chicken. Order a batch of cornbread and seafood egg rolls for the table. The bread pudding is top-notch, too.

La Pastorcita

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While most folks come to this unassuming Buford Highway restaurant for the freshly-made tacos, don’t skip out on dishes like the chilaquiles, the flautas, and even the ceviche tostadas here. Wash it all down with an ice cold beer.

Bismillah Cafe

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Bismillah Cafe serves up pure comfort food with the Bangladeshi dishes it offers. The counter-service restaurant, located next to its adjoining market, follows halal guidelines. The menu includes samosas, biriyani plates, curries, and chatpati and fuchka soup. There’s even hot wings, gyros, and cheeseburgers and fries on the menu here. Do try the chicken shawarma and kebab wraps, too.

Plaza Fiesta

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At a whopping 350,000-square-feet, Plaza Fiesta is filled with over 140 shops and a food court offering everything from tortas and tacos to spicy seafood dishes and Venezuelan fare. Plaza Fiesta also includes a large farmers market. Keep an eye out for the parking lot carnival that sets up here a couple of times a year.

Pho Dai Loi 2

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There are plenty of great places around Atlanta to slurp pho, including Lee’s Bakery and Nam Phuong to the south on Buford Highway. 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, beef tendon, and meat combinations. Be sure to pair that bowl with a pot of Jasmine tea and a side of crispy spring rolls.

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Located next to City Farmers Market, stroll up to the counter to order everything from shrimp and pork shumai and har gow (Cantonese shrimp dumplings) to sticky rice in lotus leaves, steamed chicken feet, turnip cakes, and other dim sum and specials here. There’s also a location in the food court at GW Supermarket in Duluth.

Harmony Vegetarian

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Harmony Vegetarian features an entire menu filled with vegan and vegetarian Chinese dishes, including lo mein, hot pots, Kung Po “chicken”, and Moo Shu “pork”. The restaurant also lists several steamed and pan-fried dumplings on the menu, like vegetarian soup dumplings.

La Mei Zi

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This Taiwanese restaurant is rarely empty. Order the three cups chicken, spicy sliced beef, beef tendon, and tripe plate, the dan dan dry noodles, or the shrimp, squid, and clam spicy seafood noodle soup. The Singapore noodles here are a good choice as is the lamb and leeks in a cilantro-laden hot bean sauce.

Ming's BBQ Doraville

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Located next door to La Mei Zi, Ming’s BBQ is where to grab a roast duck or pork feast. This Asian Square Chinese restaurant offers all manner of Cantonese-style roast meats on its menu, including chicken, pork, and its popular crispy roast duck. Ming’s serves its roast ducks, which are displayed in the window each day, in whole, half, and quarter portions. Make sure to add some stir-fried yau choi (leafy green) or gai lan (Chinese broccoli) to the meal with a side of Ming’s barbecue pork fried rice. There’s also a location in Duluth.

Marisqueria El Veneno

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This restaurant is one of the area’s oldest and most beloved marisquerias. El Veneno offers platters of mixed seafood to feed a family, soups filled with crab legs and shrimp, oysters, and plenty of micheladas to curb the kick from the hot sauce. Try the caldo de camaron (shrimp soup) or huachinango estilo Nayarit, a fried, whole red snapper topped with spicy salsa. Check out these other marisquerias, part of the thriving Mexican seafood scene in Atlanta.

Pupuseria Mi Tierra

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If craving pupusas, pop into this Salvadoran spot at Intown Plaza. Pupusas come stuffed with cheese, chicharon, or beans and come served with hot sauce and spicy slaw. Order the generously filled tamales here, too.

Batavia

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While technically not on Buford Highway, Batavia resides just beyond the back entrance to Asian Square on Shallowford Road. This counter-serve Indonesian restaurant with its mini market includes dishes like bakmi ayam (chicken and wheat noodles), soto betawi beef soup, and lamb satay on the menu. Make sure to check out the combos here and special snacks on Saturday.

Hong Kong Bakery

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Located in the iconic Asian Square complex, head to Hong Kong Bakery for buns stuffed with pork floss, coconut, or taro, pandan Swiss rolls, perfectly chewy sesame balls, and egg custard tarts paired with Hong Kong-style milk tea. 

Las Americas Cafeteria

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Since opening in 1982, Las Americas has served as both a market for purchasing provisions and a small restaurant for folks craving homestyle Colombian food. Open in the mornings and serving food throughout the day, head in for platters of eggs, beans, and braised beef at breakfast and arepas, empanadas, or a heaping bandeja paisa platter filled with ground beef, sausage, red beans, rice, chicharróns, an arepa, plantains, and sliced avocado topped with a fried egg.

Quoc Huong Banh Mi Fast Food

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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 $4 each. Order five bánh mì, and that sixth one is free.

Mamak in Doraville might be the closest thing Atlanta has to true Malaysian cooking, which is often reflective of the country’s diverse population. This small, congenial cafe serves everything from roti (flat bread) with curry sauces and pork porridge to lemongrass chicken and curry braised beef brisket. Look for daily specials here, too.

Northern China Eatery

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A dumpling list in Atlanta couldn’t exist without this Buford Highway restaurant, and for good reason. The dumpling-heavy menu here features 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. 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. 

LanZhou Ramen 兰州拉面

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Located in the Pinetree Plaza shopping center, LanZhou Ramen serves heaping plates of hand-pulled noodles on its menu. Try the pork or oxtail noodles or order one of the soups like the duck or beef noodle soup, and watch the chef roll, twist, pull, and whip those noodles into shape through the window overlooking the kitchen. LanZhou also offers a variety of dumplings on its menu, including soup dumplings and fried potstickers.

Matcha Cafe Maiko - Atlanta

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The silky texture of soft serve mixed with the slight bitterness of ground green tea leaves makes this ice cream pop with flavor while still being refreshing and not too sweet. Try the matcha and vanilla swirl in a waffle cone. The cafe also serves parfaits and soft serve floats and features special weekly flavors, including ube, black sesame, and durian.

Sinaloense Pollo Asados

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Sinaloense Pollo Asados is known for its generous platters of pollo asado. This family-owned restaurant features food from the Sinaloa region of Mexico. Inside, the dining room is often filled with people eating platters of grilled chicken and steak while watching soccer matches on the TVs. Order a half or whole chicken platter here, which comes with white and dark meat and a side of rice and warm, flour tortillas. The restaurant also serves menudo on Saturdays and Sundays.

WARUNG Indonesian Halal Restaurant

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Folks might miss the petite Indonesian restaurant while driving along busy Buford Highway. But don’t skip this Parisian Avenue halal restaurant located next to Bangladesh Halal Meat and Grocery in the small complex. Kick off a meal here with bakwan sayur (vegetables fritters) or siomay (steamed dumplings filled with fish, shrimp, and chicken). Move on to ketoprak (vermicelli and peanut salad) or bubur ayam (chicken congee). Then, dive into a bowl of creamy soto betawi with tender chunks of beef and brisket or grilled pompano served with a lemongrass turmeric sauce and fresh chili peppers, tomatoes, and shallots.

Han Il Kwan

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Just south of the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market, this Korean restaurant serves up traditional meaty grilled delights in its sprawling space, batches of banchan, and lunch specials. Night owls can often satisfy their Korean barbecue cravings here, too.

Man Chun Hong

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This restaurant underwent a major interior overhaul right before the pandemic, but it’s back and still serves both Korean and Sichuan classics on its menu. Kick off the meal with sizzling rice soup and boiled pork dumplings. For the main course, order the jjampong (Korean spicy noodle soup packed with mussels, shrimp, and squid) and char chang mien (wheat noodles in a fragrant soybean sauce) combo. Be sure to ask for the Sichuan menu if looking for a wider selection of those particular dishes.

Boga Latin Cuisine

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A buzzy restaurant and cocktail bar on Buford Highway in Norcross, Boga Latin Cuisine serves a variety of takes on Latin American fare on its menu, including the sushi here. This is where to order everything from mofonguitos (plantain baskets) with micro-greens and shredded shrimp and pork crackling patacon (tostones) to mofongo dishes, a Dominican take on sancocho, and churrasco skirt steak served with chimichurri sauce and fried green plantains. There’s also tres leches, flan, and guava and cheese pastries for dessert. Wash it all down with a spicy habanero margarita or pomegranate martini.

Natarica Grill Restaurant

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Natarica Grill serves up traditional Venezuelan fare on its menu, including a variety of generously stuffed arepas and cachapas, cachitos (crescent-shaped rolls filled with ham), breakfast plates in the morning, and green plantain sandwiches with a choice of shredded beef or chicken.

La Churreria Cafe & Bakery

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Head to the bakery here for guava pastries, mojicones (sweet rolls), buñuelo (fried dough fritters), breads such as pan de leche, and sandwiches, including tortas and pan rellenos. On the cafe side, grab a Colombian-style hot dog, tamal plates, arepas, and generously portioned breakfast and lunch platters, like the bandeja paisa filled with steak, red beans, rice, chicharróns, an arepa, plantains, and sliced avocado topped with a fried egg.

Mi Linda Managua Restaurant

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Located in the Amigo Plaza, this Nicaraguan restaurant opens in the morning for hearty breakfast plates filled with eggs, rice, beans, and fried plantains with sausages or skirt steak and hot cups of cafe con leche. But later in the day, regulars here swear by the salpicon (beef minced meat salad), vigoron (yuca topped with pork rinds and cabbage salad), and vaho or baho (beef, yuca, and plantains wrapped in banana leaves). Order one of the frescos to drink and dessert, including the bunuelos de yuca y queso (fried yuca and cheese doughnuts).

Masterpiece

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Masterpiece is a family-owned and operated Sichuan restaurant with dishes created by chef Rui Liu. From the Chongqing-style noodles and dry spicy eggplant to tea-smoked duck and shredded beef or pork with hot peppers, few things on the menu don’t come with a bit of heat. Masterpiece is worth the trek north from Atlanta and a great place to enjoy a family-style meal with friends.

Biswas Grocery and Cafe

This small Indian grocery store also includes a cafe serving everything from butter chicken, lamb tikka masala, and saag paneer to goat curry, biriyani, and sweets like gulab jamun. While waiting for the food order to be ready, pop over to the shop to purchase candies, snacks, spices, and bags of basmati rice, dal, and dried peas.

Havana Sandwich Shop

Since 1976, Havana Sandwich Shop has been a go-to for meaty Cuban sandwiches, generously stuffed empanadas, and arroz con pollo and picadillo platters for many an Atlantan. Be sure to also order a cafe con leche and a gauva and cheese pastry for dessert.

Roc South Cuisine

The honey lemon pepper wings at Buford Highway Southern-soul food restaurant Roc South Cuisine are not to be missed. But make sure to also try the jasmine rice seafood gumbo with chicken and beef sausage. Other standouts on the menu include the whole fried snapper, lamb chop, and fried, hot-honey-glazed chicken. Order a batch of cornbread and seafood egg rolls for the table. The bread pudding is top-notch, too.

La Pastorcita

While most folks come to this unassuming Buford Highway restaurant for the freshly-made tacos, don’t skip out on dishes like the chilaquiles, the flautas, and even the ceviche tostadas here. Wash it all down with an ice cold beer.

Bismillah Cafe

Bismillah Cafe serves up pure comfort food with the Bangladeshi dishes it offers. The counter-service restaurant, located next to its adjoining market, follows halal guidelines. The menu includes samosas, biriyani plates, curries, and chatpati and fuchka soup. There’s even hot wings, gyros, and cheeseburgers and fries on the menu here. Do try the chicken shawarma and kebab wraps, too.

Plaza Fiesta

At a whopping 350,000-square-feet, Plaza Fiesta is filled with over 140 shops and a food court offering everything from tortas and tacos to spicy seafood dishes and Venezuelan fare. Plaza Fiesta also includes a large farmers market. Keep an eye out for the parking lot carnival that sets up here a couple of times a year.

Pho Dai Loi 2

There are plenty of great places around Atlanta to slurp pho, including Lee’s Bakery and Nam Phuong to the south on Buford Highway. 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, beef tendon, and meat combinations. Be sure to pair that bowl with a pot of Jasmine tea and a side of crispy spring rolls.

Best BBQ

Located next to City Farmers Market, stroll up to the counter to order everything from shrimp and pork shumai and har gow (Cantonese shrimp dumplings) to sticky rice in lotus leaves, steamed chicken feet, turnip cakes, and other dim sum and specials here. There’s also a location in the food court at GW Supermarket in Duluth.

Harmony Vegetarian

Harmony Vegetarian features an entire menu filled with vegan and vegetarian Chinese dishes, including lo mein, hot pots, Kung Po “chicken”, and Moo Shu “pork”. The restaurant also lists several steamed and pan-fried dumplings on the menu, like vegetarian soup dumplings.

La Mei Zi

This Taiwanese restaurant is rarely empty. Order the three cups chicken, spicy sliced beef, beef tendon, and tripe plate, the dan dan dry noodles, or the shrimp, squid, and clam spicy seafood noodle soup. The Singapore noodles here are a good choice as is the lamb and leeks in a cilantro-laden hot bean sauce.

Ming's BBQ Doraville

Located next door to La Mei Zi, Ming’s BBQ is where to grab a roast duck or pork feast. This Asian Square Chinese restaurant offers all manner of Cantonese-style roast meats on its menu, including chicken, pork, and its popular crispy roast duck. Ming’s serves its roast ducks, which are displayed in the window each day, in whole, half, and quarter portions. Make sure to add some stir-fried yau choi (leafy green) or gai lan (Chinese broccoli) to the meal with a side of Ming’s barbecue pork fried rice. There’s also a location in Duluth.

Marisqueria El Veneno

This restaurant is one of the area’s oldest and most beloved marisquerias. El Veneno offers platters of mixed seafood to feed a family, soups filled with crab legs and shrimp, oysters, and plenty of micheladas to curb the kick from the hot sauce. Try the caldo de camaron (shrimp soup) or huachinango estilo Nayarit, a fried, whole red snapper topped with spicy salsa. Check out these other marisquerias, part of the thriving Mexican seafood scene in Atlanta.

Pupuseria Mi Tierra

If craving pupusas, pop into this Salvadoran spot at Intown Plaza. Pupusas come stuffed with cheese, chicharon, or beans and come served with hot sauce and spicy slaw. Order the generously filled tamales here, too.

Batavia

While technically not on Buford Highway, Batavia resides just beyond the back entrance to Asian Square on Shallowford Road. This counter-serve Indonesian restaurant with its mini market includes dishes like bakmi ayam (chicken and wheat noodles), soto betawi beef soup, and lamb satay on the menu. Make sure to check out the combos here and special snacks on Saturday.

Hong Kong Bakery

Located in the iconic Asian Square complex, head to Hong Kong Bakery for buns stuffed with pork floss, coconut, or taro, pandan Swiss rolls, perfectly chewy sesame balls, and egg custard tarts paired with Hong Kong-style milk tea. 

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Las Americas Cafeteria

Since opening in 1982, Las Americas has served as both a market for purchasing provisions and a small restaurant for folks craving homestyle Colombian food. Open in the mornings and serving food throughout the day, head in for platters of eggs, beans, and braised beef at breakfast and arepas, empanadas, or a heaping bandeja paisa platter filled with ground beef, sausage, red beans, rice, chicharróns, an arepa, plantains, and sliced avocado topped with a fried egg.

Quoc Huong Banh Mi Fast Food

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 $4 each. Order five bánh mì, and that sixth one is free.

Mamak

Mamak in Doraville might be the closest thing Atlanta has to true Malaysian cooking, which is often reflective of the country’s diverse population. This small, congenial cafe serves everything from roti (flat bread) with curry sauces and pork porridge to lemongrass chicken and curry braised beef brisket. Look for daily specials here, too.

Northern China Eatery

A dumpling list in Atlanta couldn’t exist without this Buford Highway restaurant, and for good reason. The dumpling-heavy menu here features 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. 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. 

LanZhou Ramen 兰州拉面

Located in the Pinetree Plaza shopping center, LanZhou Ramen serves heaping plates of hand-pulled noodles on its menu. Try the pork or oxtail noodles or order one of the soups like the duck or beef noodle soup, and watch the chef roll, twist, pull, and whip those noodles into shape through the window overlooking the kitchen. LanZhou also offers a variety of dumplings on its menu, including soup dumplings and fried potstickers.

Matcha Cafe Maiko - Atlanta

The silky texture of soft serve mixed with the slight bitterness of ground green tea leaves makes this ice cream pop with flavor while still being refreshing and not too sweet. Try the matcha and vanilla swirl in a waffle cone. The cafe also serves parfaits and soft serve floats and features special weekly flavors, including ube, black sesame, and durian.

Sinaloense Pollo Asados

Sinaloense Pollo Asados is known for its generous platters of pollo asado. This family-owned restaurant features food from the Sinaloa region of Mexico. Inside, the dining room is often filled with people eating platters of grilled chicken and steak while watching soccer matches on the TVs. Order a half or whole chicken platter here, which comes with white and dark meat and a side of rice and warm, flour tortillas. The restaurant also serves menudo on Saturdays and Sundays.

WARUNG Indonesian Halal Restaurant

Folks might miss the petite Indonesian restaurant while driving along busy Buford Highway. But don’t skip this Parisian Avenue halal restaurant located next to Bangladesh Halal Meat and Grocery in the small complex. Kick off a meal here with bakwan sayur (vegetables fritters) or siomay (steamed dumplings filled with fish, shrimp, and chicken). Move on to ketoprak (vermicelli and peanut salad) or bubur ayam (chicken congee). Then, dive into a bowl of creamy soto betawi with tender chunks of beef and brisket or grilled pompano served with a lemongrass turmeric sauce and fresh chili peppers, tomatoes, and shallots.

Han Il Kwan

Just south of the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market, this Korean restaurant serves up traditional meaty grilled delights in its sprawling space, batches of banchan, and lunch specials. Night owls can often satisfy their Korean barbecue cravings here, too.

Man Chun Hong

This restaurant underwent a major interior overhaul right before the pandemic, but it’s back and still serves both Korean and Sichuan classics on its menu. Kick off the meal with sizzling rice soup and boiled pork dumplings. For the main course, order the jjampong (Korean spicy noodle soup packed with mussels, shrimp, and squid) and char chang mien (wheat noodles in a fragrant soybean sauce) combo. Be sure to ask for the Sichuan menu if looking for a wider selection of those particular dishes.

Boga Latin Cuisine

A buzzy restaurant and cocktail bar on Buford Highway in Norcross, Boga Latin Cuisine serves a variety of takes on Latin American fare on its menu, including the sushi here. This is where to order everything from mofonguitos (plantain baskets) with micro-greens and shredded shrimp and pork crackling patacon (tostones) to mofongo dishes, a Dominican take on sancocho, and churrasco skirt steak served with chimichurri sauce and fried green plantains. There’s also tres leches, flan, and guava and cheese pastries for dessert. Wash it all down with a spicy habanero margarita or pomegranate martini.

Natarica Grill Restaurant

Natarica Grill serves up traditional Venezuelan fare on its menu, including a variety of generously stuffed arepas and cachapas, cachitos (crescent-shaped rolls filled with ham), breakfast plates in the morning, and green plantain sandwiches with a choice of shredded beef or chicken.

La Churreria Cafe & Bakery

Head to the bakery here for guava pastries, mojicones (sweet rolls), buñuelo (fried dough fritters), breads such as pan de leche, and sandwiches, including tortas and pan rellenos. On the cafe side, grab a Colombian-style hot dog, tamal plates, arepas, and generously portioned breakfast and lunch platters, like the bandeja paisa filled with steak, red beans, rice, chicharróns, an arepa, plantains, and sliced avocado topped with a fried egg.

Mi Linda Managua Restaurant

Located in the Amigo Plaza, this Nicaraguan restaurant opens in the morning for hearty breakfast plates filled with eggs, rice, beans, and fried plantains with sausages or skirt steak and hot cups of cafe con leche. But later in the day, regulars here swear by the salpicon (beef minced meat salad), vigoron (yuca topped with pork rinds and cabbage salad), and vaho or baho (beef, yuca, and plantains wrapped in banana leaves). Order one of the frescos to drink and dessert, including the bunuelos de yuca y queso (fried yuca and cheese doughnuts).

Masterpiece

Masterpiece is a family-owned and operated Sichuan restaurant with dishes created by chef Rui Liu. From the Chongqing-style noodles and dry spicy eggplant to tea-smoked duck and shredded beef or pork with hot peppers, few things on the menu don’t come with a bit of heat. Masterpiece is worth the trek north from Atlanta and a great place to enjoy a family-style meal with friends.

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