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Matzoh ball soup at The General Muir
Matzoh ball soup at The General Muir
Andrew Thomas Lee

22 Soothing Soups and Stews for a Cold Day in Atlanta

From spicy and hearty stews to soothing bowls of chicken or beef noodle soup

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Matzoh ball soup at The General Muir
| Andrew Thomas Lee

It seems like the sweltering summer heat drags on for months in Atlanta. However, once November arrives, the weather can quickly turn from warm and sunny to cold and dreary in Atlanta. The latter absolutely calls for soup. From hearty and spicy stews to soothing noodle soups, here are a few Atlanta-area restaurants to consider for warm and comforting bowls of soups and stews on a cold day.

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1. Himalayan Kitchen

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1651 Roswell St suite c
Smyrna, GA 30080
(678) 217-4443
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Located just south of Fox Creek Golf Course in Smyrna, head into Himalayan Kitchen for a bowl of traditional Tibetan noodle soup or thenthuk. This flavorful brothy soup contains hand-pulled flat noodles, is ladened with vegetables, and comes with a choice of chicken, beef, or stir-fried vegetables and tofu. Thukpa, another noodle soup on the menu, comes with a choice of chicken, beef, beef dumplings (momo), or tofu, too. Call to order takeout.

2. Bole Ethiopian Restaurant

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1650 Virginia Ave
College Park, GA 30337
(404) 549-9111
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For those in search of vegan stews and soups, head to Bole Ethiopian in College Park and order the vegan version of shiro wot. This hearty stew is made with roasted and powdered chickpeas and is simmered in butter and berbere (a warm spice blend which includes among its many spices chili, ginger, garlic, nutmeg, and fenugreek.) Order online for takeout or delivery.

3. Hot Cafe

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5286 Riverdale Rd
Atlanta, GA 30349
(770) 996-6544
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For years, this modest restaurant just south of town has been serving up a comforting mix of Laotian, Thai, and Chinese dishes on its menu. Regulars to Hot Cafe swear by the tom yum here, a Thai hot and sour soup that comes with a choice of shrimp, chicken, beef, or a combination of proteins. Call to order takeout.

4. Souper Jenny

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1082 Huff Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 603-9977
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If it’s on the menu, always order dad’s turkey chili at any Souper Jenny. The ground turkey chili is a solid balance of sweet and heat from the baked beans, brown sugar, and chilis it contains. And, it really is Jenny Levison’s dad’s recipe, giving it that homemade touch. Call to order takeout.

5. Taqueria Del Sol

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1200 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 352-5811
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Sidle up to the bar at any Taqueria Del Sol and order a bowl of creamy shrimp corn chowder. The soup is rich, warm, and not too spicy, filled with shrimp swimming in a creamed corn broth mixed with poblano peppers. Call to order takeout.

6. Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano

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1099 Hemphill Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 347-3874
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Antico owner Giovanni Di Palma opened Gio’s Chicken next door to his extremely popular pizzeria on Hemphill in Home Park a few years ago. While most come to Gio’s for the generously-sized chicken-based dishes, don’t skip ordering a bowl of zuppa here. The soup is made from leftover chicken parts, including Sorrento lemon chicken, and includes carrots, parsley, and Acini di pepe pasta. Call to order takeout.

7. Wagaya - Westside

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339 14th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(470) 575-5799
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Wagaya serves several different varieties of ramen on its menu, including white, red, and black tonkotsu, at both its Home Park and Emory Village locations. Make sure to check out Wagaya’s Japanese grocery store located next to the restaurant on 14th Street. Order online for takeout or delivery.

8. Noni's

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357 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 343-1808
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Noni’s Deli on Edgewood dedicates half of its menu to seriously large sandwiches. But don’t skip the Italian wedding soup here, which comes served as a cup or a bowl. Pair it with an arugula salad and a side of garlic fries or cheesy garlic bread with a glass of wine or cocktail, too. Order online for takeout.

9. MetroFresh

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931 Monroe Dr NE a106
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 724-0151
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MetroFresh, located in the Midtown Promenade complex across from Midtown High School, serves freshly made soups, salads, and sandwiches, along with wine and larger entrees in the evenings. Opened by former actor Mitchell Anderson, this petite restaurant blends casual dining with seriously good food. The menu here always lists a selection of daily soups by the bowl or quart, including chicken pasta fagiole, cheesy potato, and mushroom vegetable. There’s also a location at One Midtown Plaza. Call for takeout or order at the counter.

10. Bread & Butterfly

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290 Elizabeth St NE F
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 515-4536
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At lunch on a cold day in Atlanta, order the tomato soup topped with a puff pastry at Bread and Butterfly, an all-day French cafe in Inman Quarter. Puncture the pastry and watch as it slowly dissolves into the tomato broth, giving the soup a lovely, creamy texture.

11. Mercado Acapulco Y Taqueria

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2179 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 477-3202

Located along Cheshire Bridge Road, this modest meat market and grocery includes a counter-service taqueria with seating along one of the aisles. Head in on weekends for a bowl of spicy menudo, which can be made hotter by adding the market’s red salsa to the mix. The soup may need more onions and lime juice to curb the heat.

12. Euclid Avenue Yacht Club

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1136 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 688-2582
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The Euclid Avenue Yacht Club (EAYC), located just a few doors down from the Porter Beer Bar, is a favorite among Little Five Points and Inman Park residents. The dive-y bar has been in business for over 30 years. Come here for budget friendly beers, people watching, and a bowl of the popular Brunswick stew and side of tater tots.

13. Machu Picchu Restaurant

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2863 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 464-7100
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This Peruvian restaurant on Buford Highway includes a selection of soups on its menu, including a hearty vegetable chicken or beef noodle soup, shrimp chowder, and parihuela, a spicy seafood soup. Call to order takeout.

14. Anna Lee's

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425 Market Pl
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 998-0086

After Annelies McMorran announced she was closing beloved luncheon restaurant Anna Lee’s in Roswell in 2020, a longtime customer stepped up to purchase the restaurant. Now reopened, people can continue to expect dining on daily lunch specials here, including fresh-made soups of the day. Make sure to end a meal at Anna Lee’s with a slice of one of the restaurant’s cakes, too.

15. The General Muir

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1540 Avenue Pl B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329
(678) 927-9131
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This Jewish-style deli from Ben and Jen Johnson and Shelley Sweet (West Egg Cafe) and chef Todd Ginsberg opened in early 2013 at Emory Point. It’s become known for Ginsberg’s burger, piles of poutine, and classic reuben and pastrami sandwiches. But make sure to order the matzoh ball soup here made with carrots, celery, and a giant corn bread dressing matzoh ball. At lunch, the soup and sandwich combo comes with half a turkey sandwich. Order online for takeout or delivery.

16. Sabor Dominicano

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4186 Buford Hwy NE Suite M
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 963-1799
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Sabor Dominicano serves up dishes like mofongo (mashed plantains) with shrimp or chicken, pollo guisado (braised chicken), and hearty rices dishes served with chicken, shrimp, or a seafood mix. But head in for the sancocho, often served on Saturdays. It’s a savory and comforting stew containing chunks of beef and beef flank and pork, corn cobs, and plantains.

17. 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 places to slurp great pho throughout Atlanta, but the menu at Pho Dai Loi 2 includes a substantial number of proteins to choose from, including tripe, flank, beef tendon, chicken, and combinations. Order a medium bowl of pho, which is more than enough to satisfy. Be sure to order a pot of tea, too. Call to order takeout.

18. Snackboxe Bistro

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6035 Peachtree Rd Suite C-114
Doraville, GA 30360
(770) 417-8082
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Since opening in 2018 at the H Mart plaza in Doraville, Lao restaurant Snackboxe Bistro has gained an avid following — and for good reason. Chef Thip Athakhanh mixes traditional Lao dishes and street foods with beloved home recipes passed down from her family on the menu at Snackboxe. On a cold day, nothing beats a bowl of the restaurant’s khao piek sen (rice noodle chicken soup) or the sukiyaki beef and meatball noodle soup with fermented tofu paste. Pair these soups with an order of garlic-pepper wings, too. A second location opens soon in Duluth focused on Lao barbecue. Order online for takeout.

19. Batavia

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3640 Shallowford Rd
Doraville, GA 30340
(404) 254-0646
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Batavia resides just beyond the back entrance to Asian Square on Shallowford Road near Buford Highway. This counter-serve Indonesian restaurant with its mini market features a small selection of hearty and comforting soups on the menu, including sayur asem (Indonesian hot and sour soup with vegetable and salted fish) and tongseng kambing (lamb and vegetable stew in coconut milk). Order online for takeout.

20. LanZhou Ramen 兰州拉面

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5231 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(678) 691-2175
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While other noodle soups like ramen and pho get all the love, don’t sleep on the beef, duck, or pork noodle soups containing generous amounts of hand-pulled noodles at LanZhou Ramen in Pinetree Plaza on Buford Highway. Ask for either regular or thick noodles, and be sure to add a boiled egg. Order online for takeout or delivery.

21. Las Delicias De La Abuela

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5600 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 356-4451
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Colombian restaurant Las Delicias De La Abuela on Buford Highway offers a comforting and filling bowl of changua or Colombian egg and milk soup on its menu. The creamy soup is typically served at breakfast with a slice of bread, which is either used for sopping or submerged in the bowl.

22. Jang Su Jang

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3645 Satellite Blvd
Duluth, GA 30096
(678) 475-9170
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Jang Su Jang or “The Meeting Place” has been a top spot for Korean food in Duluth for well over a decade now. On a cold evening, few dishes are as satisfying as a boiling pot of spicy budae jjigae (army stew) made with kimchi, spam, sausage, noodles, and cheese. This hearty stew easily feeds two to four people. Also, worth ordering here, the Korean miso soon tofu soup with beef, mushrooms, and clams.

1. Himalayan Kitchen

1651 Roswell St suite c, Smyrna, GA 30080

Located just south of Fox Creek Golf Course in Smyrna, head into Himalayan Kitchen for a bowl of traditional Tibetan noodle soup or thenthuk. This flavorful brothy soup contains hand-pulled flat noodles, is ladened with vegetables, and comes with a choice of chicken, beef, or stir-fried vegetables and tofu. Thukpa, another noodle soup on the menu, comes with a choice of chicken, beef, beef dumplings (momo), or tofu, too. Call to order takeout.

1651 Roswell St suite c
Smyrna, GA 30080

2. Bole Ethiopian Restaurant

1650 Virginia Ave, College Park, GA 30337

For those in search of vegan stews and soups, head to Bole Ethiopian in College Park and order the vegan version of shiro wot. This hearty stew is made with roasted and powdered chickpeas and is simmered in butter and berbere (a warm spice blend which includes among its many spices chili, ginger, garlic, nutmeg, and fenugreek.) Order online for takeout or delivery.

1650 Virginia Ave
College Park, GA 30337

3. Hot Cafe

5286 Riverdale Rd, Atlanta, GA 30349

For years, this modest restaurant just south of town has been serving up a comforting mix of Laotian, Thai, and Chinese dishes on its menu. Regulars to Hot Cafe swear by the tom yum here, a Thai hot and sour soup that comes with a choice of shrimp, chicken, beef, or a combination of proteins. Call to order takeout.

5286 Riverdale Rd
Atlanta, GA 30349

4. Souper Jenny

1082 Huff Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

If it’s on the menu, always order dad’s turkey chili at any Souper Jenny. The ground turkey chili is a solid balance of sweet and heat from the baked beans, brown sugar, and chilis it contains. And, it really is Jenny Levison’s dad’s recipe, giving it that homemade touch. Call to order takeout.

1082 Huff Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. Taqueria Del Sol

1200 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Sidle up to the bar at any Taqueria Del Sol and order a bowl of creamy shrimp corn chowder. The soup is rich, warm, and not too spicy, filled with shrimp swimming in a creamed corn broth mixed with poblano peppers. Call to order takeout.

1200 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

6. Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano

1099 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Antico owner Giovanni Di Palma opened Gio’s Chicken next door to his extremely popular pizzeria on Hemphill in Home Park a few years ago. While most come to Gio’s for the generously-sized chicken-based dishes, don’t skip ordering a bowl of zuppa here. The soup is made from leftover chicken parts, including Sorrento lemon chicken, and includes carrots, parsley, and Acini di pepe pasta. Call to order takeout.

1099 Hemphill Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

7. Wagaya - Westside

339 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Wagaya serves several different varieties of ramen on its menu, including white, red, and black tonkotsu, at both its Home Park and Emory Village locations. Make sure to check out Wagaya’s Japanese grocery store located next to the restaurant on 14th Street. Order online for takeout or delivery.

339 14th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

8. Noni's

357 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Noni’s Deli on Edgewood dedicates half of its menu to seriously large sandwiches. But don’t skip the Italian wedding soup here, which comes served as a cup or a bowl. Pair it with an arugula salad and a side of garlic fries or cheesy garlic bread with a glass of wine or cocktail, too. Order online for takeout.

357 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

9. MetroFresh

931 Monroe Dr NE a106, Atlanta, GA 30308

MetroFresh, located in the Midtown Promenade complex across from Midtown High School, serves freshly made soups, salads, and sandwiches, along with wine and larger entrees in the evenings. Opened by former actor Mitchell Anderson, this petite restaurant blends casual dining with seriously good food. The menu here always lists a selection of daily soups by the bowl or quart, including chicken pasta fagiole, cheesy potato, and mushroom vegetable. There’s also a location at One Midtown Plaza. Call for takeout or order at the counter.

931 Monroe Dr NE a106
Atlanta, GA 30308

10. Bread & Butterfly

290 Elizabeth St NE F, Atlanta, GA 30307

At lunch on a cold day in Atlanta, order the tomato soup topped with a puff pastry at Bread and Butterfly, an all-day French cafe in Inman Quarter. Puncture the pastry and watch as it slowly dissolves into the tomato broth, giving the soup a lovely, creamy texture.

290 Elizabeth St NE F
Atlanta, GA 30307

11. Mercado Acapulco Y Taqueria

2179 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Located along Cheshire Bridge Road, this modest meat market and grocery includes a counter-service taqueria with seating along one of the aisles. Head in on weekends for a bowl of spicy menudo, which can be made hotter by adding the market’s red salsa to the mix. The soup may need more onions and lime juice to curb the heat.

2179 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

12. Euclid Avenue Yacht Club

1136 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

The Euclid Avenue Yacht Club (EAYC), located just a few doors down from the Porter Beer Bar, is a favorite among Little Five Points and Inman Park residents. The dive-y bar has been in business for over 30 years. Come here for budget friendly beers, people watching, and a bowl of the popular Brunswick stew and side of tater tots.

1136 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

13. Machu Picchu Restaurant

2863 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30329

This Peruvian restaurant on Buford Highway includes a selection of soups on its menu, including a hearty vegetable chicken or beef noodle soup, shrimp chowder, and parihuela, a spicy seafood soup. Call to order takeout.

2863 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

14. Anna Lee's

425 Market Pl, Roswell, GA 30075

After Annelies McMorran announced she was closing beloved luncheon restaurant Anna Lee’s in Roswell in 2020, a longtime customer stepped up to purchase the restaurant. Now reopened, people can continue to expect dining on daily lunch specials here, including fresh-made soups of the day. Make sure to end a meal at Anna Lee’s with a slice of one of the restaurant’s cakes, too.

425 Market Pl
Roswell, GA 30075

15. The General Muir

1540 Avenue Pl B-230, Atlanta, GA 30329

This Jewish-style deli from Ben and Jen Johnson and Shelley Sweet (West Egg Cafe) and chef Todd Ginsberg opened in early 2013 at Emory Point. It’s become known for Ginsberg’s burger, piles of poutine, and classic reuben and pastrami sandwiches. But make sure to order the matzoh ball soup here made with carrots, celery, and a giant corn bread dressing matzoh ball. At lunch, the soup and sandwich combo comes with half a turkey sandwich. Order online for takeout or delivery.

1540 Avenue Pl B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329

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16. Sabor Dominicano

4186 Buford Hwy NE Suite M, Atlanta, GA 30345

Sabor Dominicano serves up dishes like mofongo (mashed plantains) with shrimp or chicken, pollo guisado (braised chicken), and hearty rices dishes served with chicken, shrimp, or a seafood mix. But head in for the sancocho, often served on Saturdays. It’s a savory and comforting stew containing chunks of beef and beef flank and pork, corn cobs, and plantains.

4186 Buford Hwy NE Suite M
Atlanta, GA 30345

17. Pho Dai Loi 2

4186 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30345

There are plenty of places to slurp great pho throughout Atlanta, but the menu at Pho Dai Loi 2 includes a substantial number of proteins to choose from, including tripe, flank, beef tendon, chicken, and combinations. Order a medium bowl of pho, which is more than enough to satisfy. Be sure to order a pot of tea, too. Call to order takeout.

4186 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345

18. Snackboxe Bistro

6035 Peachtree Rd Suite C-114, Doraville, GA 30360

Since opening in 2018 at the H Mart plaza in Doraville, Lao restaurant Snackboxe Bistro has gained an avid following — and for good reason. Chef Thip Athakhanh mixes traditional Lao dishes and street foods with beloved home recipes passed down from her family on the menu at Snackboxe. On a cold day, nothing beats a bowl of the restaurant’s khao piek sen (rice noodle chicken soup) or the sukiyaki beef and meatball noodle soup with fermented tofu paste. Pair these soups with an order of garlic-pepper wings, too. A second location opens soon in Duluth focused on Lao barbecue. Order online for takeout.

6035 Peachtree Rd Suite C-114
Doraville, GA 30360

19. Batavia

3640 Shallowford Rd, Doraville, GA 30340

Batavia resides just beyond the back entrance to Asian Square on Shallowford Road near Buford Highway. This counter-serve Indonesian restaurant with its mini market features a small selection of hearty and comforting soups on the menu, including sayur asem (Indonesian hot and sour soup with vegetable and salted fish) and tongseng kambing (lamb and vegetable stew in coconut milk). Order online for takeout.

3640 Shallowford Rd
Doraville, GA 30340

20. LanZhou Ramen 兰州拉面

5231 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340

While other noodle soups like ramen and pho get all the love, don’t sleep on the beef, duck, or pork noodle soups containing generous amounts of hand-pulled noodles at LanZhou Ramen in Pinetree Plaza on Buford Highway. Ask for either regular or thick noodles, and be sure to add a boiled egg. Order online for takeout or delivery.

5231 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340

21. Las Delicias De La Abuela

5600 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340

Colombian restaurant Las Delicias De La Abuela on Buford Highway offers a comforting and filling bowl of changua or Colombian egg and milk soup on its menu. The creamy soup is typically served at breakfast with a slice of bread, which is either used for sopping or submerged in the bowl.

5600 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340

22. Jang Su Jang

3645 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA 30096

Jang Su Jang or “The Meeting Place” has been a top spot for Korean food in Duluth for well over a decade now. On a cold evening, few dishes are as satisfying as a boiling pot of spicy budae jjigae (army stew) made with kimchi, spam, sausage, noodles, and cheese. This hearty stew easily feeds two to four people. Also, worth ordering here, the Korean miso soon tofu soup with beef, mushrooms, and clams.

3645 Satellite Blvd
Duluth, GA 30096

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