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Chongqing spicy chicken from Chong Qing Hot Pot at Atlanta Chinatown
Chongqing spicy chicken from Chong Qing Hot Pot at Atlanta Chinatown.
Beth McKibben

12 Restaurants Serving Hot and Spicy Sichuan Dishes Around Atlanta

Dishes on the menus at these restaurants range from mildly spicy to house-on-fire hot

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Chongqing spicy chicken from Chong Qing Hot Pot at Atlanta Chinatown.
| Beth McKibben

Hot. Spicy. Numbing. For heat-seeking food devotees, Sichuan cuisine ranks near the top of the list. Dishes are filled with a variety of fragrant herbs and vegetables, meats like lamb, pork, and chicken, then flavored with ginger, cumin, and garlic, and mixed together with Sichuan peppercorns, hot chilis, and silky sauces. The heat meter on these dishes ranges from mild to mouth-on-fire hot, but that heat never detracts from the flavors penetrating through the chilis and peppercorns found in the fare from regions around southwestern China. From dry-fried eggplant and steamed pork with spicy cabbage to Chengdu cold noodles and braised fish in red chili oil, check out these Sichuan restaurants around Atlanta.

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Fire Stone Chinese Cuisine

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For fans of chef Peter Chang and his original Tasty China restaurant, Fire Stone Chinese in Kennesaw is a true gem. The kitchen is run by a longtime Chang associate and former Tasty China chef, Wen-Qiang Huang. Head here for Sichuan classics and try dishes like the dry-fried eggplant, red chili oil wontons, braised fish in red chili oil, and dry-fried shredded pork with choice of spice level.

Sho Spicy

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A recent addition to the Atlanta dining scene, this Sandy Springs restaurant serves up Sichuan standards on the menu, including braised fish in chili oil, fiery three pepper beef, Hunan lamb, dan dan noodles, and wontons swimming in chili oil. Try the hot and numbing quail or Sichuan bamboo fish, too.

Urban Wu

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Located at the “disco” Kroger shopping center on Piedmont in Buckhead, Urban Wu is a solid in-town option for Sichuan. Try the dry-fried string beans, spicy pickled cabbage, braised fish in red chili oil, spicy cumin lamb, and double-cooked pork.

Chong Qing Hot Pot

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Located in the Atlanta Chinatown mall food court, this stall offers an extensive and wide-ranging menu of Sichuan dishes, from hot pots and dan dan noodles to Chongqing spicy chicken or tripe and spicy cumin lamb. Order for takeout or grab a seat in the food court for table-side service. Portions are generous here, and most dishes are under $10.

Gu’s Kitchen

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After a four-year absence from Buford Highway, the family behind beloved Gu’s Bistro made a triumphant return in 2018 with a brand new restaurant, Gu’s Kitchen. The menu is a mix of the family’s Krog Street Market food stall Gu’s Dumplings and the bistro’s greatest hit. Expect familiar favorites like the wildly popular Chengdu cold noodles, Zhong-style dumplings, and spicy dried eggplant, alongside sweet and spicy thick noodles, spicy dry-fried beef noodles, and mapo tofu. Be sure to ask about their daily specials, like Gu’s Bistro’s popular tea-smoked duck.

This North Decatur restaurant opened in 2019 and includes a menu of Sichuan and Shanghai classics like soup dumplings, dan dan noodles, dry fried eggplant, and mapo tofu. Try the scallion bubble pancake, hot and numbing flounder stone pot, or the spicy pig feet here, too. Chef Wan Hai worked alongside famed chef Peter Chang (Tasty China) for three years. 

Yummy Spicy

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Yummy Spicy on Buford Highway opened over two years ago in a stand-alone building near Sweet Hut Bakery. Dishes to try here (beyond the dry-fried eggplant) include wontons in chili oil, hot fried crab, shredded cabbage, mapo tofu, and Yummy Spicy crawfish. There’s also spicy pigs feet or trotters and pickled peppers with frog on the menu.

Man Chun Hong

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Man Chun Hong serves both Korean and Sichuan classics on its full menu, but be sure to ask for the Sichuan menu if looking for a wider selection of those hot and numbing dishes.

Great Sichuan

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Great Sichuan opened in Johns Creek last year in the former Cafe Q space. Be sure to ask for the Sichuan menu here. Try the spicy fish hot pot, mapo tofu, any of the dry hot pots, the boiled fish, and cumin lamb.

Masterpiece

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Owned and operated by chef Rui Liu, Masterpiece serves everything from Chongqing-style noodles and dry spicy eggplant to tea-smoked duck and shredded beef or pork with hot peppers and chilis. Very few dishes on the menu don’t come with a bit of heat — some more numbing than others.

Xi'an Gourmet House

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Located at Jusgo’s food court, Xi’an Gourmet House focuses mainly on dishes from the Shaanxi region of China, northwest of Sichuan. Shaanxi cuisine often incorporates Sichuan peppercorns and chilis in its dishes. Try the liang pi cold skin noodles, thick and chewy wheat noodles mixed with sliced cucumbers and sprouts and tossed in vinegar and chili oil, the whole fish with pickled peppers, or the hot and numbing dry fried beef.

Humble House

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Located inside the Great Wall Supermarket, this Sichuan food court stall serves up generous portions. Expect to find Sichuan favorites like cumin lamb, dry fried string beans, mapo tofu, and twice cooked pork here. Other noteworthy dishes to try are the dry fried pork intestines and hot boiled spicy fish.

Fire Stone Chinese Cuisine

For fans of chef Peter Chang and his original Tasty China restaurant, Fire Stone Chinese in Kennesaw is a true gem. The kitchen is run by a longtime Chang associate and former Tasty China chef, Wen-Qiang Huang. Head here for Sichuan classics and try dishes like the dry-fried eggplant, red chili oil wontons, braised fish in red chili oil, and dry-fried shredded pork with choice of spice level.

Sho Spicy

A recent addition to the Atlanta dining scene, this Sandy Springs restaurant serves up Sichuan standards on the menu, including braised fish in chili oil, fiery three pepper beef, Hunan lamb, dan dan noodles, and wontons swimming in chili oil. Try the hot and numbing quail or Sichuan bamboo fish, too.

Urban Wu

Located at the “disco” Kroger shopping center on Piedmont in Buckhead, Urban Wu is a solid in-town option for Sichuan. Try the dry-fried string beans, spicy pickled cabbage, braised fish in red chili oil, spicy cumin lamb, and double-cooked pork.

Chong Qing Hot Pot

Located in the Atlanta Chinatown mall food court, this stall offers an extensive and wide-ranging menu of Sichuan dishes, from hot pots and dan dan noodles to Chongqing spicy chicken or tripe and spicy cumin lamb. Order for takeout or grab a seat in the food court for table-side service. Portions are generous here, and most dishes are under $10.

Gu’s Kitchen

After a four-year absence from Buford Highway, the family behind beloved Gu’s Bistro made a triumphant return in 2018 with a brand new restaurant, Gu’s Kitchen. The menu is a mix of the family’s Krog Street Market food stall Gu’s Dumplings and the bistro’s greatest hit. Expect familiar favorites like the wildly popular Chengdu cold noodles, Zhong-style dumplings, and spicy dried eggplant, alongside sweet and spicy thick noodles, spicy dry-fried beef noodles, and mapo tofu. Be sure to ask about their daily specials, like Gu’s Bistro’s popular tea-smoked duck.

Hai

This North Decatur restaurant opened in 2019 and includes a menu of Sichuan and Shanghai classics like soup dumplings, dan dan noodles, dry fried eggplant, and mapo tofu. Try the scallion bubble pancake, hot and numbing flounder stone pot, or the spicy pig feet here, too. Chef Wan Hai worked alongside famed chef Peter Chang (Tasty China) for three years. 

Yummy Spicy

Yummy Spicy on Buford Highway opened over two years ago in a stand-alone building near Sweet Hut Bakery. Dishes to try here (beyond the dry-fried eggplant) include wontons in chili oil, hot fried crab, shredded cabbage, mapo tofu, and Yummy Spicy crawfish. There’s also spicy pigs feet or trotters and pickled peppers with frog on the menu.

Man Chun Hong

Man Chun Hong serves both Korean and Sichuan classics on its full menu, but be sure to ask for the Sichuan menu if looking for a wider selection of those hot and numbing dishes.

Great Sichuan

Great Sichuan opened in Johns Creek last year in the former Cafe Q space. Be sure to ask for the Sichuan menu here. Try the spicy fish hot pot, mapo tofu, any of the dry hot pots, the boiled fish, and cumin lamb.

Masterpiece

Owned and operated by chef Rui Liu, Masterpiece serves everything from Chongqing-style noodles and dry spicy eggplant to tea-smoked duck and shredded beef or pork with hot peppers and chilis. Very few dishes on the menu don’t come with a bit of heat — some more numbing than others.

Xi'an Gourmet House

Located at Jusgo’s food court, Xi’an Gourmet House focuses mainly on dishes from the Shaanxi region of China, northwest of Sichuan. Shaanxi cuisine often incorporates Sichuan peppercorns and chilis in its dishes. Try the liang pi cold skin noodles, thick and chewy wheat noodles mixed with sliced cucumbers and sprouts and tossed in vinegar and chili oil, the whole fish with pickled peppers, or the hot and numbing dry fried beef.

Humble House

Located inside the Great Wall Supermarket, this Sichuan food court stall serves up generous portions. Expect to find Sichuan favorites like cumin lamb, dry fried string beans, mapo tofu, and twice cooked pork here. Other noteworthy dishes to try are the dry fried pork intestines and hot boiled spicy fish.

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