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Varuni Napoli on Monroe Drive now features a pizza takeout window.
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25 Walk-Up Windows for Grabbing Tasty Takeout in Atlanta

Walk up and order tacos, beignets, pizza, barbecue, and more from these takeout windows

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Varuni Napoli on Monroe Drive now features a pizza takeout window.
| Ryan Fleisher

To-go windows aren’t new concepts. However, the pandemic made these outdoor food service windows a creative and viable takeout solution for many Atlanta restaurants. Several establishments have now opted to make that takeout window a permanent part of the business. Here, Eater shines the spotlight on takeout windows throughout Atlanta where people can walk up to order everything from tacos, pizza, and coffee and beignets to barbecue, pita sandwiches, and frozen drinks.

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Taco Pete

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The original Taco Pete was founded in Los Angeles in 1966. This corner-situated taco stand in East Point is its second location. Walk up to order tacos here, but Taco Pete’s wings are easily some of the best in East Point.

Pomodoro Bella @ Chattahoochee Food Works

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Chefs James Semanisin and Byars Parham serve pizza, fresh pastas, cannolis, and weekly meal kits from their Italian food stall at Chattahoochee Food Works. Pomodoro Bella even includes a dough room that can be viewed from inside the market and a to-go window on the covered patio, allowing the stall to remain open after other stalls have closed for the day. Order online.

The Window.ATL

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Part of La Bodega at the Met, the takeout options at this to-go window range from pupusas and guava pastries paired with coffee and fresh-pressed juices to pho, banh mi, and even vegan hot dogs. Follow the Window and La Bodega on Instagram for menu updates and restaurant pop-ups.

BRASH Coffee

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Located in a repurposed shipping container at Westside Provisions District, Brash serves everything from pour-overs and lattes to drip coffee, along with selections from Emerald City Bagels and other pastries from local bakers.

Velvet Taco

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Located at the Interlock across the street from Brash, it’s hard to miss the takeout window for this taco restaurant on Howell Mill Road. Look for tacos like spicy tikka masala, Nashville hot tofu, falafel, and Kobe beef on the menu here paired with margaritas. Order online.

Rico Rico Latin kitchen

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Located in the parking lot of the Zone 3 Car Wash on Metropolitan, the daily menu for Rico Rico is listed on a chalkboard beside the takeout window and offers everything from Cuban sandwiches and fish tacos to beef empanadas, fried sweet plantains, bacalaitos (salt fish fritters), and plates of the day with fish escabeche, rice, and beans. If it’s on the menu, order the virgin piña colada slushie topped with whipped cream and a cherry while waiting for the car to be washed.

Wood’s Chapel BBQ

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The Summerhill barbecue restaurant, from the team behind The General Muir, Fred’s Meat & Bread, Yalla, opened inside a 1930s building along Georgia Avenue in 2019. The menu includes smoked meats by the pound, barbecue sandwiches, brisket tacos, and smoked sausage hot dogs, along with sides like potato salad, mac and cheese, and beet and jalapeño slaw. In 2020, Wood’s Chapel debuted a takeout window on its sunny side patio. Order online.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Que Que-osk

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Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q owners Justin and Jonathan Fox opened their barbecue kiosk dubbed the Que’osk inside a converted shipping container on Ottley Drive. The brothers wanted to provide Atlantans living and working in the city’s northwest neighborhoods a counter service joint serving a pared-down menu of the restaurant’s most popular barbecue plates and sandwiches. The brothers’ newest location at the Works in Underwood Hills features a takeout window, too.

Bon Ton Atlanta

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Owners Darren Carr and Eric Simpkins (The Lawrence, Wonderkid) once described Bon Ton’s mainly seafood-based menu as “Louisiana meets Vietnam paired with stiff cocktails.” That’s still the case in the dining room and at the takeout window on Myrtle Street. The Midtown restaurant offers a selection of boiled and fried seafood as well as a Cajun shrimp burger, po’boys, a catfish banh mi, and even frozen drinks. Order online.

Cubanos ATL

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Cuban sandwich and coffee shop Cubanos ATL in Sandy Springs is located inside a custom-built tiny house on Roswell Road. It quickly become a hot spot for Cuban sandwiches and coffee drinks after opening in 2020. All of the shop’s sandwiches are served on La Segunda Central Bakery bread — the oldest Cuban bread maker in the United States — and are created using family recipes. Simply walk up to the window, place an order, and wait to be called. Cubanos ATL includes locations in Cumming and at Chattahoochee Food Works. Order online.

Nick's Food To Go

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Located on the corner of MLK and Hill Street on the edge of Grant Park, Greek sandwich shop Nick’s Food to Go features a takeout window on the side of the building in the parking lot. The 25-year old restaurant continues to serve some of the city’s best gyros, along with its famous “Greek lasagna.” 

Sean's Harvest Market

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Grab sandwiches from the walk-up window at breakfast or lunch and a refreshing frozen lemonade to enjoy on the patio or at nearby Piedmont Park on a sunny day from this sandwich and smoothie bar. The selection of smoothies at Sean’s ranges from zippy energy boosters containing espresso to those loaded with fruit, kale, and herbs. There’s also a location in Candler Park. Order online.

Varuni Napoli

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Owner Luca Varuni serves up some of the city’s finest Neapolitan-style pizzas out of his Morningside restaurant and from his pizza kiosk inside Krog Street Market. In a permanent pandemic pivot meant to make it easier to grab pizza and pastas, Varuni added a takeout window outside his flagship Monroe Drive restaurant. Order online.

Glide Pizza

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Grab a slice or a whole pie from this extremely popular takeout window and pizzeria behind the Spindle at StudioPlex. Owner Rob Birdsong recently relocated his pizza operation from Irwin Street Market to its new home at StudioPlex. Along with giant slices and Brooklyn-style pies, Glide now offers a salad and beer on the menu. Outdoor seating is also available, with indoor seating expected to begin this spring. Friday nights and weekends are busy here, so it’s best to order ahead. Order online. Local delivery. Outdoor seating.

Yay Beignet

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One of the newest additions to Irwin Street Market, this takeout window located on the porch beside Jake’s Ice Cream serves nothing but hot and fluffy beignets sprinkled with powdered sugar paired with cold brew and Ethiopian coffee. Open daily at 9 a.m., order fresh beignets by the dozen here or in batches of three or six. Make sure to order dipping sauce in flavors like praline, chocolate, and peach. Follow on Instagram for updates.

Rina, an Israeli-style shipudiya or skewer house at the Ford Factory Lofts, serves a menu of mezze, hummus, pita sandwiches, platters, and kebabs, and draft and frozen cocktails and milkshakes. Shakes like the Tahini or Turkish coffee can be made boozy by adding rum or bourbon upon request. Grab food and drinks to go from the walk-up window off the Eastside Beltline. Order online.

Supremo Taco

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LA-style taco joint Supremo Taco, located next door to Grindhouse Killer Burgers on the edge of Grant Park, serves tacos stuffed with al pastor, barbacoa, and mole poblano chicken, along with snacks like fried choriqueso and churros. Be sure to check out Supremo’s daily specials, too. Order at the window and take those tacos to go, mingle in the parking lot, or grab a spot on the small patio out front.

Daily Chew

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Located in Piedmont Heights, this cafe owned by Stop Think Chew chef Julia Kesler Imerman serves a selection of coffee, protein bowls, and light breakfast items in the mornings, followed by rotisserie chicken dishes and pitas in the afternoons. Order the harissa roast cauliflower here, too. Daily Chew offers indoor seating and the convenience of a walk-up window out front. Order online for takeout.

Three Taverns Imaginarium

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The original Decatur location has been in business since 2013, creating beers like A Night on Ponce IPA, the passionfruit and guava cream Saporous, and the 16-ounce Morning Smack coffee milk stout. Now with the fancy two-story Imaginarium location at Atlanta Dairies, Three Taverns expanded its reach to Memorial Drive with stone patio tables outside and several seating areas inside. The takeout window here allows people to purchase beers on draft or a six pack. Look for weekly pop-up chefs at the brewery, too.

Hutchinson’s Finest Biscuits

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On Sunday mornings this window located on Bernina Avenue becomes home base for hot biscuits. Hutchinson’s Finest Biscuits serves up fresh, from-scratch biscuits paired with freshly made jams, like pineapple-date, and cheese spreads, including mascarpone and pimento cheese. ITP (inside the perimeter) delivery available for $10 fee. Delivery takes place Sundays between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Preorder online.

Victory Sandwich Bar

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Victory Sandwich Bar in Inman Park expanded its patio into the parking lot during the pandemic, complete with picnic tables and tents providing shade from the hot Georgia sun. The parking lot also includes a bright yellow container bar slinging beer, bottles of Topo Chico, cocktails, and frozen drinks during the spring and summer.

Little Bird To Go

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Whiskey Bird fuses Asian and American foods and flavors together on its menu. The Morningside restaurant adopted the takeout window model early on in the pandemic, and it’s now become the permanent takeout service sidekick. Dubbed Little Bird, people order food and drinks online or at the window in the front of Whiskey Bird on North Highland. Order online.

Brick Store Pub

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Brick Store Pub has been a downtown Decatur staple for over two decades now, and offers a lengthy, rotating list of local, Belgian, and hard-to-find beers, which are also available from a walk-up window on the side of the building. People can order drinks at the window while they wait for a table or order food and drinks for takeout. Simply ring the bell for service.

BBQ Cafe and Gorditas ATL

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This walk-up barbecue joint across from Kimball House in Decatur serves traditional, slow-smoked barbecue rooted in family recipes from Mississippi. The menu here offers everything from pulled pork, ribs, and brisket to smoked chicken and pulled turkey on the weekends paired with Southern sides like Brunswick stew, corn salad, and bread and butter pickles. On Mondays and Tuesdays when BBQ Cafe is closed, find chef Rio Becerra and their pop-up Gorditas ATL doling out Mexican street tacos and snacks from the window here. Order online for BBQ Cafe. Follow Gorditas ATL on Instagram for updates. 

Java Saga

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Hit the takeout window at Java Saga for a sizable Taiwanese-style hot chicken sandwich that comes in four levels of heat: lifeline (mild), crypto (hot and numbing), octane (very hot), and predator. Each sandwich is topped with Java Lava Saga sauce and sweet pickles served on brown sugar milk toast. Order coffee or tea drinks or a mango smoothie to curb the heat. Java Saga also offers a small breakfast menu and hot chicken plates, too.

Taco Pete

The original Taco Pete was founded in Los Angeles in 1966. This corner-situated taco stand in East Point is its second location. Walk up to order tacos here, but Taco Pete’s wings are easily some of the best in East Point.

Pomodoro Bella @ Chattahoochee Food Works

Chefs James Semanisin and Byars Parham serve pizza, fresh pastas, cannolis, and weekly meal kits from their Italian food stall at Chattahoochee Food Works. Pomodoro Bella even includes a dough room that can be viewed from inside the market and a to-go window on the covered patio, allowing the stall to remain open after other stalls have closed for the day. Order online.

The Window.ATL

Part of La Bodega at the Met, the takeout options at this to-go window range from pupusas and guava pastries paired with coffee and fresh-pressed juices to pho, banh mi, and even vegan hot dogs. Follow the Window and La Bodega on Instagram for menu updates and restaurant pop-ups.

BRASH Coffee

Located in a repurposed shipping container at Westside Provisions District, Brash serves everything from pour-overs and lattes to drip coffee, along with selections from Emerald City Bagels and other pastries from local bakers.

Velvet Taco

Located at the Interlock across the street from Brash, it’s hard to miss the takeout window for this taco restaurant on Howell Mill Road. Look for tacos like spicy tikka masala, Nashville hot tofu, falafel, and Kobe beef on the menu here paired with margaritas. Order online.

Rico Rico Latin kitchen

Located in the parking lot of the Zone 3 Car Wash on Metropolitan, the daily menu for Rico Rico is listed on a chalkboard beside the takeout window and offers everything from Cuban sandwiches and fish tacos to beef empanadas, fried sweet plantains, bacalaitos (salt fish fritters), and plates of the day with fish escabeche, rice, and beans. If it’s on the menu, order the virgin piña colada slushie topped with whipped cream and a cherry while waiting for the car to be washed.

Wood’s Chapel BBQ

The Summerhill barbecue restaurant, from the team behind The General Muir, Fred’s Meat & Bread, Yalla, opened inside a 1930s building along Georgia Avenue in 2019. The menu includes smoked meats by the pound, barbecue sandwiches, brisket tacos, and smoked sausage hot dogs, along with sides like potato salad, mac and cheese, and beet and jalapeño slaw. In 2020, Wood’s Chapel debuted a takeout window on its sunny side patio. Order online.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Que Que-osk

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q owners Justin and Jonathan Fox opened their barbecue kiosk dubbed the Que’osk inside a converted shipping container on Ottley Drive. The brothers wanted to provide Atlantans living and working in the city’s northwest neighborhoods a counter service joint serving a pared-down menu of the restaurant’s most popular barbecue plates and sandwiches. The brothers’ newest location at the Works in Underwood Hills features a takeout window, too.

Bon Ton Atlanta

Owners Darren Carr and Eric Simpkins (The Lawrence, Wonderkid) once described Bon Ton’s mainly seafood-based menu as “Louisiana meets Vietnam paired with stiff cocktails.” That’s still the case in the dining room and at the takeout window on Myrtle Street. The Midtown restaurant offers a selection of boiled and fried seafood as well as a Cajun shrimp burger, po’boys, a catfish banh mi, and even frozen drinks. Order online.

Cubanos ATL

Cuban sandwich and coffee shop Cubanos ATL in Sandy Springs is located inside a custom-built tiny house on Roswell Road. It quickly become a hot spot for Cuban sandwiches and coffee drinks after opening in 2020. All of the shop’s sandwiches are served on La Segunda Central Bakery bread — the oldest Cuban bread maker in the United States — and are created using family recipes. Simply walk up to the window, place an order, and wait to be called. Cubanos ATL includes locations in Cumming and at Chattahoochee Food Works. Order online.

Nick's Food To Go

Located on the corner of MLK and Hill Street on the edge of Grant Park, Greek sandwich shop Nick’s Food to Go features a takeout window on the side of the building in the parking lot. The 25-year old restaurant continues to serve some of the city’s best gyros, along with its famous “Greek lasagna.” 

Sean's Harvest Market

Grab sandwiches from the walk-up window at breakfast or lunch and a refreshing frozen lemonade to enjoy on the patio or at nearby Piedmont Park on a sunny day from this sandwich and smoothie bar. The selection of smoothies at Sean’s ranges from zippy energy boosters containing espresso to those loaded with fruit, kale, and herbs. There’s also a location in Candler Park. Order online.

Varuni Napoli

Owner Luca Varuni serves up some of the city’s finest Neapolitan-style pizzas out of his Morningside restaurant and from his pizza kiosk inside Krog Street Market. In a permanent pandemic pivot meant to make it easier to grab pizza and pastas, Varuni added a takeout window outside his flagship Monroe Drive restaurant. Order online.

Glide Pizza

Grab a slice or a whole pie from this extremely popular takeout window and pizzeria behind the Spindle at StudioPlex. Owner Rob Birdsong recently relocated his pizza operation from Irwin Street Market to its new home at StudioPlex. Along with giant slices and Brooklyn-style pies, Glide now offers a salad and beer on the menu. Outdoor seating is also available, with indoor seating expected to begin this spring. Friday nights and weekends are busy here, so it’s best to order ahead. Order online. Local delivery. Outdoor seating.

Yay Beignet

One of the newest additions to Irwin Street Market, this takeout window located on the porch beside Jake’s Ice Cream serves nothing but hot and fluffy beignets sprinkled with powdered sugar paired with cold brew and Ethiopian coffee. Open daily at 9 a.m., order fresh beignets by the dozen here or in batches of three or six. Make sure to order dipping sauce in flavors like praline, chocolate, and peach. Follow on Instagram for updates.

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Rina

Rina, an Israeli-style shipudiya or skewer house at the Ford Factory Lofts, serves a menu of mezze, hummus, pita sandwiches, platters, and kebabs, and draft and frozen cocktails and milkshakes. Shakes like the Tahini or Turkish coffee can be made boozy by adding rum or bourbon upon request. Grab food and drinks to go from the walk-up window off the Eastside Beltline. Order online.

Supremo Taco

LA-style taco joint Supremo Taco, located next door to Grindhouse Killer Burgers on the edge of Grant Park, serves tacos stuffed with al pastor, barbacoa, and mole poblano chicken, along with snacks like fried choriqueso and churros. Be sure to check out Supremo’s daily specials, too. Order at the window and take those tacos to go, mingle in the parking lot, or grab a spot on the small patio out front.

Daily Chew

Located in Piedmont Heights, this cafe owned by Stop Think Chew chef Julia Kesler Imerman serves a selection of coffee, protein bowls, and light breakfast items in the mornings, followed by rotisserie chicken dishes and pitas in the afternoons. Order the harissa roast cauliflower here, too. Daily Chew offers indoor seating and the convenience of a walk-up window out front. Order online for takeout.

Three Taverns Imaginarium

The original Decatur location has been in business since 2013, creating beers like A Night on Ponce IPA, the passionfruit and guava cream Saporous, and the 16-ounce Morning Smack coffee milk stout. Now with the fancy two-story Imaginarium location at Atlanta Dairies, Three Taverns expanded its reach to Memorial Drive with stone patio tables outside and several seating areas inside. The takeout window here allows people to purchase beers on draft or a six pack. Look for weekly pop-up chefs at the brewery, too.

Hutchinson’s Finest Biscuits

On Sunday mornings this window located on Bernina Avenue becomes home base for hot biscuits. Hutchinson’s Finest Biscuits serves up fresh, from-scratch biscuits paired with freshly made jams, like pineapple-date, and cheese spreads, including mascarpone and pimento cheese. ITP (inside the perimeter) delivery available for $10 fee. Delivery takes place Sundays between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Preorder online.

Victory Sandwich Bar

Victory Sandwich Bar in Inman Park expanded its patio into the parking lot during the pandemic, complete with picnic tables and tents providing shade from the hot Georgia sun. The parking lot also includes a bright yellow container bar slinging beer, bottles of Topo Chico, cocktails, and frozen drinks during the spring and summer.

Little Bird To Go

Whiskey Bird fuses Asian and American foods and flavors together on its menu. The Morningside restaurant adopted the takeout window model early on in the pandemic, and it’s now become the permanent takeout service sidekick. Dubbed Little Bird, people order food and drinks online or at the window in the front of Whiskey Bird on North Highland. Order online.

Brick Store Pub

Brick Store Pub has been a downtown Decatur staple for over two decades now, and offers a lengthy, rotating list of local, Belgian, and hard-to-find beers, which are also available from a walk-up window on the side of the building. People can order drinks at the window while they wait for a table or order food and drinks for takeout. Simply ring the bell for service.

BBQ Cafe and Gorditas ATL

This walk-up barbecue joint across from Kimball House in Decatur serves traditional, slow-smoked barbecue rooted in family recipes from Mississippi. The menu here offers everything from pulled pork, ribs, and brisket to smoked chicken and pulled turkey on the weekends paired with Southern sides like Brunswick stew, corn salad, and bread and butter pickles. On Mondays and Tuesdays when BBQ Cafe is closed, find chef Rio Becerra and their pop-up Gorditas ATL doling out Mexican street tacos and snacks from the window here. Order online for BBQ Cafe. Follow Gorditas ATL on Instagram for updates. 

Java Saga

Hit the takeout window at Java Saga for a sizable Taiwanese-style hot chicken sandwich that comes in four levels of heat: lifeline (mild), crypto (hot and numbing), octane (very hot), and predator. Each sandwich is topped with Java Lava Saga sauce and sweet pickles served on brown sugar milk toast. Order coffee or tea drinks or a mango smoothie to curb the heat. Java Saga also offers a small breakfast menu and hot chicken plates, too.

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