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Buford Highway's Best Greasy Spoon Restaurants

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Diners are great, but what kind of Greasy Spoons Week would this be if we didn't also address Buford Highway? The well-known food destination is a stretch of Atlanta home to over 1,000 immigrant-run businesses, and here, Krista Miller takes us through some of the highway's greasiest spoons.

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The mecca of cheap, fast, family-run food, Buford Highway is bursting at the seams with greasy spoon restaurants. Whether you want tacos, pho, or a mountain of sweet, sweet starch, BuHi is exactly where you need to be. See ten of your best bets for grease (the good kind) below, and if you've got other recommendations, do leave them in the comments.
Krista Miller


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. El Rey del Taco

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5288 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30340
(770) 986-0092
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Handmade tortillas filled with goat, chicken, and cow tongue – oh my! This BuHi treasure has everything a greasy spoon should and it’s open (almost) 24/7. You know, for those 3 AM barbacoa cravings we all get. [Photo]

2. Quoc Huong Bahn Mi Fast Food

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5150 Buford Hwy C-170
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 936-0605
Pack in with what seems like the entire city of Atlanta, and glory in BBQ Pork banh mi. At $2.50 a pop, there’s no reason not to indulge. You deserve it. [Photo]

3. El Señor Taco

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4005 Buford Highway NW
Atlanta, GA 30345
Fish taco, meet face. [Photo]

4. Lee's Bakery

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4005 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 728-1008
Any greasy spoon worth its salt will serve you coffee, strong and hot. Lee’s gives you something special: Vietnamese coffee, made with sweet condensed milk. Order a glass and a bowl of Pho and no hangover will be a match. [Photo]

5. La Casona

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3820 Stewart Rd
Doraville, GA 30340
Sometimes you just need to dive into a plate of food the size of Lake Lanier. The Bandeja Paisa more than has you covered with bean, rice, chicharrones, chorizo, steak, avocado, plantains, and a fried egg. Hungry? [Photo]

6. Crawfish Shack Seafood

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4337 Buford Hwy, Ste 170
Atlanta, GA 30341
(404) 929-6789
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Here, the po' boys rule all. The shrimp po' boy gets praised all over the city, and deservedly so. But don’t look past the housemade Bulgogi po' boy, either. Paired with a glass of freshly squeezed sugar cane juice, it will make your burger and shake look like a punk. [Photo]

7. Panahar Bangladeshi Cuisine

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3375 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 633-6655
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Have only $10 in your pocket but a hunger that is bottomless? Get thee to Panahar. A $10 all-you-can-eat buffet of Bangladeshi deliciousness. And it’s BYOB, so no need to sneakily flask it. [Photo]

8. Nam Phuong

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4051 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 633-2400
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With everything from pho to Vietnamese street food on its immense menu, you’ll absolutely find something here that you’ll want to devour. If you’re really hungry, grab a friend and dive into the Ba Vi, or the Three Delights. Thank us later. [Photo]

9. Te Wei Chinese Kebob

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5090 Buford Hwy NE, Ste 103
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 455-8388
Meat on a stick, y’all. Meat on a stick. [Photo]

10. Waffle House

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3785 Buford Hwy
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 623-6758
Sometimes you just need toast and eggs, and Buford Highway offers you a few outposts of this Southern staple. It may not be exotic, but it comfy. More on Waffle House here. [Photo]

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1. El Rey del Taco

5288 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340
Handmade tortillas filled with goat, chicken, and cow tongue – oh my! This BuHi treasure has everything a greasy spoon should and it’s open (almost) 24/7. You know, for those 3 AM barbacoa cravings we all get. [Photo]
5288 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30340

2. Quoc Huong Bahn Mi Fast Food

5150 Buford Hwy C-170, Doraville, GA 30340
Pack in with what seems like the entire city of Atlanta, and glory in BBQ Pork banh mi. At $2.50 a pop, there’s no reason not to indulge. You deserve it. [Photo]
5150 Buford Hwy C-170
Doraville, GA 30340

3. El Señor Taco

4005 Buford Highway NW, Atlanta, GA 30345
Fish taco, meet face. [Photo]
4005 Buford Highway NW
Atlanta, GA 30345

4. Lee's Bakery

4005 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30345
Any greasy spoon worth its salt will serve you coffee, strong and hot. Lee’s gives you something special: Vietnamese coffee, made with sweet condensed milk. Order a glass and a bowl of Pho and no hangover will be a match. [Photo]
4005 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345

5. La Casona

3820 Stewart Rd, Doraville, GA 30340
Sometimes you just need to dive into a plate of food the size of Lake Lanier. The Bandeja Paisa more than has you covered with bean, rice, chicharrones, chorizo, steak, avocado, plantains, and a fried egg. Hungry? [Photo]
3820 Stewart Rd
Doraville, GA 30340

6. Crawfish Shack Seafood

4337 Buford Hwy, Ste 170, Atlanta, GA 30341
Here, the po' boys rule all. The shrimp po' boy gets praised all over the city, and deservedly so. But don’t look past the housemade Bulgogi po' boy, either. Paired with a glass of freshly squeezed sugar cane juice, it will make your burger and shake look like a punk. [Photo]
4337 Buford Hwy, Ste 170
Atlanta, GA 30341

7. Panahar Bangladeshi Cuisine

3375 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
Have only $10 in your pocket but a hunger that is bottomless? Get thee to Panahar. A $10 all-you-can-eat buffet of Bangladeshi deliciousness. And it’s BYOB, so no need to sneakily flask it. [Photo]
3375 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

8. Nam Phuong

4051 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30345
With everything from pho to Vietnamese street food on its immense menu, you’ll absolutely find something here that you’ll want to devour. If you’re really hungry, grab a friend and dive into the Ba Vi, or the Three Delights. Thank us later. [Photo]
4051 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345

9. Te Wei Chinese Kebob

5090 Buford Hwy NE, Ste 103, Doraville, GA 30340
Meat on a stick, y’all. Meat on a stick. [Photo]
5090 Buford Hwy NE, Ste 103
Doraville, GA 30340

10. Waffle House

3785 Buford Hwy, Duluth, GA 30096
Sometimes you just need toast and eggs, and Buford Highway offers you a few outposts of this Southern staple. It may not be exotic, but it comfy. More on Waffle House here. [Photo]
3785 Buford Hwy
Duluth, GA 30096

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