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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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El Rey del Taco

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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]

Quoc Huong Bahn Mi Fast Food

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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]

El Señor Taco

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Fish taco, meet face. [Photo]

Lee's Bakery

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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]

La Casona

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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]

Crawfish Shack Seafood

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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]

Panahar Bangladeshi Cuisine

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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]

Nam Phuong

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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]

Te Wei Chinese Kebob

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Meat on a stick, y’all. Meat on a stick. [Photo]

Waffle House

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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]

El Rey del Taco

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]

Quoc Huong Bahn Mi Fast Food

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]

El Señor Taco

Fish taco, meet face. [Photo]

Lee's Bakery

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]

La Casona

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]

Crawfish Shack Seafood

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]

Panahar Bangladeshi Cuisine

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]

Nam Phuong

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]

Te Wei Chinese Kebob

Meat on a stick, y’all. Meat on a stick. [Photo]

Waffle House

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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