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Curry Puff- Puffed pastries filled with minced chicken, sweet potatoes, onions, and curry powder w/ a side of cucumber salad in sweet vinaigrette from TydeTate Kitchen
Curry puffs filled with minced chicken, sweet potatoes, and onions from TydeTate Kitchen.
Ryan Fleisher

20 Atlanta Restaurants Dining Experts and Eater Readers Kept Returning to in 2021

Atlanta food writers, restaurant industry insiders, and Eater readers share their favorite Atlanta restaurants of 2021

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Curry puffs filled with minced chicken, sweet potatoes, and onions from TydeTate Kitchen.
| Ryan Fleisher

We’ve already asked Atlanta food writers, restaurant industry insiders, and a few Eater readers to name the best new restaurants and pop-ups of 2021 and their top meals in Atlanta this year. But, Eater also wanted to know the establishments ATL restaurant insiders, food writers, and readers found themselves returning to again and again in 2021. These are the restaurants Atlanta dining experts frequent when they’re not on the clock and readers found comfort in this year.

This list of 20 Atlanta restaurants features everything from sushi, Vietnamese fare, and pizza to Cuban sandwiches, curries, and double-chocolate kouign-amann.

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Disclaimer: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here. It is highly advised people wear masks indoors or when in crowded situations, regardless of vaccination status, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. TydeTate Kitchen Comfort Thai

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1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(678) 327-4978
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This Thai-food stall and Lawrenceville-based catering business, owned by Tana Bhamaraniyama, serves home-style Thai comfort foods and dishes like plah talay (seafood salad), saku wraps, stuffed chicken wings, and curry puffs on its menu. It was a winner this year for Mike Jordan, editor of Butter ATL. “That slow-cooked Panang curry beef is just hypnotically good, and so are the chicken curry puffs, the spiced Thai fried rice and pretty much everything else,” he says.

2. Mushi Ni

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1170 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite P-10C
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 500-4737
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Billed as an Asian street food stall, Mushi Ni serves a variety of baos and dumplings, including crab and pork dumplings and eggplant wontons, along with bites like coconut shrimp, Tokyo fries, and bulgogi octopus skewers on its menu. There’s even tempura-fried Oreos for dessert. More than a few Eater readers surveyed named Mushi Ni as their go-to restaurant this year. People can find Mushi Ni slinging its street eats at Little Trouble at Westside Provisions District and at S.O.S Tiki Bar in Decatur. 

3. Antico

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1093 Hemphill Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 724-2333
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What started out years ago as a Neapolitan pizza restaurant for owner Giovanni Di’Palma has since grown into his version of Little Italy on Hemphill Road in Home Park. Jennifer Zyman, host of podcast The Food That Binds, says it’s all about “everything Antico” for her. She suggests trying the Roman-style sandwiches at Antico Roma, the Sorrento lemon chicken at Gio’s, and the Sicilian pizza at Gio’s Sicilian. “Don’t sleep on the spicy pepperoni, which has a layer of honey mixed with Calabrian chilies under the charred pepperoni cups,” Zyman says.

4. Sublime Doughnuts

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535 10th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 897-1801
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Mike Jordan, editor of Butter ATL, says he and his family grabbed more than a few boxes of doughnuts in 2021 from this Home Park shop, owned by baker Kamal Grant. Sublime is located on the edge of the Georgia Tech campus serving doughnuts in flavors like s’mores, Nestle crunch, A-town mocha, salt and vinegar, and red velvet on the menu. Open 24/7. There’s also a location open 24/7 on Briarcliff Road.

5. Sho Spicy

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4920 Roswell Rd Suite 11
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
(404) 963-6889
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For Jennifer Zyman, host of podcast The Food That Binds, Sandy Springs Sichuan restaurant Sho Spicy became a go-to spot in 2021. Sho Spicy serves up Sichuan standards on the menu, including braised fish in chile oil, fiery three-pepper beef, Hunan lamb, dan dan noodles, and wontons swimming in chile oil. Try the hot and numbing quail or Sichuan bamboo fish, too. 

6. Rumi's Kitchen Sandy Springs

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6112 Roswell Rd
Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 477-2100
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As in 2020, Rumi’s Kitchen continued to be a favorite restaurant for Jennifer Zyman, host of podcast The Food That Binds, this year. Chef Ali Mesghali and his team offer diners an elegant experience paired with tight service, good wine, and Persian flavors which simply transport. Zyman suggests ordering the stewed eggplant, cornish hen, and any of Rumi’s rice dishes. A third location opens at Colony Square in Midtown in 2022. 

7. Staplehouse

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541 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 524-5005
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The award-winning restaurant on Edgewood Avenue transformed into a neighborhood market selling everything from artisan pantry ingredients and fresh-baked crackers, breads, and pastries to chocolates, local beer, and mostly natural and biodynamic wines. Order food from the daily menu board (created by chef Ryan Smith and his team) or compile a charcuterie and cheese spread and head out to the covered or garden patios out back. Eater Atlanta editor Beth McKibben and contributor Kris Martins both named Staplehouse a go-to spot to relax, sip wine, and dine outdoors throughout 2021. “So few places in Atlanta offer the trifecta of food, wine, and vibes like that of Staplehouse Market. It’s an oasis on Edgewood serving pepperoni haute pockets, smoked brisket with fresh tortillas, and seasonal burrata and grain bowls,” says McKibben

8. Bomb Biscuit Atlanta

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660 Irwin St NE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(678) 949-9439
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Those who’ve been attending baker Erika Council’s biscuit pop-ups for years know what’s up. Since launching her biscuit delivery business in May 2020, Bomb Biscuits outgrew its space and operations capacity at commercial kitchen facility Prep Atlanta. For now, folks can find Council and her biscuits and cinnamon rolls at Irwin Street Market in the Old Fourth Ward. Council’s buttermilk biscuit menu includes more flavors, including bacon cheddar chive and gluten free and vegan options. She also ships her biscuits and cinnamon rolls nationwide and continues to make local deliveries to customers throughout the cities of Atlanta and Decatur. Mike Jordan, editor of Butter ATL, admits Bomb Biscuits made him “chubbier from repeat visits late in the year, but we all got a little quarantine thick anyway. It’s fine.”

9. Glide Pizza

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660 Irwin St NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

Glide Pizza owner Rob Birdsong slings giant Brooklyn-style pies for takeout or local delivery via electric bicycle served through a takeout window at Irwin Street Market. Birdsong keeps the pizzas at Glide simple and classic, using fresh meats and other ingredients to top his pies procured from several local food purveyors in town. Soon, residents and visitors of Decatur will be able to grab slices and pizzas from Glide when a second takeout window opens inside brewery Inner Voice Brewing. A third location lands on West Marietta Street in 2022. “My go-to order from Glide is a pizza topped with spicy sausage and red onions with a side of pickled jalapenos. This pizza just hits the spot every single time and pairs wonderfully with whatever wine is chilling in the fridge or breathing on the counter,” says Beth McKibben, editor of Eater Atlanta

10. 8ARM

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710 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

8ARM shifted menu gears again in 2021, this time to Japanese-focused dishes from chefs Hiro Endo and Allen Suh, including sushi, ramen, and traditional izakaya fare. But people can still expect the wine list here to be loaded with by-the-glass and bottle options of mostly natural and small producer sparkling, white, skin contact, rose, and red wines. For these reasons, 8ARM was a frequent dining spot for Eater Atlanta contributor Kris Martins this year.

11. Evergreen Butcher + Baker

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2011 Hosea L Williams Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 996-2442
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This Kirkwood butcher shop and bakery offers a small selection of sandwiches and pastries throughout the day, in addition to its meats and baked good from owners Sean and Emma Schacke. Atlanta magazine deputy editor Sam Worley found himself at Evergreen frequently in 2021 for “its amazing bread (and double-chocolate kouign-amann).” When its listed on the menu, make sure to grab the classic double cheeseburger here topped with pickles and aioli and served on a long-ferment sesame seed bun.

12. Poor Hendrix

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2371 Hosea L Williams Dr SE bldg 2
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 549-8756
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Several Eater readers surveyed named this friendly neighborhood restaurant and bar as a popular haunt for dining on spicy peanut cold noodles, grilled cheese on sourdough with tomato jam, and marinated mussels served with a side of focaccia. The menu changes often, but if the sesame wings are available, order a basket of drums and flats immediately. Pair dinner with an ice cold tallboy, a cocktail, or a glass of wine.

13. Buena Gente Cuban Bakery

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1365 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(678) 744-5638
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Even when Buena Gente was a mobile food business, it was consistently serving some of the best Cuban street eats in metro ATL. Owners Manny Rodriguez and Stacie Antich took Buena Gente permanent in 2020 and continue offering their flaky and buttery empanadas on the menu, along with ham croquetas and beef pastelitos. Order a meaty Cubano sandwich on fresh-baked bread, and make sure to throw in a side of plantain chips. Buena Gente was named numerous times by Eater readers surveyed as one of their favorite spots to dine in Atlanta this year.

14. Chai Pani Decatur

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406 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-4030
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After revamping the menu and the interiors two weeks prior to the pandemic in March 2020, owner Meherwan Irani has once again retooled the menu for his popular Indian street food restaurant in Decatur. This time Irani is bringing it back to the food roots of his childhood growing up in the Deccan Plateau in India. “I was pretty excited when Chai Pani reopened, and have been a couple times to explore the new menu; the tomato cheese uttapam—a savory pancake made out of lentils and rice—combines two of my favorites foods (tomatoes, cheese), so obviously there’s a lot to like here,” Atlanta magazine deputy editor Sam Worley says.

15. Best BBQ

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5000 Buford Hwy NE
Chamblee, GA 30341
(678) 395-6900
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With locations on Buford Highway in Chamblee and the food court at GW Supermarket in Duluth, Best BBQ is where to head for quick-service dim sum. Order everything from shrimp and pork shumai and har gow (Cantonese shrimp dumplings) to sticky rice in lotus leaves, steamed chicken feet, turnip cakes, and other dim sum delights here. When she’s not at Snackboxe Bistro in Doraville or prepping for the opening of the new Duluth location, you might catch chef Thip Athakhanh grabbing takeout from Best BBQ.

16. Hong Kong Bakery

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3601 Shallowford Rd
Doraville, GA 30340

Located in the iconic Asian Square complex on Buford Highway, home to Mamak, Ming’s BBQ, and La Mei Zi, Hong Kong Bakery might get lost in the sea of food options found here, and behind its much bigger neighbor Sweet Hut Bakery. But, this is where to come for buns stuffed with pork floss, coconut, or taro, pandan Swiss rolls, perfectly chewy sesame balls, and egg custard tarts paired with Hong Kong-style milk tea. Eater Atlanta contributor Kris Martins found herself indulging in the treats at Hong Kong Bakery quite a bit in 2021.

17. LanZhou Ramen 兰州拉面

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5231 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(678) 691-2175
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Located in the Pinetree Plaza shopping center, LanZhou Ramen serves heaping plates of hand-pulled noodles and noodle soups on the menu. It’s fun to watch the chef roll, twist, pull, and whip those noodles into shape through the window overlooking the kitchen. LanZhou also offers a variety of dumplings and dim sum on its menu, including soup dumplings, Chinese hamburger, and fried potstickers. For Eater Atlanta editor Beth McKibben, a comforting meal here or ordering takeout frequently consists of pork hand-pulled noodle soup, soup dumplings, and fried chive pancakes.

18. Matcha Cafe Maiko - Atlanta

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5306 Buford Hwy NE Ste B
Atlanta, GA 30340
(470) 359-3142
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For those who enjoy matcha and soft serve ice cream, head to Matcha Cafe Maiko on Buford Highway. The silky sweet texture of soft serve mixed with the slight bitterness of ground green tea leaves makes this ice cream pop with flavor while still being refreshing and not too sweet. For Atlanta magazine deputy editor Sam Worley, Matcha Cafe Maiko has become a regular spot for soft serve when he’s dining on Buford Highway. He likes the rotating flavor selections here. “The last time I was there, it was dalgona—the Korean sugar candy that played a memorable role in Squid Game. (Unlike on the TV show, though, at Matcha Cafe Maiko they don’t murder you if you fumble the ice cream cone.)”

19. Sushi Mito

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6470 Spalding Dr
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
(770) 734-0398
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This congenial sushi restaurant also includes a selection of traditional izakaya dishes and bento boxes as well as shochu and cocktails on its menu. Make sure to check out the chef’s specials here, too. This is a regular spot for chef Thip Athakhanh, owner of Snackboxe Bistro, to dine in between shifts at her restaurant each week.

20. Nam Phuong Jimmy Carter

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5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093
(770) 409-8686
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Both Nam Phuong on Buford Highway and on Jimmy Carter are longtime popular spots for Atlantans to indulge in big bowls of pho or plates of shaking beef. Make sure to try the wings here. These crispy wings carry a zippy, funky flavor embedded in the meat with a bit of heat from the sweet chile sauce glaze. Folks might spy Snackboxe Bistro owner chef Thip Athakhanh dining at the Norcross location, too.

1. TydeTate Kitchen Comfort Thai

1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

This Thai-food stall and Lawrenceville-based catering business, owned by Tana Bhamaraniyama, serves home-style Thai comfort foods and dishes like plah talay (seafood salad), saku wraps, stuffed chicken wings, and curry puffs on its menu. It was a winner this year for Mike Jordan, editor of Butter ATL. “That slow-cooked Panang curry beef is just hypnotically good, and so are the chicken curry puffs, the spiced Thai fried rice and pretty much everything else,” he says.

1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

2. Mushi Ni

1170 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite P-10C, Atlanta, GA 30318

Billed as an Asian street food stall, Mushi Ni serves a variety of baos and dumplings, including crab and pork dumplings and eggplant wontons, along with bites like coconut shrimp, Tokyo fries, and bulgogi octopus skewers on its menu. There’s even tempura-fried Oreos for dessert. More than a few Eater readers surveyed named Mushi Ni as their go-to restaurant this year. People can find Mushi Ni slinging its street eats at Little Trouble at Westside Provisions District and at S.O.S Tiki Bar in Decatur. 

1170 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite P-10C
Atlanta, GA 30318

3. Antico

1093 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

What started out years ago as a Neapolitan pizza restaurant for owner Giovanni Di’Palma has since grown into his version of Little Italy on Hemphill Road in Home Park. Jennifer Zyman, host of podcast The Food That Binds, says it’s all about “everything Antico” for her. She suggests trying the Roman-style sandwiches at Antico Roma, the Sorrento lemon chicken at Gio’s, and the Sicilian pizza at Gio’s Sicilian. “Don’t sleep on the spicy pepperoni, which has a layer of honey mixed with Calabrian chilies under the charred pepperoni cups,” Zyman says.

1093 Hemphill Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

4. Sublime Doughnuts

535 10th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Mike Jordan, editor of Butter ATL, says he and his family grabbed more than a few boxes of doughnuts in 2021 from this Home Park shop, owned by baker Kamal Grant. Sublime is located on the edge of the Georgia Tech campus serving doughnuts in flavors like s’mores, Nestle crunch, A-town mocha, salt and vinegar, and red velvet on the menu. Open 24/7. There’s also a location open 24/7 on Briarcliff Road.

535 10th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. Sho Spicy

4920 Roswell Rd Suite 11, Sandy Springs, GA 30342

For Jennifer Zyman, host of podcast The Food That Binds, Sandy Springs Sichuan restaurant Sho Spicy became a go-to spot in 2021. Sho Spicy serves up Sichuan standards on the menu, including braised fish in chile oil, fiery three-pepper beef, Hunan lamb, dan dan noodles, and wontons swimming in chile oil. Try the hot and numbing quail or Sichuan bamboo fish, too. 

4920 Roswell Rd Suite 11
Sandy Springs, GA 30342

6. Rumi's Kitchen Sandy Springs

6112 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328

As in 2020, Rumi’s Kitchen continued to be a favorite restaurant for Jennifer Zyman, host of podcast The Food That Binds, this year. Chef Ali Mesghali and his team offer diners an elegant experience paired with tight service, good wine, and Persian flavors which simply transport. Zyman suggests ordering the stewed eggplant, cornish hen, and any of Rumi’s rice dishes. A third location opens at Colony Square in Midtown in 2022. 

6112 Roswell Rd
Atlanta, GA 30328

7. Staplehouse

541 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

The award-winning restaurant on Edgewood Avenue transformed into a neighborhood market selling everything from artisan pantry ingredients and fresh-baked crackers, breads, and pastries to chocolates, local beer, and mostly natural and biodynamic wines. Order food from the daily menu board (created by chef Ryan Smith and his team) or compile a charcuterie and cheese spread and head out to the covered or garden patios out back. Eater Atlanta editor Beth McKibben and contributor Kris Martins both named Staplehouse a go-to spot to relax, sip wine, and dine outdoors throughout 2021. “So few places in Atlanta offer the trifecta of food, wine, and vibes like that of Staplehouse Market. It’s an oasis on Edgewood serving pepperoni haute pockets, smoked brisket with fresh tortillas, and seasonal burrata and grain bowls,” says McKibben

541 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

8. Bomb Biscuit Atlanta

660 Irwin St NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Those who’ve been attending baker Erika Council’s biscuit pop-ups for years know what’s up. Since launching her biscuit delivery business in May 2020, Bomb Biscuits outgrew its space and operations capacity at commercial kitchen facility Prep Atlanta. For now, folks can find Council and her biscuits and cinnamon rolls at Irwin Street Market in the Old Fourth Ward. Council’s buttermilk biscuit menu includes more flavors, including bacon cheddar chive and gluten free and vegan options. She also ships her biscuits and cinnamon rolls nationwide and continues to make local deliveries to customers throughout the cities of Atlanta and Decatur. Mike Jordan, editor of Butter ATL, admits Bomb Biscuits made him “chubbier from repeat visits late in the year, but we all got a little quarantine thick anyway. It’s fine.”

660 Irwin St NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

9. Glide Pizza

660 Irwin St NE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Glide Pizza owner Rob Birdsong slings giant Brooklyn-style pies for takeout or local delivery via electric bicycle served through a takeout window at Irwin Street Market. Birdsong keeps the pizzas at Glide simple and classic, using fresh meats and other ingredients to top his pies procured from several local food purveyors in town. Soon, residents and visitors of Decatur will be able to grab slices and pizzas from Glide when a second takeout window opens inside brewery Inner Voice Brewing. A third location lands on West Marietta Street in 2022. “My go-to order from Glide is a pizza topped with spicy sausage and red onions with a side of pickled jalapenos. This pizza just hits the spot every single time and pairs wonderfully with whatever wine is chilling in the fridge or breathing on the counter,” says Beth McKibben, editor of Eater Atlanta

660 Irwin St NE
Atlanta, GA 30312

10. 8ARM

710 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

8ARM shifted menu gears again in 2021, this time to Japanese-focused dishes from chefs Hiro Endo and Allen Suh, including sushi, ramen, and traditional izakaya fare. But people can still expect the wine list here to be loaded with by-the-glass and bottle options of mostly natural and small producer sparkling, white, skin contact, rose, and red wines. For these reasons, 8ARM was a frequent dining spot for Eater Atlanta contributor Kris Martins this year.

710 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

11. Evergreen Butcher + Baker

2011 Hosea L Williams Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30317

This Kirkwood butcher shop and bakery offers a small selection of sandwiches and pastries throughout the day, in addition to its meats and baked good from owners Sean and Emma Schacke. Atlanta magazine deputy editor Sam Worley found himself at Evergreen frequently in 2021 for “its amazing bread (and double-chocolate kouign-amann).” When its listed on the menu, make sure to grab the classic double cheeseburger here topped with pickles and aioli and served on a long-ferment sesame seed bun.

2011 Hosea L Williams Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30317

12. Poor Hendrix

2371 Hosea L Williams Dr SE bldg 2, Atlanta, GA 30317

Several Eater readers surveyed named this friendly neighborhood restaurant and bar as a popular haunt for dining on spicy peanut cold noodles, grilled cheese on sourdough with tomato jam, and marinated mussels served with a side of focaccia. The menu changes often, but if the sesame wings are available, order a basket of drums and flats immediately. Pair dinner with an ice cold tallboy, a cocktail, or a glass of wine.

2371 Hosea L Williams Dr SE bldg 2
Atlanta, GA 30317

13. Buena Gente Cuban Bakery

1365 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

Even when Buena Gente was a mobile food business, it was consistently serving some of the best Cuban street eats in metro ATL. Owners Manny Rodriguez and Stacie Antich took Buena Gente permanent in 2020 and continue offering their flaky and buttery empanadas on the menu, along with ham croquetas and beef pastelitos. Order a meaty Cubano sandwich on fresh-baked bread, and make sure to throw in a side of plantain chips. Buena Gente was named numerous times by Eater readers surveyed as one of their favorite spots to dine in Atlanta this year.

1365 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

14. Chai Pani Decatur

406 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

After revamping the menu and the interiors two weeks prior to the pandemic in March 2020, owner Meherwan Irani has once again retooled the menu for his popular Indian street food restaurant in Decatur. This time Irani is bringing it back to the food roots of his childhood growing up in the Deccan Plateau in India. “I was pretty excited when Chai Pani reopened, and have been a couple times to explore the new menu; the tomato cheese uttapam—a savory pancake made out of lentils and rice—combines two of my favorites foods (tomatoes, cheese), so obviously there’s a lot to like here,” Atlanta magazine deputy editor Sam Worley says.

406 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

15. Best BBQ

5000 Buford Hwy NE, Chamblee, GA 30341

With locations on Buford Highway in Chamblee and the food court at GW Supermarket in Duluth, Best BBQ is where to head for quick-service dim sum. Order everything from shrimp and pork shumai and har gow (Cantonese shrimp dumplings) to sticky rice in lotus leaves, steamed chicken feet, turnip cakes, and other dim sum delights here. When she’s not at Snackboxe Bistro in Doraville or prepping for the opening of the new Duluth location, you might catch chef Thip Athakhanh grabbing takeout from Best BBQ.

5000 Buford Hwy NE
Chamblee, GA 30341

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16. Hong Kong Bakery

3601 Shallowford Rd, Doraville, GA 30340

Located in the iconic Asian Square complex on Buford Highway, home to Mamak, Ming’s BBQ, and La Mei Zi, Hong Kong Bakery might get lost in the sea of food options found here, and behind its much bigger neighbor Sweet Hut Bakery. But, this is where to come for buns stuffed with pork floss, coconut, or taro, pandan Swiss rolls, perfectly chewy sesame balls, and egg custard tarts paired with Hong Kong-style milk tea. Eater Atlanta contributor Kris Martins found herself indulging in the treats at Hong Kong Bakery quite a bit in 2021.

3601 Shallowford Rd
Doraville, GA 30340

17. LanZhou Ramen 兰州拉面

5231 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340

Located in the Pinetree Plaza shopping center, LanZhou Ramen serves heaping plates of hand-pulled noodles and noodle soups on the menu. It’s fun to watch the chef roll, twist, pull, and whip those noodles into shape through the window overlooking the kitchen. LanZhou also offers a variety of dumplings and dim sum on its menu, including soup dumplings, Chinese hamburger, and fried potstickers. For Eater Atlanta editor Beth McKibben, a comforting meal here or ordering takeout frequently consists of pork hand-pulled noodle soup, soup dumplings, and fried chive pancakes.

5231 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340

18. Matcha Cafe Maiko - Atlanta

5306 Buford Hwy NE Ste B, Atlanta, GA 30340

For those who enjoy matcha and soft serve ice cream, head to Matcha Cafe Maiko on Buford Highway. The silky sweet texture of soft serve mixed with the slight bitterness of ground green tea leaves makes this ice cream pop with flavor while still being refreshing and not too sweet. For Atlanta magazine deputy editor Sam Worley, Matcha Cafe Maiko has become a regular spot for soft serve when he’s dining on Buford Highway. He likes the rotating flavor selections here. “The last time I was there, it was dalgona—the Korean sugar candy that played a memorable role in Squid Game. (Unlike on the TV show, though, at Matcha Cafe Maiko they don’t murder you if you fumble the ice cream cone.)”

5306 Buford Hwy NE Ste B
Atlanta, GA 30340

19. Sushi Mito

6470 Spalding Dr, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

This congenial sushi restaurant also includes a selection of traditional izakaya dishes and bento boxes as well as shochu and cocktails on its menu. Make sure to check out the chef’s specials here, too. This is a regular spot for chef Thip Athakhanh, owner of Snackboxe Bistro, to dine in between shifts at her restaurant each week.

6470 Spalding Dr
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

20. Nam Phuong Jimmy Carter

5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd, Norcross, GA 30093

Both Nam Phuong on Buford Highway and on Jimmy Carter are longtime popular spots for Atlantans to indulge in big bowls of pho or plates of shaking beef. Make sure to try the wings here. These crispy wings carry a zippy, funky flavor embedded in the meat with a bit of heat from the sweet chile sauce glaze. Folks might spy Snackboxe Bistro owner chef Thip Athakhanh dining at the Norcross location, too.

5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093

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