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The Best of Duluth: Where to Eat Right Now

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Get your rides ready for a field trip to Duluth: home of the best ethnic joints in the metro. A sleepy food town no more, Duluth is as vibrant as it will ever be – peppered with a myriad of exceptional Korean restaurants plus a smattering of delightful joints offering Japanese, Vietnamese, Sichuan, Hispanic, and Indian cuisines. We've got the details on the best-kept secret-no-more places in this OTP food neighborhood.
Chloe Morris of Chow Down Atlanta


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Seo Ra Beol (Korean)

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Where else can you eat great Korean BBQ, fried rice and silky tofu soups for breakfast? Or any time of the day, for that matter. This 24-hour joint stays awake when you can’t sleep. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also a favorite of NFL player Hines Ward. [Photo]

Song Do (Korean barbecue)

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Forget the touristy, mainstream places. This no frills Korean BBQ joint is where the Korean elders eat. It’s also the only place where you’ll find a buffet banchan station and the most selection of marinated meats. After all, nothing beats bland, unseasoned meats everywhere else than flavorful BBQ. [Photo: Julie/Urbanspoon]

Haru Ichiban (Japanese)

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The best Japanese and the best ramen OTP. But that’s not all. This place gets transformed to an authentic izakaya at dinnertime. Stewed pork belly and sukiyaki that would make you weep? You’ll find those here. [Photo:Erol Y./Yelp]

Sichuan House (Sichuan/Chinese)

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One of two best Sichuan restaurants in Atlanta. Don’t bother going elsewhere unless you find yourself on Buford Highway OTP. Incidentally, the chef there happens to have his humble beginnings here. [Photo: Yelp]

Cafe Todahmgol (Korean)

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Nothing says nightcap better than a delicious plate of bossam. The plate of tender, steamed pork belly slices with exciting side dishes is your sure cure for a late night of working or playing. [Photo]

Ming's BBQ (Cantonese/Chinese)

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Glorious Chinese barbecue meats such as crispy pork, roast pork, roasted duck, and steamed chicken are among the delicious items you’ll find here. You will also find an extensive list of authentic Cantonese dishes that warrants multiple visits that are sure to give you a happy belly. [Photo: atlfoodsnob/Urbanspoon]

Love Letter Pizza & Chicken (Korean)

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Korean food isn’t just the usual tofu soup and barbecue short ribs. Delicious crispy fried chicken bathed in a sticky, sweet and spicy sauce is what put Korean food in the hipster eating map. [Photo]

What the Pho (Vietnamese)

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While there are many good Vietnamese places in Duluth, this one stands out with unique and authentic dishes you won’t find elsewhere. Case in point, they have delicious pho, amazing fried rice, and these magical crispy noodles topped with seafood and assorted meats that soften as the gravy soaks in all the goodness. Open until midnight most nights. [Photo: David L./Yelp]

Dan Moo Ji (Korean)

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If the pot of thick rice cake soup cooked at your table or the kimchi fried rice topped with roe are not enough to make you giddy, then the Harajuku-looking servers definitely will. By the way, go for the Girls Set Meal, a combo of sorts, to get a sampling of the good items here. Oh and, no, you don’t have to be a girl to get it. [Photo: Yoomee H./Yelp]

Armando's Caribe (Cuban/Mexican)

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You may find a hodgepodge of Caribbean and Hispanic dishes on the menu but fear not, everything is quite good. Plan to wait 20 minutes for an iron skillet of paella with slow roasted chicken and assorted seafood atop spiced rice. Trust me, it’s worth it. [Photo: Barbara K./Yelp]

Moksha Kitchen (Indian)

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Not all Indian restaurants are created equal. Not only is the lunch buffet stellar here, dinner options, which include North Indian and Kerala cuisines, will surely make your trip all worth while. [Photo]

East Pearl (Dim Sum/Chinese)

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Still the best dim sum in Duluth. Go early on the weekends or you’ll have to fight the horde of families spending their family traditions. While dumplings are king here, make sure you also try notable items such as the spare ribs, congee, clams, and other dim sum goodies. [Photo: Rob Y./Yelp]

Boudreaux's Cafe Acadiana (Cajun)

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A Duluth institution, this newly revamped best source of Cajun food is only open for dinner from Thursday to Sunday. But be sure not to miss the alligator po-boy or their Sunday lunch or dinner buffet when you can sample an authentic low country boil. [Photo: Food Near Snellville]

Quickly (Taiwanese)

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Chewy tapioca balls in tea-based drinks? They are called boba or bubble teas, and Quickly makes the best here. There are literally a hundred different combinations of flavors you can come up with. Add pudding and jelly to make your bubble teas all the more happy. [Photo: Daniel B./Yelp]

MJ Korean Tacos & Wings (Korean)

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The only place for Korean tacos this side of town. And, boy, are they awesome. But wait, that’s not all— they also have fruit smoothies made with real fruit and yogurt. And the best part? Exploding boba filled with fruit juices.[Photo: Phong T./Yelp]

Seo Ra Beol (Korean)

Where else can you eat great Korean BBQ, fried rice and silky tofu soups for breakfast? Or any time of the day, for that matter. This 24-hour joint stays awake when you can’t sleep. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also a favorite of NFL player Hines Ward. [Photo]

Song Do (Korean barbecue)

Forget the touristy, mainstream places. This no frills Korean BBQ joint is where the Korean elders eat. It’s also the only place where you’ll find a buffet banchan station and the most selection of marinated meats. After all, nothing beats bland, unseasoned meats everywhere else than flavorful BBQ. [Photo: Julie/Urbanspoon]

Haru Ichiban (Japanese)

The best Japanese and the best ramen OTP. But that’s not all. This place gets transformed to an authentic izakaya at dinnertime. Stewed pork belly and sukiyaki that would make you weep? You’ll find those here. [Photo:Erol Y./Yelp]

Sichuan House (Sichuan/Chinese)

One of two best Sichuan restaurants in Atlanta. Don’t bother going elsewhere unless you find yourself on Buford Highway OTP. Incidentally, the chef there happens to have his humble beginnings here. [Photo: Yelp]

Cafe Todahmgol (Korean)

Nothing says nightcap better than a delicious plate of bossam. The plate of tender, steamed pork belly slices with exciting side dishes is your sure cure for a late night of working or playing. [Photo]

Ming's BBQ (Cantonese/Chinese)

Glorious Chinese barbecue meats such as crispy pork, roast pork, roasted duck, and steamed chicken are among the delicious items you’ll find here. You will also find an extensive list of authentic Cantonese dishes that warrants multiple visits that are sure to give you a happy belly. [Photo: atlfoodsnob/Urbanspoon]

Love Letter Pizza & Chicken (Korean)

Korean food isn’t just the usual tofu soup and barbecue short ribs. Delicious crispy fried chicken bathed in a sticky, sweet and spicy sauce is what put Korean food in the hipster eating map. [Photo]

What the Pho (Vietnamese)

While there are many good Vietnamese places in Duluth, this one stands out with unique and authentic dishes you won’t find elsewhere. Case in point, they have delicious pho, amazing fried rice, and these magical crispy noodles topped with seafood and assorted meats that soften as the gravy soaks in all the goodness. Open until midnight most nights. [Photo: David L./Yelp]

Dan Moo Ji (Korean)

If the pot of thick rice cake soup cooked at your table or the kimchi fried rice topped with roe are not enough to make you giddy, then the Harajuku-looking servers definitely will. By the way, go for the Girls Set Meal, a combo of sorts, to get a sampling of the good items here. Oh and, no, you don’t have to be a girl to get it. [Photo: Yoomee H./Yelp]

Armando's Caribe (Cuban/Mexican)

You may find a hodgepodge of Caribbean and Hispanic dishes on the menu but fear not, everything is quite good. Plan to wait 20 minutes for an iron skillet of paella with slow roasted chicken and assorted seafood atop spiced rice. Trust me, it’s worth it. [Photo: Barbara K./Yelp]

Moksha Kitchen (Indian)

Not all Indian restaurants are created equal. Not only is the lunch buffet stellar here, dinner options, which include North Indian and Kerala cuisines, will surely make your trip all worth while. [Photo]

East Pearl (Dim Sum/Chinese)

Still the best dim sum in Duluth. Go early on the weekends or you’ll have to fight the horde of families spending their family traditions. While dumplings are king here, make sure you also try notable items such as the spare ribs, congee, clams, and other dim sum goodies. [Photo: Rob Y./Yelp]

Boudreaux's Cafe Acadiana (Cajun)

A Duluth institution, this newly revamped best source of Cajun food is only open for dinner from Thursday to Sunday. But be sure not to miss the alligator po-boy or their Sunday lunch or dinner buffet when you can sample an authentic low country boil. [Photo: Food Near Snellville]

Quickly (Taiwanese)

Chewy tapioca balls in tea-based drinks? They are called boba or bubble teas, and Quickly makes the best here. There are literally a hundred different combinations of flavors you can come up with. Add pudding and jelly to make your bubble teas all the more happy. [Photo: Daniel B./Yelp]

MJ Korean Tacos & Wings (Korean)

The only place for Korean tacos this side of town. And, boy, are they awesome. But wait, that’s not all— they also have fruit smoothies made with real fruit and yogurt. And the best part? Exploding boba filled with fruit juices.[Photo: Phong T./Yelp]

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