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Trippin' on Buford Highway: 13 Can't-Miss Restaurants

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One thing both the ITP and OTP crowds can agree on? Buford Highway is the jam. And not the kind of jam that normally makes ITP and OTP crowds want to cut one another. The kind that makes them want to drive side-by-side in harmony, right on up to the neon signs and oral pleasures of Atlanta's most diverse stretch of road (get your mind out the gutters, people, we aren't talkin' about Cheshire Bridge). Buford Highway is the only spot where East meets West meets hipster meets suits. No matter where you come from, you'll be glad to wind up in any of the spots on our BuHi map. Got some other favorites? Drop 'em in the comments or visit the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Gu's Bistro

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5750 Buford Highway Suite A
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 451-8118
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Gu’s owners hail from Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province, where word on the street is the food's spiciness is good for your health. Be sure to score an order of Gu's Chengdu dumplings, plump with pure pork filling and sauced with heavy chili oil.

2. Sushi House Hayakawa

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5979 Buford Hwy NE Ste A10
Atlanta, GA 30340
(770) 986-0010
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Chef-owner Atsushi “Art” Hayakawa not only makes some of the city's freshest, most delicious sushi, he's fun to watch. Make a reservation (at the bar if available) and see the master at work. Ask for the off-menu monkfish liver special and you won't regret it.

3. Nam Phuong

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4051 Buford Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30345
The BuHi outpost of this Norcross favorite boasts a 12-page menu including Vietnamese street food specialties, flaky spring rolls, pho and stews, large platters of broken rice, and an expansive drink menu.

4. Crawfish Shack Seafood

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4337 Buford Hwy, Ste 170
Atlanta, GA 30341
(404) 929-6789
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Hieu Pham serves up Louisiana Cajun-style seafood with influences from his Vietnamese, Chinese, and Cambodian heritage. It’s a tasty, affordable spot to pick up po' boys, boudin balls, or go all-in with a “shack-tastic” platter of almost everything under the sea (boiled or steamed). Also, the “fried-tastic.”

5. Pho Dai Loi 2

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4186 Buford Hwy NW, Ste G
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 633-2111
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Pho. Sho.

6. Bo Bo Garden Asian Cuisine

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5181 Buford Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30340
(678) 547-1881
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Cantonese comfort food. From clay pot casseroles to whole steamed fish, clams in black bean sauce to sauteed greens with garlic, lobster congee to “tofu scallops,” you might just find your new favorite.

7. El Señor Taco

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4005 Buford Highway NW
Atlanta, GA 30345
Baja. Fish. Tacos. Also, handmade sopes, campechena (a type of seafood cocktail), and chicken nachos. Did we mention fish tacos?

8. Cafe 101

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5412 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30340
(770) 936-0610
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Check out Taiwanese/Sichuan treats like pork wontons in hot oil, Taiwanese-style fried chicken, sautéed snow pea leaves in garlic, plump salt-and-pepper shrimp, and dan dan noodles. Repeat.

9. Marisqueria El Veneno

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5082 Buford Highway
Doraville‎, GA 30340
(770) 986-9568
Here, the spicy seafood stylings of Mexico's Pacific coast. Share a whole grouper or red snapper fried and sauced with tomatoes, onions, and chiles. Dive into shrimp empanadas and tacos washed down with beer by the bucket. Or break the bank and get head-on grilled shrimp, prawns, or lobsters.

10. Canton House

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4825 Buford Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 936-9030
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Arguably Atlanta's best dim sum. A wide menu with excellent shrimp and barbecued pork options plus an efficient staff to help you navigate.

11. Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl

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5963 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA
(678) 530-0844
Korean classics like bulgogi, dolsot bibimbap, and soondubu will make you warm and happy. No wonder The Blissful Glutton compares Stone Bowl House’s owner and head chef to grandma, a very talented grandma with a 12-course tasting menu up her sleeves.

12. Lee's Bakery

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4005 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 728-1008
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Go eat Vietnamese banh mi. Eat it at Lee’s.

13. Panahar Bangladeshi Cuisine

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3375 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 633-6655
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$10 lunch buffet. Only Bangladeshi restaurant in town. Get there.

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1. Gu's Bistro

5750 Buford Highway Suite A, Doraville, GA 30340
Gu’s owners hail from Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province, where word on the street is the food's spiciness is good for your health. Be sure to score an order of Gu's Chengdu dumplings, plump with pure pork filling and sauced with heavy chili oil.
5750 Buford Highway Suite A
Doraville, GA 30340

2. Sushi House Hayakawa

5979 Buford Hwy NE Ste A10, Atlanta, GA 30340
Chef-owner Atsushi “Art” Hayakawa not only makes some of the city's freshest, most delicious sushi, he's fun to watch. Make a reservation (at the bar if available) and see the master at work. Ask for the off-menu monkfish liver special and you won't regret it.
5979 Buford Hwy NE Ste A10
Atlanta, GA 30340

3. Nam Phuong

4051 Buford Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30345
The BuHi outpost of this Norcross favorite boasts a 12-page menu including Vietnamese street food specialties, flaky spring rolls, pho and stews, large platters of broken rice, and an expansive drink menu.
4051 Buford Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30345

4. Crawfish Shack Seafood

4337 Buford Hwy, Ste 170, Atlanta, GA 30341
Hieu Pham serves up Louisiana Cajun-style seafood with influences from his Vietnamese, Chinese, and Cambodian heritage. It’s a tasty, affordable spot to pick up po' boys, boudin balls, or go all-in with a “shack-tastic” platter of almost everything under the sea (boiled or steamed). Also, the “fried-tastic.”
4337 Buford Hwy, Ste 170
Atlanta, GA 30341

5. Pho Dai Loi 2

4186 Buford Hwy NW, Ste G, Atlanta, GA 30345
Pho. Sho.
4186 Buford Hwy NW, Ste G
Atlanta, GA 30345

6. Bo Bo Garden Asian Cuisine

5181 Buford Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30340
Cantonese comfort food. From clay pot casseroles to whole steamed fish, clams in black bean sauce to sauteed greens with garlic, lobster congee to “tofu scallops,” you might just find your new favorite.
5181 Buford Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30340

7. El Señor Taco

4005 Buford Highway NW, Atlanta, GA 30345
Baja. Fish. Tacos. Also, handmade sopes, campechena (a type of seafood cocktail), and chicken nachos. Did we mention fish tacos?
4005 Buford Highway NW
Atlanta, GA 30345

8. Cafe 101

5412 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30340
Check out Taiwanese/Sichuan treats like pork wontons in hot oil, Taiwanese-style fried chicken, sautéed snow pea leaves in garlic, plump salt-and-pepper shrimp, and dan dan noodles. Repeat.
5412 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30340

9. Marisqueria El Veneno

5082 Buford Highway, Doraville‎, GA 30340
Here, the spicy seafood stylings of Mexico's Pacific coast. Share a whole grouper or red snapper fried and sauced with tomatoes, onions, and chiles. Dive into shrimp empanadas and tacos washed down with beer by the bucket. Or break the bank and get head-on grilled shrimp, prawns, or lobsters.
5082 Buford Highway
Doraville‎, GA 30340

10. Canton House

4825 Buford Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30341
Arguably Atlanta's best dim sum. A wide menu with excellent shrimp and barbecued pork options plus an efficient staff to help you navigate.
4825 Buford Hwy
Atlanta, GA 30341

11. Woo Nam Jeong Stone Bowl

5963 Buford Highway, Doraville, GA
Korean classics like bulgogi, dolsot bibimbap, and soondubu will make you warm and happy. No wonder The Blissful Glutton compares Stone Bowl House’s owner and head chef to grandma, a very talented grandma with a 12-course tasting menu up her sleeves.
5963 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA

12. Lee's Bakery

4005 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30345
Go eat Vietnamese banh mi. Eat it at Lee’s.
4005 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345

13. Panahar Bangladeshi Cuisine

3375 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
$10 lunch buffet. Only Bangladeshi restaurant in town. Get there.
3375 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

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