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Georgia Voice Staff’s Top Restaurant Picks

Katie Burkholder 

Editor  

Chai Pani (406 W Ponce de Leon Ave.) 

If you love Indian food, you’ll love Chai Pani. You can go for dinner (I suggest the butter chicken or trying the daal of the day), but the best option is the lunch buffet. For less than $20, the all-you-can-eat Indian feast is utterly decadent.

Nam Phuong (4051 Buford Hwy. NE)

I live in East Atlanta, so the fact that I regularly drive 20+ minutes out to Buford Highway to get pho at Nam Phuong is a testament to just how good it is. Warm and comforting, the pho here is my hangover food of choice.

My Coffee Shop (2462 Memorial Dr. SE)

Now talk about a hidden gem! This hole in the wall café has locally sourced coffee, one of the best chicken biscuits I’ve ever had, and uniquely delicious frozen basil lemonade, but the people are what will keep you coming back. Everyone I’ve interacted with here is so warm and kind, and they’ll make you feel right at home.

 

Luke Gardner 

Contributor  

Slutty Vegan (476 Edgewood Ave. SE)

An Atlanta staple, this local eatery quickly became a nationally recognized chain, and for good reason. The staff are always friendly and interact with guests, turning what could be a tedious wait into an experience that feels like a party. The burgers are named suggestively and are loved by vegans and meat lovers alike. Try the Fussy Hussy, a delicious classic burger dripping in vegan cheese and loaded with tomatoes, pickles, caramelized onions, lettuce, and the signature ‘Slut Sauce.’ Along with the Edgewood location, there are also locations in Gwinnett, Athens, and on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.

Breakfast at Barney’s

(349 Decatur St. SE Unit A1)

The genius chefs at this restaurant have found a way to combine the most amazing aspects of classic southern soul food into one amazing experience called the soul roll. It’s a deep-fried eggroll filled with candied yams, seasoned collard greens, and mac and cheese. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. The all-day brunch menu features several other delicious treats, like their 24 Karat gold pancakes and vegan yacht toast.

 

Syd Clark 

Contributor  

Thai 5 (1148 Euclid Ave. NE #1939)

This small restaurant in Little Five Points has a variety of Thai dishes that satisfy your palate. I am a massive fan of Thai food, especially; the noodle dishes, and this restaurant has my favorite Pad See Ew that I’ve had in Atlanta. The meal would be incomplete without their delightful Thai tea.

North Italia (3393 Peachtree Rd. NE)

Located in Lenox mall, North Italia exudes luxurious energy and serves high-quality Italian food. My favorite pasta dish is the Bolognese, and I’d also recommend the doughnuts for dessert.

Nobi Cha (4279 Roswell Rd. NE)

All tea lovers must stop by Nobi Cha to try sodas, milk, and fruit teas. I highly recommend the refreshing Apple Fruit Tea and the delicious Thai Milk Tea.

Stone Bowl House (5953 Buford Hwy. NE)

A favorite among me and my friends is Stone Bowl House, located in Doraville. It’s a little drive, but the food is well worth the distance. With cute décor and food that makes you feel like you’re eating a homecooked meal, this restaurant remains number one in my heart. My go-to order consists of Goon Mandu and Bibimbap or Japchae.

 

Sydney Norman 

Contributor  

The Iberian Pig (121 Sycamore St.)

If you’re looking to share some delicious tapas look no further than The Iberian Pig. Part of the Castellucci Hospitality Group, The Pig’s been transporting Atlanta residents to España for over a decade. Their B.W.D.’s (Bacon Wrapped Dates) and pork cheek tacos are a must-try. Swing by between 5 and 7pm Monday through Friday for their Jamón Happy Hour.

Tuza Taco (1523 Howell Mill Rd. NW)

If you’re looking to enjoy fresh tacos on a heated patio with a delicious frozen cocktail in hand, Tuza Taco’s the place to go. Try their Steak or Big Fish tacos and their Crazy Hot Queso!

Souper Jenny (1082 Huff Rd. NW)

Souper Jenny’s takes the farm-to-table concept very seriously, growing some of their own produce at their Westside location at the “Souper Farm.” Find one of their five Atlanta locations if you’re looking for some comforting, healthy soups, salads, and sandwiches. Their uber-creative menu changes daily depending on what’s in season, so make sure to check their website before you go! (And don’t forget to ask about their punch card!)

Upbeet (1071 Howell Mill Rd. NW)

Upbeet combines clean food and convenience with their colorful array of grain bowls, salads, superfood lattes, smoothie bowls, and smoothies. Either select one of their pre-made creations or build your own from scratch. No matter what your dietary needs are, you’ll be able to find something for everyone at this Westside joint. My go-to order is an Aloha Bowl with Charcoal Lemonade.

Victory Sandwich Bar (340 Church St.)

Don’t let the $5 price tag fool you, these gourmet sandwiches pack a hefty punch. An ideal night at VSB starts with their Flavor of the Day popcorn, continues with a Tea Bird sandwich, and ends with their delicious Jack and Coke Slushie and a game of ping pong. (That slushie’s so good, even whiskey haters can enjoy it!)

 

Divine Ikpe 

Contributor

La Calavera (1696 Memorial Dr. SE)

This restaurant is an unassuming homey-feeling space. At first glance it just looks like a tiny house, but upon further inspection, you realize it’s a pizza restaurant! This place is great for both omnivores and plant-based friends alike. The price point is on the higher end, but it’s 100 percent worth it. Their pizzas use fresh local ingredients and have delicious sourdough crust. The plant-based options include a wide variety of vegetables and three types of vegan cheeses: cashew and sunflower cheese sauce, vegan shredded cheese, and hemp parmesan. Try the “Olive My Heart” pizza, which is topped with tomato sauce, clack olives, breen olives, artichoke hearts, and fresh garlic.

Vietvanna (2831 E College Ave.)

Now that We Suki Suki no longer has the Bahni Mi booth (RIP), Vietvanna officially has the best Banh Mis in the city. This is a Vietnamese restaurant with locations in Midtown, Ponce City Market and Avondale Estates. In addition to their Bahn Mis, their lemongrass tofu dish is also delicious!

Urban Wu (3330 Piedmont Rd. NE #22B)

Urban Wu is a Chinese restaurant in Buckhead with an authentic feel. Although it isn’t a fully vegan or vegetarian restaurant, their plant-based options are amazing! They have various tofu mains including Mapo Tofu and Kung Pao Tofu, but my personal favorite dishes are their Basil Eggplant Clay Pot and their Pan Fried Vegetable Pot Stickers. The food is so flavorful and fulfilling! You will definitely have leftovers, and they’ll be just as good the next day.