Is there anything better than an unexpectedly outstanding meal in a little hole-in-the-wall spot? We compiled a list of our favorite hidden gems, with food that’s outrageously good but still running under the radar.
You’ll find this spot tucked away in the corner of East Atlanta Village, literally. It has the most unassuming exterior with an entrance at the parking lot to the side of the building, but inside you’ll find a trendy restaurant that feels like you’ve just stepped into an underground club in Asia with tons of Korean bites and soju options. It’s a spot to impress your date and enjoy cocktails before a night out in East Atlanta.
This Brookhaven spot will make you feel like you stepped into the world of Harry Potter! It is the perfect cozy place to go on a cold, rainy day, and their menu of pub food and Irish grub is off-the-charts good. Order the buffalo chicken fries, and fall right into a food coma. Find it in the Town Brookhaven center, right next to tons of other great eats and shops.
Follow the yellow signs! The Little Farmhouse Cafe is tucked away in an indistinct and unassuming business center. While they’re currently still small on space (they’ll be opening up a bigger location soon), everything on their menu is huge on taste. You’ll love their pancakes, which are almost more cake-like than pancake (they’re finished in the oven after they’re cooked in the pan to help achieve that special texture) and drizzled with a sweet cream drizzle and maple buttercream. You have to go!
Looking for chicken al carbon but at a third of the price of all the trendier spots in town? Head to this supermarket on Buford Highway and grab a whole bird for $9.99! You’ll smell this flavorful, slow-roasted and whole-roasted Mexican grilled chicken from miles away and you might even catch them grilling it up outside when you pull up. Pick up some tortillas and cilantro to make tacos at home, and you’ve got yourself an A+ meal!
This gem of a restaurant serves up absolutely delicious and reasonably priced Japanese food in West Midtown and Emory Village. Find savory rice chashu bowls and an $18 ramen + 2 sushi roll special for the hungriest of appetites. They’re also generally really quick and great to stop in for a weekday evening meal.
This place has been serving up Asian street food and bites for quite a few years to the GaTech and Midtown crowd and has even received national attention on Diners & Drive-ins, but still doesn’t have the long lines and wait times that a lot of other West Midtown spots have. They’re known for their Korean chicken that’s cooked rotisserie-style then fried and covered with a tangy sauce, but they’ve really got an expansive menu with everything from Thai tots to takoyaki. Try their Kung Pao ramen!
This brunch spot in the Chastain Park/North Buckhead area is serving up amazing everything. Their Challah Bread French Toast Casserole is out-of-this-world if you’re in the mood for something sweet, as is their Cowboy Benedict with cornbread braised beef and Guarrillo chili Hollandaise if you’re feeling more savory. They’re also open for breakfast and lunch on the weekdays!