We’re so lucky as a city to be able to enjoy all the unique flavors and cuisines from Buford Highway’s hidden gems. Here are some of our favorites that you must try!
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For a great meal and a show, LanZhou Ramen is the place to be! Their noodles are the perfectly savory, carby treat when you’re just in the mood for noods, but the best part of going to LanZhou probably has to be getting to watch their chef handpull and make the ramen noodles in front of you. Choose from their thicker knife cut noodles or their thin hand-pulled noodles, and don’t skip out on the pan fried dumplings either!
Canton House is all that and dim sum! This place is a go-to for great Cantonese food and dim sum ITP that’s a total bang for your buck. Their har gow, or shrimp dumplings, and BBQ pork buns hit every time, and their Chrysanthemum tea is the perfect complement for every dish. Canton House has been up and running for over a decade–go visit and see why this Buford Highway mainstay keeps locals coming back again and again.
Rincon Latino has plenty of great Latin American dishes to try, but our favorite has to be their pupusas, a fantastic Salvadorian treat! Pupusas are a corncake filled with cheese and beans or meat, and they’re also one of the best ways to combine carbs, cheese, and meat! They are cooked on a hot griddle until the dough puffs up slightly and is browned in certain spots, and the dough is made with corn masa flour. They’re the perfect cheesy meal. Rincon Latino makes a great one with all the fillings you could think of.
Ask anyone in Atlanta where to get the best banh mi, and you’ll get the answer back “Lee’s Bakery” nine times out of ten. And that’s because their simple sandwiches come packed with flavor and at a great price, too–there’s almost always a line at lunch time. Their pho and Vietnamese iced coffee is also wonderful!
This is the place to be for soup dumplings. Xiao long bao are a Chinese dish usually made with pork and filled with a soupy liquid meat broth. Half the fun is figuring out how to eat one of these, but here are the two main ways: you can either nibble a hole in the side of the dumpling to slurp the soup into your mouth first, or just pop one whole in your mouth for a soup and culinary explosion! Just make sure you wait for them to cool down first!
There definitely are some homes in Tuxedo Park with closets larger than this restaurant, and we say that in the most loving way possible. This total hole-in-the-wall spot is no frills but serving up an excellent biryani and butter chicken that’s kept them going for years and years. Available for delivery or takeout only!
Gu’s Kitchen is the best of Szechuan cuisine. Chef Gu brings all the flavors from Chengdu and that spicy, numbing, and totally addciting Sichuan peppercorn to ATL in Gu’s Kitchen. Their Zhong style dumplings are always a go to and their cold noodles, served suspended in the air on a chopstick statue, are definitely a showstopper. Gu’s Kitchen is currently closed for dine-in service, but they are available for delivery and takeout at this time.
Pollos Asados Auténtico Sinaloense
The smell of smoke is just heavenly at this totally underrated Buford Highway gem that’s also a favorite of local Atlanta celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie! Pollo asado, or roast chicken, is moist and msokey with a nice and citrusy marinade. Get the half chicken platter for a nice portion of bird with corn tortillas, salsa, rice, and beans.
Man Chun Hong features favorites from Chinese and Korean cuisine. Unlike some other hole-in-the-wall outfits on Buford Highway, their interiors are pretty sleek and clean. On the Korean side, you’ll love the Jjajangmyeon, or Korean Black bean noodles and Tangsuyuk, or Korean sweet and sour pork. From the Chinese food side, don’t pass on the fried dumplings or the Imperial Chicken and Mongolian beef! This place is going to be your next go-to.
What’s a trip to Buford Highway without some fantastic tacos? And La Pastorcita makes some mean street tacos—try their tongue tacos if you’re feeling adventurous—but we love their menudo best, a traditional Mexican soup made with tripe and red chili pepper that’s the perfect hangover cure and available on the weekends.
Black noodles. Seafood noodles. It’s a noodle bonanza at Chinese and Korean Buford Highway spot Yen Jing, and they do them all so well. Their sweet and sour pork is also off-the-charts good, and the dumplings are perfectly fried with nice and crisp bottoms. Portions are huge for hungry hungry appetites!
Ask an Atlantan where they like to go most on Buford Highway, and Mamak is going to very likely be the answer. Malaysian cuisine is great in that infuses quite a few flavors and dishes from various Asian countries. You’re gonna love the Hainanese chicken here (Taiwanese), roti canai (Indian), salt and pepper squid (Chinese), and chicken satay skewers (Thai). The Lamak shrimp, chow kway toy, and curry laksa are other Atlanta Eats staff favorites. It’s all fantastic!
Korean BBQ is never not delicious, but what sets this place above the rest are the high-quality cuts of meat. Everything is tender and juicy and an umami explosion in your mouth. For the uninitiated, Korean BBQ is a fun, do-it-yourself kind of spot where you’ll first be treated to an array of banchan, or small dishes of fermented veggies, and then brought out your pick of veggies, seafood, and meat to add to a hot plate in the middle.
Snackboxe Bistro is Laotian goodness! Dig into their beef jerky, and nam khao, a sort of cold fried rice dish with lettuce wraps that’s a fantastic mix of savory, sweet, and sour.
Churreria Panaderia & Pasteleria
For what our editor OJ describes as the “BEST FUXXING CHURROS IN TOWN,” head to hole-in-the-wall-spot Churreria Panaderia & Pasteleria! The caramel infused churros at this small supermarket are phenomenal, and they also have fabulous arepas and pupusas.
Honey-glazed fried chicken and some of the best mac and cheese in town are what’s on the menu at Buford Highway’s biggest craze right now. This Black-owned brunch, lunch, AND dinner spot is always packed, but the wait is well worth it. Expect elevated soul food, some bomb mimosas, sexy blue velvet seating AND blue velvet cake and a rockin’ playlist that brings on the good times.