There’s nothing like an unexpected find, a hidden gem, a delicious secret that you simultaneously want to shout about from a rooftop and keep completely to yourself. Here are seven around the metro Atlanta area to add to your list! Listed below in alphabetical order.
This restaurant has a smaller footprint than pretty much any restaurant we’ve ever been to, but it has been serving great and affordably priced biryanis and shawarmas for years to the delight of Chamblee and Buford Highway residents and beyond. It’s better to pick up and go from here!
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226 Northside Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Drive up to Mercedes Benz Stadium and you’ll probably notice this vividly painted red, green and yellow shack, the colors of the Jamaican flag . Will you wait practically forever? Yes. Is the food fire? Also yes. We love the extra sweetness their jerk chicken has, and of course the plantains always hit just right.
This small but outstanding Filipino joint in Grant Park is making delicious Filipino food easier to find in Atlanta. Chef Walter Cortado is cooking up favorites he had from his mother growing up. Expand your palette and dig into Filipino favorites like Lumpia Shanghai, Crispy Pata, Shrimp Pancit, Bone Marrow with Pandesal, and Lichen Kawali.
4. Merhaba Shawarma
4188 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Clarkston, GA 30021
Clarkston has a ton of interesting and fabulous eats we are just beginning to explore, thanks to its high population of newly settled refugees from all over the world. But something delicious we’ve already discovered is this little mom and pop shop, Merhaba Shawarma, that’s killing it with filling and mouth watering gyro plates, served with a spicy sauce we’d love to drizzle over everything!
5. Mi Barrio
571 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
There’s not a lot of things better than a divey little neighborhood Mexican spot. This Grant Park outpost has a smattering of it all, from fresh ceviche tostadas, to huge enchiladas served with a heaping side of rice and beans, to huge servings of refreshing horchata.
240 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SE Atlanta, GA 30312
This spot is definitely the most quintessential “hole-in-the-wall” spot on this whole list. It *literally* is a hole in the wall with a picnic table or two outside and a bunch of tires, for some reason. But it’s here you can find some of the very best gyros in town. It’s even a favorite of famous Atlanta Chef Kevin Rathbun. Get a side of the spanakopita or try the baklava for dessert. It’s all delish!
1648 Memorial Dr SE D, Atlanta, GA 30317
Don’t overlook Southern Queenz! This intimate spot and Black-owned brunch spot has sweet alcoholic drinks that go crazy and a menu full of flair. Try the fruity pebble French toast or cookies & cream chicken & waffles if you’re looking for sweet, or dig into the fried catfish and grits for something savory. Their dinner service is equally delicious, with turkey necks, lamb chops, and oxtails to choose from! Make reservations!