There’s nothing quite like finding a great hole-in-the-wall restaurant that you will simultaneously want to tell everyone about as well as keep a hidden secret all to yourself. These Metro Atlanta spots are doing what they do so well and aren’t yet getting the crowds and love they deserve.
The Alden is a fabulous Chamblee restaurant and total neighborhood gem. Their unique seasonal menu takes inspiration from Chef Jared Huck’s travels around the world and the presentation is always wow-inducing. Some current menu highlights include a Thai inspired lemongrass pork belly and a jerk seasoned red snapper. Enjoy their outdoor patio, settle in for a drink at the bar, or dine-in at this awesome find.
Hotto Hotto Ramen & Tepanyaki is a favorite of local neighborhood folks in the area, but it’s time more of ATL knows about what they’ve got to offer. They’ve got a big, spacious dining room and their ramen broth is made in-house and stewed for horurs. They’re right by Eventide Brewing, so make a whole day of it and grab some brews at Eventide then some grub at Hotto Hotto for a grand old time.
This neighborhood spot in Midtown has been flying under the radar for years. The French vibes are immaculate, with a great outdoor patio that will remind you of the bistros and streets in Europe. Enjoy French favorites like escargot braised in garlic butter and confit de canard. They’ve got a takeout menu as well with a super comforting croque monsieur if you’re more comfortable eating at home at this time.
We love a great BBQ spot, and we thought we had seen them all until we happened upon Mustard Seed BBQ in Fairburn. This veteran-owned spot is a total hole-in-the-wall type of joint that’s unique in that they only serve *one* type of sauce–a terrific and sweet mustardy blend that tastes great on just about everything. The BBQ is addicting, and the sides are top-notch. So if you’re ever on the Southside of ATL, be sure to stop by this Fairburn joint!
For those of you who have never tried Szechuan cuisine, let us introduce you to their crazy addicting fare! Szechuan (or Sichuan) food is a regional cuisine from China which is famed for their use of the native Sichuan pepper that adds a nice dry heat to everything. And Chong Qing Hot Pot has been serving up delicious Szechuan for over a decade. It’s a bit of a dive, but the deals are great! Find them nestled in the Chinatown Mall food court in Chamblee.