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Where to Eat in Dunwoody

There’s a lot to love about Dunwoody. 

Whether you’re knocking out some gift shopping at Perimeter Mall or taking your four-legged friend to Brook Run Park, here are some of the best spots around town to grab a bite in Dunwoody.  

Gambas al Ajillo | Eclipse Di Luna | Photo Credit: Eclipse Di Luna

Eclipse Di Luna

Ready for a night of dinner and dancing? Eclipse Di Luna offers authentic Spanish tapas (voted “Best Tapas” by Creative Loafing 15+ years running) along with an extensive wine list, craft cocktails, and quite possibly the best sangria in town. 

Some small plate options include Chulets De Borrego (grilled lamb chops with mint Moroccan sauce), Esquites Cassero (charred street corn salad with cotija and paprika), and Pulpo Saltedo (sauteed octopus with potatoes, red onion, chili cascabel, paprika, and grilled lemon). Some killer drink options include a Bacardi Mojito, Margarita, or Apple Cinnamon Tini. The tapas and drinks are reason enough to come, but they also have frequent happy hour specials, not to mention dancing and live music several days a week.

Breakers BBQ

Korean BBQ is a force to be reckoned with, especially at Breakers BBQ. 

Their all-you-can-eat offering includes their finest meats: pork belly, brisket, spicy chicken bulgogi, and more. On Monday through Thursday from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, you can enjoy the lunch special, giving you brisket, bulgogi, and either teriyaki chicken or pork belly, all for under $20. 

Village Burger

Whether you live near Dunwoody Village or not, Village Burger will quickly become your neighborhood burger joint. 

It’s hard to go wrong whether you’re getting the Village (a double with your choice of toppings), the Village Dog, or a snack like Fried Pickles and Jalapenos. Plus, is it really summertime until you’ve enjoyed some frozen custard on the VB patio? We think not.

Cheesecakes from Cafe Intermezzo.
Cheesecakes | Cafe Intermezzo

Cafe Intermezzo

“Intermezzo” is Italian for the brief musical interlude taking place between larger sections of a composition. Cafe Intermezzo is in many ways the beautiful interlude between various parts of your day, with thoughtful small plates, fresh desserts, and creative drinks.

Take a look at the pastry display and see what inspires you. We recommend the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake, Cookies & Cream Cheesecake, and the Heavenly Lemon Torte to chew on, then get a delicious specialty coffee drink, one of their classic and unique cocktails, or check all of the above and get the alcoholic Baileys Cappuccino or the North Face (Hot Chocolate Deluxe with peppermint schnapps). 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Budi’s Sushi

The vision at Budi’s Sushi is to “set the gold standard for sushi”, and we’d say they understood the assignment. 

There’s plenty to love about their usual sushi options, like house rolls, sashimi, and fried sushi, but let’s talk about the star attraction. The Ocean Pyramid is the gold standard for sushi structures: tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, and three types of masago in a pyramid of sushi rice. This is one of the few dishes where both your eyes and your mouth can feast! In addition to sushi, Budi’s also has several succulent ramen options you shouldn’t overlook.

The Vintage Pizza from Vintage Pizzeria
The Vintage Pizza | Vintage Pizza

Vintage Pizzeria

Vintage Pizzeria has been family-owned and operated for nearly two decades, and the quality of their New Jersey-influenced thin crust pizza has never dwindled. 

You can either build your own pie or trust the experts. The Vintage has pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and black olives. Carmen’s Own has mozzarella two ways (shredded and fresh), fresh basil, and sliced tomatoes. You can also take advantage of the lunch special, where you can get pizza, salad, and a soft drink for less than ten bucks. If you’re not in a pizza mood (?!), don’t you fret because you can also get wings, pasta, calzones, subs, and even a slice of seven-layer chocolate cake.

Alon's Bakery - Croissant | Photo: alonsbakery.com
Croissants | Alon’s Bakery & Market | Photo Credit: Alon’s

Alon’s Bakery & Market

Alon’s is a Dunwoody staple: one part bakery, one part restaurant, one part market.

You can enjoy a widespread lineup of fresh-baked goods, a robust wine selection, and a top-notch deli counter. If you’re looking to dine in, you can take advantage of a beer and wine bar as well as a wood-burning oven for artisan-style pizza.

Cinco

Cinco is aiming to please all FIVE of your senses while you’re eating there. 

Nothing better embodies this goal than their Fajitas, which have enticing sounds, smells, sights, tastes, and make you feel fantastic. The Salmon a la Parrilla takes a grilled piece of salmon and pairs them with sauteed spinach and a jalapeno potato cake all in a savory lobster-shrimp sauce. And the Carne Tropical is marinated and grilled skirt steak with grilled shrimp and sauteed spinach, corn risotto, chihuahua cheese, and a pineapple veggie medley.

It doesn’t need to be Taco Tuesday for you to enjoy yourself at Cinco.

Stoffato | E. 48th Street Market | Photo Credit: E. 48th Street Market

E. 48th Street Market

This family-run authentic Italian neighborhood grocery has been in the heart of Dunwoody for more than three decades. In that time, they’ve been filling the hearts and bellies of Dunwoodyites (Dunwoodians?) with freshly-baked Italian breads, aged cheeses, spices, freshly-brewed coffee, homemade sauces, and so much more. They also offer a broad breadth of hero sandwiches, such as meatball, sausage with peppers and onions, and muffaletta, pizza by the pie or slice, fresh salads, and daily market specials.

If you’re looking for anything fresh and Italian, E. 48th Street Market is your one-stop shop.

Yao | Photo Credit: Mia Yakel

Yao

Yao pays tribute to the Yaowarat neighborhood in Bangkok, a paradise for food lovers due to its marriage of Thai and Chinese cuisines. 

These beautifully-presented dishes cover a huge range of flavors and textures. The Taro Rolls are crispy spring rolls stuffed with prawns and sweet taro. The Crab Fried Rice mixes up crab meat with jasmine rice, egg, green onions, cilantro, and a crab meat omelette. The Khoa Soi Gai throws soft and crispy noodles into a curry broth with chicken, lime, pickled green mustard, and a quail egg. Don’t ask questions, just head there ASAP.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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NFA Burger

After a quarter-century in the corporate world, Billy Kramer decided to focus his time on his true passion: burgers. He did exactly that in 2019 by opening up a burger joint called NFA Burger inside a Chevron gas station. Sometimes the greatest meals are in the most unassuming places.

The Classic is always a good move: two patties with American cheese, mustard, Sassy Sauce, and pickles on a potato roll. The Belgian Waffle Burger is a mighty treat, putting two smash-burger patties between Belgian waffles…what more could you want? The hot dogs are delicious too, dropped right into the deep fryer to cook. And every NFA item is going to be made even better with their Tots with Sassy Sauce, deep-fried in a canola oil and beef tallow blend (AKA what the McDonald’s fries of your dreams used to be cooked in).

The Duke

Whether you fancy London decorations, dark wooded accents, or the crispest pint you’ll ever sip, The Duke is the finest British pub this side of the Atlantic.

They serve up all the staples of English cuisine. The Shepherd’s Cottage Pie throws braised New Zealand lamb and ground beef in with carrots, onion, garlic, rosemary, and a top layer on mashed potatoes. Bangers ‘N’ Mash takes the bangers (traditional Irish Guinness sausage) and the mash (mashed potatoes) and adds some caramelized onions and brown gravy to the party because why not? And what is British pub food without Fish ‘N’ Chips? This piece of Icelandic cod is double-dipped in beer batter and served with double-fried “chips”.

Spaghetti and meatballs | Novo Cucina | Photo Credit: Novo Cucina

Novo Cucina

Novo Cucina’s open kitchen concept with chef counter seating offers you a firsthand glimpse into how the sausage gets made (but in the good way).

They serve all of your favorite antipasti (Oven-Fired Focaccia, Arancini, and Polpette (meatballs with ricotta)), salads (like Caesar and Caprese), pizzas, risotto, pasta, and of course their gelato that’s hand-made and hand-spun every single day.

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Bar {n} booze {n} bites, or Barn Booze & Bites, or just Barn, is a wine, craft beer, and whiskey bar serving up charcuterie, small plates, and light bites. Do I need to keep going or are you already on your way?

In addition to the expected wine, beer, and cocktail selections, the food is where Barn really shines. You certainly won’t get bored with their boards. They have various options, like Local Cured Meat, Southeastern Cheese, Dips and Veggie, Sliders (beef meatball and BLT), and, if you can’t make up your mind, the Smorgas-Board, a combo of all of the above. As far as other bites, the Marinated Georgia Tomato Salad is a summertime staple, and the Gulf Crab & Roasted Corn Dip is the spicy and cheesy dip of your dreams.

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