There’s just something about the dry, hot, spice of Szechuan (alternatively, Sichuan or Szechwan) cuisine which makes you crave it again and again. Szechuan food is a style of Chinese cuisine from the Sichuan Province, known for its strong flavors from the use of Sichuan peppers. Once you get a taste of this heat, you’re going to keep coming back time and time again for more and more. Here are some of Atlanta’s best spots for Szechuan Chinese food!
We’re in love with this hidden gem in Chamblee‘s Chinatown Mall! The prices have always been phenomenal, and the portions the most generous you can find. And everything tastes so, so fabulous, from their massive bowl of spicy braised fish to their seafood hot pots.
Folks from all over love and will travel for Gu’s Kitchen, though luckily now there are locations at Krog St. Market, in Chamblee, and in Duluth. The Chengdu Cold Noodles are a showstopper and their dumplings and spicy dried eggplant in particular are top notch.
Just opened in 2019, HAI is providing Decatur area folks with their own take on Szechuan. Something different about this spot is that they also offer some dim sum offerings like steamed BBQ pork and custard buns! A signature dish you will love is the spicy pork knuckles, with crispy skin and delicious bits of fat and lean meat. You can also find HAI in Alpharetta.
If you’re a Szechuan lover who can’t quite convince your partner or your dinner companion to give it a go, JIA is a great option as it’s in Ponce City Market so everyone can get something they like. On the menu at Jia, there’s some excellent Xiao Long Bao, or soup dumplings, on the menu and a decent selection of American Chinese food as well. They also have an outdoor covered tent plus, a full bar for you to wash down all that spice!
Think you can only find great food in town? Think again–Duluth is a veritable food treasure, especially when it comes to Asian cuisine. Masterpiece’s mapo tofu is particularly excellent, and they’ve got a great takeout/curbside delivery experience in place.
Tasty China is one of the OGs in Szechuan food. Spicy Szechuan traditional cuisine is prevalent throughout the menu – whether it’s their 3 pepper chicken, Crispy tender pork belly, or dry fried Cumin Duck. You’ll love the layers and depths of spice, and something that sets this place apart is their spice levels truly do seem even higher than other spots!
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We’re so lucky that Szechuan cuisine has become popular enough there’s a fantastic spot in every neighborhood. You don’t have to trek to Buford Highway–you can get some authentic deliciousness right in the heart of Buckhead at Urban Wu. Their best dish might be their spicy braised fish, and don’t sleep on their surprisingly delicious chicken lettuce cups either. Find them on most delivery apps!