Atlanta’s Best: Hole In The Wall Restaurants

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When visitors come to Atlanta, some people like to take them to the fanciest, world renown restaurants. Me? Not so much. I love taking my guests to my favorite spots which may actually surprise you. Atlanta is a gem of ‘hole in the wall’ restaurants (especially with the infamous Buford Highway!) and I’m breaking down my favorite spots that you have to visit next time you are in the A. 

5. El Potro

This list wouldn’t be complete without my favorite weekend restaurant. I judge Mexican restaurants by their chips & salsa and El Potro does not disappoint. Not to mention, it is cheap! Hubby and I often eat here and leave with a check less than $15 and that’s with tip. 

When you visit, try the Steak Tacos and the trio of salsas

4. Thai of Norcross

The best Thai food isn’t in the rolling hills of the Virginia Highlands or the busy streets of Midtown. It’s tucked away in a small shopping complex in Norcross. This restaurant has been around for years, in fact, my in-laws have been frequenting it weekly for almost 20 years. The staff is friendly and remembers their clients. 

When you visit, try the Beef Salad & Panang Chicken Curry

3. Nam Phuong 

I was skeptical when I first tried Vietnamese food. When you think Vietnamese you traditionally think Pho, which is true but not the only thing that Vietnamese offers– and I would say, not the first thing you should try. Pho is more of an acquired taste, but the good news is not all Vietnamese food is. These people know their meat! They season & grill to perfection resulting in some delicious chicken and beef dishes!

When you visit, try the Shaken Beef (Com Bo Luc Luc) & Fresh Basil Rolls 

2. Poppin Pita

This spot is actually part of prime real estate, right in the heart of midtown. Poppin Pita is a family owned restaurant (the owners are the sweetest) that has the freshest food. Just like I judge Mexican restaurants by their salsa, it only makes sense to judge Mediterranean restaurants by their hummus. I loved their shawarma platters until I got hooked on their chopped salads. Poppin Pita is a lunch destination for me at least once a week.

When you visit, try the Beef Shawarma Salad & Hummus

1. Chaat Ka Chaska 

While I am not a vegetarian, my favorite Indian restaurant coincidently is! Across the street from one of the most beautiful landmarks in Atlanta, the BAPS temple (seriously, it’s gorgeous), Chaska gives you feeling of a family owned restaurant that serves a home cooked meal. The inside of the restaurant is lined with Indian street carts that each provide a different live experience for the customer. You want traditional Dosa? Chaat? Paan? There’s a cart for that! The staff is attentive and customer service is second to none. Don’t know what to order? Just ask them or try my recommendation below.

When you visit, try the Pani Puri Live Station (mix the sweet & spicy pani)


Have you tried any of these? Anything I left off the list? Let me know in the comments below!

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