Top 10 Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants in Atlanta
Top 10 Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants in Atlanta
We’ve all been to a hole-in-the-wall restaurant at some point in our lives. They’re the types of places that not only offer food but an experience. There is something magical about stepping into one of these restaurants, eating the food, and leaving — absolutely convinced that you’ve found the best spot in town. So special such an experience is, I had to list CulinaryLocal’s Top 10 Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants in Atlanta.
Tucked away in downtown Decatur, Cafe Alsace is a great place to get away from the crowds and enjoy some quality food. Owned and operated by French-born chef Benedicte Ulsas Cooper, Cafe Alsace has been around since 1997. Chef Cooper’s love of cooking can be attributed to her mother and grandmother; both women inspired many of the dishes Cafe Alsace offers today. Drop in and treat yourself to any number of their classic French offerings!
You know a restaurant has good food when its name is “Eats.” If you’re looking for a big helping of soul food in a discreet location, Eats Atlanta is where you want to go. “Home of the Jerk Chicken Plate,” Eats makes eating simple. Their variety of plates each come with homemade cornbread, black beans, and rice. Choose between three different types of seasoned chicken, chili, meatloaf, or tilapia and whatever sides you like! Their mac and cheese is a must-try!
Hankook Taqueria is the brainchild of executive chef Tomas Lee. Having worked in fine dining for years and even operating his own restaurant, aptly named “Tomas,” Chef Lee decided it was time to open Hankook. Hankook Taqueria pays homage to Chef Lee’s Korean-American background, providing a fusion of traditional Korean meats and spices with the easy-to-eat set up of Mexican tacos and burritos. Stop by and try some Korean BBQ tacos with a side of their delicious sesame fries!
Nick’s Food To Go “offers a carefully crafted Greek menu that will suit any palette.” Nick’s dishes range from entirely Greek: lamb, beef or pork gyros, to all-American: quarter-pounder burgers and chicken fillets. They even have some hybrid dishes like a fried chicken gyro! Whether you’re in the mood for Greek or American food, Nick’s will have something that satisfies your cravings. This friendly neighborhood joint offers catering, daily specials, sandwich combinations, and homemade baklava!
Little Food Store has been operating in Cabbagetown since 1929! Specializing in “everything you need,” Little Food Store has basically everything anyone could want. Essentially Cabbagetown’s historic bodega, Little Food Store offers daily staples like beer, wine, dairy, and produce, while also serving up some incredibly delicious burgers. If you’re in a pinch and craving something hot, drop by and pick up a burger basket or one of their daily sandwiches!
The Pullman is Kirkwood’s hidden gem. Open for both lunch and dinner (weekends and late nights included!), The Pullman is a great place to grab a drink and some hot food. The gastropub prides itself on offering a wide selection of products local to Georgia. From craft beer from many of the surrounding breweries to locally-sourced produce, The Pullman is wonderfully supportive of its community. Along with their ever-changing draft menu, take a look at their list of events (yes, they host!), and their brunch menu too!
Located just southeast of Lindbergh, Little Bangkok is a great place to eat Thai and Chinese food. Their lunch menu features favorites like basil chicken, chicken fried rice, chow mein, and pad thai. They even have rotating Thai specials that they offer every afternoon and evening. For dinner, you can expect to choose between both the Thai and Chinese menu. Start your meal off with their delicious fried potstickers or a bowl of homemade soup!
Gato Bizco or, Squinting Cat, resides in Candler Park and is one of my favorite places to stop for breakfast and lunch. First of all, they serve breakfast all day long, so if you’re a late-riser, you’re in luck. Mix and match items to create your own breakfast plate or choose between one of their fixed items. Omelets, sandwiches, burritos, and pancakes are just a couple of items on their menu! For lunch, try out a killer sandwich or salad — they have burgers too!
Panahar, another one of the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Atlanta, serves up some of the best Bangladeshi food in the metro area. Located south of Lenox Park just off of Buford Highway, Panahar has been a “cornerstone in the Atlanta community and has been recognized for its outstanding Indian cuisine.” Whether you decide to eat in, take out, or order delivery, Panahar provides consistently delectable Indian dishes. From pakoras, chicken tikka masala, and lamb biriyani to beef vindaloo, goat korma, and an assortment of seasoned naan, Panahar has something for everyone.
Tucked away in Grant Park, Ziba’s Bistro operates as a Mediterranean wine bar and restaurant. Open for lunch, brunch, and dinner, Ziba is a wonderful place to grab a casual bite and a glass of wine. Their dinner menu features small bites, bigger bites, mussels, cheese plates, salads, and desserts. Start off your meal with a small plate of burrata, served with shiitake mushrooms, arugula, and wheat toast. Follow with one of their mussel bowls — all served with french fries and a piece of toasted baguette. End your meal with one of their several dessert options!
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