Food & Drink

From Ann's Snack Bar to Fat Matt's Rib Shack, these are Atlanta's best “shackstaurants”

Published On 02/26/2014 Published On 02/26/2014
Daddy's exterior
Sebastian Davis
Sebastian Davis
Enat Ethiopia
Sebastian Davis
Sebastian Davis
Sebastian Davis
Sebastian Davis
Sebastian Davis
Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand
Fat Matt's
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1. Mi Barrio Restaurante Mexicano 571 Memorial Dr. Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Grant Park)

Beside all your Mexican favorites, Mi Barrio dabbles in a very solid ceviche you wouldn’t expect in a building smaller than a double-wide.

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2. Nick's Food To Go 240 MLK Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Grant Park)

This eatery keeps it simple with dishes like the "lamb plate with everything" and other greek eats.

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3. Daddy D'z 264 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Grant Park)

You can spot Daddy’s by the giant metal pig on top of their “patio”: plates of Southern staples can always be washed down by a few beers before, during, or after a Braves game.

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4. Enat Ethiopian Cafe 1999 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 (Morningside)

Only open for dinner, Enat’s is the authentic Ethiopian experience. Don’t ask for utensils, you’re only using your hands and the injera (flatbread), to soak up spicy, savory eats.

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5. Ann's Snack Bar 1615 Memorial Dr, Atlanta, GA 30317 (Kirkwood)

The burgers at Ann's snack bar, some of the best in Atlanta, could qualify the Kirkwood spot as the eighth wonder of the world. The voluptuous, hand-pressed Ghetto Burgers bring chili sauce, bacon, a super-secret seasoning, fat pieces of onion, and fried bacon together in a burger that's admittedly difficult to eat but so worth the mess (you've just gotta dive right into this one). There isn't ample seating, but after a short wait you can sit along the bar and watch it get made right in front of you, which, trust us, will work up an appetite large enough to tackle it on your own.

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6. Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand 489 Moreland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30316 (East Atlanta)

DCSS is dishing out locally sourced, small-batch chicken sausages called "slingers" in 10 styles like the Sleazy Cheesy, Italian Stallion & Shredder. They're also serving breakfast slingers throughout the day.

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7. Fat Matt's Rib Shack 1811 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 (Morningside)

Fat Matt’s Rib Shack is more than just a barbecue joint, even though the ribs here really are something special. The unassuming, counter-serve in Morningside has a blues-centric theme, substantiated by the Mt. Rushmore-inspired mural featuring the faces of Muddy Waters and BB King, and live music every night. The smoky ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender, smothered in Fat Matt’s signature sauce, and best served with a side of macaroni and cheese. Although you can order the famous sauce -- and t-shirts and stickers -- from the website, the barbecue and blues experience has been drawing diners from across the country since the '90s.

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8. Wyatt's Country BBQ 1674 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30317 (Kirkwood)

The building may be a patchwork of shingles and plastic, but the miracle comes when you take one of their full racks of perfectly-crusted ribs to your mouth and thank whoever the patron saint of pork is.

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9. Jamal's Buffalo Wings 10 Northside Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30314

Stop by Jamal’s for the hottest, freshest wings you can get in a parking lot. There’s always a great crowd to discuss how much a bum deal Roddy White got when he got arrested during the off-season.

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10. Bellaggio's Ice-Cream 5805 Buford Highway, doraville, GA 30340 (Doraville)

Advertising itself as an ice cream parlor, Bellaggio’s “puerco queso” sandwich is a lunchtime must if you’re anywhere near Buford Highway. Just because it is in the parking lot of an adult movie theater doesn’t mean it can’t sling some serious chow...

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