Atlanta

5 New Restaurant Openings in ATL You Need to Know

Cuban, Thai, and coffee.

The past year has not been easy for Atlanta restaurants. There were many pivots and challenges forcing chefs and bartenders to be more creative than ever before. But, it’s nearly summer and with the new season is a host of new openings. Whether you’re ready to cool off in a dining room or you’re still opting to chill on a patio, here are five new places for you to try.

After drawing flocks of people out to their tiny house in a Sandy Springs parking lot, Cubanos ATL opened a second location in Cumming. The second tiny house is located in the shopping center of Cumming Marketplace. Owner Ozzy Llanes chose the location in part because of its easy access off of GA-400. There, you’ll find the Cuban sandwiches that made the first location so popular, including the El Tampa with roasted pork, ham, salami, pickled, and Swiss cheese.
 

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Sweetgreen

Old Fourth Ward

Los Angeles-based chain is opening its first Atlanta outpost on June 8. Located in Ponce City Market, the trendy salad purveyor will feature artwork by textile artist Honey Pierre who is a member of the artist incubator TILA Studios. Sweetgreen will also feature locally sourced ingredients and products from brands like Allison’s Honey, Calyroad Creamery, Kemboocha, Genuine Georgia, and New Communities. 

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Health-focused fast casual chain Flower Child opened its third Atlanta location in May. This one can be found in the Westside Provisions District. The menu is popular for its lighter fare like the turkey & avocado cobb salad with tomatoes, crunchy, corn, smoked almond, and gorgonzola dressing and its myriad bowls like the “Glow Bowl” with sweet potato noodles, bok choy, zucchini, onion, shiitake mushroom, and coconut milk. If you go, splurge and get yourself one of their fancy beverages like the on-tap kombucha or house-made lemonade. 

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Tum Pok Pok

Chamblee

Satisfy that Thai food craving on Buford Highway. Adidsara Weerasin, who also owns Bangkok Thyme in Sandy Springs, opened her newest venture, Tum Pok Pok, in April. The BuHi spot specializes in Northern Thai and it didn’t take long for people to start buzzing about how good this spot is. Try the hoi-jur puu, a delicious dumpling stuffed with crispy crab, pork, and water chestnuts, and the pad Thai pok pok made with stir fried rice noodles, tamarind sauce, and giant freshwater prawns. Whatever you do, don’t skip the Thai iced tea which is sure to keep you sane on these hot Atlanta days. 

Available for Delivery/Takeout

Perc Coffee Atlanta

Virginia-Highland

Savannah coffee roaster, Perc, opened its first location in Atlanta during the pandemic…and it’s second one too. The second location opened its doors in April on the bustling main strip of VaHi. Good news: They’re allowing people to sit inside now! So bring your laptop and order one of their oh-so-caffeinated beverages that are really more like coffee cocktails (minus the booze), like the Rupert Holmes, a cold drink made with espresso, coconut, orange bitters, and milk. If you prefer something more traditional, their classic espresso drinks like the Americano are also dandy. 

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Lia Picard is an Atlanta-based journalist writing about food, travel, and a variety of other topics. Her work appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, and CNN Travel.
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