Food & Drink

The Best Restaurant for Every Type of Cuisine in ATL

Published On 11/19/2015 Published On 11/19/2015
Bistro Niko

French: Bistro Niko


The food and service at Bistro Niko are consistently excellent. French food tends to be synonymous with upscale, and although that is the case here, they manage to pull if off without a speck of pretense. No meal is complete without an order of profiteroles -- a sumptuously soft pastry jammed with creamy vanilla ice cream and topped with shaved almonds and an Oprah-rich chocolate sauce. 

Little Bangkok

Thai: Little Bangkok

Morningside/Lenox Park

An OG in the Atlanta food scene, this unassuming, pint-sized hole-in-the-wall cranks out authentic, in-your-face curries, and much more. It’s easy to be indecisive when examining the menu because everything sounds so good, but we can’t get enough of the chicken larb. Deliciously seasoned with mint leaves, chili, onion, and lime, this spicy ground chicken dish is the play here.

Nuevo Laredo Cantina

Mexican: Nuevo Laredo Cantina


A charming, hidden gem, Nuevo Laredo Cantina doesn’t disappoint in any category. Drinks? Stiff, and reasonably priced. Eats? Expertly executed, incredibly delicious, and the sizes are only slightly smaller than the country they’re inspired by. Service? Friendly and quick. What more could you ask for?

La Tavola

Italian: La Tavola Trattoria

Virginia Highland

When a restaurant’s name literally means “The Table” in Italian, you know you’re in for some cozy and inviting deliciousness. La Tavola delivers on that promise with a killer menu loaded up with meat and cheese-filled dishes. Pretty much anything you order is going to tip the scales, so come hungry. And don’t forget to take advantage of their expertly curated wine menu. 

Oriental Pearl Restaurant

Chinese: Oriental Pearl Seafood Restaurant


With generous portions and even bigger flavors, Oriental Pearl Seafood Restaurant does the near-impossible: they take humble Chinese fare to the next level, while still remaining casual, wallet-friendly, simple, and incredibly delicious. Take a group on Sunday for dim sum and see what Chinese cuisine is really all about.

Folk Art

American: Folk Art

Little 5 Points

Serving up delectable traditional American comfort food in a welcoming environment that makes you want to be a regular, Folk Art has a simple and satisfying menu. They not only crank out great carnivorous eats like burgers and fried chicken, they also offer equally flavorful veg options. Whether you’re jonesing for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or dinner -- Folk Art has what you need.

Queen of Sheba

Ethiopian: Queen of Sheba

North Druid Hills

Eating should always be this much fun. Head into Queen of Sheba and you’ll agree. With a laid back and homey atmosphere, huge portions, and deep, rich flavors that aren't too spicy, we especially like it on Thursdays when they have live jazz. Don’t forget to try some of their signature honey wine -- or afterwards, meander into their hookah room.

Miso Izakaya

Japanese: Miso Izakaya

Old Fourth Ward 

Essentially the Japanese version of tapas, “izakaya” is great for sharing with friends or for indulging in solo gluttony. Miso Izakaya’s menu has Japanese standards, including rockin' ramen, fresher-than-fresh sushi, and some of the city’s most inventive cocktails. And at the end of the meal, expect artfully presented frozen grapes on skewers -- an unexpected, delightful end to a damn fine meal.

Com Vietnamese Grill Restaurant

Vietnamese: Com Vietnamese Grill

Buford Highway

Ridiculously-long-list-of-expletives-here good and wallet-friendly don’t always coincide -- but they do at Com. In addition to legit meat-tastic fare, it also has a great variety of vegetarian options, delicious & spicy soups, and everything is served with zingy, flavor-rich fresh herbs. Well known for their friendly service, the more often you dine there, the more the staff likes you and treats you like family. And unlike your family, they give you free dessert at the end of your meal!   


Middle Eastern: Aviva by Kameel


If you're searching for somewhere delicious to hangout in Downtown, hit Aviva by Kameel. It’s in the Peachtree Center food court and fills an unfortunate cuisine gap with fast-casual Mediterranean food. Portions are enormous and delicious -- plus, they have so many specialities, you could eat here for years without ever repeating your order. Honestly, though, after tasting the falafel and rosemary chicken, you’ll have to force yourself to try something different.


Indian: Bhojanic


Hankering for Indian? Bhojanic is where you’ll get the best. They serve authentic Northern Indian food and the dishes are prepared from recipes that have been passed down for a whopping four generations. Everything here is rich, complex, and perfectly spiced -- particularly their chicken tikka masala, saag paneer, thali, and pakora platter (just a few of their most popular dishes). 

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1. Bistro Niko 3344 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

This dressy French joint in Bukhead is serving up eats like chicken paillard and smoked salmon tarts in their brightly lit, leather-boothed spot on Peachtree.

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2. Little Bangkok 2225 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

The tom ka soup here is out of this world: a chicken-, mushroom-, and green onion-studded soup made with creamy coconut milk and outrageously flavorful spices

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3. Nuevo Laredo Cantina 1495 Chattahoochee Avenue NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

While working for ATL giant Coca-Cola in the 1960s, current restaurateur Chance Evans took frequent trips to Mexico, presumably to figure out just how they made that much-coveted Mexican Coke. Anyway, those trips inspired Evans to open his own restaurant, which he's ensured is serving only the best, most authentic South-of-the-Border dishes, including huevos rancheros, chicken mole, chalupas, and more.

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4. La Tavola Trattoria 992 Virginia Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Their motto is "Pasta Perfected" so that should give you a pretty good idea of the type of place this is (a good place to order pasta). The restaurant is warm and welcoming, and the menu includes dishes like Squid Ink Linguini with pesto and Mushroom Ragu Tagliolini with truffle oil.

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5. Oriental Pearl Seafood Restaurant 5399 New Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341

Oriental Pearl is located in the Atlanta Chinatown Mall and has been a local favorite for more than 25 years. While the dim sum menu is available all day, cart service (which is half the fun) is only available until 3pm. The shrimp dumplings are top notch and if you’re feeling adventurous, grab a basket of chicken feet. They may look like, well, chicken feet, but they pack a ton of flavor.

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6. Folk Art 465 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Jason Hill of Wisteria's new daily breakfast/lunchery in Inman Park.

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8. Miso Izakaya 619 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

If you want to taste their signature ramen, go there often and get there early (i.e. it tends to sell out quickly). But if you're willing to forgo that staple, there are plenty other delicious Japanese meals to masticate.

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10. Aviva by Kameel 225 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Tucked away in Muse’s Peachtree Center, Aviva by Kameel is serving fast-casual Mediterranean food to Downtown diners. The menu is based on heirloom family recipes, with house marinades and spice blends giving each item authentic flavor. Expect sandwiches, salads, and platters revolving around shawarma (chicken or lamb), falafel, and lamb kofta, plus familiar spreads like hummus and baba ghanoush. Fresh-squeezed juices push Aviva into healthy food territory, while The Beast, a burrito-like wrap filled with shawarma and falafel, is clearly not on any diet plan.

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11. Bhojanic 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #201, Atlanta, GA 30326

Get ready to eat some of the best Indian food in Atlanta!