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Atlanta. Frank Ma's Last Day Sep 17

Steve Drucker Aug 28, 2005 07:41 AM

Had another great supper last night at Frank Ma's. Soup Dumplings, Chive Dumpling, Onion Cake, followed by Lionshead atop spinach (you have to ask for the greens to be included) and a Home Style Spicy Tofu (you have to ask for spicy--and last night it was REALLY spicy, like a Korean dish.)

The restaurant is closing Sep 18. Not sure if that day it will be open or not.

Mr. Ma reports that he will reopen in a suburban location within six months or so, either in North Springs or up on Peachtree Parkway near Medlock Bridge somewhere; with two menus--the one he runs now, and a second main menu targeted at a suburban audience.

He says he will let us know by email. If you want to get on his list, his email is


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    LizR Aug 29, 2005 04:17 PM

    Thanks for the info, Steve.

    Went for lunch today. Highly recommend: soup dumplings, corn and chicken soup, shredded spicy pork, brasied chinese lettuce with garlic, and the special soft tofu in sauce off the lunch special menu.

    I'll be back as many times as I can before the closing date. I encourage others to visit as soon as possible. This was really the best Chinese we have ever had. Sadly, per Mrs. Ma, they just don't have enough business from non-Chinese customers to continue in the current location.

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    1. re: LizR
      Ari Levine Aug 31, 2005 03:35 PM

      Like Steve and Liz, I'm absolutely amazed (and saddened and outraged) that ATL-area Chowhounds haven't given Frank Ma's the copious business it really and truly deserves. Everywhere else in town is just a watered- and dumbed-down imitation of the real thing.

      We'll really miss those chive dumplings, soup dumplings, and scallion pancakes. Don't even get me started on the pork belly over greens (thanks, Steve!) or the squid with yellow chives or the fish slices in hot oil.

      Go before it's too late, bring a big group of friends, or suffer six-plus months of regret for missing out on the Frank Ma's experience...

      1. re: Ari Levine
        LizR Aug 31, 2005 06:39 PM

        Well put. I'm saddened and outraged as well. Perhaps the location was just insurmountable. Look at the recent closing of Oriental Pearl in the same strip mall- and it was always packed for dim sum on the weekends. Mrs. Ma gave us the impression that they had closed for the same reason. Dunno...seems like they HAD to be making at least some money.

        Dinner tomorrow night at the Ma's.

    2. johnb Sep 24, 2006 02:26 PM

      I'm new in the area, and have been reviewing old posts about Chinese in Atlanta and environs. Since it has now been a year since the Frank Ma closure, is there any update regarding the mentioned potential re-opening? I understand the China Kitchen stall is an alternative, and is that still the case? Any other recent info on Chinese places would be appreciated. What about Tasty China?

      Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

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        Steve Drucker Sep 25, 2006 12:13 AM

        Frank Ma retired.

        The China Kitchen food court stall is limited, but good.

        Wish there were more to add.

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        1. re: Steve Drucker
          johnb Sep 25, 2006 01:11 AM


          Thanks for the info. Sorry to hear there isn't more.

          I'm planning a trip to Atlanta (I'm in Franklin NC) shortly to check out China Kitchen and Tasty China. If there is currently anyplace else that ought to be on the Chinese food addict's "must go to" list I'd appreciate knowing about it/them.


          1. re: johnb
            Steve Drucker Sep 25, 2006 10:07 AM

            johnb--pls contact me before your trip...sdruckerATNOSPAMtruecookplus.com

            That is, if you're still hungry after stops at La Jerezana and Henry's...

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