Need BEST affordable Ethnic Dinner in ATL
I am suprising my husband for his birthday a day trip to Atlanta from Asheville, NC.
We are foodies.
I am taking him to the King Tut exhibit since I know he will get a kick out of it and I want to take him out for food that I can not get in Asheville, NC (although we got some amazing joints!)
Korean, Dim Sum, Ethopian, Cuban... something ethnic and authentic!
I would like the place to be on the affordable side, under 15 per plate if possible, but with a nice atmostsphere for dinner. I dont mind a stripmall if inside you feel 10,000 miles away.
The experience is what I am looking for.
Thanks in advance for helping! Chowhound made my NYC trip an incredible trip.
You've got some great suggestions so far. Let me add one, for the best Sichuan food bar none: Tasty China. So inexpensive that you should bring a cooler, order for four and your bill will still not reach $75. Get the Fish Soup with Parsley (and preserved vegetable), Dry Fried Eggplant (MUST). Dan Dan Noodle--spicy w/ pork. Orange beef appetizer (comes hot and spicy automatically). Chicken with Three Mushrooms. Hot Braised Fish. Shelihon (green leafy vegetable 2nd cousin to mustard greens), Ma Po Tofu, about everything from the authentic Sichuan menu. btw--the above dishes, enough for five to six people would total around $65. BYOB.
Royal China has the best dim sum right now, peak hours are 11:30 to 1:15.
Jang Su Jang is next up on our list.
Asiana for Sunday Indian Buffet lunch.
But Tasty China will transport you.
When I visited ATL last month my Chinese friend took me to Royal China Restaurant near Buford Hwy for some of the best dim sum I've had, including Boston, DC, and San Fran Chinatowns. Quite reasonable prices too. But I'm not sure if they only serve dim sum at lunch or for dinner as well. I'd call them to make sure, although their regular entrees looked very good too. Lots of Chinese families were eating there as well as in-the-know locals.
Colombian: Casa Vieja
3652 Shallowford Rd NE # D
Doraville, GA 30340
Super yummy, come very hungry, the portions are both huge and cheap. Go for the bandeja paisa!
2781 Clairmont Rd
Atlanta, GA 30329
There are actually 2 Ethiopian restaurants in this shopping center, you're looking for the one in the attached building. Great food, service is friendly, and their hot tea is wonderful.
Korean: Jang su Jang
3645 Satellite Blvd
Duluth, GA 30096
One of my favorite restaurants, period. Their specialty is the tofu soups, spicy with smooth soft creamy tofu... mmmmm. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and they are very reasonably priced.
Bakery: White Windmill
(there are several, best thing is to google to decide which one is closest)
This is a Korean bakery. Don't pass up the shu-cream pastry, it's so good there aren't even words.
Cuban, you're out of luck, the best restaurant in my opinion just burned down. Was a sad day.
Chinese: Frank Ma's Dinho
5389 New Peachtree Road
Chamblee, GA 30341
No ketchup or americanized nonsense to be seen. Try the pickled vegetable and fish soup, it's perfect. And the Kung Pao Kidney isamazing. Mmmmm....
Have a great trip!
Frank and Amy Ma left Dinho a few months ago. They are now at Frank Ma's South, 2088 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta (phone # 404-417-9990). I haven't been yet, but I have eaten at Dinho and the restaurant he operated before that. The food is very good. Frank and Amy have been in the Atlanta restaurant business for about 35 years, as I understand.
According to an Ethiopian acquaintance of mine - Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant, 1594 Woodcliff Drive #G, Atlanta 30329 (phone # 404-321-1493) is currently the best Ethiopian restaurant in metro Atlanta. I took some friends there last month and had the best Ethiopian meal I have had. This would definitely be a dining experience unavailable in Asheville. My friend says beef and chicken are what they do best. We had beef and lamb dishes and could not have been more pleased.