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Best hole in the wall in Atlanta

We are traveling to Atlanta for a weekend, would love to find the best "holes in the wall" for great, casual meals. Like restaurants that we probably would't step into without a rec. We've traveled a good bit, eaten a lot of great (expensive) meals, but are really happiest eating inexpensive, yummy meals. We'll eat anything, love ethnic food of any sort, and are staying in the Buckhead area, but are willing to travel 2o minutes or so. Thanks!

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  1. Ann's Snack Bar, Harold's BBQ, Silver Skillet, The Colonnade, Matthews Cafeteria.

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    1. re: Notaslavetofashion

      agree Silver Skilletis like a time warp back to the 60s,and Harolds is great

    2. Bankhead Fish & Soul. 1651 Donald Lee Hollowell Pky, ATL 30318. Big portions, tasty food.
      Gets my vote for best hole in the wall.

      1. Vortex for burgers
        Gu's Bistro for incredible chinese, esp Szrchuan
        Canton house for dim sum

          1. I second Colonnade & Matthews Cafeteria for Southern food. Vortex for burgers, Brickstore Pub for great pub food (take Marta to the Decatur Square...don't bother driving), Lee's Bakery for a fantastic pork bahn mi, and Manuel's Tavern for anything. You also might like Henri's Bakery in Buckhead--hard to call a French bakery a hole in the wall, but it's very old school Atlanta and fun to visit for a coffee and cheese straws. No Buckhead lady would throw a shower without their cheese straws & petit fours. Another gem in your area is Anis Bistro, although I hate to post it since word may get out and it will get packed.

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            1. re: ebennettatl

              My grandmother was very good friends with the owners of Henri's in the 70's and beyond, and I worked there a few summers. I still remember the Po' Boys and cheesestraws, and rave about them to this day!