I had to pause a Zoom call last week because something extremely important had arrived at the front door. It was to-go food, which isn't all that unique as we've all been living in pandemic conditions for almost a year now. What was unique, at least it raised eyebrows from the folks on my call, was where I had ordered food.
I had hibachi delivered to my door.
There's no doubt we all love the spectacle of seeing food prepared in a social setting right in front of us. Laughing through flaming onion volcanos and catching flying balls of rice and veggies in our mouths is something we've surely missed. And boy, do I want that. But I don't NEED that atmosphere to eat hibachi, and I've truly missed chicken and steak with fried rice and veggies. So that's what I ordered. And it was magnificent.
That exchange on Zoom got me thinking. What else have I been missing as I eat a lot of takeout these days? Instead of offering other places I've eaten recently, I asked a bunch of Atlanta foodies for their expert takes on what's been cool on their radar lately.
Here are 25 restaurants they've been noshing on in Atlanta:
Wendy Gajadharsingh's Instagram account (@thebubblytalk) wows more than 12K followers with food, lifestyle, fashion, and fun. She offered four spots for takeout:
Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft
1745 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
That's pretty big: Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft was named one of the top Thai restaurants in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine.
112 Ormond Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
Check out: Talat Market's red curry was featured on the October 2020 cover of Bon Appetit.
1039 Grant Street, Suite B13, Atlanta, GA 30315
What's hot? Tacos Gobernador has become a new favorite item at Patrina Cocina.
Pro tip from The Bubbly Talk: "Amano in Old Fourth Ward is taking safety precautions seriously and their pasta (and staff) is phenomenal! I truly enjoyed the dining experience."
John and Liz from Adventures in Atlanta (IG: @adventuresinatlanta) call themselves
"accidental foodies" but don't get that feel from their Instagram account. They take posting about events (when they happen again), restaurants, and attractions very seriously and have tons of fun. They offered eight takeout spots to hit:
34 South Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009
This spot rocks: With a lot of outdoor seating and a pet-friendly patio, Chiringa has an ideal location right in the heart of Alpharetta City Center. The weather's been. great lately, don't wait until spring. And, again, even if the weather is bad, takeout is a great way to go here.
Piastra on Marietta Square
45 West Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060
Think about: Wagyu skirt steak with Clacks Chapel cheddar Risotto and West Georgia Produce hydro basil puree.
The Hummus and Pita Co.
4511 Olde Perimeter Way #100, Dunwoody, GA 30346
Not only is a Mediterranean diet one of the more healthy around, but it's also absolutely delicious, and The Hummus and Pita Company makes everything from scratch onsite.
1927 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 303039
A great Taco Tuesday spot: Yumbii's gourmet tacos are perfectly at the intersection of Korean BBQ and Mexican fusion.
M&M's Comfort Zone
477 Flat Shoals Avenue SE, Atlanta, 30316
Southern Comfort: Sisters, Megan and Mandy, have created a menu that fuses Georgia with Carolina and screams yum. The fried cauliflower bowl, y'all.
Local Expedition Woodfire Grill
1110 Hammond Drive, Suite 15, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
As the name says: Local Expedition Woodfire Grill uses locally-grown ingredients to power their menu and focus on Southern hospitality.
DBA Sandwich Company
660 Irwin Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
A new spot in Old Fourth Ward at Irwin Street Market, DBA Sandwich Company is a takeout play that features classic sandwiches with smoked and cured meats all prepared in-house.
1426 Dresden Drive, Brookhaven, GA 30319
Check out: The Dirty Bird taco (fried chicken with applewood smoked bacon, jalapeño queso, fried jalapeños, and pico sounds amazing.
Pro tip from Adventures In Atlanta: "Woodward and Park in Grant Park has a fantastic brunch with the best Croque Madame."
Allie is a food blogger and the expertise behind @ATLPeachyEats on Instagram. Her 26K+ followers are showered with interesting food and drinks from around town. She offered two spots for takeout:
4945 Peachtree Boulevard, Chamblee, GA 30341
From Allie's mouth: "They have a drive-through location in Chamblee and I love their bowls."
914 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318
Take this home: "I tried the Spanish Octopus at The Optimist recently and it was amazing!"
Erica Key is the editor-in-chief and founder of Eating with Erica and speaks to an impressive almost 27K followers (IG: @eatingwitherica) on Instagram. You may have seen this Atlanta blogger or read her insights on Good Morning America, CNN, or Essence. She shared four of her fav takeout spots with us:
490 East Paces Ferry Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
All-in-one spot: Aria has "some of the best to-go combinations for individuals and families. What I also like is that Aria offers a wine shop, which means that I can pick up delicious food and wine in the same place. I don't know about you, but I love a one-stop-shop.
Toast on Lenox
2770 Lenox Road, Atlanta, GA 30301
Just opened: "Toast on Lenox is one of my new favorite places. The food, especially breakfast, is stellar and the restaurant is beautiful."
620 Glen Iris Drive, Unit C-1, Atlanta, GA 30308
From Erica's mouth: "Ruby Chow's fried chicken is to die for. The fried chicken comes in a combo with a sriracha honey butter biscuit, kimchi mac & cheese, and sriracha fried chicken. The outside dining setup is inviting and chic."
Pro top from Erica: "Love at First Bite ATL food truck is my go-to. I highly recommend this food truck establishment located at Triton Yards. The Heart Throb Burger is an item that you will definitely want to fall in love with. And if you are visiting during the weekend, I highly recommend the Cinnamon Roll Chicken Waffle Sandwich."
Malika Bowling is the editor at Roamilicious.com. She's the author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta and has been featured on HGTV and The Huffington Post and has been a contributing writer to Beer Connoisseur, Chowhound, Playboy, and USA Today. Malika has also served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals including the World Food Championships. She loves hiking, exotic travels, and Negronis.
4969 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
Did you know: You can create your own seafood boil basket.
956 Brady Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30318
Kudos: :He’s so talented and even shifted his entire menu to be more takeout friendly."
70 West Crossville Road, Roswell, GA 30075
Three words: "That crab cake!"
34 South Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Fresh catch: "OMG you can’t get any fresher than this (Guac, Lobster Roll, and Caribbean wings!"
[This is the second mention for Chiringa in this article. What does that tell you?]
The Freakin Incan
4651 Woodstock Road, Suite 305, Roswell, GA 30075
Eat globally without leaving the A: "With their lovely Peruvian Food (Can I get a Pisco Sour to go, please?). #supportlocal and #supportsmallbusinesses ALWAYS!
Pro tip from Malika: "Since I’m a die-hard restaurant fan I’m going to be out and about trying new restaurants - pandemic or not. I do love the Ocean Pyramid at Budi Sushi. It is truly something to behold and is one of the hottest dishes right now in ATL. Of course the bacon jam at Carson Kitchen in Alpharetta is to die for!