Ethnic Restaurants in Atlanta You Must Check Out

While visiting Atlanta, here are a list of ethnic restaurants in Atlanta you must check out on your trip!

With many tourist attractions such as the World of Coca-Cola, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park as well as events such as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl or conventions held at the Georgia World Convention Center drawing in many visitors annually, Atlanta has a large list of restaurants to pick from during your stay. To celebrate Atlanta’s increasing diversity of many cultures and ethnicities, why not pick some restaurants which specialize in a particular style of ethnic cuisine? When I visited Atlanta earlier this year, I visited four different restaurants with a different type of cuisine: Vietnamese, Korean, Mexican, and Indian. Each restaurant offers a lot of great food to choose from to satisfy your taste buds.

Restaurant 1: DUA Vietnamese Noodle Soup

Location: 53 Broad St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 (Downtown Atlanta)

Pho is one of the staples of Vietnamese cuisine, and Dua Vietnamese Noodle Soup is a fantastic restaurant to take in the Vietnamese classic. Located on Broad Street in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, Dua Vietnamese Noodle Soup offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine including pho, bun, mixao, and spring rolls. Until I visited the restaurant, I had never sampled pho before. There are many different options of pho you may choose from such as beef, chicken, meatball, shrimp, tofu (non-vegetarian according to the restaurant’s website), or even their house pho consisting of eyeround steak, meatballs, and beef flanks. I ordered the beef pho, and it was served nice and hot. The pho had a lot of great flavors with plentiful beef, noodles, and vegetables.

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Takeaway of beef pho with a side of vegetables to pour into the pho

The original location on Broad Street is only open on weekdays (as of October 2019), and you have the option to eat in the restaurant or order your food for takeaway.

In addition to its home location on Broad Street, Dua Vietnamese Noodle Soup now has a location in Midtown which is not only open into the evening but is also open on Saturdays.

Restaurant 2: Kwan’s Deli and Korean Kitchen

Location: 267 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 (very short walk from Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown Atlanta)

Since 2003, Kwan’s Deli has been serving up delicious Korean cuisine and deli sandwiches for patrons. They serve Korean dishes such as Korean spicy chicken, bulgogi, and bibimbap. If you are not interested in trying Korean food (you definitely should try new things at least once), they also prepare great sandwiches, salads, and chicken wings. When I went to the restaurant, I ordered the bulgogi which is beef marinated in Korean barbecue sauce. All Korean dishes come with a side of rice and seasonal sides. The beef was quite tender and delicious, and the barbecue sauce made it taste even better. It was cooked perfectly, and it is one restaurant I would definitely visit again. After my food was brought to my table, I noticed that many people happened to line up to order, so this restaurant can get quite busy especially when there are events going on.

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Beef bulgogi with a side of rice and vegetables

Kwan’s Deli and Korean Kitchen is open on weekdays and Saturdays, but they are closed on Sundays.

Restaurant 3: Rreal Tacos

Location: 100 6th St NE #110, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

Tacos are always a great option for a meal or snack when exploring Atlanta, and you definitely should check out Rreal Tacos (make sure to roll your tongue when saying Rreal Tacos). Rreal Tacos serves up some delicious tacos using local, natural, and organic ingredients whenever possible. When ordering your tacos at the counter, tacos are built with soft yellow corn tortillas with your choice of protein (pork, carnitas, beef, barbacoa, chicken, fish, and veggies) along with onion-cilantro and lime. You may also add cabbage, jalapeno, tomato, and radish for no charge or for an extra cost, other toppings such as melted cheese, pico de gallo, and sour cream. I ordered two tacos, marinated grilled beef and pork carnitas, along with a side of chips and salsa. The tacos were very flavorful with a lot of great spices, and the salsa which came with the chips was very fresh with a medium spice.

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Two rreal tacos: Marinated grilled beef and pork carnitas; they were rreally good!

Rreal Tacos is open on weekdays and on Saturdays, but they are closed on Sundays.

Restaurant 4: Aamar Indian Cuisine

Location: 100 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 (Downtown Atlanta)

Aamar Indian Cuisine is an Indian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Atlanta only a couple blocks away from the Peachtree Center MARTA station. The restaurant offers many great classic Indian dishes made with chicken, lamb, goat, shrimp, and even beef as well as vegetarian dishes. You will also encounter classic Indian dishes such as chicken tikka masala and biryani. When I went to the restaurant, I decided to try the aloo daal which consists of lentils (daal) and potatoes (aloo) cooked with turmeric, tomatoes, onions, and garlic along with basmati rice. The sauce was absolutely delicious with its great spices, and it tasted very well mixed in with the rice.

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Sample of aloo daal with basmati rice

Aamar Indian Cuisine is open every day except for Tuesdays. Out of all four restaurants listed, this is the only option open on Sunday.

Atlanta has a lot of great restaurants to choose from including ones not mentioned on this list. Be sure to check out different ethnic restaurants throughout the city to not only celebrate the increasingly rich diversity Atlanta has to offer but also sample some of the finest cuisines of Atlanta. You might just discover your new favorite restaurant!

Check out my YouTube video where I visit all four of these restaurants during my trip to Atlanta, Georgia in May 2019:

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