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Pho, But Not At It's Finest: Pho Dai Loi #2- Buford

Pho Dai Loi #2 is one of many Vietnamese Pho restaurants off Buford Highway.  For those of you from Atlanta or have been here for several years, you know that in order to get great, authentic Asian food, Buford Highway is the place to go to.  And it’s very inexpensive! You could feed a family of 4 for less than $30 and everyone is going home full.

I grew up eating all sorts of Southeast Asian cuisines, from Laotian food, Vietnamese food, and Thai food. It’s a different type of spiciness when it comes to Asian cuisine.  The spice is more heat and flavor and it comes from fresh peppers and other green veggies.  The dishes are also full of flavor, creative, and filling on a smaller amount of food.

Authentic Thai Food for the Atlantan: Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro- Midtown Atlanta

Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro started in 1989 on the upper east side of New York.  When the Chef Nan and her family relocated to Atlanta in 1996, Tamarind Seed became the first location in Atlanta of the family-owned Thai trio restaurant group, including fine dining restaurant Nan Thai and modern casual dining eatery Tuk Tuk Loft.  Located in Colony Square off Peachtree St and 14th Street, Tamarind Seed is a great dining option for business professionals or visitors.

A Kept Secret That Doesn't Need to Be Shared: 1 Kept-Buckhead

1 Kept is tucked away on Peachtree St. and if you don’t slow down you might miss the roadway that leads to parking in the back of the building.  Its a quaint space that is rusty and casual. Nice ambiance for a kitchen and bar restaurant that would be fit for a family or a bunch of friends.  

Farm to Table of Chicken, Chicken, Chicken: Chick-a-Biddy- Atlanta (Midtown/ Atlantic Station)

Chick A Biddy opened at Atlantic Station in the Fall of 2013. It is a new casual eatery that serves farm fresh chicken and sides.  The restaurant has a 21st century diner feel,with bursts of white and yellow colors throughout.

The menu is quite simple; it’s all about the chicken cooked any and every way you could think of.  Wings, chicken tenders, crispy chicken salads, fried chicken and rotisserie chicken to just name a few.  The sides list is pretty extensive including the classic favorites of collard greens, mac ‘n cheese and baked beans.