The Big Buford

So in the last few months I moved into the Brookhaven neighborhood, which is also conveniently located near Buford Highway. Buford Highway is a Mecca of desirable ethnic restaurants ranging from Mexican, Cuban, and any Asian food you can dream of. The problem is where to start? Which of these restaurants are quality, and considered authentic?

I searched online with the usual AJC/Loafing avenues to see if I could find reviews of restaurants on Buford. However, my search was slightly boggling and the only complete write-up of Buford Highway was written several years ago. Most of those restaurants are gone.

We need more taste testers to try out some restaurants on Buford. Recently I have eaten at Penang, a Malaysian restaurant. I recommend almost any dish there, but donít count on speedy service. Donít leave without trying the ëPeanut Pancakeí. If youíve ever traveled to Thailand, itís the exact thing as a ëThai Pancakeí. Yummy. Meanwhile, I heard a rumor that Penang is part of a chain operating in NYC. I do not know if that is true though.

Panchos appears to be a favorite with the college students in the area. I found this Mexican restaurant average at best, and their Margaritas are worth skipping. Yet they do have a charming Mariachi band to serenade the diners. Romantic, maybe?

Havana Sandwich Shop is an excellent stop if youíre in the mood for some Cuban. Aside from delicious sandwiches on fresh bread, I have had their Chicken Grenadina, which is very tasty served with a side of black beans and rice. You order at the counter and have an option of eating inside or on their patio.

Do you have any other dining experiences to share about restaurants on Buford Highway? Certainly there are many more options worth exploring.

7 Comments so far

  1. Lori (unregistered) on July 10th, 2005 @ 2:57 pm

    You must try Machu Picchu. It’s delicious, authentic Peruvian. Best ceviche ever.

  2. Daniel (unregistered) on July 10th, 2005 @ 3:56 pm

    I concur with Lori. Really good Peruvian food.

    Oh, and welcome to the Metblog Lisa!

  3. JimV (unregistered) on July 10th, 2005 @ 5:24 pm

    I’m a big fan of Bien Thuy, 5095 Buford Hwy.

    In terms of finding lots of good write reviews, here’s a Google query, which you might find helpful.

  4. Paulie (unregistered) on July 10th, 2005 @ 11:57 pm

    I am a fan of Machu Picchu as well, although I was quite stunned last week when their beef stew lunch special was served containing chicken instead of beef.

    I also enjoy La Sabrosa (near North Druid Hills), Lee’s Bakery [for cheap Vietnamese sandwiches] (near Chamblee Tucker) and Mai Sandwiches [I think that is the proper name] (in the same shopping center as Penang)

  5. Jessica (unregistered) on July 11th, 2005 @ 3:58 pm

    I have taken people to both Pung Mie and Little Schezuan (sic?) multiple times, for Chinese food.

    Lawrence’s Cafe is also quite good, though the prices ($12-15/entree) were higher than I expected.

    My brother is fairly certain that if it’s on Buford Highway and it has “Pho” in the title, you won’t go wrong.

    And welcome to the Metblog!

  6. Anna (unregistered) on July 11th, 2005 @ 11:31 pm

    I really like So Kong Dong. Link to AJC review here: (May Req. Registration)

  7. Andisheh Nouraee (unregistered) on July 12th, 2005 @ 3:43 pm

    My So Kong Dong. Wasn’t Claire Danes in that?

    Either way, I concur. It’s a great restaurant — although I could do without the complimentary deep-fried whole croaker fish that comes with every meal.

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