Whether you are looking to get down to business at lunch or you just want to get out of the office, there's a spot for you in Buckhead. Here are 10 of the best lunch spots in this swank Atlanta neighborhood.
- Blue Moon Pizza – If an office outing is in your future, this pizza spot is a terrific choice. Who doesn't love pizza? Therestaurant does have lunch specials available daily, but it's better to go and share a pie as there are more than a dozen specialty pies to choose from. My go to is the Luna with chorizo, jalapenos and spicy ranch. Having a party? Blue Moon's food truck and can come to you.
- Capital Grille – Sure, when you think of Capital Grille, you think of a hearty steak. And the grille does that well, but the restaurant also features a delicious two-course lunch that will have you in and out in no time. Start with creamy butternut squash bisque then get the tenderloin sliders. Of course, they come with truffle fries. Wash it all down with the house-made grapefruit soda.
- Chow Bing – Chinese doesn’t always mean food that is laden with MSG. At Chow Bing, Gary Lin uses lots of organic meats and items containing no MSG. Get the crawfish wontons. In the mood for something really hot? Order the Sichuan wings, true to the “tongue-numbingly hot” promise on the menu. Just make sure you have a bubble tea handy to combat the burn. For a main, get Chow’s chicken.
- Davio’s – The signature spring rolls are a must order when you are dining with a group. Chicken parm, Reuben and Philly cheesesteak are highlights. Paninis and pizza are quite affordable, but steaks and other heartier options are available, too.
- Doraku – Located in swanky Shops Buckhead Atlanta, you’d expect prices to be extremely high, but at this sushi spot lunches are quite reasonable. Get a bento box or one of the the lunch specialties.
- La Fonda – This Latin restaurant features some of the best enchiladas you can find in the city. Quesadillas and paella are decent, too. Though the decor is no frills, parking is easy to come by and prices are quite affordable.
- Red Pepper Taqueria – Here you’ll find excellent margaritas and tacos. My favorite are the shrimp and kale tacos. But go and find your favorite.
- Storico Fresco – What started out as a simple Italian market has morphed into a full-fledged restaurant. Stock up on dry pastas like chickpea or squid ink from the display to take home with you. Pastas like lasagna are the highlight, but sides like grilled asparagus or the rapini (broccoli rabe) with smoked ricotta are just $6 each, or you may make your own vegetable plate by choosing three for $15.
- Sufi’s – The kebabs here are a specialty and are served with aromatic saffron basmati rice. There are plenty vegetarian selections though. Try delicious eggplant dishes, falafel wraps and more. Bringing the kids? There is a kebab menu for them.
- Yumbii – The popularity of Yumbii’s food truck spurred the restaurant location in Buckhead. You’ll find ample parking in the lot behind the restaurant. The small, fast casual restaurant has a bright and modern look. Some of my favorite items are the panko-crusted fish tacos, Asian rib eye Philly, spicy pork burrito and sides like sesame fries with Sriracha cheese dip.
Malika Bowling is the author of Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More!, and founder of Roamilicious. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. Her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram.