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NORTHERN CHINA EATERY. Recently popularized by Anthony Bourdain’s trip to Atlanta on his show The Layover, this hole-in-the-wall serves breakfast specialties indigenous to China’s chilly northern climes. Pan-fried pork dumplings flavored with sesame oil are typical of Tianjin, a seaport city southeast of Beijing. Fried crullers wrapped in an egg crepe are more recognizable as breakfast; enjoy them alongside a bowl of hot salted soy milk seasoned with chile oil. Opens daily at 10 a.m. 5141 Buford Highway, 770-458-2282

International Breakfast Specialties

No matter how colorful the mix of cheeses, meats, and vegetables folded into an omelet, or how fanciful the fruit toppings on pancakes or oatmeal, at their core our breakfast staples come down to egg dishes, cereals, and griddled carb bombs. Though reassuring, it can also get monotonous. Start the day instead by trying a classic breakfast from another country.
updated 04.3.13

  • CAFE RESTAURANT DOMINICANO. Few dishes are more splendid in their plainness than mangú, a plate 
of mashed boiled green bananas typical of the Dominican Republic, adorned with ringlets of pickled red onion. Combine it with a side of fried white cheese, fried eggs, and fried salami (known as a tripleta in the 
Dominican) or perhaps oxtail stew served on the small cafeteria line of this humble, hospitable restaurant. Opens daily at 10 a.m. 4650 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross, 770-723-3784
    CAFE RESTAURANT DOMINICANO. Few dishes a…
  • DESTA ETHIOPIAN KITCHEN. Break the fast with kinche, an aromatic bowl of crushed wheat bulgur seasoned with spiced Ethiopian butter, and fitfit—torn injera bread scrambled with onions, peppers, and the fiery-sweet spice mix called berbere. Injera is the vehicle used to scoop food at dinner in lieu of utensils; the restaurant also serves breakfast dishes with spoons. Ethiopian-style coffee certainly wakes you up: It can be almost as strong as espresso. Opens daily at 9 a.m. 3086 Briarcliff Road, 404-929-0011, destaethiopiankitchen.com
    DESTA ETHIOPIAN KITCHEN. Break the fast …
  • KUYA’S FOOD EXPRESS. Hidden at the far right end among the international stalls in the food court of the Korean-owned Assi Plaza in Gwinnett, this humble Filipino outpost dispenses hefty platters of two traditional breakfast standouts: bangsilog (sweet-and-sour marinated milkfish with a fried egg and rice seasoned with fried garlic) and tapsilog (thinly sliced fried beef with the same egg and rice sides, pictured above). Opens at 10 a.m. 1630 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, 678-697-1098
    KUYA’S FOOD EXPRESS. Hidden at the far r…
  • LA KERMEX RESTAURANTE MEXICANO. The true glory of this colorful cantina’s morning kitchen is the chilaquiles, a casserole of tortilla triangles softened in red or green salsa. Whether served basic or topped with eggs, chicken, or beef, the dish is revved with queso fresco, onions, and avocado. On weekends, fantastically piquant menudo (a soup simmered with beef stomach and feet that is a traditional hangover cure) appears on the menu. Opens daily at 7:30 a.m. 5000 Buford Highway, Chamblee, 770-454-9964
    LA KERMEX RESTAURANTE MEXICANO. The true…
  • NORTHERN CHINA EATERY. Recently popularized by Anthony Bourdain’s trip to Atlanta on his show The Layover, this hole-in-the-wall serves breakfast specialties indigenous to China’s chilly northern climes. Pan-fried pork dumplings flavored with sesame oil are typical of Tianjin, a seaport city southeast of Beijing. Fried crullers wrapped in an egg crepe are more recognizable as breakfast; enjoy them alongside a bowl of hot salted soy milk seasoned with chile oil. Opens daily at 10 a.m. 5141 Buford Highway, 770-458-2282
    NORTHERN CHINA EATERY. Recently populari…
  • BONJUK. Juk, the traditional Korean rice porridge, is smoother and thicker than its more widely known Chinese cousin, congee. The key is to layer in flavors with ingredients like pine nuts, black sesame, sweet pumpkin, chicken with ginseng, or beef and oyster mushrooms. Each big bowl comes with a few side dishes, including kimchi (yes, even for breakfast), minced garlic, and daikon radish. Opens at 10 a.m. Monday to Saturday. 2645 North Berkeley Lake Road, Duluth, 770-232-1944
    BONJUK. Juk, the traditional Korean rice…
  • LIZ’S INTERNATIONAL ROTI HOUSE. This fixture among the city’s Caribbean restaurants is known for its burrito-like roti sandwiches stuffed with meats and/or vegetables. Just as worthy of attention is the unofficial national breakfast dish of Jamaica that pairs saltfish (salt-preserved cod) with ackee, a fruit that takes on the look and consistency of scrambled eggs when cooked. It’s a permanent feature on Liz’s menu, but the kitchen doesn’t always have it prepared, so call ahead first. Opens daily at 8:30 a.m. 3901 Covington Highway, 404-343-3914
    LIZ’S INTERNATIONAL ROTI HOUSE. This fix…