Make a beeline up Buford Highway for the sizzle and spice of master chef Liu Ri, whose pocket-sized restaurant blends the beauty of Sichuan and Hunan cooking. Fermented long beans and cabbage with “streaky pork” are a calming balance to the fiery crunch of fried eggplant dusted with chili powder and red-hot braised fish in chili oil. With rare talent and extraordinary knife skills, Ri is a chef to watch. 3940 Buford Highway, Duluth, 770-622-1191
This article originally appeared in our November 2015 issue.