Masterpiece still holds the title as Atlanta’s best Sichuan restaurant, but Yummy Spicy’s arrival on Buford Highway means you don’t have to drive OTP to get your fix. The menu hits all the traditional Sichuan high notes: dry-fried eggplant, boneless nuggets of mouth-tingling fried chicken that almost resemble chicharrones (the house calls it Yummy Spicy Chicken), and properly slippery cold noodles. The showstoppers, though, are fried blue crabs encrusted with garlicky breading. It takes a bit of work to fish out the meat, but by the time you’ve got a mouthful, it’s been spiced with all of that exterior seasoning. yummyspicyga.com
This article originally appeared in our December 2017 issue.