40 nights, 40 dishes: Our favorite dinners on Buford Highway

Everything from simple take-out to high-end omakase

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How does one even begin to tackle dinner on Buford Highway? From Bangladeshi to Chinese, Korean to Indonesian, elaborate hot pot to simple take-out, hole-in-the-wall counter service to high-end omakase, there is no wrong way. Below, you’ll find 40 of our favorite things to eat—and even without duplicating restaurants, limiting the list to 40 meals was a feat.

Photography by Ben Rollins

Chivito al plato

Chivito al plato
Sabores del Plata
Argentinian-Uruguayan

 

Pho dac biet—special combination

Pho dac biet—special combination
Pho Bac
Vietnamese

 

Hainanese chicken rice

Hainanese chicken rice
One of our 75 Best Restaurants
Mamak
Malaysian

 

Mandu (pork dumplings)

Mandu (pork dumplings)
Dish Korean
Korean

 

Chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala
Deshi Street
Bangladeshi

 

Handmade sweet and spicy thick noodles

Handmade sweet and spicy thick noodles
Gu’s Kitchen
Sichuan

 

Seafood boil

Seafood boil
Kajun Crab
Viet-Cajun

 

Xinjiang stir-fried chicken

Xinjiang stir-fried chicken
One of our 75 Best Restaurants
LanZhou Ramen
Chinese

 

Snapper

Snapper
Mariscos El Sazon del Kora
Mexican

 

Kimchi stew

Seafood tofu soup
Cho Dang Tofu House
Korean

 

Dolsot bibimbap

Dolsot bibimbap
One of our 75 Best Restaurants
Stone Bowl House
Korean

 

Pork and chive dumplings

Pork and chive dumplings
Northern China Eatery
Chinese

 

Beef and soft tofu with spicy sauce

Beef and soft tofu with spicy sauce
Good Luck Gourmet
Chinese

 

Shanghai juicy steamed pork bun

Shanghai juicy steamed pork bun
China Kitchen
Chinese

 

Milanesa torta

Milanesa torta
Las Tortas Locas
Mexican

 

Medianoche

Medianoche
Havana Sandwich Shop
Cuban

 

Ikura don (rice with salmon roe)

Ikura don (rice with salmon roe)
One of our 75 Best Restaurants
Sushi Hayakawa
Japanese

 

Carnitas tacos

Carnitas tacos
Supermercado Chicago
Mexican

 

Sour cabbage with streaky pork pot

Sour cabbage with streaky pork pot
One of our 75 Best Restaurants
Masterpiece
Sichuan

 

Fish gullet

Fish gullet
Barkot
Ethiopian

 

Pollo asado

Pollo asado
Sinaloense Pollos Asados
Mexican

 

Thai chili pan mee

Thai chili pan mee
One of our 75 Best Restaurants
Food Terminal
Malaysian

 

Mixed chicken and lamb biriyani

Mixed chicken and lamb biriyani
Bismillah Cafe
Bangladeshi

 

Nasi Padang

Nasi Padang
Tempo Doeloe at Java Indonesian Market
Indonesian

 

Hot pot

Hot pot
Tasty 21
Chinese

 

Mix-and-match pot (flounder and prime rib)

Mix-and-match pot (flounder and prime rib)
Good Harvest
Chinese

 

Beef don

Beef don
Kang Nam
Japanese

 

Lamb and shrimp vermicelli

Lamb and shrimp vermicelli
Com
Vietnamese

 

Combo platter

Combo platter
Halal Guys
Middle Eastern

 

Kimchi stew

Kimchi stew
One of our 75 Best Restaurants
Yet Tuh
Korean

 

Bun bo hue

Bun bo hue
Pho Dai Loi
Vietnamese

 

Vegetable pakoras

Vegetable pakoras
Purnima
Bangladeshi

 

Roast duck over rice

Roast duck over rice
Best BBQ
Chinese

 

Three cups chicken

Three cups chicken
La Mei Zi
Chinese-Taiwanese

 

Hot braised chicken

Hot braised chicken
Yen Jing
Chinese

 

Regular sashimi

Regular sashimi
Yokohama
Japanese

 

Pork shumai

Pork shumai
Canton House
Cantonese

 

Cajun boiled crawfish

Cajun boiled crawfish
Crawfish Shack Seafood
Viet-Cajun

 

Meat + two veg

Meat + two veg
Batavia
Indonesian

 

Mojarra frita

Mojarra frita
La Casona
Colombian

This article appears in our October 2019 issue.

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