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Near I-285 in Chamblee, Tip Top sells hard-to-find treats such as crunchy Bamba, a peanut-flavored bagged snack, and fun items like kosher Doritos. The real treasure is in the back of the store, where there's a kosher restaurant you might mistake for a stockroom if you didn't know was there.
In his quest to perfect the art of tamale-making, Marco Martinez has tasted everything from store-bought frozen versions to handmade ones in restaurants across the city. Here’s where he picks up his favorites (aside from his own kitchen)—all within a half mile of each other on Buford Highway.
The most promising of Chamblee's newcomers is the Alden, an ambitious restaurant that blends elements of worldly fine dining with a dose of hometown comfort. Well-traveled chef-owner Jared Alden Hucks is making bold moves here, including a seven-course tasting menu offered exclusively at the chef counter.
It’s no secret that midcentury-modern furniture is back in vogue. But now, the era’s ranch-style and split-level homes are selling better than ever, according to Vanessa Reilly of Atlanta boutique real estate firm DOMO Realty. Although midcentury modern homes can be found throughout Atlanta, she notes that the majority are close to I-285, with the highest concentrations in the neighborhoods of Amberwood, Collier Heights, Northcrest, and Northwoods.
Chicken tikka masala on a taco? A new, fun taqueria in Chamblee serves up tacos with toppings like lamb and yogurt and chana masala.
In Chamblee, Bad Daddy Burger Bar has juicy burgers and satisfying, queso-slatered nachos. But its biggest draw is its utility. It the kind of place that you can take anyone you need to entertain: your kid, a date, a colleague, even your dog.
Husband and wife team Vanh Sengaphone and Thip Athakhanh opened Snackboxe Bistro in Doraville earlier this year, serving Laotian street eats such as chicken larb, enormous garlic-pepper chicken wings, and sticky rice dishes.
If Ugly Delicious had you craving Vietnamese-Cajun dishes, look no further than Buford Highway newcomer Kajun Crab, where you can get your hands messy with saucy crawfish boils and sip drinks that literally smoke and bubble with the help of dry ice.
Never tried Bangladeshi food before? This Chamblee newcomer is a great place to start. Indian favorites such as rich, creamy spinach and paneer cheese share the menu with garlic chili morich, a spicy, stewed Bangladeshi dish made with finely chopped green chilies, chopped tomato, garlic, and spices.