The simple description of Fishook Grille’s cuisine is “South African,” but since the country's culinary influences come from around the globe, that term doesn’t quite capture the diverse flavors that spring from each dish. The spices are Portuguese, the cooking techniques are Bangladeshi, and the entrees themselves—tilapia, salmon—are reflections of the coastal country’s prominent fishing industry. The eatery also features an abundance of health-conscious dishes, including entrees that are grilled instead of being fried in oil or injected with cream filling. The restaurant’s two locations pay homage to South Africa in other ways, too; artwork from the country lines their walls, and their moniker derives from the small fishing village of Fish Hoek.
Not very many people get inspired by tacos served out of the back of a nondescript van. But when Nacho Mama's Street Taqueria founder Ray bit into one of those freshly prepared tacos, he found his calling: make quality Mexican food. After attending Le Cordon Bleu, he began serving tacos from the back of his own food truck. Now, he's got his own restaurant.
Each taco, burrito, or rice bowl comes with your choice of meat, such as pork cooked with green chilies, chicken in a chipotle sauce, and traditional braised carnitas. For vegetarians, there's roasted corn and poblanos instead. The final product is paired with a side of chips and salsa. Meals can be washed down with Jarritos soda, which comes in an array of unique flavors, much like jelly beans after merging with that spice company.
For 15 years, Baby Tommy's Taste of New York has been serving up authentic New York-style pies topped with everything from traditional pepperoni, to artichokes, feta, or breaded chicken. Atlanta magazine recommends the lasagna pizza, which piles the chewy thin crust with meatballs, ricotta cheese, and meat sauce, while those with a taste for travel may want to explore the cheesesteak pizza, which pairs steak and caramelized onions atop a creamy white sauce.
Of course, Baby Tommy's New York-style eats don't stop with just pizza. The menu also includes a medley of sandwiches named for the state, including the New Yorker, a combination of corned beef, pastrami, and Swiss cheese, or the Manhattan, a salty stack of ham, Genoa salami, and Provolone.
As Auto Spa Bistro's cleaning technicians hand wash and detail road-weary automobiles, the scent of three-egg omelets, Angus burgers, and chicken wings wafts from an on-site bistro. Technicians wipe away weather stains, bugs, and dragonfly-shaped mud splatters from cars and trucks with biodegradable cleaning products before shining them up with Carnauba wax. Guests are free to grab a beer, cocktail, and snack in the lounge while technicians overhaul unsightly dents and protect the car's interior with UV-blocking window tinting and interior detailing.
An electric neon sign draws passersby inside this festive Mexican diner, where rustic décor surrounds savory dishes arrayed on tables. Flat-screen televisions offer the only hint the modern world still exists, as exposed brick walls, rough stone borders, and dark-brown tile distract diners from passing cars, smartphone screens, and androids comparing memory banks. On the restaurant's outdoor patio, patrons dine on traditionally prepared steaks, fluffy tortilla shells, and rich sauces while basking in the sunlight.
R. Thomas Deluxe Grill offers the sort of over-the-top kitsch that must be seen to be believed. The vibrant décor offers a bit of the tropics in the middle of Atlanta, laced with the bright colors of the wild and hippie-chic touches that will have you smiling through your meal. If anything, R. Thomas Deluxe Grill is a little escape in the middle of your workday. It’s also a great place to get flavorful California-leaning food that won’t leave you full of regret afterward, with healthy touches that play into the warm, peaceful vibe. Look out for the exotic birds that call the patio garden their home, and don’t be afraid to swing in after-hours for a curious bit of fun; R. Thomas Deluxe Grill is open 24 hours.