At Big Burrito on the Square, tacos and burritos come customized to each mouth's specifications. On a flour-tortilla base, beef or chicken hoist a savory scoop of rice and beans before gaining support from authentic south-of-the-border toppings: cheese, cilantro, sour cream, and guacamole. The Mexican fare pairs ably with hot soup and cold Jarritos sodas, which add a sweet element to meals so that customers don't carve silverware out of lollypops. All of this takes place within a vibrant red, purple, and yellow dining room filled with mosaic tables and photographic homages to Volkswagen vehicles.
Every dish of Lu on the House of Lu's menu of Lu comes from a family recipe perfected over decades and steeped in praise. Lunch features a moderately priced ($5.75¬–$8) cast of classics all served with egg-fried or steamed rice and a vegetable egg roll. Favorites include the sesame chicken, Mongolian beef, and the spicy Hunan chicken. Starting at 3 p.m., the dinner dragon uncoils from its raindrop until it fills the menu with the lengthy list of authentic dishes scrawled across its underbelly. Dinner dishes are mainly centered around beef, poultry, pork, vegetables, and seafood with a plethora of options falling under each category. Net an order of best-selling coconut shrimp ($15.95), peck at the fan-favorite sesame chicken ($10.50), or fulfill a veggie fix with an order of General Tso's tofu ($9.50) and chase it with a dessert of sesame balls ($0.25 each). There's also a kids' menu for grotesque, half-formed adults and finicky feasters.
Blu Greek Taverna imports many of its ingredients straight from Greece, instantly transporting the stomachs of diners to this Mediterranean mainstay. Plant a meal seed with an appetizer like the feta and olive plate ($6) or the loukaniko, imported Cyprus sausage links filled with beef and marinated in homemade wine sauce ($7). Move on to a stacked stick kebab ($12–$15) like the vegetarian-friendly vegan souvlaki with eggplant, green pepper, tomato, zucchini, onions, and squash pieces marinated in Ladolemono ($12). House specialties include lamb youvetsi (lamb tenderloin cubes slow-stewed in tomato sauce, $19) or grilled xifias (marinated swordfish filet, $21). Blu Greek also offers a kids menu and a notable wine list for grown-ups.
Kiosco Restaurant owners Eddie Bermudez invite mouths on a transcendent voyage to their native Colombia, using a celebration of traditional dishes packed with unexpected herbs and spices. The meat-centric menu pivots on seven steak entrees, including flank steak simmered with green onions and sautéed shredded beef with thick slices of fried plantain. Other delicacies include colombian sausage and fried slices of yucca and andean potatoes. Guests can enjoy these with tall pitchers of housemade sangria, sipping on a shaded sidewalk patio or inside where sunlight pours through stained-glass windows to cast a warm glow on vibrant paintings and enable patrons to act out their orders with shadow puppets on the muted yellow walls.
Hand-painted murals of the Caribbean enliven Presto Latin Cantina’s brick façade, hinting at the vibrant decor, flavors, and Latin American influences that wait inside. Over steamy stoves, chefs prepare Colombian-inspired dishes such as marinated steaks topped with fried eggs as well as grilled chicken drizzled with sweet mango sauce. Slow-cooked brisket absorbs the flavors of garlic and Latin spices before chefs turn it into classic ropa vieja by shredding it and plating it with rice, beans, and plantains. To wash down spoonfuls of Spanish-style paella, loaded with seafood and colored with golden saffron, diners can sip on the fresh juices of papaya, guava, passion fruit, or tender top sirloin. Presto Latin Cantina also offers homemade sangria and margaritas with traditional or tropical flavors, including mango, passion fruit, blackberry, and pineapple.
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.