Journey the globe through Atlanta’s international food scene

Photo courtesy of Ton Ton Ramen and Yakitori
Photo courtesy of Ton Ton Ramen and Yakitori

When Atlanta hosted the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, it attracted many foreign visitors and future residents. Now home to the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the city welcomes more than 1 million international visitors each year. Seventy-five countries have representation in Atlanta through a consulate or trade office, giving it a diverse economy and dining scene.

Located inside Ponce City Market, Chef Guy Wong’s Ton Ton Ramen & Yakitori serves up traditional Japanese ramen bowls. The Hakata Tonkotsu Classic features pork belly, soft-boiled egg, butter garlic corn and scallions. Guests shouldn’t wait on fellow diners as Ton Ton suggests eating quickly for the best ramen. Atlanta BeltLine is just steps away to walk off the meal and view the art installations along the paved path, directly connected to the market for easy access.

Xela Pan Café is one of the more than 1,000 immigrant-owned businesses that serve Atlanta’s Buford Highway. The café features Latin American dishes like Guatemalan tamales wrapped in banana leaves, handmade tortillas and fresh squeezed juices. Just up the road, Buford Highway Farmers Market provides ethnic foods from all over the world. Some of the global regions represented includes Central and South America, West Africa, Japan and Eastern Europe. 

For a taste of Deutschland, The Village Corner in Stone Mountain specializes in Bavarian-style cuisine. The restaurant offers authentic giant pretzels, potato pancakes bratwurst, smoked knockwurst and many other types of wurst. Stone Mountain is also the name of the famed quartz rock face with a surrounding park whose summit offers incredible views of the Atlanta skyline.

East of Midtown near the Emory University campus is Aladdin’s Mediterranean Grill. Aladdin’s prides itself on cuisine made from scratch and has all the staples including Greek salads, shawarma, falafel and shish kabob. For visitors in a Mediterranean state of mind, Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University contains the largest collection of ancient art in the Southeast with objects from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.