Take a tour of East Atlanta's Global Grub Collective

BY ELIZABETH LENHARD

More food hallway than food hall, We Suki Suki, A Global Grub Collective is all about sweet scruffiness. Photo by Elizabeth Lenhard

Did you hear? East Atlanta Village has gotten itself a food hall.

Perhaps you’re picturing gleaming subway tile and pallet walls. Consequently, you might be worrying that this eternally scruffy crossroads just south of I-20 is going to lose its edge.

You’ll stop worrying when you check out the T-shirt worn most days by Q Trinh. She’s both the food hall’s crackling-with-energy matriarch and a chef whose Vietnamese street food has a cult following.

On the back of Trinh’s green, baseball-style jersey, iron-on letters spell out Pho Q. If you know how to correctly pronounce the classic beefy noodle soup called pho — well, there’s your edge.

Likewise, the food hall, which is more a charmingly cramped food hallway, isn’t called East Atlanta Market, a la Krog and Ponce. Its name is as oddball and upstarty as the village itself: A Global Grub Collective.

The grub is good, y’all, and cheap, with a vast majority of the dishes selling for less than $10. The space’s cherry red picnic tables, string lights and roughly painted tree mural are homey and cozy. But, it’s a gritty kind of cozy, like a purple-haired, tattooed girl who likes to knit.

Read more about A Global Grub Collective and what you should try if you visit, and scroll down to get a taste of what to expect.

A Global Grub Collective, 479-B Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta.

Rava Banks, 20, and Jove Dorian, 23, both of East Atlanta, are devoted regulars at We Suki Suki, A Global Grub Collective. Photo by Elizabeth Lenhard
Most of the menus at the Global Grub Collective are pocket-sized - and very good. Photo by Elizabeth Lenhard
A stunning slab by the Cake Hag. Photo by Laurel Snyder
An exterior view of We Suki Suki and A Global Grub Collective. / Photo by Elizabeth Lenhard

 

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