Long before we craved hollandaise sauce and bottomless mimosas on a Sunday morning, dim sum carts were serving out midday feasts in the Canton province of China, and chilaquiles were being heaped on plates across Mexico. These Atlanta restaurants offer the international flavors you might not know your brunch routine was missing.
The large, round banquet hall tables are reliably packed on weekends at Canton House for good reason. The rolling carts serve up the best Cantonese dim sum delights in Atlanta, from familiar siu mai (pork and shrimp dumplings) to lo baak gou (radish cake) to fung zao (fried steamed chicken feet). If you aren’t familiar with the cuisine, just point at what looks good and you’ll be rewarded with a feast.
4825 Buford Highway, Chamblee. 770-936-9030, cantonhouserestaurant.com. Dim sum: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.
No Mas Cantina
This long-standing Castleberry Hill restaurant is also a furniture importer, garden supplier, jewelry retailer, and operates a coffee shop with an entirely different name, Adios Cafe, within the restaurant. Confusing? Yes, a little, but charming, too. What’s not confusing is a plate of lime-brightened salsa verde chilaquiles with scrambled eggs, refried beans and a big, salty bloody maria. The casual vibe and comfortable space keep the local loft residents coming back.
180 Walker St., Atlanta. 404-574-5678, nomascantina.com. Brunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.
Thaicoon & Sushi Bar
Tucked back in the far end of a Briarcliff shopping center, Thaicoon’s food is never better than at Sunday lunch, when they offer an authentic menu of Bangkok street food dishes. Big pork-laden bowls of rich noodles and broth abound, but any brunch seeker should be happy with hoi tod, a broken omelet of crunchy rice batter, pan-fried mussels, eggs and bean sprouts. Order a Westbrook White Thai beer, and you’ll be on the way to brunch bliss.
1799 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta. 404-817-9805, thaicoonsushiatlanta.com. Brunch: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.
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