Stop eating at chain restaurants, Smyrna

Chef Andre Gomez’s “can can” Puerto Rican pork chop at Porch Light. (Mia Yakel)
Chef Andre Gomez’s “can can” Puerto Rican pork chop at Porch Light. (Mia Yakel)

Credit: Mia Yakel

Credit: Mia Yakel

Bustling Smyrna is destination-worthy and home to stellar restaurants serving everything from deli sandwiches to classic Southern cuisine to sushi and Latin American fare.

Muss & Turner's

This popular deli's menu reflects the owners' commitment to local ingredients and playful sense of humor. Lunch items boast categories like "chicken and things with wings" and "divine swine," with meats sourced from Grassroots Farms and Cox Family Farm and buns from Holeman & Finch. The restaurant makes generous use of its Big Green Egg, and the soups and salad are great options for non-carnivores. For dinner, choose from seasonal small plates like roasted Brussels sprout salad and blood orange salad, entrees like porcini crusted monkfish, plus a selection of deli items like the popular burger. Oh, and there's a speakeasy called Eleanor's adjacent to the restaurant for your post-dinner imbibing needs.

1675 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 309, Smyrna, Ga. 30080, 770-434-1114,

South City Kitchen Vinings

Sure, the restaurant name has "Vinings" in it, but this outpost of the popular Midtown spot from Fifth Group has a Smyrna address. And it offers the same fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, she crab soup, and shrimp and red mule grits you can find at the original location. The weekend brunch menu -- with smoked brisket benedict, cheddar biscuit and gravy and jumbo lump crab hash -- is always a popular choice, and the South City folks offer gluten free menus for diners with food sensitivities.

1675 Cumberland Parkway SE, Suite 401, Smyrna, Ga. 30080, 770-435-0700,

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Porch Light Latin Kitchen

Kevin Rathbun Steak veteran Andre Gomez channels his Puerto Rican roots in this recently opened Smyrna eatery. “Part restaurant, part lunch counter and part Latin Quarter deli,” the restaurant serves up sandwiches and street food with plenty of spice and sides like red beans and rice, yucca fries and rum glazed sweet potatoes. Beer, craft cocktails and wine are available.

300 Village Green Circle SE, Smyrna, Ga. 30080, 678-309-9858,

Minato Japanese Restaurant

Intown Atlanta doesn't have a monopoly on good sushi. From sashimi rolls to nigiri to the off-menu cowboy hat (fried scallop on a crispy rice "cracker" with crab salad), this family-owned restaurant is top notch, with stellar service, so don't let the unassuming location fool you.

2697 Spring Road, Smyrna, Ga. 30080, 770-432-6012.

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Siam Square Thai Cuisine

The lunch menu is a great option for affordable food in a rush. Appetizers like spring rolls and dumplings are $1.50 each, and you can get popular soups like coconut and Tom-Yum starting at $3. Also popular are the curry plates, including the signature Siam Square's Curry (Gang-Ga-Ree-Gai), with chicken and potato slowly cooked in yellow curry paste with coconut milk and served with cucumber salad.

1995 Windy Hill Road SE, Smyrna, Ga. 30080, 770-333-1700,

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