Like many Atlanta restaurants on Sunday morning, dim sum joints around the metro tend to have lines out the door, especially those along Buford Highway. Brunchers in the know arrive between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Dim sum is traditionally served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Very few restaurants offer reservations.
No menu, and that white ticket
Unless you ask for one, there is usually no menu for dim sum. Once seated, a white ticket will be placed on your table. This ticket is used by the cart servers to check off the items you choose. Be sure to order a pot of tea for the table. When you run out, simply ask for more.
Ready, set, dim sum
As soon as your hind end hits the chair, the pushcarts start rolling. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you're unsure of an item. The servers will give (very) brief descriptions of their carts when they arrive to deliver the goods. Each steamer or plate contains between three and four bites.
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Dim sum around Atlanta
Canton House - Chamblee (traditional dim sum, cart service, lots of variety)
Royal China - 3295 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Chamblee, 770-216-9933 (traditional dim sum, cart service, lots of variety)
Dim Sum Heaven - 5203 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, 770-451-4290 (traditional dim sum, limited menu)
Happy Valley - Norcross (traditional dim sum, cart service only on Sunday, lots of variety, reservations)
Golden House Chinese - Duluth (traditional dim sum, cart service, lots of variety, reservations)
Oriental Pearl - Chamblee (traditional dim sum, cart service on Sat.-Sun., lots of variety)
Once you've reached food coma status, walk to the cashier, hand them the white ticket containing the tick marks from the servers and pay your bill. Most dim sum restaurants are used to large groups, so be sure to tell them how many ways to split your table's check. Each person will pay (and tip) based on that amount. Dim sum averages between $12 and $15 per person. Don't be afraid to eat all the things.
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