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Just because you’re getting takeout doesn’t mean you should settle for anything less than an above-and-beyond meal. Nowadays, the bar for takeout is significantly higher than in simpler times, and many cities are rising up to the challenge. Fortunately for those in the Atlanta area, there are plenty of options when it comes to pick-up or delivery dishes prepared by serious chefs.

Read on for 11 of the best takeout options in Atlanta, and ready your kitchen table for a truly magnificent combo — quality taste and affordable prices.

A number of Atlanta restaurants have opened for outdoor dining. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit dph.georgia.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Wing Factory

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4279 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 255-4460
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There are a few foods that will always have Atlanta’s heart, and chicken wings are high on the list. In the event you’re looking for drums and flats that never fail, Wing Factory literally delivers (and offers pickup). Wing Factory separates the flavors into three main categories for easy ordering: Buffalo-Style, Tame But Yummy, and Hot And Flavorful. The middle territory is where you’ll find classics like lemon pepper (any true Atlantan knows that lemon pepper is a standard), as well as funkier flavors like mac and cheese. Snag a large Coke and some snacks, too.

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2. Crawfish Shack Seafood

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4337 Buford Hwy NE #170
Atlanta, GA 30341
(404) 329-1610
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In the South, you can’t beat Cajun food. Crawfish Shack offers up perfectly-spiced seafood at a reasonable price, whether you’re craving crawfish, grouper, snapper, catfish, or shrimp. Throw in hush puppies, fresh sides like Cajun corn on the cob or mac and cheese, and a cold Coke — and take-home dinner becomes a night on the bayou. Try the snackable fried platters of soft-shell crab or alligator, and make sure you get enough to share.

A fried seafood platter from Crawfish Shack Seafood in Atlanta.
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3. Yumbii @ Toco Hills

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2907 N Druid Hills Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

One of the first food trucks to hit the streets of Atlanta, Yumbii brought some of the best fusion tacos and seriously amazing fries to hungry customers all around town. Today, they’re in Toco Hills and Brookwood Hills and taking your takeout orders by phone, online, or through their mobile app. There’s plenty on the menu to love, including wings, a Philly sandwich, and even burritos. Pro tip? Go for the two-taco combo, which comes with fries and a Coke.

Two tacos in a paper tray from Yumbii @ Toco Hills in Atlanta.
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4. Varasano's Pizzeria - Buckhead

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2171 Peachtree Rd UNIT 100
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 352-8216
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Jeff Varasano’s pizza recipe lit the internet on fire during Atlanta’s “pizza wars” in the late-2000s. Today, the Peachtree location of the acclaimed pizzeria remains one of the city’s most reliable for a proper pie, especially if you’re a fan of perfectly crisped crusts. Try the Nana, Varasano’s famous house pizza with mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes. Or something a little meatier, like Jeff’s personal favorite: the Pancetta Garlic, with buffalo mozzarella, garlic, and Italian bacon.

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5. Grindhouse Killer Burgers

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1842 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 254-2273
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Started just over 10 years ago during the revitalization of downtown Atlanta’s iconic Sweet Auburn Curb Market, Grindhouse went from a burger stand to a multi-location chain that’s consistently served one of the best burgers in town. Pick one of four protein options, and add your own fixings. Or if you’d rather let them handle the setup, choose one of eight burger styles; The Cowboy automatically comes with cheddar cheese, applewood bacon, a crispy Vidalia onion ring, and BBQ sauce.

6. DBA Barbecue

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1190 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 249-5000
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You can never get enough barbecue in Atlanta, especially when it’s as good as what’s served up at DBA. Go for the pulled chicken sandwich, or smoked pulled pork “Archie Bunker” on Texas toast, and you can consider the bar for BBQ raised forever. But if you really want an idea of how seriously DBA takes their taste and quality? Order the house-cured pastrami and thank us later.

7. Victory Sandwich Bar

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913 Bernina Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 963-1742
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“Sliders” is probably not a strong-enough word to describe the small-but-mighty sandwiches served at Victory. This Inman Park hangout established itself almost a decade ago for packing a powerful flavor punch in affordable hand-held sammies that are fancier and tastier than you’d think. Try the Victory at Sea sandwich, which incorporates white anchovies (just trust us) with lemon mayonnaise and frisee lettuce between fresh bread slices. Otherwise, opt for a seriously satisfying smoked pork sando with slaw and Carolina BBQ sauce called the Boss Hog, or an upgraded ham and cheese — with prosciutto, mozzarella, sliced apple, arugula, and balsamic reduction — playfully called the Hambo.

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8. Aamar Indian Cuisine

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100 Luckie St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 257-6959
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Aamar is notable for their perfectly balanced combinations of warm spices and fresh herbs that turn traditional Indian dishes into culinary performances. For proof, try the vegetable samosas, clay-oven-grilled Tandoori chicken wings, lamb tikka masala, tilapia in chili sauce, or extra-spicy beef vindaloo. Basically, you can’t go wrong — unless you forget the naan bread.

9. Gu's Dumplings

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99 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 527-6007
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Very few dumpling havens are as famously great as Gu’s, which held court on Buford Highway for years and finally moved closer to city-dwellers via its Krog Street Market stall. The water-boiled Zhong-style dumplings in the form of chicken, pork, or veggie, are so delicate they quite literally melt in your mouth. Gu’s is the ultimate family style choice: Order a little bit of everything, and you’ll be in variety heaven for days.

A dumpling held by chopsticks from Gu’s Dumplings in Atlanta.
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10. Lake & Oak

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2358 Hosea L Williams Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 205-5913
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Chefs Todd Richards and Joshua Lee have been perfecting meats since long before this slow-smoked sanctuary opened near East Lake. For brisket, get your order in early, as this perfect slab of beef tends to sell out by dinnertime. Still, there’s plenty to love if you miss the brisket — like whole and half-slabs of ribs, half-chickens and whole wings, and more comfort food by the pound.

11. Muchacho

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904 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 748-9254
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Muchacho is a friendly place for morning and midday bites. Breakfast tacos are $4.50 and under, from the vegetarian Reggae with egg, crispy potatoes, and pico; to the slow-braised beef short rib Barbacoa. All tacos are served on house-made corn or flour tortillas, and their side options don’t disappoint. Think thick-sliced avocado toast, side orders of chips and salsa, and daily baked cookies including oatmeal raisin, chocolate chunk, and double espresso.

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1. Wing Factory

4279 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
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There are a few foods that will always have Atlanta’s heart, and chicken wings are high on the list. In the event you’re looking for drums and flats that never fail, Wing Factory literally delivers (and offers pickup). Wing Factory separates the flavors into three main categories for easy ordering: Buffalo-Style, Tame But Yummy, and Hot And Flavorful. The middle territory is where you’ll find classics like lemon pepper (any true Atlantan knows that lemon pepper is a standard), as well as funkier flavors like mac and cheese. Snag a large Coke and some snacks, too.

4279 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

2. Crawfish Shack Seafood

4337 Buford Hwy NE #170, Atlanta, GA 30341
A fried seafood platter from Crawfish Shack Seafood in Atlanta.
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In the South, you can’t beat Cajun food. Crawfish Shack offers up perfectly-spiced seafood at a reasonable price, whether you’re craving crawfish, grouper, snapper, catfish, or shrimp. Throw in hush puppies, fresh sides like Cajun corn on the cob or mac and cheese, and a cold Coke — and take-home dinner becomes a night on the bayou. Try the snackable fried platters of soft-shell crab or alligator, and make sure you get enough to share.

4337 Buford Hwy NE #170
Atlanta, GA 30341

3. Yumbii @ Toco Hills

2907 N Druid Hills Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
Two tacos in a paper tray from Yumbii @ Toco Hills in Atlanta.
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One of the first food trucks to hit the streets of Atlanta, Yumbii brought some of the best fusion tacos and seriously amazing fries to hungry customers all around town. Today, they’re in Toco Hills and Brookwood Hills and taking your takeout orders by phone, online, or through their mobile app. There’s plenty on the menu to love, including wings, a Philly sandwich, and even burritos. Pro tip? Go for the two-taco combo, which comes with fries and a Coke.

2907 N Druid Hills Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

4. Varasano's Pizzeria - Buckhead

2171 Peachtree Rd UNIT 100, Atlanta, GA 30309
Courtesy of Varasano’s Pizzeria

Jeff Varasano’s pizza recipe lit the internet on fire during Atlanta’s “pizza wars” in the late-2000s. Today, the Peachtree location of the acclaimed pizzeria remains one of the city’s most reliable for a proper pie, especially if you’re a fan of perfectly crisped crusts. Try the Nana, Varasano’s famous house pizza with mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes. Or something a little meatier, like Jeff’s personal favorite: the Pancetta Garlic, with buffalo mozzarella, garlic, and Italian bacon.

2171 Peachtree Rd UNIT 100
Atlanta, GA 30309

5. Grindhouse Killer Burgers

1842 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Started just over 10 years ago during the revitalization of downtown Atlanta’s iconic Sweet Auburn Curb Market, Grindhouse went from a burger stand to a multi-location chain that’s consistently served one of the best burgers in town. Pick one of four protein options, and add your own fixings. Or if you’d rather let them handle the setup, choose one of eight burger styles; The Cowboy automatically comes with cheddar cheese, applewood bacon, a crispy Vidalia onion ring, and BBQ sauce.

1842 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

6. DBA Barbecue

1190 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

You can never get enough barbecue in Atlanta, especially when it’s as good as what’s served up at DBA. Go for the pulled chicken sandwich, or smoked pulled pork “Archie Bunker” on Texas toast, and you can consider the bar for BBQ raised forever. But if you really want an idea of how seriously DBA takes their taste and quality? Order the house-cured pastrami and thank us later.

1190 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306

7. Victory Sandwich Bar

913 Bernina Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Courtesy of Victory Sandwich Bar

“Sliders” is probably not a strong-enough word to describe the small-but-mighty sandwiches served at Victory. This Inman Park hangout established itself almost a decade ago for packing a powerful flavor punch in affordable hand-held sammies that are fancier and tastier than you’d think. Try the Victory at Sea sandwich, which incorporates white anchovies (just trust us) with lemon mayonnaise and frisee lettuce between fresh bread slices. Otherwise, opt for a seriously satisfying smoked pork sando with slaw and Carolina BBQ sauce called the Boss Hog, or an upgraded ham and cheese — with prosciutto, mozzarella, sliced apple, arugula, and balsamic reduction — playfully called the Hambo.

913 Bernina Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

8. Aamar Indian Cuisine

100 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Aamar is notable for their perfectly balanced combinations of warm spices and fresh herbs that turn traditional Indian dishes into culinary performances. For proof, try the vegetable samosas, clay-oven-grilled Tandoori chicken wings, lamb tikka masala, tilapia in chili sauce, or extra-spicy beef vindaloo. Basically, you can’t go wrong — unless you forget the naan bread.

100 Luckie St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

9. Gu's Dumplings

99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
A dumpling held by chopsticks from Gu’s Dumplings in Atlanta.
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Very few dumpling havens are as famously great as Gu’s, which held court on Buford Highway for years and finally moved closer to city-dwellers via its Krog Street Market stall. The water-boiled Zhong-style dumplings in the form of chicken, pork, or veggie, are so delicate they quite literally melt in your mouth. Gu’s is the ultimate family style choice: Order a little bit of everything, and you’ll be in variety heaven for days.

99 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

10. Lake & Oak

2358 Hosea L Williams Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30317

Chefs Todd Richards and Joshua Lee have been perfecting meats since long before this slow-smoked sanctuary opened near East Lake. For brisket, get your order in early, as this perfect slab of beef tends to sell out by dinnertime. Still, there’s plenty to love if you miss the brisket — like whole and half-slabs of ribs, half-chickens and whole wings, and more comfort food by the pound.

2358 Hosea L Williams Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30317

11. Muchacho

904 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Muchacho is a friendly place for morning and midday bites. Breakfast tacos are $4.50 and under, from the vegetarian Reggae with egg, crispy potatoes, and pico; to the slow-braised beef short rib Barbacoa. All tacos are served on house-made corn or flour tortillas, and their side options don’t disappoint. Think thick-sliced avocado toast, side orders of chips and salsa, and daily baked cookies including oatmeal raisin, chocolate chunk, and double espresso.

904 Memorial Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

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