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Taste the World In Sandy Springs

Starting this week food columnist Beci Falkenberg brings her expertise to Sandy Springs Patch.

You don't need to hop a plane or drive across town to send your taste buds traveling. Simply taste the world of flavors right here in Sandy Springs. In a city with restaurants serving foods from over 16 different countries, there's more culinary diversity than meets the eye.

Here's a global sampling to wet your appetite:

  • European Savoir Faire

They say French women don't get fat lunching on salad nicoise, croquet vegetarien, and tarte tatin at . Owners, Aline and Cathy, score "magnifique" with crisp efficient service and a flair for French classics with a side of cozy ambiance and charm.

Stop to inhale the fragrant aromas of freshly baked European-style breads, cakes, and pastries or pick-up a made-to-order sandwich at  One bite of their decadent chocolate mousse or Sacher tortes will transport you to an Old World Viennese coffeehouse.

At , with Guinness braised beef short ribs, "The Full Monty" breakfast platter and "The Nutty Irishman's Coffee" on the menu, it's a sure bet. Hearty Irish pub food with and playful spirits are to be found at this local gathering spot.

  • South of the Border

Heading to the Islands or South of the Border? You'll be jammn' and groovin' to the island vibe and Jamaican fare at And to satisfy a craving for tacos, enchiladas and moles try a friendly neighborhood restaurant with a contemporary Mexican menu. Or if you need a little more heat, you'll find it at which speicalizes in healthy grilled steak, chicken and fish entrees including gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan-friendly options.

  • Mediterranean & Middle East Feast

Hearty gyros and Greek salads are popular lunchtime favorites at the fast-casual restaurant, while Israeli-owned is known for their tasty falafels and hummus. You'll find a wide selection of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine to enjoy on the buffet at For Persian food in a stylish contemporary setting, sends you soaring on a magic carpet ride when relishing savory dips accompanied by the freshest herbs and nuts, in-house oven baked breads, grilled kebabs, and scrumptious pistachio ice cream sandwiches.

  • Asian Sampler

There's no slow boat to China at , rather a bustling dining room filled with chatty diners, hustling waiters and waifing aromas that transports you to southern China. For an upscale Chinese fine dining experience, Chopstix, with its extensive menu, linen table cloth service, and sophisticated edge, never disappoints. If you can take the heat, Peter Chang's will provide the sizzle with both spicy and "tongue-numbing" Szechwan delights from Northern China.

Japanese cuisine is a fusion of visual and culinary artistry. You'll find the perfect mix of Zen at the spacious and lively Joli Kobe Bistro Café, and the small intimate restaurant.  

The Thai may be slight in stature but they sure know how to prepare big, bold, layers of flavors. Health-oriented offers delicious soups, basil rolls, noodle dishes, and curries with a range of one to three "chili warnings." another restaurant with a healthy focus, emphasizes their use of fresh, organic ingredients, and dishes cooked-to-order.

So, stay right here in Sandy Springs. Pack only your appetite and a sense of adventure to explore the untapped bounty of our restaurants. A world of flavors is closer to home than you ever imagined...Support local, eat global. Buon Appetito!

Marilyn Baron April 05, 2011 at 11:08 AM
What a wonderful column. I've eaten at some of these restaurants and loved them. Now I want to try the rest. Looking forward to your next installment.
Nicki Salcedo April 05, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Great info. Now I'm hungry for dinner at breakfast!
Beci Falkenberg April 05, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Thanks, come try our great restaurants in Sandy Springs!
Nancy April 05, 2011 at 05:24 PM
These restaurants sound great! I'll have to visit the Sandy Springs area soon.
Nancy April 05, 2011 at 05:25 PM
These restaurants sound great! I'll have to visit the Atlanta area soon!
Kathy Powell April 05, 2011 at 08:14 PM
Beci, Is the buffet at Sultan's for lunch & dinner? They didn't mention a buffet on their website and my husband & I are big fans of international buffets because you get to try new things and don't have to know what to order.
Beci Falkenberg April 05, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Kathy, The buffet is offered at both lunch and dinner, except dinner only on Saturday. Yes, definitely do give them a try! Enjoy! Beci
Mary VanHoy April 06, 2011 at 04:46 AM
Great article, Beci! Now, I'll want to hop a plane from Indiana so I can sample some of these great sounding places in Sandy Springs! Looking forward to your future installments!
Geri Goodson December 24, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Try Edemio's, in the shopping center where the driver's license place is on Roswell Rd., just South from the river. Pretty place, nice ambience, excellent food, and small plates, which are getting very popular.

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