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Shopping break: Places to eat near Atlanta malls

Chasing parking spaces, wading through crowds and waiting in checkout lines can only be done with the proper nourishment. Take a break and grab a bite to eat to boost your shopping stamina. (Our Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog has updates on shopping throughout the holidays.)

If you find yourself at or near one of these malls, here are a places to recharge and refuel.

Cumberland Mall

  • Taverna Fiorentina: This neighborhood Tuscan kitchen with a lengthy wine-by-the-glass menu is now open for both lunch and dinner. 3324 Cobb Pkwy S.E., Atlanta. 770-272-9825.
  • Muss & Turner’s: This full-service restaurant/deli offers soups, salads, sandwiches and heartier fare with an impressive beer list. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy S.E., Smyrna. 770-434-1114.

Lenox Square/Phipps Plaza

  • Buckhead Diner: Not your average diner, at this swanky spot perfect for celebrity spotting, you’ll find Southern touches to menu items like the white-truffle deviled eggs. 3073 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-262-3336.
  • STG Trattoria: STG Trattoria serves Italian fare and specializes in from-scratch Neapolitan pizza wood-fired in Acunto ovens. 102 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-844-2879.

Mall of Georgia

  • Havana South: If you have a hankering for something a little different, try this authentic Cuban restaurant that makes a great media noche. 4060 Buford Dr., Buford. 678-546-2252.
  • Rico’s World Kitchen: Chef Rico prepares international comfort cuisine with specialties like Nett’s lumpia and a mean mojo pork sandwich. 306 West Main St., Buford. 678-765-7518.

Mall at Stonecrest

  • Gladys Knight & Ron Winans’ Chicken & Waffles: Serving more than just chicken and waffles, this restaurant offers takes on southern specialties with items like the collard green spring rolls. 7301 Stonecrest Concourse, Lithonia. 770-482-6766.
  • Smokey Bones: You’ll need a few napkins to tackle the saucy St. Louis-style ribs and the hot bag o’ donuts for dessert. 2930 Stonecrest Cir., Lithonia. 770-484-0020.

North Point Mall

  • Pure Taqueria: Here you’ll want to sip one of the many margaritas with your plate of tacos. 103 Roswell St., Alpharetta. 678-240-0023.
  • Ray’s at Killer Creek: Former “Top Chef” contestant Tracey Bloom offers a menu designed for mass appeal with items like tuna Niçoise ( salad, jumbo lump crab cakes, seafood gumbo and Georgia mountain trout. 1700 Mansell Rd, Alpharetta. 770-649-0064.

Perimeter Mall

  • Alon’s: Eat in or take home one of the ready-to-eat soups, sandwiches, salads or baked goods from this market located across the street from Perimeter mall. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Dunwoody. 678-397-1781.
  • Cafe Intermezzo: Cafe Intermezzo serves savory crepes, pastas and sandwiches, but is known for its massive dessert case and specialty coffee list. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road N.E., Dunwoody. 770-396-1344.

(Note: All locations are under four miles from the specified mall.)

MAP: Atlanta-area malls near you and their holiday hours

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

16 comments Add your comment

[...] you’re done shopping for the day, you must be starving. Take a look at these eateries located near area [...]

Tree gut

November 23rd, 2012
8:23 am

Do you have any idea how far Roswell st is from north point mall? That’s an insane recommendation

Jenny Turknett

November 23rd, 2012
9:31 am

Actually, it’s 2.2 miles. I live in Roswell and am familiar with the area. We’d love to hear any suggestions you may have, as well!


November 23rd, 2012
10:46 am

It’s not that far. Smoke jack BBQ another great option up there in suburbia.


November 23rd, 2012
10:55 am

Here are two… Prime in Lenox Mall is a great place for lunch or if you’re an early dinner person, they offer half off their steaks between approximately 4 and 6 p.m. The Village Tavern near North Point Mall has a little something for everyone from steaks to burgers to seafood. We’ve had really good meals at both places.

Ned Ludd

November 23rd, 2012
11:50 am

Bucket Shop—Right across the street from Phipps and Lenox—STG is not exactly NEAR the malls.

Ish Kibble

November 23rd, 2012
12:04 pm

It’s spelled “Havana”, Jenny.
Skidmore? Really?


November 23rd, 2012
1:41 pm



November 23rd, 2012
6:43 pm

Adele’s Authentic Cajun Experience is not too far from Northpoint Mall. It is close to the intersection of Grimes Bridge and Holcomb Bridge Rd. Very good food. Nice outdoor patio for these last few warm days.


November 23rd, 2012
10:03 pm

ok…we need something at Towne Center…hav a fav or two in Marietta…but TC pretty dry


November 24th, 2012
12:45 am


Waffle House


November 24th, 2012
12:48 am

Seriously though it is sad to see what has happened to the Gwinnett Place Mall area?


November 24th, 2012
10:22 am

There is a 24 hour Korean BBQ place across from Gwinnett Place Mall that is pretty good. There are quite a few Asian restaurants nearby there that are good, more authentic-type (not so Americanized).


November 24th, 2012
5:56 pm

What the Pho is near Gwinnett Place, or head back down Buford Hwy and stop at Stone Bowl House for the dolsot bibimbap. I haven’t found anything around Northlake Mall, but it’s a short drive out LaVista to Tucker to get a cup of corn chowder and a quesadilla de camaron at Taqueria Los Hermanos.


November 24th, 2012
8:50 pm

Jerusalem Bakery on Old Milton in Alpharetta makes the best shawarma you’ll ever have and is easier to get to than Pure if you’re looking to stay close to North Point.


November 28th, 2012
12:56 pm

There is a new restauarant at Northlake Mall called Fork in the Road (in the old Crescent Moon location) . Great food, great service, great prices.