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30 Restaurants in 30 Days: Kiosco

Bandeja paesa

Bandeja paisa

The few other Colombian spots that have opened in Atlanta have favored multi-culti strip malls filled with other South American shops, salons and cafes. Kiosco opened on the south side of Marietta Square in 2004 in a cheerful little room with country wooden furniture and a mixture of oil paintings and framed posters on the walls. I’m not sure if Mariettans at large knew what to make of it at first; I recall it being nice enough and kind of empty when I visited.

But Kiosco played the long game. It plugged along quietly and let people learn that Columbian food is…well, what exactly?

Simply seasoned cuts of meat served with rice and beans, to start. Nobody (except perhaps a vegan) would have any complaints about the bandeja paisa, Colombia’s national dish rendered here as a peppery minute steak outfitted with two plump chorizo sausages, chicharrones of crisp-fried pork belly, a cornmeal arepa, a quarter avocado and a fried egg with rice and beans.

If someone needs a daintier plate of food, there’s a fillet of salmon with mango sauce that communicates an ideal of tropical dining. I enjoy the dry-fleshed but gorgeously crisp-skinned half chicken that had been roasted then fried to a crackle. Do I need more than a taste of the sugary raspberry sauce on the side? Nooooo….

Owners Juan Carlos and Milena Delgado and their staff really know how to work the small room, talking up the food and making sure that the parties that invariably end up at the communal table in the corner acknowledge each other. Community is important here.

- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog

23 comments Add your comment

P Mudgett

August 8th, 2013
10:51 am

Its Colombian….

WAR EAGLE

August 8th, 2013
11:00 am

Kiosco’s is the BEST! Personal service by the owners. Never a bad meal. Eddie is a combination of speedy Gonzales and Beep Beep the Road Runner when it comes to keeping your glass full, checking on your satisfaction of the meal, etc. The half chicken with Raspberry sauce is THE BOMB! One of, if not the most, popular dishes served there.Bandeja Paisa is great for those that are REALLY hungry. Good sized portions-enough to take half home for lunch the next day. Prices are Excellent. A great date place or a treat for the family without breaking the budget. My aunt has been coming here for years and has tried everything on the menu and loved it. Empenadas are a great appetizer. My favorite is the chicken with Raspberry sauce, All meals come with garbonzo bean salad or lentil soup plus a good portion of veggies. Kids will enjoy a good meal here too. Want to impress a date? Take her to Kiosco’s! Eddie greats his customer’s at the door and she will think you’re a regular. I highly recommend Kiosco’s.

Art

August 8th, 2013
11:12 am

I’m going to have to buy a Prius just to afford to travel around town and sample all of these places. The chorizo looks great and their menu says that they have tamales as well…. Love tamal’s.

Colombian in-law

August 8th, 2013
11:16 am

For crying out loud, just how bad are the reporters and editors in the AJC who cannot even spell a country correctly! This paper is an embarrassment to our city. The country is ColOmbia and things from Colombia are ColOmbian. Please invest in a dictionary.

Love this place

August 8th, 2013
11:29 am

I work down the street from Kiosco so we visit for lunch a couple times a month. Food is fantastic and the owners are friendly and very attentive. The place really does get packed at dinner time so go early! Or call in for pick up. The chicken my favorite and the garbonzo salad is perfect.

Jadzia

August 8th, 2013
12:05 pm

Unkind to not mention that the key “staff” person is Eddie Bermudez – a partner and general manager, who is always there welcoming guests and making them feel at home. I’ve been many times and never met the Delgados. Is it you, or is that the Delgados have a huge ego and didn’t want you to mention their partner and “reason for success” Eddie. If this is the case, shame on you for acquiescing to this type of request.

WAR EAGLE

August 8th, 2013
2:53 pm

Jadzia is correct. Eddie Burmdez IS Kiosco. He is the main reason, in my opinion, that keeps Kiosco’s packed. Art, you wil enjoy the Tamales. Try a chicken Empenada too. You won’t be disappointed. I loved them so much, I asked Eddie to consider adding an empenada meal to the menu. Mr. Kessler, you just had the meal of meals. Kiosco’s Rules!

bc

August 9th, 2013
4:57 pm

War Eagle it’s obvious you’re either working for the place or connected to Eddie somehow and your blatantly subjective comments turn off people considering trying this place out (like this guy). Chill out with the over-the-top utopian endorsements and try being objective if you want to be taken seriously.

Baltisraul....

August 9th, 2013
8:56 pm

War Eagle nobody believes you. lol

WAR EAGLE

August 9th, 2013
11:46 pm

bc, I don’t work for the place nor am I connected to Eddie. Is it against the laws to have a great opinion of a place that you’ve had one great experience after another? obviously, you’ve not had that experience. Baltsraul…go eat a meal here and maybe it will change your mind.. I challenge you to eat at this restaurant and let’s see what you write.You cannot argue with someone’s experience at a particular restaurant. Then again, liberals do. They cannot deal with the truth or facts. Having a raving review entices people to try a restaurrant, not turn them off. Still wondering why you are on this site if you are not a fan of the restaurant or have not eaten here.

Edwin Bermudez

August 10th, 2013
5:59 am

just to clear the air

John, it is most definitely an honor to be featured and thank you for involving us in this phenomenal list of exceptional restaurants. I see that some of our customers may give me, Eddie, the credit but I must credit not only the staff, mysef of course, and Juan for all the hard work we have all put into this place to make it what it is today… We do please ask for more thorough research before you make a review but nonetheless appreciate the support, and of course the publicity. Once again thank you all for the support, but Im sure Mr. Kessler did not know . Have a wonderful day and like always its a pleasure :)

The Real Foodie

August 10th, 2013
12:33 pm

Ever notice that some, like bc, are just negative because they didn’t discover a place, a fad, a group.
Some people should just get over themselves.
Just try the place out. You just might like, dare I say love, it!

Baltisraul....

August 10th, 2013
5:16 pm

War Eagle….I did not say anything about the food. It just seemed you were not being taken seriously. I will try this place and let you know.

Aubrey

August 10th, 2013
5:23 pm

My parents are regulars and I have enjoyed many a meal here. They absolutely adore Eddie. He and his staff do such a wonderful job and creates such a welcoming place to come and enjoy a quiet meal

Barry

August 10th, 2013
7:03 pm

Kiosco is awesome. I cant imagine a better Date,special event or quiet,relax and unwind place and EDDIE and DAVE make it happen.

Lew

August 12th, 2013
10:32 am

@the real foodie

Just shutup and quit giving Atlanta a bad name by using words like “foodie”

bc

August 12th, 2013
1:20 pm

@War Eagle-
where did the tirade on “liberals” come from? you rant and rave about people not focusing on the food and then babble like a lunatic about political ideology? you really ramped up your credibility with that one, great job.

LahLah

August 12th, 2013
7:12 pm

went here last year for my birthday and the food was wondeful!!!!! The service is amazing and don’t even let me get started on the Sangria!!! Delicious! I would recommend this place to anyone, anybody, anytime…

Lucy

August 13th, 2013
3:18 pm

I have been here a few times, the food is awesome. Don’t go on a Friday or Saturday night without a reservation. My son took his Colombian friend there, and in a word “taste just like home”, doesn’t get more real than that. Am glad to see this featured.

Smarty

August 13th, 2013
3:35 pm

Please learn how to spell. We see it all the time in print media. It’s truly embarrasing. Now back to the food. It’s awesome as well as the service.

S.America

August 13th, 2013
4:06 pm

Dear John-

It’s Colombia, as in Colombia, South America.

Cindi

August 14th, 2013
10:53 am

I have to agree with most others assessment…Eddie Rocks. As do the staff!! It is a tiny little place so you almost always have to have reservations. But, the food is absolutely incredible. My favorite is the seafood in the coconut sauce…incredible. Second favorite is the chicken with raspberry sauce. If you have never been, do youself a favor and call Eddie today!!

John Kessler

August 14th, 2013
3:02 pm

S. America — fixed!