When multiple foodie friends keep telling you about a new restaurant, that’s a strong signal it’s time to pay a visit.
The aforementioned hotspot is Ba Bellies, an Asian gastropub just a short trip from the heart of Buford Highway’s main drag (Sweet Hut, Food Terminal, etc).
Ba Bellies is lofty and spacious, the walls dotted with food-related quips and video-game-inspired artwork. Plentiful indoor seating, combined with a roomy outdoor patio (dubbed the “Beer Balcony”), make for an open, inviting spot to work your way through the Asian-American fusion menu.
A few highlights that deserve special mention:
Cocktail – Wario Blast
Pea flower tea, fresh lemonade, citron vodka – Served layered on the rocks
Bright, colorful, and just a bit sweet, this layered cocktail is perfect for Instagram moments.
Branded with the signature BB on each delicate bao, these buns come in groups of 2, just right for pre-meal snacking.
Entree – Bacon Fried Rice
Smoked heritage bacon oil, farm egg, lardons, leeks, cilantro, fried garlic, fried shallot – small add-on for chicken, shrimp, or tofu
Assertive smokiness punctuates this savory rice bowl; bacon oil provides just the right moisture to make perfect leftovers immune to the dryness of reheating.
Entree – Chicken & Waffles
Buttermilk brined chicken, bb’s signature brown butter waffle, served with vermont maple syrup
A stunning plate that rivals even the most longstanding Atlanta iterations of the dish. A perfectly light, airy waffle is topped with sugary- sweet butter and crispy fried chicken. The waffle batter is prepared in house, taking no less than a whopping 24 hours. A true stunner.