Before there were pescatarians, vegetarians or vegans, there were the kashrut or kosher dietary standards. Kosher regulations, though complex, revolve around the cleanest and most humane way of killing animals as well as the healthiest way to mix all of the food groups. As such, both Jewish and non-Jewish individuals can benefit from kosher food. Even more, these Atlanta restaurants prove that, beyond the moral and health benefits, the food can be delicious as well.


Ou for U
1155 Hammond Drive Suite C2
Atlanta, GA  30328
(770) 396-5533

Hours: Sun to Thu – 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fri – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ou for You is a kosher dairy restaurant that serves mostly Mediterranean-based dishes emphasizing sandwiches, salads, and falafels. The prices here are super affordable, especially given how tasty and inventive some of the items are. The portobello sandwich contains corn meal crusted portobello mushrooms served on focaccia bread and topped with homemade poblano aioli.  The Tunisian salad contains many of the items you might find in a croquette like tuna, boiled potatoes, hard boiled eggs, and lemon parsley vinaigrette.  The platters are the most classically Middle Eastern dishes such as Shakshuka (tomato stew with sunny side up eggs), Malawach (fried dough with a hardboiled egg and tomato sauce), and Bourekas (baked puff pastry filled with cheese, potato, mushrooms, or spinach).

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Pita Palace
1658 Lavista Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: (404) 781-PITA
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Hours: Sun – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mon to Thurs -11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Fri -11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Although it is not palatial in any since of the word, Pita Palace is essentially the King of Shawarmas in Atlanta. Shawarmas are pitas filled with spiced diced chicken and lamb meats.  At Pita Palace you are asked to choose the size of pita and the meat and then you are able to top your selections with vegetables and sauces from the salad bar. Delectable toppings include roasted eggplant, marinated onions, cucumber salad, baba ganoush and hummus.

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Chai Peking
2205 Lavista Road, NE
Atlanta GA, 30329
(404) 327-7810

Hours: Sun to Thurs -11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Fri -11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Housed inside a Kroger Supermarket, this Chinese takeout does have a limited dining area.  The menu includes many non-Chinese dishes as well, but the tastiest dishes are the sesame chicken or General Tso. Chai Peking also has some inventive mixed dishes such as the Chinese hot dog, which is an all beef hot dog wrapped in pastrami and an egg roll skin and deep fried.  All items are cooked fresh to order so you have time to pick up the bouillon your wife texted you about while you wait.

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The Kosher Gourmet
2153 Briarcliff Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 636-1114

Hours: Sun to Mon -8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tue to Wed – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thu – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Kosher Gourmet functions as a grocery, deli, sit down luncheonette, take-out, and full service catering company. Take out options include classics like matzo balls, kippered salmon, and whitefish and international flavors such as mango and pineapple chicken, jambalaya, gazpacho, Brunswick stew and several lentil dishes. The store also sells deli meats, kosher wines and baked goods. The Kosher Gourmet will meet with you to plan a balanced and delicious meal within your budget if you would like to cater any celebrations.

Related: Atlanta Delicatessen Directory


Fuego Mundo
5590 Roswell Road NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30342
(404) 256-4330

Hours: Sun to Thu – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat – 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Fuego Mundo only opened in the last five years, but has experienced success due to the authentic South American offerings that meet the standards of kosher, gluten-free, dairy-free and even some vegan items. The menu clearly designates which items are gluten free and/or vegan. Vegan offerings include Latin vegetable soup, grilled bok choy and the organic quinoa veggie salad. Grilled items include an Argentinean skirt steak, spicy beef and veal sausage, Miami ribs or Uruguayan grass-fed ribeye. It isn’t all dietary restrictions and seriousness at Fuego Mundo, live music is featured on Saturdays nights beginning at sundown and a full dessert menu is offered including Plantain S’mores.

Sebrina Bush is a freelance writer in Atlanta. She is covering Food & Drink. Her work can be found at