Taking your children to ethnic restaurants is a great way for them to learn about other cultures and develop a taste for a diverse type of foods. Children may even become interested in food preparation and want to take kids’ cooking classes after eating a variety of cultural or ethnic foods. At Crème de la Crème, we understand the importance of introducing children various types of foods early on. We hope you enjoy dining at any of these best ethnic restaurants in the Buckhead, Georgia, area.

Bangkok Station Restaurant

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The whole family will enjoy eating Thai food at Bangkok Station Restaurant. This beautifully decorated restaurant serves refined artisanal Thai food using natural ingredients. The staff serves the dishes in handcrafted bowls or plates imported from Thailand, adding to the authentic Thai dining experience.

Start your meal sharing appetizers like Thai-style chicken wings or the fresh basil roll filled with crisp vegetables, aromatic herbs, and creamy avocado. On a chilly day, have your kids warm up with a bowl of Tom Yum Koong soup with lemongrass and coconut. The Thai Papaya Salad comes with shredded green papaya and vegetables of all rainbow colors.

Youngsters will delight in eating pineapple fried rice with curry powder or Pad Thai topped with bean sprouts. Or, order them the Panang Shrimp and Scallops with a nutty Panang sauce. Save room for dessert with offerings like coconut cake or sticky mango rice.

Location: 550 Pharr Rd. Northeast in Atlanta

Contact: 404-343-4665

10 Degrees South

If you’re celebrating a special event like a birthday, anniversary, or graduation, head over to 10 Degrees South. This upscale restaurant serves South African food, that’s a fusion of exotic flavors from several Mediterranean countries. As 10 Degrees South states, eating here is like taking your taste buds on a safari.

Begin your meal with shared appetizers like the spicy peri-peri chicken spring rolls or the Safari Salad with refreshing vegetables and sweet mango. Children will enjoy dining on the Cape Malay Bobotie curry topped with a savory custard. For an elegant entree, order the Sosatie Kabob. The chefs prepare this dish with marinated filet mignon and basmati rice covered in a sweet apricot curry sauce. Add a touch of zing to this dish with a side of 10 Degrees South’s special tomato onion sauce.

Location: 4183 Roswell Rd. in Atlanta

Contact: 404-705-8870

Tannour Mediterranean Grill

You’ll feel like you’re dining on a sunny Mediterranean island when you eat at Tannour Mediterranean Grill. The chefs create fresh, tasty dishes to please any palate. Once seated, order appetizers like the refreshing Tannour Salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions served with a tahini sauce. You won’t want to miss the traditional Middle-Eastern tabbouleh salad made with cracked bulgar, chopped parsley, lemon, olive oil, and garlic.

For an entree, try the chicken kabab served with hummus and a side salad or a rice bowl filled with your favorite protein, seasoned vegetables, and tahini or garlic sauce. The little ones can order their own small version of the rice bowl with chicken. Enjoy the sweet and sticky baklava for dessert.

After spending the weekend camping around Buckhead, head to Tannour Mediterranean Grill to fuel up on tasty hummus, Greek salad, and vegan falafels.

Location: 398 14th St. NW in Atlanta

Contact: 404-873-1500

Rreal Tacos

Kids will get a kick when you take them to Rreal Tacos for authentic Mexican street food. Order a beverage and then start your meal with homemade chips with salsa or the queso dip. For a fun treat, have the kids try the elote appetizer. This is grilled corn with Mexican mayonnaise, fresh lime, queso fresco, finished with chili powder.

Rreal Tacos specializes in al pastor tacos. Al pastor is a style of grilled meats cooked on a spinning trompo. You can also get your tacos with other meats, grilled fish, or the veggie taco with refried beans and crispy avocado. Cheesy quesadillas are always a kid’s favorite as are nachos with creamy guacamole and crema on top. Pair your Mexican meal with a refreshing agua fresca beverage with flavors such as mango, pineapple, or strawberry.

Location:100 6th St. NE #110 in Atlanta

Contact: 404-458-5887

Deste Ethiopian Kitchen

Take the family on a culinary journey to Ethiopia when you eat at Deste Ethiopian Kitchen. The word deste translates to happiness. The team at Deste Ethiopian Kitchen’s primary goal is for every customer to feel happy with the food and ambiance of this culturally rich restaurant. Ethiopian food’s success lies in its use of sweet, savory, and sour flavors with the blend of spices called berbere. You’ll find this flavor profile in the foods at Deste Ethiopian Kitchen.

You can come to this restaurant for a unique breakfast where they serve fetira, a traditional Ethiopian breakfast food. Enjoy the flavors of the scrambled eggs inside a grilled flatbread made with teff and topped with sweet honey. When you order meat dishes, you choose your meat, the sauce, and the sides. One of the more popular meat dishes served her is the Tibs. The cubed and marinated meat gets sauteed in spiced olive oil with Deste’s secret spice blend, tomatoes, onions, and peppers.

Vegans will find a large menu fitting for their lifestyle. Deste Ethiopian Restaurant offers items like chickpea stew simmered in the house sauce, lentil stew with the famous berbere sauce, or mushroom stew with fresh ginger. If you still have room, enjoy sharing a couple of desserts. Try the dulce de leche cheesecake, limoncello mascarpone cake, or sweet baklava made with honey.

Location 1: 3086 Briarcliff Road Northeast in Atlanta

Contact 1: 404-929-0011 

There you have our list of the top ethnic restaurants near Buckhead. Congratulations on taking your family on a culinary journey based on our recommendations. What types of ethnic food does your child enjoy most and why? Is there a hidden gem of an ethnic restaurant in the Buckhead area that we missed? If so, contact our team at Crème de la Crème and we’ll add your suggestion to our list.