Tuesday, June 21, 2016

International Cafe - Buford Highway in Druid Hills - Atlanta Georgia

You can find the International Cafe at 3066 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 in the same strip mall as one of my previous reviews for China Feng. Parking is out front and there's plenty so no worries, it was also not very busy during at 8:00 PM when our group paid a visit.

I had heard from friends that the International Cafe was a great place for wings so was eager to try it when John F announced it as the next stop for our Buford Highway Restaurant Crawl group. I arrived a bit early and grabbed a couple of tables and was joined shortly by others. International Cafe is a mom-and-pop place with a very limited menu and lots of beer options. The girl behind the counter took our orders and we waited about 10 minutes  for the food to arrive - since I got there early I ordered a Philly cheese steak because I wanted to try something different and figured I'd share it out. I also ordered a Sweetwater IPA.

Others arrived shortly 8:00 and we took a look at the menu to decide what to order for appetizers and meals. For apps we got the Potato Skins (bacon - Bacos? - and melted cheese) and Onion Rings. The skins were pretty marginal and I wouldn't recommend them. The onion rings were good but probably the pre-breaded frozen type you order from restaurant supply companies, filling but nothing special. The Philly was tasty but not a real Philly but that may just be me being a food-snob. 

For entrees we ordered a grilled cheese sandwich (for the vegetarian), a burger with steak fries (wasn't very good) and an assortment of wings spitting up one order between the teriyaki and lemon pepper and some extra spicy hot wings. The standout here are the wings - these are all deep fried well and remind me a bit of the wings you can get at American Cafe. The extra hot were hot but not terribly so and the texture was good if you like the extra-fried style - which I do. They are on the smallish side, typical of places like Cafe Hot Wing 2 on Chamblee-Tucker.

Our server, who also manned the counter, was very sweet and very accommodating keeping us full of beer and drinks. The owners are very lucky to have her. In general I can see why people like to come here - the beer and food is very cheap, the atmosphere very neutral and the dining room clean. The food is nothing special but I would stick with the wings and forego the appetizers and burgers. 

-- John

(also posted to Yelp)
International Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato  

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