The first location in Georgia of southern chain Hawkers Asian Street Fare is now open in SPX Alley in Old Fourth Ward. The menu is filled with a mix of dishes served from different Asian countries but served Spanish tapas style. If you’re used to plates heaped with food like you find on Buford Highway or Pleasant Hill Road, then you’ll be surprised at how little food there is on each plate and how quickly the bill adds up. You won’t be taking any home to microwave the next day, that’s for sure.

Golden Wantons

That doesn’t mean the food is bad; it’s actually very tasty. The space itself, which faces onto the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, is cool with high ceilings, exposed ductwork, graffiti, posters and interesting light fixtures. There’s a long bar and a large patio on the BeltLine, too.|

My friend and I started dinner with several of the small plates and decided to share the golden wantons ($7.50). They were fresh, crunchy and filled with chicken, shrimp and mushrooms with a cup of sweet chili sauce on side. We almost got a second order but decided to try some other small plates.

I ordered the Hokkien Mee, which is made up of egg noodles, shrimp, chicken, char siu, spring onions, bean sprouts, onions, carrots and soy sauce. It was delicious, but there wasn’t enough of it. At $9 for a small plate, I was still hungry.

My friend ordered the Bulgogi Beef soft tacos ($7), which came two on a small plate, but he didn’t enjoy them. He said the beef was good, but there wasn’t enough of it and they had put in too much onion, lettuce and sprouts.

Bulgogi Beef Tacos

I was still hungry, so I ordered a bowl of the Tom Yum soup ($9.50). This was a larger portion and it filled me up. The soup has lemongrass broth, shrimp, rice noodles, bean sprouts, straw mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, bell pepper, basil and lime. It was my favorite thing I ate that night, and I would order it again.

Despite the price being high and most of the portions small, I would definitely eat at Hawkers again. The menu is big and there are so many more things to try.

Hawkers, although it faces the BeltLine, is part of Studioplex, which is where parking is if you decide to drive. The address is 661 Auburn Ave., Suite 180. I would recommend walking to it on the BeltLine and maybe grabbing ice cream next door at Butter & Cream.

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Tom Yum Soup

Jacob Nguyen

Jacob Nguyen is a freelance writer and photographer in Atlanta.