who is hungry? Favorite Local Asian Restaurants – Technique

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Welcome to Tech, Class of 2026! As new students and new faces appear on campus this fall semester, the hustle and bustle of campus life is beginning to resemble the fast-paced bustle of its hometown of Atlanta.

Especially as the semester speeds up, there are times when the hustle and bustle of college life can only be calmed by exploring the city and eating!

Here are the Technique’s recommendations for those special days when you just want to get away from it all – perhaps when you’ve just finished an exam you’ve been studying for all week, to celebrate your welcome week, or even for days when you have just too hungry! At times like these, here are the Asian restaurants (all within walking distance of Tech’s campus) that we recommend for new and returning students.

WAGAYA

Our Rating: 4.7/5

When looking for a cozy place to enjoy Japanese food, look no further than Wagaya Westside. This restaurant is a short walk from State Street, tucked away on 14th Street near Home Park.

You might think that the main demographic for this restaurant would be college students, but in reality, Wagaya is well known and loved by Atlanta natives and tech students alike.

Wagaya is a perfect harmony of atmosphere, comfort and more imabove all, good food.

“Wagaya is my favorite place to grab sushi near Tech,” said fourth-year BMED Ibrahim Mahmood. “The lively atmosphere is so welcoming and I often hear students chatting about classes and hobbies, which reminds me that there is still a GT community beyond campus.”

Technique’s recommendation for newcomers is the Ramen Plus Two Meal, which lets you choose one bowl of ramen and two rolls of sushi. If ramen isn’t your favorite, Wagaya has an extensive sushi menu and lunch and dinner specials. When ordering sushi, consider trying the Dragon’s Breath roll, as the waiter torches the sushi right to your table!

ANH’S KITCHEN

Our Rating: 4.5/5

Anh’s Kitchen is a Vietnamese restaurant located on Peachtree Street, which is a popular site for students to hang out and relax in Midtown. Although nestled in the hub of Midtown Atlanta’s action, Anh’s Kitchen is something of a paradise.

Quiet and welcoming, the pace of the restaurant is relatively slow, with customers entering to enjoy the food and time together and then returning.

Anh’s Kitchen has a sense of nostalgia that keeps loyal customers coming back for more.

Try going to Anh’s Kitchen on freezing winter nights and warm up with a big bowl of pho.

The technique recommendation is the spicy beef noodle, which includes rare beef, brisket, and a steaming bowl of pho with chili oil mixed in.

BLUE INDIA

Our Rating: 4.2/5

Just 30 meters from Anh’s Kitchen is Blue India, also on Peachtree Street. Obviously, Peachtree Street is a popular hub for food, shopping and students!

Warning: Blue India has the potential to make you homesick.

The menu selection alone can be close to home for restaurateurs, and most importantly, the masala and the amount of flavors in the food make this an ideal restaurant for your spice cravings. More importantly, Blue India is very popular on weekend nights, so be sure to make a reservation in advance!

Blue India’s underdog is definitely bhindi chaat.

Also, as Indian cuisine is vegetarian, Blue India is definitely very vegetarian!

“Blue India always reminds me of home cooking,” said third-year AE Rashi Yadav. “Loved going here for the first time with my friends and tasting the food my Indian mum would definitely approve of!”

PIJIU BELLY

Our Rating: 4.1/5

Our final recommendation in the immediate area is Pijiu Belly, an inventive Korean-Chinese fusion restaurant.

For anyone living in West Campus, this restaurant is relatively closer than those towards Midtown; a short 15 minute walk down 10th Street will take you directly to Pijiu Belly.

Considered an underrated gem, the great atmosphere, service and food characterize Pijiu Belly as a Technique favorite. The only problem is that once you see the menu, you’ll want to order everything!

If you had to choose one item to start with, we recommend the bento box or bap bulgogi.

The bento box and all of the ramen choices are available in fairly large quantities, so in typical student fashion, they can be packed up and served as a meal for later.

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