Canton Cooks: Sandy Springs

posted on May 5, 2008 at 2:51 am
 I always crack up when Moon calls Tasty China, Frank Ma’s and Canton Cooks the “Holy Trinity” of Atlanta Chinese restaurants but it is so true. While we have numerous Chinese restaurants representing an astonishing range of sub-cuisines, these three are my hands-down favorites and we are so fortunate to have such quality at our disposal. 
I somehow ended up eating at all three this past week. Frank Ma’s for a quick lunch of some chewy noodles with ground pork and dried bean curd, Tasty China for a late dinner after kicking it old school at the Smyrna Sparkles roller rink (you heard me right) and Canton Cooks for an impromptu lunch. I guess it was a comfort food week all the way.
I realized I’d never blogged about my old Cantonese standy-by so I figured it was time to put some photos up on the blog. Just a great place to eat and I am never disappointed. Just stay away from the lunch specials menu and you’ll be a-ok.
Juicy snow pea leaves with fresh garlic sauce
Pan-fried salt and pepper squid: Sweet, crunchy and my favorite version in Atlanta.
Dry-fried (no sauce) beef chow fun as an homage to our pal: good version, small amount of grease and even better with a little dab of the killer chile paste served in a bowl at the table.
Wor Sue duck: I am not a fan of syrupy sauce on my Chinese food, but the pieces of crispy duck are so good
Address: 5984 Roswell Rd., 30328 (in the same shopping center as Whole Foods)
Phone: (404) 252-0322

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  • Re: Canton Cooks: Sandy Springs
    posted by: Paulie · May 7, 2008  12:18 PM

    Wish you had known/mentioned that they are closed on Wednesdays. My mouth was watering to try the beef chow fun and I was completely shattered when I arrived today for lunch to find out that they are closed on Wednesdays.

    I’ll try again sometime.

  • Re: Canton Cooks: Sandy Springs
    posted by: Anonymous · May 12, 2008  8:32 PM

    Definitely go back because the beef chowfun is the best I’ve had in Atlanta. Same for the Salt and Pepper squid as Bliss noted. Other two favorites are the spicy eggplant hotpot and thai hot and sour soup (it’s not tom yum).

  • Re: Canton Cooks: Sandy Springs
    posted by: Sophie · August 19, 2009  11:20 PM

    ooo… i am an eggplant super fan! sigh. i want the spicy eggplant sooooo badly right now. with rice.

    Here I bought a sauce pack so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.

  • Re: Canton Cooks: Sandy Springs
    posted by: Anonymous · September 11, 2009  10:45 AM

    Mustard greens with Salty Fish is dynamite. I always get an extra one "to go".

    Please do not tell anyone else about this place, or the similar China Cooks across 285.

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