Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Even after all these years, the fiery nuances of Szechuan cuisine at Marietta's Tasty China — and the mild intestinal discomfort that can accompany it — is still totally worth the drive. Despite many personnel changes since opening in 2006, Tasty China has managed to keep churning out the kind of hot and numbing, tongue-tingling fireworks that keep us venturing back out to the 'burbs for more. Try the burning ma la burrito-like beef roll or a bowl of bubbling red peppers and tender white fish. And don't forget the crispy cilantro fish rolls. Sure Tasty China has a just-barely ITP sister restaurant in Sandy Springs, but the trek out of town and the divey, strip mall feel of the original only make the Szechuan treasures that much more enticing. $$
When Peter Chang popped up on the Atlanta restaurant scene at Tasty China in 2006, food fiends went mad for his intoxicatingly ma-la (hot and numbing) Szechuan dishes. But the chef suddenly left Atlanta just months later and landed somewhere in Tennessee. Or was it Washington, D.C.? Virginia? But now, the Wuhan, Hubei, native and former Chinese embassy chef is cooking in Marietta at his old stomping grounds again. All of Chang’s greatest hits are permanent fixtures on Tasty China's menu. Many are much improved. Just keep your chopsticks crossed that he's sticking around this time.
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