The 2014 Best of Atlanta Magazine, has recently named the Best of Atlanta, featuring Taste of Georgia. This year’s Best of the Caribbean for a 3rd consecutive year, was Tassa Roti Shop. This Caribbean restaurant features two unique qualities, as the only authentic Caribbean Buffet in metro Atlanta, and a satisfactory guarantee. This restaurant has been open for more than a decade, and has become a staple in the Atlanta Caribbean community. They have supported local organizations, including the annual Caribbean festival during Memorial Day weekend.
If you don’t like it- You Don’t Pay”–Tassa Roti Promise
There are two locations to this Best of Atlanta winner, which includes Marietta and Alpharetta. In 1996 , the owners Shaffick and Ria Edoo moved from Trinidad and Tobago, to Marietta Georgia. The restaurant’s name is a combination of Tassa, a drum used for festivities, and Roti, a flatbread used to wrap food in like a burrito. Although menu items are available, most people celebrate Caribbean food by choosing from the buffet that offers a variety of Caribbean foods such as jerk chicken, curry chicken, bean stew, rice, peas, red beans, macaroni pie (Tassa Roti’s version of baked macaroni and cheese), Callalou (the national food of her country), butter cassava (Caribbean root plant), coo coo (equivalent of polenta or grits) and more.
Every Saturday, patrons visit the restaurant to get their favorite Caribbean cuisine items, including Roti, and doubles. Ria Edoo warned that you must come before 1p.m. in Alpharetta, because they will all be gone. Tassa Roti uses family recipes passed down through generations of Ria’s family. A fourth-generation restaurant owner, Ria said, “My great-great-great grandmother was the first lady to bring curry from India and open a restaurant like mine in Trinidad.”
This is what my great grandmother did 200 years ago. I knew to do it because that’s what my mother did.” She describes the food at Tassa Roti like “home,” saying people come there because of the atmosphere.
When visiting the delightful Caribbean oasis, you realize that you are in good company. On the walls, include pictures of Who’s Who in Hollywood, including former NBA player Julius Erving, or “Dr. J, Kenny Leon, and a frequent patron Samuel Jackson, when he visits Atlanta. In 2009, they catered the NBA’s Black and White Ball at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead, the first time the Intercontinental allowed an outside food vendor.
Why are you different from other Caribbean Restaurants? – I create an atmosphere of community!- Ria Edoo
Hours of operation are Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 7:00 p.m. The Alpharetta location : Monday to Thursday 11:a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday closed. Hours Tassa Roti is located at 224 Powers Ferry Road in Marietta.