After seeing many a Caribbean hole-in-the-wall come and go, Matthew set out to create a restaurant where the kitchen stayed true to the recipes back home, but where the dining room could have a flicker of ambiance.In Atlanta, you can't throw a stone without hitting a platter of hot wings, a bowl of pasta, and some kind of barbecue all at once. But one cuisine our city still hungers for? Well... platters of jerk chicken wings, bowls of "Rasta pasta," and spicy stewed oxtails, to name a few. Caribbean restaurants seem to be few and far between, and the ones serving authentic recipes are yet fewer and further between—and that's exactly why Matthew "True" Nelson, who moved to Atlanta from the Virgin Islands in the early '90s, decided to take the matter into his own hands.
After seeing many a Caribbean hole-in-the-wall come and go, Mr. Nelson set out to create a restaurant where the kitchen stayed true to the recipes back home, but where the dining room could have a flicker of ambiance. Thus, Mangos was born, a brand-spankin'-new restaurant on Auburn Avenue that's equal parts authentic and date-friendly; a place where you can sip mango lemonade (and hopefully soon, an adult beverage) and enjoy Caribbean specialties like oxtails (cooked with a secret spice blend) and jerk chicken (broiled, then grilled for that tasty, smokey char). And thanks to Mr. Nelson giving the interior a major overhaul before opening up his doors in April, you can do all this tasting and sipping in a space that's warm and inviting—followed, of course, by a slice of the house specialty dessert, mango cheesecake. And we're always down to get our daily share of vitamin C in cake form.
Red Snapper, $16
Jerk or Curry Tofu, $10
Rasta Pasta, $8
Jerk Chicken, $8-$10
Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 a.m.