Acworth, GA

Finding This Acworth Restaurant Is a Chore, But It's So Worth the Effort


We enjoy the wide menu variety and excellent flavors at Acworth's Thai Basil and Sushi Zen each time we visit. But we just don't visit enough because it's out of our direct "line of sight" when we're making dining decisions while driving on Cobb Parkway.
The massive House Special roll features fresh salmon, tuna, avocado and cream cheese inside a tempura-fried wrap.,Photo: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

So after a visit this week, I'm making a note to myself and giving you this recommendation: make an effort to find and visit this hidden gem with its vast menu selection of Japanese, Thai and sushi dishes. In fact, I'm putting a regular reminder in my calendar app for the fall and winter, which is when I like visiting here most for their warming, filling entrees accompanied by a creative rolls and sushi menu.
The chicken coconut soup was loaded with large slices of chicken, swimming in a sweet and slightly spicy broth.Photo: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

Thai Basil and Sushi Zen is located at 3330 Cobb Parkway, #316 in Acworth, at the hidden end of a large shopping center home to Kroger. Spotting the restaurant has become more difficult recently with the opening of a Biscuit Belly and MacAlister's along the front of the development.

Now, enough about location -- let's talk food. We visited recently for lunch, ordering the House Special roll, plus lunch entrees of Spicy Basil Noodles with chicken, and a Spicy Mixed Veggie with Chicken.
The restaurant is hidden at the end of a strip mall on Cobb Parkway, made even harder to find with new buildings added out front.Photo: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

Let's start with the roll! This five-piece monster is massive, stuffed full of fresh seafoods and then lightly fried whole in a tempura batter. The result is a crispy exterior, while the interior retains all its fresh and tasty goodness. After finishing it, we agreed that we didn't NEED two lunch entrees to follow.

But there's a difference between needing more food and simply craving it when delivered to the table. First came a coconut chicken soup with white rice, with large slices of chicken, mushrooms and more swimming in the sweet coconut broth.

Then our entrees arrived. My Spicy Basil Noodles with chicken were accompanied by plentiful quantities of mushrooms, snow peas, tomato and -- of course -- basil leaves in a spicy basil sauce. The plate transported me back to the aromas and flavors I enjoyed in Singapore at one of the food hawker courts.

The Spicy Mixed Veggie with chicken had more traditional and muted flavors, still quite good compared to other dishes.
The Spicy Basil Noodles with chicken were coated with a spicy basil chili sauce, and transported me back to Singapore.Photo: DeanLand / Our Travel Cafe

Now, I can't wait to return on a cool or cold day this fall for a rematch with their Massaman Curry. I surrendered on a previous visit and had to request a take-home box of this filling and heart-warming dish, perfect for when there's a chill in the air.

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Welcome to I'm DeanLand, a trained journalist and retired global marketing executive. Living in Northwest Georgia, I write about about avocations including outdoors, travel, exploration, history, food and community passions. I've traveled to 47 states and nearly as many countries. My French Cajun upbringing in Louisiana plus my extended restaurant-related career affirm my status as an over-qualified eater. At my blog,, I offer a complete menu of our my own experiences, explorations and adventures, organized by geography and always sprinkled with some spicy, tasty tidbits and food notes.

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