Never heard of Nando’s? You’re not alone. Touted as the #mostfamoussauceyouveneverheardof, Nando’s is an international chain of South-African inspired restaurants know for their flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken.

If you’ve been to Australia or the UK, chances are that you’ve seen a Nando’s restaurant. Since their start in Johannesburg in 1987, Nando’s has opened over 1,000 locations in 30 countries, and expanded to the US in 2008. Now there are over 30 Nando’s locations in DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Illinois – with more expansion planned to the Southeast.

They’ve hosted a variety of pop-up dinners, brunches, and events in Atlanta over the last few weeks to bring awareness of their PERi-PERi chicken and sauces to the South. Their tasty sauces are already making their way into grocery stores throughout the city – but a possible restaurant is also in the works!

I had the pleasure of attending Nando’s Braai on the BeltLine, held at Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle just steps from Krog Street Market. A braai is a traditional South African party, typically involving smoked meats, dancing & music, and plenty of drinks. In Afrikaans, braai actually means “to grill” – there was plenty of that going on at this party!

The event started out with a patio mixer, complete with cocktails infused with local Old Fourth Ward vodka, popcorn coated in peri-peri spices, and jerky from Ponce City Market’s Biltong Bar (sharing South African roots with Nando’s!)

The main event was brunch (would you expect anything else from Atlantans?) in a transformed space in Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle. We were transported into a colorful, vibrant world that celebrated Nando’s introduction to Atlanta, while treated to a hearty meal of peri-peri chicken and waffles!

Be on the lookout for Nando’s PERi-PERi sauces, which are now available in Georgia at outlets like Walmart, Publix, and Kroger. If you use #periperiATL with a picture of your love for Nando’s, you’ll be helping to bring a restaurant to the Atlanta area!

See more of the fun from the Nando’s braai below:

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