A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:
Ashiana prides itself on a wide selection, including several Indian-Chinese dishes, known as "Chaatt Bhandaar." Some of its signature items include the Tandoori Mixed Grill and Chicken 65. The restaurant also caters to vegetarians with meat-free favorites like Bhindi Masala and Aloo Gobhi. One of Ashiana's most uncommon features is an unparalleled sense of cultural and religious sensitivity - their kitchen is divided in half so vegetarian dishes are not prepared near meat.
5675 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross. 770-446-9092. www.theashiana.com.
Traditional Thai dishes of generous proportions are Spicy Basil's specialty. The sampler appetizer, with Bubble Ball corn fritter and Thai grilled chicken wings, is a customer favorite. Curries are also top sellers, and are served with a choice of three rice varieties: white jasmine, long-grain brown and green jasmine. For lighter fare, opt for the Yummy Fish Warm Salad or the Green Veggie Galore.
3675 Satellite Blvd., Duluth. 770-232-2803. www.spicybasil.net.
Utage Steak and Sushi
A step back to old-world Japan, Utage is both traditional and chic. The menu features a wide range of sushi options, from standards like the spicy tuna roll to new favorites like the Bulldog roll. At the hibachi grill, selections span from chicken and steak to shrimp, lobster and fist-sized scallops, all served with three specialty sauces, rice and grilled vegetables.
860 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville. 678-381-2800.
The chain of seafood restaurants, with a new location at The Avenue Webb Gin, has become known for its made-to-order dishes. Four sauces - mango salsa, pan Asian, lemon butter and virgin Mediterranean - can be paired with a variety of fish dishes for customized entrees. Customers love the deep-dish, graham cracker-crusted Key lime pie.
1350 Scenic Highway, Snellville. 678-344-8945. www.bonefishgrill.com.
Samurai Blue Japanese Grill and Sushi
Dim lights, polished wood tables and sleek floors give this Lawrenceville sushi house a soothing feel. The sushi menu features more than 40 varieties. Standards such as tuna rolls and spicy salmon rolls are offered, but diners often opt for the restaurant's specialties, such as the Georgia Sunday, a California roll topped with spicy crab.
2000 Riverside Parkway, Lawrenceville. 678-518-4216.
Indigo Joe's Sports Pub
From football to baseball, salads to burgers, Indigo Joe's offers something for every taste. Customer favorites include the Mexican chicken salad, the Regular Joe burger and sauce-smothered baby back ribs. The sports pub features 42 flat screen TVs, all tuned to sports channels, as well as a game room for children.
3890 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suwanee. 770-945-5433. www.indigojoes.com.
Located in a Lawrenceville strip shopping center, the restaurant serves up traditional north Indian homestyle cooking, such as mild curries, vegetables seasoned with yogurt or pomegranate powder and lots of greens. Try a sample of everything from the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
1848 Old Norcross Road, Lawrenceville. 678-377-7600. www.thearomadelight.com.