A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:
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.
Palomilla's Cuban Grill House
Filling a distinct void in the Gwinnett dining scene, Palomilla's is one of the only Cuban restaurants in the metro area. The warm pressed Cuban sandwich served with plantain chips is a customer favorite, as is a savory dish of marinated chicken chunks served in tropical juices. For the indecisive, the house sampler platter offers a few bites of everything, from pork tamales to fried yuca sticks.
6470 Spalding Drive, suite B, Norcross. 770-242-0510. www.palomillasatlanta.com.
The menu at this restaurant is simple, centering on sweet and spicy barbecue and standard Southern sides. Hungry families flock to the diner for the huge racks of smothered ribs, piles of shredded pork and smoked chicken salad.
1944 Braselton Highway, Buford. 770-963-0994. www.holysmokes-bbq.com.
Don't let the exterior fool you: Crossroads Grill isn't just another restaurant along the Peachtree Industrial Blvd. stretch. This bar and grill serves upscale dishes, such as Black Angus filet mignon and spinach and artichoke-stuffed tilapia, but retains a cool family atmosphere.
360 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee. 770-614-7880. www.crossroadsbarandgrille.com.
The menu at this high-end restaurant offers a range of American, Asian, Italian and continental fare, such as fresh ahi tuna tartare, Cajun-style pork tenderloin and seafood ravioli. Customers should be sure to finish the meal with a signature dessert, notably, the fried ice cream.
2445 Moon Road, Grayson. 770-962-9898. www.cornerstonegrill.net.
Sushi Rock and Thai Cuisine
At this restaurant, which offers Japanese and Thai food, the menu includes sushi, as well as curry, stir-fried and noodle dishes. Customers like the Pad Thai, as well as the cooked sushi rolls. The Candy Roll, made with shrimp tempura, avocado and scallions and topped with fried crab meat and cheese, is popular.
2133 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suwanee. 770-237-9955.
At any given moment, diners might expect to see Tony Soprano lounging in one of the restaurant's corner booths. The Italian restaurant dishes out a wide selection of homemade pizzas and entrees such as spaghetti and meatballs, mussels and linguine and cheesesteak subs. With a flat-screen TV mounted next to a wall of arcade games, the restaurant is ideal for sports fans and families alike.
1480 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville. 770-513-7108.
This restaurant offers custom-made stir-fry dishes from an all-you-can-eat buffet. Customers take a bowl and fill it with ingredients ranging from baby corn and bamboo to spinach and zucchini. Each bowl is topped with one of 16 sauces, such as Korean spicy barbecue, black bean garlic, kung pao and orange ginger sesame. Chefs then take the bowl, add the meat selected by the customer and cook the stir-fry dish in a wok.
860 Duluth Highway, suite 700, Lawrenceville. 770-513-1372. www.wokinwokoutrestaurant.com.
Housed in a quaint, cottage-styled restaurant, Mimi's Cafe is both elegant and family-friendly. Dishes draw from homestyle, French and New Orleans influences, including fare such as three berry-stuffed French toast, pasta jambalaya and creamy chicken pot pie. Mimi's also offers a lighter lifestyles menu.
1880 Mall of Georgia Blvd., Buford. 770-614-0554. www.mimiscafe.com.