A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:
Red Brick Oven
Red Brick Oven isn't just a pizza place, co-owner Marcel Baghdadi said. With influences from various cultures, including Italian, French, Japanese and Lebanese, the restaurant's menu features gourmet food, a reflection of Baghdadi's previous restaurants, at reasonable prices. Items include specialty salads, soups, sandwiches and grilled entrees. Baghdadi said the blackened chicken sandwich is a popular lunch selection, while entrees range from grilled quail and lamb kabobs to shrimp brochettes and grilled salmon. Homemade desserts at Red Brick Oven include cheesecake and tiramisu.
415 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee. 678-546-4848.
Bubba's Biscuits and BBQ
Bubba's Biscuits and BBQ is a small place with a large menu, and although barbecue is in the name, Bubba's isn't just a barbecue place. From chicken cooked a variety of ways and Salisbury steak to meatloaf and catfish, the restaurant offers home cooking, which just happens to include barbecue. Bubba's offers daily specials of meat and vegetables as well as burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches served up every day. Homemade desserts and tall glasses of sweet tea complete the menu options.
2700 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville. 770-638-1161.
Blessings Cottage offers cafe-like table seating inside the historic Hinton house, which was built in 1905, the same year the city of Dacula was incorporated. Blessings Cottage's menu offers a few breakfast selections - cinnamon rolls, muffins and bagels - while focusing on lunch items. The cafe serves sandwiches, including its signature chicken salad sandwich on a croissant, which co-owner Sonya Kee said is the most popular lunch item. Hot sandwiches, wraps and salads round out lunch offerings.
2495 Fence Road, Dacula. 678-343-6012.
Ida's Pizza Kitchen
Ida's Pizza Kitchen has been open since 2006, serving up pizza, salads, calzones and hoagies. Ida's Special is a popular menu item, and the pizza is loaded with pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, black olives, tomatoes, bacon, ham and extra cheese. The garlic and honey pretzels made from pizza dough are also a treat.
1340 Pleasant Hill Road, Lawrenceville. 770-817-0666.
Sophia's Italian Cafe
Suwanee resident Chun Kim bought Sophia's Italian Cafe about two months ago. She, along with the original owner, Atlanta resident John Valentino, is continuing the eight-year tradition of offering homemade Italian fare. Sophia's offers traditional Italian dishes, including dinner favorites lasagna and shrimp alfredo. Sauces are homemade and the alfredo is Valentino's family recipe. Baked spaghetti is a popular lunch item, and a variety of sandwiches - meatball parmesan, chicken parmesan and eggplant parmesan - soups and salads round out the offerings. Sophia's serves beer and wine in addition to soft drinks, teas and coffee.
555 Progress Center Ave., Lawrenceville, GA 30043. 770-338-8279.
Houndstooth Grill & Tavern
Houndstooth Grill & Tavern exudes subtle elegance with attention to details, from the brown paper strings tied neatly around black cloth napkins to the intricate wall murals that reflect the restaurant's theme based on the sport of hunting. The restaurant offers a large variety of lunch and dinner menu options. Popular lunch items include sandwiches, soups and salads, while dinner favorites lean toward steaks and seafood. The scope of the menus, both lunch and dinner, means there's likely something for everyone, from burgers and fries to various pasta dishes.
6326 Grand Hickory Drive, Suite 200-A, Braselton. 770-967-2225.