A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:
Provino's Italian Restaurant
The theme at Provino's is Old World Italy, and the establishment's interior is decorated accordingly. The restaurant is renowned for its signature starters. The garlic rolls and tossed salad are definitive customer favorites. And when it comes to old-school pasta entrees, Provino's really shines. The portions are huge, so make sure to save room for a cannoli.
2050 East Main St., Snellville. 770-972-8411. www.provinos.com.
Boudreaux's Cajun Restaurant
Boudreaux's Cajun Restaurant is a branch out of Duluth's popular Bourdreaux's Cajun Market, offering all things creole. Quiant and cozy, the restaurants offers dishes of varying levels of heat, but always with the same outsanding degree of tatse. The award-winning seafood gumbo is a restaurant signature, as are the Jambalaya Trio, filled with chicken, shrimp and sausage, and the fried shrimp Po' Boy.
860 Duluth Highway, Lawrenceville. 770-814-8388. www.boudreauxscajun.com.
Sleek, polished and ever-aquatic, AquaKnox is approachable but modern, with charming details such as bubble-themed chandeliers. Spicy-sweet oyster shooters, mussels, prawns and whole grilled fish top the seafood-filled menu. There are, however, several options for the landlover.
3280 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-477-5600. www.aquaknox.net.
The Blue Rooster Cafe
Like something that leapt right off the pages of Southern Living magazine, this restaurant is known for its sweet, signature chicken salad. It offers a traditional menu, but that doesn't stop the owners from adding new dishes to their repertoire, like a Reuben big enough to belong in a Manhattan deli and a Cuban loaded up with layers of pork and ham and topped with a tangy mustard. Make sure you leave room for dessert. There's plenty.
107 Main St., Lilburn. 770-931-2445.
In this modern-day, family-oriented take on "Cheers," each table has its own flat-screen plasma TV. The menu includes something for every taste, from a monstrous chef's salad to racks of baby-back ribs smothered in hickory sauce. The K Sampler features a few bites of each appetizer, including fried mozzarella sticks, Buffalo wings and potato skins.
4955 Sugarloaf Parkway. Lawrenceville. 678-205-0282. www.kaysonsgrille.com.
Nadia's West African Restaurant
African dishes with a soul-food influence are served at Nadia's, where the best-sellers include deep-fried tilapia and barbecue beef ribs. For those nervous to try more authentic fare, the restaurant offers an on-the-house sampler plate so first-timers can try before they buy.
5245 Langford Road, suite A, Norcross. 770-582-9994. www.nadiarestaurant.com.
Chin Chin 7
Located directly across from the Arena at Gwinnett Center and minutes from the affluent Sugarloaf Country Club, Chin Chin 7 attracts area sports stars, celebrities and performers. The restaurant offers traditional Chinese dishes with an upscale twist, as well as sushi, soups and the stew-like Hot Pots.
6575 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth.770-813-1319.
Gimza Polish Restaurant
The only Polish restaurant in the state specializes in ethnic favorites, including kielbasa, pierogi and croquettes, which are filled with minced pork, onions, mushrooms and sauerkraut. A large selection of vodkas, a plethora of Polish beers by the bottle and a multinational wine list round out the offerings.
3435 Medlock Bridge Road, suite 209, Norcross. 770-441-2268.
Steaks are the best sellers at this Chicago-style steakhouse, located inside the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place hotel. The 10-ounce Matambre Filet, the house specialty, is topped with crab meat and roasted red peppers, then covered in a spicy pepper jack cheese. The menu goes beyond red meat to offer a large variety of seafood, chicken, pasta and salad dishes as well.
1775 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. 770-923-1775. www.marriott.com.