A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:
Dagwood's Sandwich Shoppe
Like the classic cartoon character for which it was named, Dagwood's is serious about sandwiches. We're not talking a few cuts of deli meat between slices of white bread, either. The colorful shop serves monstrous and innovative sandwiches crafted from unique ingredients, like the curry chicken salad on raisin swirl bread and the New Orleans Roast Beef Po' Boy with gravy. For the super hungry, go all out with The Dagwood, made from three slices of bread, five types of meat and finished with a practical salad bar of toppings.
3131 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road, Suwanee. 770-633-7165. www.dagwoods.us.com.
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.
Ribs 'n' Blues
Boasting the "best butts in Georgia," Ribs 'n' Blues specializes in two things: live, soulful blues music and sauce-smothered slabs of slow-smoked pork ribs. The restaurant prepares its signature sauce fresh every day. Side items include tangy coleslaw, rum baked beans and Brunswick stew.
3375 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 770-962-8041. www.ribsnblues.com.
Fiji has created a tropical getaway within the frazzle of Peachtree Industrial Parkway. Specializing in both island and American fare, the restaurant serves up Fijian dishes such as mango-topped grilled tilapia and curry rice, as well as homestyle favorites like meatloaf and penne pasta.
315 Peachtree Industrial Parkway, Suwanee. 770-904-7830. www.fijigoodfoodgetaway.com.
Made famous in Athens thanks to a huge following of hungry University of Georgia students, Barberitos is the latest oversized-burrito cantina franchise to hit Gwinnett. Everything from a vegan burrito to meat-and-cheese stuffed rolls are offered, as well as salads, tacos and quesadillas. Most meals cost less than $10.
2725 Hamilton Mill Road, Buford. 770- 945-1877. www.barberitos.com.
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.