A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:
· Wing Ranch
This family-friendly eatery boasts 20 different flavors of wings, from your typical mild, medium and hot to more exotic fare like Bourbon-style, lemon pepper and Jamaican jerk. The deliciously greasy garlic parmesan wings are a stand-out favorite, as are the mouthwateringly tangy honey BBQ kind. Orders of 20 or more can be split into more than one flavor. Also try the Philly cheese steak sandwich, already a best-seller, topped with onions, peppers and mounds of melted provolone.
1154 Lawrenceville Highway, Suite 212, Lawrenceville. 678-225-0750. www.wingranch.com.
· 2 Willies' Restaurant and Bar
The pinkish walls at 2 Willies' are lined with ornately-framed posters from old Mississippi blues festivals and Mardi Gras celebrations, and you'll find a variety of influences on the menu, from spicy Cajun to soul food. The fried green beans are a must - a big helping of batter-dipped veggie spears that taste even better submerged in the tangy homemade sauce they're served alongside. For a little bayou flavor, try 2 Willies' Jumping Shrimp - plump little crustaceans sauteed in spicy homemade chili and garlic sauce.
3315 Sugarloaf Parkway., Lawrenceville. 770-236-0331. www.2willies.com.
· Hai Sushi
Hai Sushi (pronounced as if you were greeting a tray of California Rolls) is nice enough for a date night, yet casual enough for a family dinner. You can't beat the restaurant's unagi roll - moist, tender eel, painted with a sweet glaze. The crunchy roll is another popular highlight. This sushi, sprinkled with flakes of tempura, is filled with savory crab meat, cucumber, avocado and a piece of fried shrimp. The chef boasts that he can even go off-menu to prepare more than 140 different types of sushi.
65 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Lawrenceville. 770-963-7050.
· Crescent Moon
If variety is the spice of life, then Crescent Moon is the metaphorical equivalent of Tabasco sauce. The menu is packed with everything from a long list of breakfast and brunch items to a full line-up of lunch and dinner feasts. One signature dish is The Heap, a more-than-generous pile of seasoned potatoes covered with bacon, cheddar cheese and two eggs prepared any style. And be sure to try the sweet potato fries, a sweet-and-salty side item that goes best with cranberry sauce.
3333 Buford Drive, Buford. www.crescentmooneatery.com.