A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:
· Villa Rica Grill House
While Villa Rica Grill House specializes in South American food, its menu has something for everyone, even those who might at first shy away from sampling the enticing South American fare. The most popular appetizer is the authentic Argentinean empanadas, a choice of beef or chicken served with pico de gallo, while popular entrees include the la parilla mixta for two - an assortment of pork chops, short ribs, flank and skirt steaks, choirizo sausage and a choice of two sides - and the churrasco, grilled skirt steak served with rice, a fried egg, a plantain, French fries and salad.
3907 Burns Road, Lilburn. 770-717-0992
· Honey Pig
Honey Pig offers a unique grilling experience. Written in Korean and English, the restaurant's menu is divided primarily into Korean barbecue meat options of pork, beef and seafood, all grilled on the cast-iron lid in front of customers. Each meat is served with rice paper, lettuce, kimchi (Korean cabbage), pickled jalapenos and onions, bean sprouts, pickled radish, scallions and a lettuce salad with Korean dressing, dipping sauces and garlic, all of which can be combined in create-your-own meal option. Chilled kimchi soup is also served.
3473 Old Norcross Road, Suite 304, Duluth. 770-476-9292
n Sean's American Bistro
At Sean's American Bistro, customers will find a "scratch kitchen," where all food is prepared with fresh ingredients and made to order. Many of the restaurant's dishes are made with ingredients from local growers and suppliers. Popular dishes include the lamb leg steak, served with green beans and garlic with mint compound butter, and the Parmesan crusted grouper, with seasonal couscous and marinated Shiitake mushrooms.
33 Buford Village Way, Suite 311, Buford. 678-714-2784
· Seaya Sports Sushi Bar
Seaya is a sports bar that serves primarily sushi. The restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat lunch option for $9.99 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Guests can select from nigiri - sushi rice and fresh fish, including mackerel, salmon, red snapper and tuna - and more than 15 sushi rolls. The restaurant's full menu offers appetizers, tempura (battered and deep-fried seafood and vegetables) and spicy, cooked and vegetable sushi rolls, as well as hibachi-style dinners from the kitchen.
1300 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 3101, Suwanee. 770-945-5822
· Rexall Grill
Rexall Grill serves breakfast and lunch items, from biscuits and pancakes to burgers and hot dogs. The meatloaf is the most popular lunch item, selling out most days. The daily lunch special of one meat and two vegetables and bread is also a popular choice, with meats ranging from baked ham to country fried steak and changing daily. Southern-style sweet tea complements the food, while homemade desserts are available to cap off meals.
3165 Buford Highway, Duluth. 770-623-8569. www.rexallgrill.com
· Lazeez Tava Fry
Tava Fry offers traditional Indian food, from stir fry to curry dishes. Co-owner Nisar Momin said the most popular menu items are the goat and lamb chops fry - marinated goat or lamb chops in a spicy sauce with stir fried tomato, onions and chili. The masala khichdi, basmati rice with lentils stir fried in a spicy sauce, is also frequently ordered. All meats served at Lazeez Tava Fry are prepared according to halal food standards, which means they are permissible to eat for those who follow Islamic religious traditions.
4650 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross. 770-939-1221
· Grayson Cafe
What was intended to be a barbecue restaurant has become more of a stop for country cooking, although barbecue and Brunswick stew are still on Grayson Cafe's menu. The most popular lunch menu item - and the cafe's signature item - is the Grayson dog, an oversized all beef hot dog on a hoagie. The owners plan to begin offering daily specials of meatloaf, salmon patties, fried chicken, country fried steak and more.
420 Grayson Parkway, Grayson. 770-837-9541
· Dacula Dogs
Nine different hot dogs are on the menu at Dacula Dogs, with the Chicago-style hot dog topping the list. The Texas barbecue dog is one of the most interesting options: a hot dog smothered in barbecue sauce and topped with cheddar cheese. Burgers, chicken sandwiches and specialty sandwiches round off Dacula Dogs' menu, and the restaurant offers baskets with all its dogs and sandwich items, which include fries and a choice of cole slaw or baked beans.
802 Dacula Road, Suite 102, Dacula. 678-226-7898
· Red Sky Cafe
The Red Sky Cafe offers a breakfast menu of omelets, biscuits, breakfast sandwiches and pastries. The Santa Fe Wrap is a popular selection, with two eggs wrapped in a sun-dried tomato wrap with bell peppers, onions and cheddar cheese accompanied by a secret ranchero sauce. Lunch options include salads, soups, sandwiches, fried items and selections off the grill. Cathy's chicken salad sandwich is ordered often, along with Lynn's roasted pimento cheese sandwich, made with toasted pecans and a hint of jalapenos and served with a side of strawberry preserves.
2033 Buford Highway, No. 101, Buford. 770-614-0031
· Yuki Japanese Restaurant
Yuki offers an extensive menu, with traditional hibachi selections and more than 50 regular and special sushi rolls. A la carte sushi is available, as well as plenty of options for appetizers, a handful of soup selections and seven choices for salads. Lunch boxes are available, which include various combinations of grilled meats, vegetables, fruits, tempura and sushi. Popular selections at Yuki include the Dynamite Yaki appetizer - grilled crab meat, mushrooms, masago (caviar) and avocado mixed with Japanese mayo - the Black Dragon Roll of crab, cucumber, avocado and top whole eel, the seaweed salad and the shrimp tempura.
3370 Sugarloaf Parkway, No. A-2, Lawrenceville. 770-963-3100