A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:
· 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.
· Mi Pilon
Mi Pilon offers authentic, traditional Caribbean fare, including dishes native to Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Steam table options and a sit-down menu are available daily, as well as a $4.99 daily special that can be ordered from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items on the steam table, which is expanded during the weekends, include pork chops, ribs, goat, ox tails, fish, beans, rice and more, as options change daily.
5705 Buford Highway, Norcross. 770-797-2924. www.mipilon.com
· BiBa's Italian Restaurant
BiBa's menu features Italian fare, including pasta dishes, pizzas, calzones, Italian subs and delectable desserts. Favorites include the fried calamari appetizer - fresh, never frozen. According to restaurant manager Ben Keiss, it's unbelievably tender. Another favorite is the scrumptious garlic rolls, and the chicken Caesar salad is very popular among the regulars. The tomato brushetta is piled high with tomatoes, herbs and cheese, and the tiramisu is positively decadent.
4850 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 202, Lawrenceville. 770-277-3666.
· Emerald China
Emerald China offers Cantonese-style Chinese dishes with bold flavors. Popular lunch items include the Mongolian beef and sesame chicken, while dinner guests frequently enjoy the Canton stir fry - a mix of seafood, meats and traditional Chinese vegetables in brown sauce served over lightly fried noodles. Guests can also enjoy specialty dishes like the mushroom and grouper filet with green beans.
3455 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 880, Duluth. 770-623-0088.