A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:
· Agavero Cantina
Agavero Cantina offers all the staples of typical Mexican-style restaurants - tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos - and more. From the popular Tres Amigos - grilled steak, chicken breast and shrimp served with a choice of rice or beans and a guacamole salad - to the Pablos Chops - two grilled pork chops topped with grilled potatoes and tomatillo sauce served with rice and beans - choices of meats, beef, chicken, pork and seafood, are plenty.
4140 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. 678-924-1970. www.agaverocantina.com
· Judy's Diner
Diners can get breakfast any time at Judy's, from buttermilk pancakes with a hint of cinnamon to eggs scrambled with cheese. All the staples of a good, Southern breakfast are here. Beyond the breakfast menu, Judy's Diner offers daily lunch and dinner specials of meats served with two vegetables. Popular sandwich items at Judy's include the club - ham, bacon, lettuce and tomato served on three slices of white bread with mayo - and its cousin, the hamburger club - a hamburger patty, bacon, lettuce and tomato with mayo also served on three slices of bread.
5385 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. 770-564-1446
· Con Sal Tequila Bar and Grill
Con Sal's best-seller is the tacos al carbon, two tacos with fajita beef or chicken wrapped in corn tortillas with fresh pico de gallo and sauteed onions. Coming in second on the best-seller list are the fish tacos, a fried tilapia filet lightly breaded in corn masa with red cabbage and chipotle mayonnaise. The restaurant has an extensive tapas menu, including the popular patatas, seasoned red potatoes, and the platanos, sweet plantains topped with a homemade sweet mole sauce. With tequila in the name, it might not come as a surprise that Con Sal stocks a large selection of the liquor, some guests might not find anywhere else around.
5005 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 820, Norcross. 770-441-9988. www.consal.com
· Villa Rica Grill House
Although 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, Chorizo 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 a create-your-own meal option. Chilled kimchi soup is also served.
3473 Old Norcross Road, Suite 304, Duluth. 770-476-9292
· 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