A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:

• Friends Sports Bar & Grill

Friends offers sports bar fare ramped up a couple notches, from Cajun roasted and salted peanuts to hand-dipped chicken tenders and hand-cut steaks. The menu runs the gamut of appetizers, salads, soups, burgers, quite a few sandwich selections, wings and house specialties that include barbecue ribs, Cajun chicken pasta and chopped steak. The signature burger at Friends is the Gooey Louie, two meat patties stuffed with American cheese that oozes out with every bite. Guests can wash down their food with sodas, tea, milk or beer, wine and liquor from the bar.

752 Dacula Road, Dacula. 678-407-2700

• Caprese

Caprese specializes in Italian-style pizza and pasta. The most popular pizza selections are the pizza bianca topped with ricotta and parmigiana cheeses, garlic, spinach and tomatoes, and the Pizza Caprese, made with olive oil, fresh tomatoes, green olives, fresh basil and buffalo mozzarella and feta cheeses. The most popular pasta dishes include the spinach-stuffed shells — pasta stuffed with ricotta cheese and blanched, chopped spinach in a choice of a marinara or white cream sauce topped with mozzarella cheese and oven baked — and the eggplant parmigiana plate — thinly sliced eggplant seasoned and breaded then lightly fried in olive oil and baked in a homemade tomato sauce topped with melted mozzarella cheese and served with a side of pasta.

2130 Hamilton Creek Parkway, Suite 101, Dacula. 678-546-4880. www.capreseonline.com

• American Tavern

American Tavern prides itself on its hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and regional American cuisine complemented by made-from-scratch dressings and sauces. The restaurant's dinner menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, barbecue and more. The most popular dishes are the Fisherman's Platter of grouper, shrimp, a crab cake, cole slaw and fries, and the barbecue ribs, which are smoked in-house. American Tavern serves up 19 lunch specials — salads, sandwiches and more — for $5.99. The most popular lunch dishes are the country fried chicken, the club sandwich and the French dip.

630 Athens Highway, Loganville. 770-913-8442. www.americantavernrestaurant.com

• Cuernavaca Grill &

Mexican Restaurant

Cuernavaca offers an assorted menu of authentic Mexican fare and Tex-Mex options. The most popular specialties — the more than 20 authentic dishes on the menu — include the Cuernavaca's Grill of chicken, beef and chorizo grilled with onions and peppers served with lettuce, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, rice and refried beans, and the chile rellenos platter of poblano peppers stuffed with beef or cheese topped with a cheese sauce and tomato sauce served with a choice of rice and beans or vegetables. Customers can wash down their meals with a variety of beverages, including sodas, lemonade, milk and tea. Cuernavaca also serves beer, wine and liquor.

455 Grayson Highway, Lawrenceville. 770-822-0665

• Bogey's

Bogey's offers standard sports bar fare and then some. From signature wings to a create-your-own pasta option, the restaurant's menu runs the gamut. The most popular items are the Cajun chicken bowtie pasta, a new addition to the menu made with chicken, sausage, peppers and onions in a Cajun cream sauce, and the bacon/bleu burger — a burger dressed up with caramelized onions, a bleu cheese sauce and bacon. The fried pickle spears served with a Remoulade sauce are also a popular item and are also new. Kids' meals at Bogey's are all $4.95 and include a choice of entrée, a side, dessert and a drink.

3312 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth. 678-629-3125. www.bogeyssportsgrill.com

• Italian Pie

According to owner Raffaele Lucci, freshly made dough and sauce with every meal prepared to order create a love-at-first-bite experience for his customers. Using recipes passed down from his mother, Giovanna, who owns a restaurant in Italy, Lucci has created a menu that runs the gamut of tasty Italian fare. The most popular order is the pizza, available as a whole pie or by the slice. Italian Pie's signature pizza is made round and thin, while the Sicilian style comes thick and square. A small is 12 inches, a medium is 16 and a large tops out at 18 inches. More than 10 different paninis and subs are served up at Italian Pie, and baked pasta dishes round out the menu, from meat lasagna to eggplant parmigiana.

3059 Lawrenceville Highway, Suite N, Lawrenceville. 678-924-1170