DINING: Gwinnett Tastes

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

• Taco Depot

Taco Depot's most popular menu item is the taco al pastor, a traditional Mexican taco made with rotisserie-cooked pork. Behind the order counter, customers can get a glimpse of the fresh pork loin from which meat is hand cut before being added to two, soft, hand-made corn tortilla — one of Taco Depot's specialties — and garnished with freshly chopped cilantro and onions. Pork tacos are $.99 all day, every day. In addition to pork, customers can select from a variety of meats to create their tacos and burritos, including chargrilled Angus steak, chargrilled chicken breast, spicy ground pork sausage, beef tongue, slow cooked shredded beef, orange-flavored pork and tilapia.

4788 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 770-513-9951. www.taco-depot.com

• Sen

The owners of Sen, along with their executive chef, have crafted extensive lunch and dinner menus that blend traditional Vietnamese dishes influenced by French, Chinese and Thai cultures with Americanized selections, offering something to suit all tastes. Sen specializes in savory grilled meats and promotes healthy, yet flavorful fare, balancing four tastes: spicy, sour, salty and sweet. The most popular entrees are the five-spice lamb racks — char-grilled marinated lamb racks served with egg noodles and baby spinach — and the chicken and beef curries — slow-cooked meats with coconut milk, carrots and potatoes. The Vietnamese crepe — turmeric rice flour pan fried with fresh shrimp, green onion and bean — is also a customer favorite.

2631 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 545, Suwanee. 678-947-9885.


• Marlow's Tavern

Marlow's Tavern offers seasonal menus. The restaurant will roll out its spring/summer selections in March, but until then, the current fall/winter menu features tavern classics given a twist by the restaurant's resident Chef de Cuisine, Jamie Jenkins, who serves a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers and more, all cooked to order. The most popular entrees include the shrimp and grits and what's been dubbed the "infamous" fish tacos. The grilled Atlantic salmon, grilled chicken panini and Serious Filet and Eggs also top the list of customer favorites.

1950 Satellite Blvd., Suite 300, Duluth. 770-622-2033. www.marlowstavern.com

• The Hail Mary Sports Pub

The Hail Mary Sports Pub updates its menu quarterly, adding special dishes to complement its staples. The eatery will be rolling out its winter menu this month, including its new major and minor league entrees of steak, grouper, pork chops and meatloaf, a reuben sandwich and a chicken finger sub. The pub's standards include salads, burgers, wraps, sandwiches and hot dogs The most popular menu selection at The Hail Mary is one of its staples, fresh, never frozen, jumbo crispy buffalo wings in a variety of flavors. The grouper sandwich is also a popular item. The fish comes grilled — blackened or lemon peppered — or fried.

1950 Grayson Highway, Suite 140, Grayson. 770-963-0205.


• Jack Brown's Cafe

Jack Brown's Cafe offers an extensive menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and more, as well as a breakfast menu that includes breakfast plates and a la carte selections. The most popular lunch items are the turkey chili and the chicken salad, whether served solo or on a croissant. Customers might want to try a few of the more unique items on Jack Brown's menu, including deep-fried hot dawgs and a grilled PB&J, before sampling the most popular dessert, homemade red velvet cake cupcakes.

225 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville.