Gold Medal Diner
3333 Buford Drive, Suite 2022C, Buford
Open since: Aug. 25
Location: Gold Medal Diner is located at the main entrance to Mall of Georgia. Once inside the mall, look left to see a host or hostess waiting to seat customers.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays
Owners: Suwanee resident Peter Costapoulos, who has more than 20 years experience in the restaurant industry, and his mother, Maria, a native of Greece who has more than 40 years of experience
Atmosphere: The glow of colorful neon lights gives Gold Medal Diner what Peter Costapoulos said is n more traditional diner atmosphere one might find in New York establishments. Booth and table seating are provided, along with chairs pulled up to the bar, from which the Costapouloses plan to serve beer and wine in the future. A 30-seat outdoor patio offers customers an outdoor dining option.
Menu: Gold Medal Diner offers an extensive menu of more than 100 items, and customers can order anything at any time of the day -- "We don't like to limit our customers," Peter Costapoulos said.
The diner's signature breakfast items include the banana granola pancakes and the Ragin' Cajun Scrambler, made with scrambled eggs, sauteed Cajun ham, jalapenos, peppers, onions, salsa, cheddar jack cheese and sour cream served with dollar pancakes and strawberries. Other breakfast selections include omelettes, waffles, biscuits and gravy.
The diner offers seven salad options, from a Greek salad to the grilled Cajun salmon caesar, as well as soups that will change daily. A number of specialty sandwiches, wraps and burgers are also included on the menu.
When it comes to entrees, Gold Medal Diner strays from typical diner fare, offering more upscale dishes. The Costapouloses wanted to maintain the spirit of a diner while serving American cuisine as well. Customers can order pork chops, pasta dishes, shrimp scampi, steaks and more.
The signature entree items are the Maryland crabcake platter -- two crabcakes, Old Bay-seasoned fries, fresh vegetables and cole slaw served alongside a Cajun tartar sauce -- and the Flounder a la Mamma Maria, named for co-owner Maria Costapoulos, in which broiled flounder is stuffed with crab meat, asparagus and Swiss cheese and topped with a seafood crabmeat sauce served with wild rice and mixed vegetables.
A kids menu for children 12 and younger is offered.
Gold Medal Diner serves sodas, hot and iced tea, coffee and water.
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