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THE DISH: Golden Krust

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Staff Photos: Meghan Kotowski Golden Krust serves, from bottom left clockwise, stewed chicken in gravy, braised oxtail and curried chicken. As combos, all plates get rice and peas or white rice plus steamed vegetables.

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The restaurant has a few tables inside, but most patrons take their food to go.

ON THE MENU

• Jerk chicken patty — Chunks of marinated chicken slow roasted in jerk seasoning, wrapped in a flaky pastry and baked, $1.80

• Fish combo — Fried fish served Escoveitch style (marinated in a sauce of vinegar, onions, chayote, carrots and scotch bonnet peppers overnight) with festival (bread) and krust (pastry with no meat), $10.50 for small plate

• Curried goat combo — Goat meat marinated in curry and other Caribbean spices serves with rice and peas or white rice, and steamed vegetables, $9 for small plate

• Rock cake — Crunchy cake with soft inside and coconut bits throughout, $1.65

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Golden Krust

Golden Krust

2189 Scenic Highway, Suite B, Snellville

770-736-6336

www.goldenkrustbakery.com

-- Open since: October 2007

-- Owners: Patrick and Jennifer Stewart

-- Location: Golden Krust is located at the intersection of Oak Road and Scenic Highway next to the Pizza Hut.

-- Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week

-- Atmosphere: The inside of the restaurant is fairly small with six tables and owner Patrick Stewart prefers it that way.

"Most of our people take out (their food)," he said. "The idea is not to emphasize so much on dining here. It's more about providing a dine-in type of food at a fast-food pace."

And that's what they do. Everything is made in the morning and continuously replenished throughout the day as people come and go for combination plates, pastries and patties.

The patties are especially popular because they're easy to eat while on the go, whether it's between appointments, running errands or for a quick lunch.

If you do decide to eat there, it is a fun atmosphere be a part of because the walls are bright yellow and there are cartoonish green palm trees. There are coolers holding several sodas and juices that most people have never heard of, like aloe vera drink, coconut water, ginger beer and Jamaican sodas in a variety of flavors.

-- Menu: The cuisine pays homage to the smells, seasonings and flavors of the Caribbean. Stewart and his crew make everything fresh daily, except for some of the pastries which travel to Georgia from New York.

The most popular dish on the menu is braised oxtail because it is fall-off-the-bone tender. Depending on how much meat Stewart gets from his delivery, he will braise the meat for two and a half to three and a half hours to break the meat down into something that is easily eaten with a fork (and no knife).

The restaurant also makes fresh juices with flavors not usually seen in the U.S. yearround. Stewart sells carrot juice that is sweetened with milk. Now that the days are getting warmer, he's also making juices with peanuts, pineapples, mangos and sea moss -- but not in the same mixture.

Besides serving savory food, Golden Krust sells pastries. Stewart has a large selection of breads and cakes to satiate any appetite. Some of the sweets for sale include pound bun, spice bun, coconut cake, rainbow cake and tutti-frutti cake. Breads include hard dough, whole wheat, duck and coco.

-- Things you might not know: Golden Krust is a franchised restaurant that began in Bronx, N.Y. and has four other locations in Georgia.