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GWINNETT - A selection of local restaurants featured in past issues of the Gwinnett Daily Post’s Weekend. Send suggestions to features@gwinnettdailypost.

AMERICAN

Bugaboo Creek Lodge & Bar
Brings the rugged Canadian Rockies to life with its lodge feel. Strong lunch and dinner menus with seafood, steaks, burgers and Southern favorites. Simple salads and sandwiches are available. 3505 Satellite Blvd., Duluth. 770-476-1500. 

Chicken Out Rotisserie
Poultry used at Chicken Out is organic and marinated for 24 hours in a special blend of natural spices and herbs before it is slowly roasted. The side items offered are fresh vegetables, casseroles homemade apple cornbread stuffing. 1905 Scenic Highway, #1130, in the Presidential Market Center on Scenic Highway.
770-978-6667.
 
Dillons Restaurant and Sports Bar
A place where “everybody knows your name,” serving a variety of entrees and boasting 28 televisions. Specialties include Award-Winning Babyback Ribs, wings and charbroiled sirloin. 850 Dogwood Road, SW, Lawrenceville. 770-978-4308.

Holder’s Hideaway
Wings dominate the menu, though salads, sandwiches, burgers, wraps and Southern specialties are also offered. 1500 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. 770-564-8500

Hops Restaurant, Bar & Brewery
Goes beyond brew with steak, chicken, pork, seafood, burgers and pasta. Menu includes fiery wings, grilled meatloaf and key lime pie. 3490 Gwinnett Place, Duluth. 678-584-0626.

Jillian’s
Combines food and fun, with bowling, dancing and billiards in addition to dining. The restaurant area, known as the Video Cafe, serves soups, salads, pastas, barbecue, beef, chicken, seafood, burgers and pizza. 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway in Discover Mills,
Lawrenceville. 678-847-5400. 

Lil’ River Grill
Pairs trendy, Buckhead-style American dining with a casual and fun ambiance suitable for diners of any age. Specialties include pork chops and New Orleans-style jambalaya. 2000 Riverside Parkway, Suite 207, Lawrenceville. 770-995-1183.

Loco’s Deli
Franchise grill feels like a place where everybody knows your name. Sandwiches, soups and salads are the highlights of the menu. Televisions in the bar and eating areas. 655 Ga. Highway 120, Lawrenceville.
770-682-8714.

Lubys Sports Bar and Grill
Offers a full range of dinner specialties, including wings, ribs, Mexican and Italian cuisine. Most lunch items are priced under $5. Full bar with beer and wine, live music and 65 TVs keep patrons entertained. Price range: $2.95-$16.96. 1098 Herrington Road, Lawrenceville.
678-442-0088.
 
Mo-Joe’s
Known for Buffalo wings, the restaurant also prepares all-American favorites such as hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken tenders. 2059 Scenic Highway, Snellville. 770-978-7133.

Norcross Station Cafe
Make tracks to this cafe, located in the old Norcross train depot, for railroad-themed dining. Serves everything from soup and seafood to pork chops and New York Strip. Price range: Under $20. 40 S. Peachtree St. in downtown Norcross. 770-409-9889.

Rockfords American Grill & Bar
Visions of the great Western plains fill the eatery. Meat is hand cut, including sirloin, filet and blackened chicken breast. Burgers, wraps and sandwiches round out the menu. Price range: $5.49-$15.99. 5370 Highway 78, Stone Mountain. 770-498-4979.

Slocum’s Tavern & Grille
Open for more than 15 years with tasty seafood dishes and a full bar. Also serves steaks, chicken, sandwiches, pasta and salads, along with signature seafood items. Try the Sausalito Scampi or Oysters Rockerfeller. Price range: $9-$17. 6025 Peachtree Parkway,
Norcross. 770-446-7725.

Tanner’s
Famous for rotisserie chicken but offers a wide variety of other dishes like country fried steak, meatloaf, turkey and dressing, ribs and burgers. 525 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee. 770-614-1335.

Wings Landing Pub & Grill
Wings in eight different varieties, as well as steaks, ribs, chicken, pasta, seafood and burgers. The best-selling Reuben packs lean corned beef, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing on rye. Price range: $1.99-$16.99. 722 Collins Hill Road,
Lawrenceville. 678-442-1133.

ASIAN
Fung’s Vegetarian Restaurant

Serving imitation chicken, beef, pork and seafood, Fung’s gives vegetarians flavor without animal protein. Favorites include Kung Pao Vegetarian Chicken and Buddhist Delight, stir-fried vegetables and tofu in house brown sauce. 4975 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Green’s Corner Shopping Center, Norcross. 770-925-8322.

 Ichiban Sushi Ya Japanese Steak House
Offers fresh sushi, hibachi dishes and an assortment of specialties. Serving seafood, chicken and beef, as well as an assortment of vegetables, egg rolls and soups. Hibachi items include a choice of steak, chicken, shrimp, scallops and vegetables. For under $10, patrons can have a Hibachi lunch complete with soup, salad, mixed vegetables and steamed rice. 2400 Satellite Blvd., Suite 107,
Duluth. 678-957-0700

Lee’s Golden Buddha

Chinese dishes like Mongolia Beef and Sesame Chicken Wings. The Happy Family platter includes a mix of meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables is served in a light sauce.
4300 Buford Drive, Buford.  770-945-1224.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

Cuisine from the major regions of China, such as Szechwan, Shanghai, Canton, Mongolian and Hunan. A full salad menu and American desserts may surprise diners, as may the sophisticated ambiance. 3333 Buford Drive, in the Village at the Mall of Georgia,
Buford. 678-546-9005.

Samurai Japanese S
teak House & Sushi Bar
At 12 hibachi tables, entertainment is standard fare. The cooks put on a show as they prepare chicken, pork, steak and seafood dinners in front of customers. Seating with a view of food preparation at the sushi bar is also available. 1848 Old Norcross Rd., Suite A-100, Lawrenceville. 678-407-2577.

Sri Thai Restaurant
Serves up noodles, seafood, beef, duck, chicken, pork and an assortment of soups and salads. Spring rolls, deep fried rice skin rolls with pork, vermicelli, black mushroom, bean sprouts and Thai spices served with sweet and sour sauce, are a choice appetizer. 2218 Main St., Snellville. 770-985-8078.

BARBECUE
Hawg Bar B Que
Old-fashioned pit barbecue platters in a cozy, country atmosphere. Specialties include pulled pork, ribs, chicken and beef, with fried okra, squash, corn nuggets and corn on the cob. Kid-friendly menu available for under $3. 111 East May St., Ga. Highway 8, Winder. 770-867-8550.

The Little Barn
The barn-shaped building does not house horses and pigs, but it does serve up flavorful barbecue and biscuits. Only open for breakfast and lunch, with barbecue served by the plate or the pound. Drive-thru available. 60 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. 770-962-1367.

Spiced Right Barbeque
Dishes crowned with award-winning barbecue sauce. Buffet served at lunch and dinner with barbecue chicken, pork, Brunswick stew, sides and dessert. Combination platters and sandwiches also available. 5364 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. 770-564-0355.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q
Southern-style smoked barbecue chicken, turkey, pork and beef with a slew of sides. Try the baby back rib dinner, with banana pudding for dessert. 2302 Main St., Snellville. 770-972-3188.

CARIBBEAN
Bahama Breeze Restaurant

A meal at Bahama Breeze offers an escape to a place where palm trees sway. Island-inspired cuisine includes conch chowder, coconut curry chicken and jerk chicken Caesar salad. Price range: $4.25-$10.45. 3590 Breckenridge Blvd., Duluth. 770-935-6509.

Dutch Pot Caribbean
Feels like an island retreat, palm trees, colorful decor and tasty Jamaican cuisine. Specialties include Jerk Chicken and Escoveitch Fish, snapper marinated in a sauce of vinegar and spices, garnished with onion and sweet pepper. 15 Jones St., Norcross. 770-446-1426.

Irie Kitchen
Authentic Jamaican dishes go beyond jerk chicken. Curry chicken and fricassee chicken, a brown stew of chicken and island spices, also are on the menu. Try a tropical beverage, like guava carrot or pineapple ginger juice, and Jamaican soda. 575 W. Pike St. in Township Village Plaza, Lawrenceville. 770-995-6569.

COFFEE SHOPS
Coffee, Coffee, Coffee
Couches fill the hot spot, along with specialty drinks and scrumptious desserts. Pastries and fruit cups complete a menu that includes soups, salads, paninis and sandwiches. Chai tea, bag tea and frozen tea also served. 6575 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 678-473-1400.

Red, White and Brew
A combination of 40 different types of coffee and specialty drinks, as well as sandwiches, salads and pastries and a Christian ministry. Dishes include the Triple Decker Super Sandwich Plate and Julie’s Bagel, a cinnamon raisin bagel with peanut butter, banana and honey. Nonsmoking. 4050-D Five Forks Trickum Road, Lilburn. 770-717-7450. www.redwhiteandbrewcoffee.com.

Somethin’s Brewin
Serves up a mixture of fresh coffee products, the basics for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a comfortable atmosphere with a fireplace surrounded by two sofas and eight Internet-connected computers. Specialty drinks include lattes, smoothies and Ice Dreams, milk with the flavoring of your choice and crushed ice. 2133 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in Dean-Taylor Crossing, Suwanee. 770-513-9400.

Scott & Main Coffee, Etc
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Housed in the 110-year-old original Buford hotel. Breakfast and lunch items are served with gourmet coffee drinks and desserts in a comfortable setting. The Super Dyna Whoppin Mojo Bo Diddly Croissant stacks ham, egg and cheese on a fresh croissant. Price range: $1-$4.50. 15 Scott St., Buford. 678-714-6869.

DESSERTS
Marble Slab Creamery

The ice cream shop offers 44 basic flavors, but thousands of combinations are possible. Custom flavors are created by folding “mixins” into the ice cream. Popular combinations are vanilla with cookies and chocolate with peanut butter cups. 1690 Ga. Highway 124 North in Presidential Commons, Snellville. 770-982-1049.

EUROPEAN
Colossus Pizza and Family Restaurant

Pizzas and Greek dishes. Menu includes eggplant casserole, pasta specialities and grilled chopped steak. Don’t miss the baklava, the layered dessert made with phyllo dough and honey. Price range: Under $20. 5385 Five Forks Trickum Road in Mountain Park Plaza,
Stone Mountain. Call 770-923-9852.

Kalamata Greek Restaurant

A wide array of tastes from Greece, from casual food to formal meals. Traditional fare includes stuffed grape leaves and Greek meatballs. Sub sandwiches and pizza also available. Leave room for famous Greek desserts. Open for lunch. Price range: $4.20-$17.95. 4075 Highway 29, Lilburn. 770-935-9990.

La Madeleine French Cafe and Bakery

Authentic French menu, including salads and pastries, soups and quiche. Known for extensive selection of desserts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 2255 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. 770-814-0355.

L’assiette French Bistro
A menu full of classic French cuisine and an atmosphere and ambiance that are authentically French. Open for lunch and dinner. Nonsmoking. Specialties include Lobster Bisque and Coq au Vin, rooster stew with red wine sauce. 5805 State Bridge Road,
Duluth. 770-418-2353.

Old Bridge Restaurant
Dishes that are common throughout Europe, a fine dining environment and live European music on weekends. Specialties include Chevapchichi, beef served in pita-like bread with onions, vegetable rice and fries, and Shrimp on Buzzara, shrimp cooked in olive oil, white wine, garlic, lemon and special seasonings. 650 Gwinnett Drive, Suite 202,
Lawrenceville. 770-277-0251.

ITALIAN
Esposito’s
Choosing a meal can be delightfully difficult, with appetizers, salads, chicken, fish, meat, pasta and sandwiches. More than 50 wine choices, including some rare Italian specialties. 3455 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 840, Duluth. 770-232-1210.
Isabella’s Ristorante Italiano
Specializes in making meals memorable, with fresh food, elegant presentation and a romantic atmosphere. Dinner platters present beef, chicken, seafood, veal and pasta dishes. Simple offerings are Capellini al Pomodoro and spaghetti with homemade meat sauce. 360 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee. 770-614-1672.

 Semolina International Pasta Restaurant
If it can be done to pasta, it appears here. Whimsical atmosphere with solid culinary choices like Italian Spinach Quattro Formaggi, Chinese Kung Pao Chicken salad and Cuban Paella. Dessert is no less international in flavor. Price range: $6.75-$10.95. 2000 Riverside Parkway, Lawrenceville. 770-513-1788.
 Vannisci’s
Perfect for couples seeking a romantic dinner. Serves appetizers, soups, salads, traditional pasta and risotto dishes, and baked pasta. Dinner specialties include veal, chicken, beef and seafood. 4660 Lawrenceville Highway, Loganville. 770-554-6292.

MEXICAN
Burrito Factory
California-style Mexican food with 200 burrito combinations. Fillings range from pinto beans to shrimp. Also offers appetizers, soups, salads and wings. Vegetarian friendly. 2400 Satellite Blvd.,  Price range: $1.99-$9.25.
Duluth. 770-476-9555.

Dos Copas Mexican Grill
Starting with chips and salsa is easy, but choosing one entree from the extensive menu is hard. Traditional fare available for lunch or dinner. 2463 Hamilton Mill Parkway, Dacula. 770-617-3077.

Los Recuerdos

Authentic, home-cooked Colombian food and a variety of Mexican cuisine with the ambience of a small Colombian village. Lunch and dinner. South American favorites like flan, arroz con leche (rice pudding) and plantains with cheese are some of the desserts. Fresh juices, such as papaya, mango and guava, are offered. Price range: Under $20. 5385 Jimmy Carter Blvd.,
Norcross. 770-582-2511.

Moe’s Southwest Grill
Fun names mark the menu. The Homewrecker Burrito is the most requested item, with rice, beans, meat, cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream and lettuce. Tacos come with a choice of black or pinto beans and grilled chicken, steak or tofu. 1475 Pleasant Hill Road, Lawrenceville. 770-806-8687.

Monterrey Mexican Restaurant

Serves Mexican classics such as quesadillas, fajitas and burritos, as well as soups, salads and seafood. The menu includes Camarones al Mojo de Ajo, shrimp spiced with butter and garlic, and Enchiladas Verde, an order of three enchiladas topped with green salsa. 910 Athens Highway, Loganville. 770-554-9044.

On the Border Mexican Grill
Tex-Mex is the flavor of this restaurant. Appetizers range from the Border Sampler, bites of chicken quesadillas, beef nachos and smoked chicken flautas, to favorites like nachos and guacamole. Other specialties include enchiladas, chimichangas and fajitas. 3206 Buford Drive, Buford. 678-546-4595.

Sonia’s Mexican Restaurant
A tradition for more than a dozen years. Lunch or dinner combo platters include tacos, chalupas, enchiladas and burritos. Grilled dishes such as kabobs and fajitas also available. For dessert, try authentic sopapillas and flan. 377 W. Pike St. (Highway 120), Pike Plaza, Lawrenceville. 770-995-1617.

PIZZA
 Cosmo’s Original Little Italy Pizza

The pizzeria serves Italian dishes like lasagna, spaghetti, subs, calzones, stromboli, and Neapolitan (thin crust) or Sicilian (thick crust) pizza. Choose from traditional toppings. A slice of pizza costs under $2. Whole pizzas range in price from $9.75 to $12.50. 144 Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 770-338-9274.
 Johnny’s Pizza
New York-style pizza customized by the slice, along with calzones, subs and pasta dishes in a family-oriented pizzeria. Specialty pizzas include Steak and Cheese, Greek, Hawaiian and Veggie. Price range: $1.95-$19.75. 720 Dacula Road,
Dacula. 678-377-2434.

Pieworks

Offers 163 sauces, cheeses and toppings to design your own pizza, from pepperoni to ostrich. Signature pizza combinations include cheeseless pizza, chicken and garden pies and seafood or Southwestern pizza. Wings, salads and subs also available. Take out and take-and-bake optional. Price range: $3.99-$19.99. 95 Crestridge Drive,
Suwanee. 678-714-2112.

Uncle Vito’s New York Pizza
A New York-style pizzeria with Italian specialties, such as pizza, pasta, stromboli, calzones, salads and sandwiches. Greek salads and Italian hoagies. 1630 Scenic Highway, Snellville. 770-978-8486.

SEAFOOD
Cajun Seafood Po-Boys Restaurant

With authentic New Orleans flavor, the restaurant offers Po-Boy sandwiches, as well as gumbo, shrimp, crawfish, crab, catfish and oysters. 3547 Old Norcross Road, Suite B, Duluth. 770-813-1007.

Captain Billy’s Fish House
A smoke-free, alcohol-free family restaurant serving an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, fresh menu items and live entertainment. Specialties include Fried Catfish, Steamed Shrimp and Tadpole plates with fried shrimp or chicken tenders for kids. Price range: $2.99-$19.95. 422 E. Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 770-237-9100.

Third Coast Grill

Dishes such as fish, ribs, chicken and beef served in a tropical atmosphere, with colorful murals on every wall. Specialties include rack of baby back ribs, marinated salmon or seared Cajun catfish. Entrees served with black beans and rice or a baked or sweet potato or french fries. 5713 Holiday Road, Buford. 770-614-9508.

Up the Creek Fish Camp & Grill
Combines underwater delicacies with traditional Southern cuisine. Specialties include Fried Green Tomatoes and Up the Creek Sea Cakes, a blend of crab, scallops and shrimp served over corn chowder with Remoulade sauce. 2295 Ronald Reagan Parkway, Snellville. 770-972-9133.

SOUTHERN
Annie’s

Cajun meals cooked the “good old-fashioned way,” like gumbo, Smoked Loin Ribs and Shrimp Etouffee. Lunch specials include chili cheese dogs, hamburgers, wings and po-boys. Price range: $1.25-$8.25. 3463-A Lawrenceville Suwanee Road, Suite 112,
Suwanee. 678-714-5555.

Folk’s Southern Kitchen
A host of vegetables, soups, meat, chicken and seafood choices. Favorites include fried green tomatoes, chicken tenders, onion petals and cheese sticks. Comfort foods like fried chicken, meatloaf and chicken and dumplings fill out the menu. 2277 East Main St.,
Snellville. 770-972-3060.

Kellie’s Home Cooking
Specializing in traditional Southern cuisine, including country-fried steak, grilled pork chops, fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy. On the weekends, barbecued ribs, fried shrimp and catfish are served after 4 p.m. 4616 Highway 78,
Loganville. 770-466-8045.

Tanner’s

Known for its rotisserie chicken, Tanner’s also serves country fried steak, meatloaf, turkey and dressing, ribs, barbecue, sandwiches and burgers. Cheesy Chicken Lips — fried egg rolls stuffed with chicken and cheeses — are a popular appetizer. 525 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee. 770-614-1335.

Weather Vane Cafe
Country cooking rules the roost at this down-home cafe. Basket meals served with fries and a choice of chicken tenders, shrimp, wings or fried catfish, or a full rack of ribs. For dessert, choose from apple pie, key lime pie or a brownie topped with vanilla ice cream. 521 Indian Trail Road, Lilburn. 770-279-9100.

Whistlestop Cafe
Country-style cooking includes barbecue pork and Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and all the fixin’s. 13 N. Broad St., Suite 1-A in Winder. 770-868-5760

Who’s Got Soul
A neighborhood restaurant that specializes in preparing comfort foods from scratch. Specialties include Old-Fashioned Southern Fried Chicken and homemade deserts from Banana Puddin’ to Sweet Potato Pie. 1198 Herrington Road, Suite 14, Lawrenceville. 770-995-6544.

STEAK
Logan’s Roadhouse
Casual dining atmosphere, complete with scattered peanut shells, offers award-winning steaks, ribs and other dishes. Combo entrees pair steak, shrimp, ribs and chicken. An express lunch menu served within 15 minutes. 3991 Stone Mountain Highway,
Snellville. 678-344-7811.

Stoney River Legendary Steaks
Traditional American restaurant, with steaks like the 10-ounce Lodge Filet and the 22-ounce bone-in “Cowboy Cut.” Seafood, pork and chicken also are served. Entree price range: $16.95-$29.95. 5800 State Bridge Road,
Duluth. 770-476-0102.

Sydney’s Steakhouse
Kid-friendly menu with corn dogs and macaroni and cheese next to seafood and steaks. Specialties include Stuffed Shrimp, Joey’s Filet and Soakin’ Ribeye and Prime Rib. Lunch specials served daily. Price range: $4.99-$16.99. 1911 Grayson Highway, Grayson. 678-442-7114.

UPSCALE
Grayson House

Gourmet dining hidden inside a house like grandma’s. Filet Au Poivre Vert and Braised Chicken Cabernet are among the specialities. Sunday brunch and Tuesday through Sunday lunches offered. 516 Grayson Parkway,
Grayson. 770-995-3070.

Little Gardens
American favorites in a classy atmosphere. The signature appetizer is lump crab cake with fried Tabasco onions and a Creole mustard sauce. Entrees include Angus beef, as well as pork, lamb, veal, chicken, duck, salmon and trout. Dinner only. 3571 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville. 770-923-3434.

Manor House Restaurant
Open for weekday lunch and Sunday brunch in a tea house-style atmosphere. Favorites include shrimp cocktail, chicken salad on a flaky croissant and veal marsala. Sunday brunch offers carving stations, omelets, Belgian waffles and dessert. Price range: $2.95-$13.95 lunch, $18.95 Sunday brunch. At Vines Botanical Gardens, 3500 Oak Grove Road,
Loganville. 770-466-7532.

Riverwalk Restaurant

Brings a new dimension to evening dining in Snellville, serving beef, seafood, chicken, pork and veal. Specialties include Veal and Beef Tenderloin Meatloaf, Pecan Trout and Roasted Chicken Risotto. Price range: $4-$25. 1711 U.S. 78,
Snellville. 678-344-5751.

Sia’s
Fuses Asian and Southwestern influences in beef, seafood, chicken, lamb, pork and duck entrees. Caramelized Sea Scallops are served with wild mushrooms and smoked gouda grits. Creamy asparagus risotto and shrimp relish accompany a pan-roasted Chilean Seabass. 10305 Medlock Bridge Road in The Shoppes of St. Ives, Duluth. 770-497-9727.

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