May 28, 2011
It’s a restaurant in Norcross Village, a strip mall a little south and east of the intersection of Jimmy Carter and Buford Highway. This mall has always been a hot bed of Latin American stores and shops. And why I stopped this time, as opposed to any other time, is a mystery. Perhaps the combination of chicken and salsa intrigued me. That’s a combination I can eat without dietary concerns.
Chicken & Salsa isn’t the only restaurant in the area. There is Costa Verde, a Peruvian/Columbian restaurant, and Los Ranchos as well, which serves Salvadorian foods. This isn’t Taco Bell dining, nor is it the neighborhood taqueria either. There is a lot to explore here.
There was a special on Chicken & Salsa’s blackboard, the filete de pescado (fish fillet). I’ve had good luck with fish dishes, and so that’s what I ordered when I entered. To note, the focus of the restaurant is rotisserie chicken, and serving chickens with tons of sides the specialty of the restaurant. I can’t eat that way, so please keep that in mind.
The special came with a soup, a green broth in which there were green beans, plenty of rice, and chunks of soup. I found the broth to be very tasty, so I ate what chicken I could pick out and tried to dodge the rice.
The main entree I liked. Yes, a thin little filet, but with the fine spicy green sauce they provided, I was entirely happy with what I ate. I’m probably not probing what this restaurant does best, but given the quality of the soup starter, I’d not be hesitant to come back.
Chicken & Salsa
6200 Buford Highway, Suite 1k
Norcross, GA 30071
May 26, 2011
Rajbhog Cafe is located in a strip mall on Pleasant Hill Road, across the street from the new QT, behind the Krispy Kreme. I’ve been watching it go up for some weeks now, curious about what it would finally end up being. As the eatery is now open, we can now find out.
It’s a chain, it turns out, with locations in New York, New Jersey, and North Carolina. It is associated with the Rajbhog Sweets and Snacks company. There are a stack of their products in a display as you enter the place.
I snagged a menu as I entered. There weren’t many offerings to my eye. There are a list of snacks, some chaats, a do-it-yourself salad choice, and a couple entreés. I ended up getting their chicken kabobs. They had samosas but as a diabetic, not as if I’m going to indulge in those. I’d need my family to explore this place’s starches.
It’s a pretty place, with nice chairs and clean. You buss your own tables. They do bring food to you. Nothing is expensive, and the place is clearly geared for take out.
I liked the kababs I had. I suspect that more of the “action” is in their starches, which I can’t really indulge in. But the kabab was promising enough that I’ll get my family here sometime. Any grade I give this place now has to be incomplete, but for now, recommended.
1500 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA 30096
May 24, 2011
Joes to Goes is a small, largely Atlanta based chain, and there is one at the corner of Highpoint Road and Highway 124 in Snellville. That puts this restaurant just a few blocks from my house. I had never gone to this particular restaurant because the signage was garish, and featured, more than anything else, buffalo wings. My experience has been that restaurants that feature wings before anything else tend to be dreadful.
The kicker this weekend, though, was they had a smoker. And someone was out there, tending it. That was enough of an excuse to ignore the bright signs and step inside.
Inside, staff was without pretense and polite. “Yes sir, no sir” was the order of the day. Prices ran a little steeper for the basics than I expected. It took a while to get my order together. You could see through the counter and into the back, and watch their staff preparing the order. This wasn’t being microwaved, that I could tell.
Given that they were smoking, and they had product (I did ask that question), I went ahead and ordered a pulled pork sandwich, some ribs, and then later, a grilled chicken sandwich.
baby back ribs
The grilled chicken sandwich is pretty large
The pulled pork had a clearly visible bark, was rich in smoky flavor, and was excellent quality meat. The pulled pork I had that day was as good as any I’ve had in the city. The ribs were a good cut of baby backs, pink through and through, and very tender. The ribs were heavy on the sauce and there was smoke flavor, but the emphasis was on a tender product, not a smoky product. I’m definitely a smoke head, so these weren’t my favorite style of ribs.
The grilled chicken sandwich was large, a full serving of food. It was a bit spicy, a little kick in the sauce they dropped onto the chicken.
So count me surprised. I was expecting something so plain I was avoiding this place. But the smoker intrigued me, and my first try yielded a pretty terrific pulled pork sandwich, and the remainder of the order was respectably good.
Joes to Goes
2595 Highpoint Road
Snellville, GA 30078
May 20, 2011
It’s pretty. Little European Bakery is a seller of cakes, tarts, baked goods of all kinds with a sandwich maker at one end of the store. The lady making sandwiches wasn’t very fast at all, and there were some prepared po’boys sitting beside her. I took one of those.
The sandwich featured good bread, and had a healthy chunk of meat and cheese. The bakery is convenient to work actually, so I was happy to find it. There isn’t much seating inside or outside, just a couple tables in both locations. If you’re going to become a regular here, be prepared for a lot of take out.
Unfortunately, diabetes keeps me from trying any of the baked goods, which look fantastic.
Little European Bakery
334 Sandy Springs Circle Northeast
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
May 19, 2011
It’s plain. Even by the standards of take out places, it lacks eye appeal. But it is inexpensive, and reasonably good, and when you can get a large filling meal, drink included, for less than $8.00, they’re doing something right.
The menu is simple and dominated by numbered combos. The menu can also be found in pictures on the wall. The wings were decent, the philly a thin thing, but meaty and cheesy and good. Bits of onions complemented the meat.
Verdict: Worth seeking out for the bargain hunter, tired of chains.
NY American Deli
4343 Dunwoody Park
Dunwoody, GA 30338
May 17, 2011
The banner across the eatery walls says it all, lunches for $4.99 and $5.99. I’m a fan of this small, owner-driven establishment. This is one place that I wish sold T-shirts. Their iconography is exceptionally good.
Maya Fresh Grill
960 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite A
Lawrenceville GA 30044
May 15, 2011
Woo! It’s begun again, the absolutely most reliable source of grass fed meats and organics in Snellville. And of course, it’s hosted by some of our finest. Can I say how much I appreciate the police presence at this corner? Perhaps not in words, but in pictures I can.
This man rocks.
They have a sign now, and a Facebook page, which I’d suggest ya’ll friend, if this is a place you shop.
My wife wanted fruits. I didn’t see any, and I forgot to get cash, so all I could do was stroll and gather photos. I was hoping Darla of Snellville Eats would show so I could say “hello”, but no such obvious luck. She was tweeting this opening as if there were no tomorrow, though.
I'm told their popsicles are awesome.
The King of Pops were there. I’ve not seen them before.
And other vendors, too many to mention by name.
Water was being served by the people who set up this market.
Entertainment was starting about the time I was leaving.
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