Food

Downtown#s BEST

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Whether located on quaint side streets, sandwiched between antique stores and boutiques, or residing in historic buildings, they all have one thing in common # they#re some of downtown#s best restaurants. From Norcross to Buford and places in between, you#ll find some great eating places, many relatively new.

Norcross

With its eclectic, fun atmosphere, the Bleu House Caf? makes a great spot to grab lunch or dinner. Owners and chefs Dawn Ross and Maureen Adams serve a range of sandwiches, fresh salads, soups, dinners and, of course, desserts. They also have plenty of low-carb and vegetarian options for those needing something different. Need a quick meal? The Bleu House has dinners-to-go for those on the run. Count on having dessert # who could pass up chocolate chip cream cheese pound cake or a praline brownie?

Buford

Fast becoming known for its restaurants, this hot spot for locals not long ago welcomed Maynor#s, a blues and barbecue joint. Posters of blues# legends fill the walls, while live jazz and blues music fills the air on the weekends. You definitely won#t go home hungry here. The signature spare ribs and plates of pulled pork make this a place worth repeat visits. You#ll also find a bit of the unusual, such as the Southern Style Sausage appetizer that comes with grapes, cheese and crackers.

Duluth

With a view of the park, The Soda Shop on Duluth#s Town Green serves up a bit of old-fashioned taste complete with reproduction Coke signs and a train that runs around the ceiling. Open seven days a week, you can stop by most anytime and pick up a Soda Shop sandwich, salad, soup or splurge with one of the many treats on the dairy bar. You can even customize your milkshake, get a chocolate-flavored Coke or splurge on a Nutty Butter Sundae.

Lilburn

You#ve heard of a blue moon&but a blue rooster? Lilburn#s newest restaurant, the Blue Rooster Caf? and Bakery, offers a cheery country d?cor and appetizing menu. Family owned, the caf? offers everything from the Blue Rooster sandwich #

Genoa salami, pepperoni, provolone cheese, roasted red peppers, pesto sauce and lettuce on toasted Ciabatta bread # to shrimp salad stuffed in a tomato and served with fruit. They also offer catering for weddings, business events and more and bake every cake, pie, cookie, bread and dessert from scratch.