VN Tofu

VN Tofu’s Special Combination Banh Mi
(about $3)

The Special

Lined up and ready to go, it just doesn’t get any quicker than this.  You can grab this and be on the road in just a couple minutes (That is, if you can find somewhere to park, parking can be a challenge some days.  On our last visit, we had to park so far away that we were frozen to the core by the time we got in their door.).

If the line is short, it’s just an extra minute to have your sandwich made on the spot.

BBQ Pork Banh Mi

Best meal ever?  No.  Best fast food?  No, it’s really not. But, it’s a pretty darn good quick meal if you’re on the run (and you happen to be nearby).

AND…

 VN Tofu’s iced coffee ends the meal on a very sweet note.

Their iced coffee has been the main objective of our visits on more than one occasion.  Actually, the promise of an iced coffee tends to encourage each visit in this direction.  With plenty of strong coffee and sweetened condensed milk, it’ll perk you up in no time flat.  It’s incredibly rich, sweet, creamy and delicious.

VN Tofu
5495  Jimmy Carter Blvd.
Norcross, GA  30093
678 691 0628

La Mei Zi

Oysters With Deep Fried Basil

Small, crunchy nibbles with brittle herbs for added interest…

Lamb With Leeks & Cilantro

We both loved this dish.  Sweet leeks, tender lamb, and sautéed cilantro make magic together.  The sauce pulls it all together.

Love it.  Period.

Sesame Chicken

La Mei Zi
5150 Buford Highway
#C-310
Doraville, GA  30340
770 676 0225

Local 7

The Local No. 7

We love this burger…

…and the perfectly crispy sweet potato fries that come with it.

Local 7 Deep Fried Artichoke Hearts

Still an all time favorite…

Sometimes, they’re a very hearty snack.  Sometimes, we make a meal out of them.  And, other times we share them with a burger.

The Local No. 7
(TheLocal7)
2316 Main Street
Suite A
Tucker, GA  30084
770 674 1782

Kabob Hut

Kabob Hut’s Green Chilli & Onion Naan

Beef Samosa

Though, it wasn’t needed.  That sauce on the right was absolutely lovely.  Fresh, yet rich and spicy with a perfect consistency, it was everything that it should be.  Rich and creamy, there were no watery sauces to be found at Kabob Hut.  That deserves bonus points.

Delicious… period.

Finely minced onion, rich with spice, peas, and plenty of beef, these didn’t need a drop of sauce.  Super crisp on the outside and moist inside, they were divine.  In fact, we tried to make a meal out of them.

Lamb Chops

These were cooked to a well done.  But, they were still very tender and full of incredible flavor.  A little squeeze of lime made them even better.

Chicken 65

This was easily one of the best versions of this dish that we’ve ever tasted.  The chicken chunks were quite large, beautifully marinated under the crunchy exterior and deliciously tender.  And, the serving was extremely generous.

It was all good.  We say that a lot.  But, we mean it a lot.  From start to finish, this is currently one of our favorite meals to beat in the year to come.  If it’s this good every time, it will quickly become an all-time favorite.

It’s warm little haven with plenty of comfy seating.

Kabob Hut
880 Indian Trail Road NW
Lilburn, GA  30047
770 925 4440

Fruit Tart

Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, & Blueberry Tart

Loaded with berries topping pastry cream, this was a tasty little treat.  When we visit the Georgia Aquarium, this is our snack of choice.

The large peanut butter cookie is perfect for sharing.

(Skip the brownie.  It’s fine, but, a bit on the  bland side.)

Then, its time to relax and gaze into Ocean Voyager’s windows.

Georgia Aquarium

Kudzu Antiques

Kudzu Antiques & Vintage Home Market

From handmade jewelry, unique gifts, cards, vintage clothing, kitchen accessories to small batch soap and beauty products, there’s a little something for everyone at Kudzu’s shops.

Antiques and vintage goods mingle with handmade arts and crafts.

Garden art objects, too.

…Hmm, I wonder if that little goat or found art flamingo might scare the wildlife away from our raspberry, blackberry and blueberry bushes.

Kudzu’s Famous Home Stores

Or, you might call it Kudzu Antiques Vintage Home Market.  That’s what it says on the website.

Open Every Day:  11:00am to 7:00 pm
(Around the holidays, check the website regarding special hours.)

Kudzu Antiques
2928 East Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA  30030
404 373 6498

Mizumi Ramen

Mizumi Ramen Japanese Noodle House

Ebiyaki

Tonkotsu Ramen

It’s an all-time favorite.

Spicy Ramen

Silky rich broth and meltingly tender pork.  Yes, again.

Thick Noodles

Thick noodles or thin, you choose.  Both are lovely with a nice, firm chew.

Gorgeous eggs, creamy yolks…

Perfect elements mingle together to form an even better whole.

A New Menu

One Page Of Sides

And, there’s another full page of toppings to create your bowl of ramen.  Create it exactly to your taste.  This is the perfect weather to experiment.

Then, finish up with a big, lovely mug of green tea.  It’s a soothing end to one of our favorite meals.  I doubt we’ll ever stop loving it.

Mizumi Ramen Japanese Noodle House
1611 Satellite Blvd
Suite 11
Duluth, GA  30097
678 682 3400

Umaido, Another Visit

Umaido

Tonkotsu Ramen
(Rich Soup Version)

Deliciously rich… pork, broth, and egg

The rich soup version is a bit more reminiscent of Mizumi Ramen’s broth.

No additional toppings are needed.

The pork on this visit was even tastier than the last.  But, there was still quite a significant chew (possibly even chewier than the previous visit).  Given the thickness of each slice, a bit of tenderness would be appreciated.

Ultra Spicy Ramen

It’s a favorite for someone.

Kani Salad

Toppings…

And Other Suggestions

Two Great Options:  Rich Soup $1 & Nori $1

 

Umaido
2790 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road
Suwanee, GA  30024
678 318 8568

Umaido

Umaido

Tonkotsu Ramen

Both eggs had a warm, soft center.

This is Umaido’s original tonkotsu broth.  It’s a lovely balance of richness and light.  There is an optional “rich” soup(next visit).  But, we think it would be more accurate to label it the “richer” option.  This was simply lovely.  Again.

Mentaiko

Ultra Spicy Ramen

Spicy noodles hide under all of those lovely toppings.  Levels 1 and 2 are quite mild.  Level 3 gets a bit warmer and the mild tingle gets spicier throughout the meal.  Level 4 will heat you up rather nicely.  Level 5 will probably be the spiciest option we’ll ever choose.  Then again, we might just stick to 3 & 4 so all of the flavors can shine.

Thick slices of roasted pork (Chasyu) have incredible flavor.  Again.  But, there was a distinctive chewy bite to the pork on this visit.

Umaido
2790 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road
Suwanee, GA  30024
678 318 8568

Raku

Raku’s Takoyaki

This was the highlight of the meal.

Tonkotsu Ramen

We have no kind words for this dish.

Tonkotsu Ramen With Seafood

Ditto.

To make matters worse, all of the seafood in this dish was overcooked to the point of being rubbery.  Unpleasant.

Both eggs were bland, a bit mangled and slightly overcooked.

Raku Japanese Restaurant
2550 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA  30096
770 476 1212