Tacos al Pastor
(You may order a platter with foil wrapped tortillas or tacos a la carte.)
Richly spiced, but not spicy… this was the clear highlight of our visit. Sadly, the tortillas that accompanied this platter were quite stale. We do know how easy it is for this to happen. Tortillas tend to dry out quickly when exposed to the air. Not a big deal, but, it was a disappointment.
Torta al Pastor
This was fine. But, the bread was extremely light, airy, and much too fluffy for our taste. By the time we’d each taken a bite of our respective half, the sandwich had deflated into a soggy mess. The taste of the bread had an unpleasant doughy flavor. It was the same overpowering doughiness that you find in most simple mass-produced breads.
Dark Golden, Thick & Crispy Chips
These had a very hard, brittle crunch to them. But, the extended time in the deep fryer gave them a deep, rich toasted corn flavor.
Pico de Gallo
Possibly bad timing on our part, but, this pico de gallo was the only item on the Salsa “Bar”.
So, we ordered guacamole and chips. This came with a small container of mildly spiced tomatillo salsa. The guacamole was utterly forgettable. Actually, that’s a bit generous. It was one of the worst we’ve ever tasted. It was watery and completely lacked seasoning. We doubt that even a speck of salt was added.
Taqueria San Pancho is a tiny postage stamp of a restaurant with about a dozen small and medium-sized tables. The staff is helpful and friendly. And, if we’re in the area again, we’d give them another chance.
Taqueria San Pancho
4880 Lawrenceville Highway
Tucker, GA 30084
770 493 9845
Crema di Marroni, Chocolate Fig Jam, & Roasted Fava Beans
Roasted fava beans, you could say they’re a slightly nuttier, tastier big brother to the soy nut. These were roasted nicely and seasoned appropriately with salt. We’d definitely buy them again.
The fate of these two jars of chestnut cream and chocolate fig jam is sealed.
A tasty Saturday brunch is in our not too distant future.
Toscano and Sons
1000 Marietta Street
Atlanta, GA 30318
404 815 8383
“I could eat this every day of my life.”
That’s a direct quote.
Carnitas, Beef Brisket Chili & Roasted Corn
It’s all good.
(Or, more accurately, it’s dangerously too good and far too close to home.)
Fried Chicken, Collard Greens & More Roasted Cream Corn
That was one of the biggest chicken breasts we’ve ever seen in a restaurant. And, it was everything we could want it to be. Crisp, delicate flakes encased that lusciously tender meat that was so full of flavor. It sure wasn’t trying to be the flashiest, fanciest or trendiest fried chicken in town.
It’s much better than that. It is what it is. Good old-fashioned Southern fried chicken.
Ace “Perry” Cider
The scent of sweet pear with the first sip was something to remember.
Big Tex Cantina
308 West Ponce de Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
404 377 3939
Cafe Dominican’s Filete al Coco
Now, don’t confuse the Cafe Dominican Restaurant with another one of our favorites… Versase Dominican Restaurant (Check out Versase Dominican Restaurant and Bakery here, here, or here. Hmm, after taking a look at those incredibly delicious bites we’ll probably be paying them another visit in the very near future.)
This nicely pan-fried filet of mild white fish was moist, tender and flaky. Swimming in a delicate coconut sauce and topped with a light sprinkling of cheese, this was a meal we’d happily return to try again. But, we’d probably enjoy it a bit more without the cheese.
Here is Cafe Dominican’s tribute to Colombian cuisine.
The Bandeja Paisa
Plantains, Beans, and Tender Garlic Marinated Steak
Oven Baked Pork Ribs And Crisp Bites Of Sausage
Finish that off with a couple fried eggs, rice and avocado slices. This was an incredibly delicious version. We fought over those oven baked pork ribs. And, we’d do it again, too!
We’re not huge soup fans. But, the Sancocho was good… really good. The rich broth was hiding a multitude of carrots, potatoes, and corn still on the cob.
The mofongo (above) was served as a side dish. But, don’t be fooled. Their order of mofongo was big enough to be a very generous meal.
And, a little Passionfruit Juice for dessert.
And, More Choices
Add to that a small buffet of daily specials. And, there’s a little something for everyone.
Thanks to John Kessler for this amazing find.
Cafe Dominican Restaurant or Cafe Restaurant Dominicano… it’s great by any name.
Cafe Restaurant Dominicano
4650 Jimmy Carter Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30093
770 723 3784
Chips & Salsa
Mild Salsa & A Spicier Chipotle Salsa
Shrimp with mushrooms, jalapeños, onions, and tomatoes
4369 Hugh Howell Road
Tucker, GA 30084
770 270 1777
(Nasi Uduk Betawi)
Coconut Rice, Javanese Fried Chicken Leg, Beef, Pickled Vegetables and Shrimp Crackers
And, A Close-Up
Marinated Javanese fried chicken served with sambal, cucumber slices, a cabbage wedge, and…
Vegetable Sour Soup
Nasi Goreng Gila
This overflowing to-go box of Indonesian fried rice topped with fried garlic slices was chock-full of chicken, scallion, assorted vegetables, diced meatball, hotdog slices, and scrambled egg. Loved it! This was easily one of the better fried rice dishes we’ve ever had the good fortune to eat in Atlanta.
Sambals & Pickled Vegetables
This fabulous little Indonesian restaurant is at its best close to peak dining hours.
We want more. Soon.
5090 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA 30340
770 455 4077
Mon-Tue-Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun — 11:00am to 10:00pm
(Spicy Bloody Mary Mix Potato Chips)
These hard, crisp crunch (like thin kettle chips) chips were mildly spiced with a touch of hot sauce mingling with their tomato flavor. They’re similar to a barbecued potato chip… but, tomato-y-er.
The Sampler at Grand Champion BBQ
More of the Sampler
Yes, this was just as delicious as it looks.
And, MORE of the Sampler
We take one look at chopped smoked chicken and we simultaneously whisper, “uh oh”. But, this chicken was so richly full of flavor, juicy and perfectly tender. We fought over each and every bite. Then, we proceeded to fight over those big chunks of melt-in-your-mouth tender pulled pork.
As a matter of fact, there was only one item that was a very slight disappointment. The beef brisket. It was rich, smoky, beefy and delicious. Sadly, it was a bit dry. But, that won’t stop us from ordering it again. It had such an incredible flavor that we’ll be back to try it again. We’ll just hope for better luck next time.
Wow, these were too good for words.
Smoky, tender and mildly spiced, but, the spice rub was made even more interesting by the time spent in the smoker.
Brunswick Stew & Collard Greens
Our sides rivaled the barbecue for attention…. from the mac & cheese to the Brunswick stew to the two orders of collards.
It’s all good …Really, REALLY good.
Both were tasty, but, barely a drop was needed.
Smokin’ Hot And Delicious? Check.
And, it was well-worth every minute of the drive out there.
Grand Champion BBQ
4401 Shallowford Road
Roswell, GA 30075
770 587 4227
Torta al Pastor
Tender seasoned pork, avocado, pico de gallo, and lettuce fill this tasty torta.
Chilaquiles with Steak & Eggs
The steak can be hit or miss… great one day and a bit tough on the next. But, for a certain someone, this was the only meal needed for the day.
Some Of The Choices
A La Carta
Burger & Sweet Potato Fries
Good burger, decent fries… But, this meal falls into the “fine” category.
Boylan Bridge Brewpub
201 South Boylan Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27603
919 803 8927