Creative Loafing Food Issue 2009: 10 ethnic dishes to eat before you die

posted on October 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Beef short ribs (Kalbi) at Chosun Ok: For Korean barbecue, there are three criteria that separate the men from the boys: The restaurant must use charcoal instead of gas or electric grills; the marinade has to be balanced; and the panchan (side items) should be plentiful and fresh. This quirky restaurant gets all three right every time. 5865 Buford Highway, Doraville. 770-452-1821.
Gordita at Gordita’s La Rancherita: The restaurant’s namesake dish rivals any version you’d get in Mexico. Instead of a full circle, the cook serves a big half-moon of fresh masa slit open like a loaf of pita and stuffed with creamy refried beans, shredded iceberg lettuce and gobs of salty queso fresco. The shell is crisp, but thick enough to retain a thin layer of soft masa for textural wow factor. 2055 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross. 678-206-0107.
Baby pork belly at Honey Pig: The abundance of courses and dishes at this unique Korean spot will floor the most gluttonous stomachs. The signature “honey pig” or baby pork belly is cooked on a butter-soaked cast-iron dome, and is pure fatty and pork-y goodness. Wrap it up with a smear of bean paste on a crisp lettuce leaf and you’re in pig heaven. 3473 Old Norcross Road, Duluth. 770-476-9292.
Sesame paste noodles at Chef Liu: While the soup dumplings – when good – are a cult favorite, the sesame paste noodles are a consistent guilty pleasure. Click here to read the rest…
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  • Re: Creative Loafing Food Issue 2009: 10 ethnic dishes to eat before you die
    posted by: bufordhwy fan! · November 13, 2009  12:29 AM

    Thanks for listing lots of my favorite! Quoc Huong is the best Banh Mi in town!! I am originally from Japan, but haven't tried Jinbei for ramen noodle. I have to go try.
    and sushi hayakawa chirashi. Have you tried chirashi at "circle sushi"? even my friends from Japan was raving about it. I need to go to both place and compare!
    Chef Liu is my favorite too. must visit new location.
    Have you heard about new ramen only place in buford? I would like to know what you think;-)

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