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9292 Korean BBQ changes the KBBQ game in Duluth

posted on February 9, 2017 at 1:01 pm
The special combo at 9292 in Duluth. PHOTOGRAPH BY JENNIFER ZYMAN.

The special combo at 9292 in Duluth.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JENNIFER ZYMAN.

In Atlanta, most Korean barbecue restaurants seem to be moving toward electric grills, leaving charcoal-based ’cue—with its superior smoky flavor—increasingly hard to find. And the few charcoal-based restaurants that remain require certain concessions with marinade, meat quality, or banchan (complimentary dishes that accompany your meal). But at Duluth newcomer 9292 Korean BBQ, there are no compromises, only a bounty of options and exceptional quality.

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The chicken platter at Halal Guys. PHOTOGRAPH BY JENNIFER ZYMAN.

The chicken platter at Halal Guys.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JENNIFER ZYMAN.

If you follow any Instagram accounts centered around eating in Atlanta, you’ve no doubt seen a proliferation of pictures showing the round foil gyro platters from the Halal Guys, which opened on January 28. The New York city-based chain started in 1990 as a simple hot dog cart, but began serving halal food after high demand from Muslim cab drivers seeking a quick bite. Fans of the brand have been anxiously anticipating its ATL debut, but the restaurant is also exciting for frequenters of Buford Highway, where Middle Eastern food isn’t as represented as other prominent cuisines.

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Run, don’t walk, to this new Mexican spot in Plaza Fiesta

posted on January 27, 2017 at 12:50 pm
An assortment of items from Las Quekas de la Abuela. PHOTOGRAPH BY TED GOLDEN.

An assortment of items from Las Quekas de la Abuela.
PHOTOGRAPH BY TED GOLDEN.

Plaza Fiesta has always had a place in my heart. As a kid, my mom would take us to wander the labyrinth-like corridors lined with shops hawking everything from cowboy boots to tacos to car insurance. She’d pick up hard-to-find snacks she missed from Mexico and buy us new clothes from Burlington Coat Factory.

As an adult, I rarely visited Plaza Fiesta to eat because the food choices seemed to stagnate, especially with so many good Mexican spots elsewhere on Buford Highway. But during a recent visit to the indoor playground with my kid, I noticed the bright green neon lights of a new offering in the food court: Las Quekas de la Abuela, a restaurant which, yes, actually does have an abuela working the counter.

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