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Archive for January, 2010

Best Chinese restaurant

the house special tofu dinner with a plate of pot stickers (top right) and other appetizers from the Little Szechuan. Photo: Phil Skinner / staff

The house special tofu dinner with a plate of pot stickers (top right) and other appetizers from Little Szechuan. Photo: Phil Skinner / staff

YOUR PICKS

1) Little Szechuan in Doraville

You say, “Year after year, still the best Chinese food in the area. There may be newer, fancier and prettier Chinese restaurants around, but ‘Little Szechuan’ is still the best.”

2) Golden Buddha in Decatur

3) Tasty China in Marietta

4) Canton Cooks in Sandy Springs

5) Grand China in Buckhead

Hot and numbing dried beef at Tasty China. Photo: Elissa Eubanks/ staff

Hot and numbing dried beef at Tasty China. Photo: Elissa Eubanks/ staff

OUR PICKS

1) Tasty China

Dining critic Meridith Ford Goldman says, “This gem is one of the best Sichuan restaurants in the area, even though some of my favorites, such as the scallion bubble pancakes, left with the exit of chef Peter Chang years ago. …  It’s still hard to beat its fiery version of dan dan noodles, with spaghetti-like noodles, vegetables and lots of chili oil.” See her complete round-up for more on each of these …

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Best Mexican restaurant

Chepe's beautiful fish tacos. Photo courtesy Chepe's Mexican Grill

Chepe's beautiful fish tacos. Photo courtesy Chepe's Mexican Grill

YOUR PICKS

1) Chepe’s Mexican Grill

You say, “Our family has a tradition of eating at Chepe’s on Friday nights. We love the food, the service and the atmosphere. Everything we have eaten has been awesome and the staff is so very friendly and efficient. Sometimes there is a wait, but it’s well worth it, I promise.”

2) The Bridge Gourmet Mexican

3) Nuevo Laredo Cantina

4) La Parrilla

5) Taqueria Los Hermanos

The tlayuda, a specialty from the Mexican state of Oaxaca, from Taqueria La Oaxaquena. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

The tlayuda, a specialty from the Mexican state of Oaxaca, from Taqueria La Oaxaquena. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

OUR PICKS

1) Taqueria La Oaxaquena

Dining critic Meridith Ford Goldman says, “No place serves the mystery that is masa as well as this real-deal joint in Jonesboro. This is soul food, Mexican-style, and specializing in the wonders of Oaxaca.” See her complete round-up for more on each of these Mexican marvels.

2) Celia’s Carniceria y Supermercado

3) El Rey del Taco

4) San Pancho

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Best Indian restaurant

img_homeYOUR PICKS

1) Swapna

You say, “Swapna is by far the best Indian in Atlanta. We’ve eaten at nearly every Indian restaurant in the area and Swapna constantly delivers.”

2) Bhojanic

3) Zyka

4) Himalayas

5) Mirch Masala

Lazeez Tava Fry's Bhindi Masala is tender okra simmered with onion and Indian spices. Photo: Becky Stein / special

Lazeez Tava Fry's Bhindi Masala is tender okra simmered with onion and Indian spices. Photo: Becky Stein / special

OUR PICKS

1) MGR Palace

No one griddles dosai better than MGR Palace. But there’s more to this palace than South Indian pancakes. Medhu vadai is a favorite — a crispy doughnut-like goodie made of white lentil and studded with bits of black peppercorns and ginger. Or try tiny pani puri (little crispy crunchy puffs) and fill them with an array of potatoes, chickpeas and tamarind chutney before popping them in your mouth.”

2) Moksha

3) Lazeez Tava Fry

4) Vatica Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

5) Royal Sweets

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Best Italian restaurant

Capa Sante at Sotto Sotto. Photo: Elissa Eubanks / Staff

Capa Sante at Sotto Sotto. Photo: Elissa Eubanks / Staff

YOUR PICKS

1) Sotto Sotto

You say, “Sotto Sotto is outstanding by any measure. A bit pricey for some budgets, but worth every penny.”

2) Alfredo’s

3) Provino’s

4) Dominick’s

5) Nino’s

Bevette all'Amatriciana from La Pietra Cucina. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Bevette all'Amatriciana from La Pietra Cucina. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

OUR PICKS

1) La Pietra Cucina

Dining critic Meridith Ford Goldman says, “Unexpected and totally satisfying, La Pietra Cucina is possibly the most authentic Italian restaurant in the area. Chef Bruce Logue has a deep understanding of Italian cuisine, but his interpretation is his own.”

2) Sotto Sotto

3) Antica Posta

4) Antico Pizza Napoletana

5) La Tavola Trattoria

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