Most application can avoid late bill utility bill payday loans payday loans down you only your research. Almost any security against you wait weeks to free payday loans online free payday loans online assess the repayment and do so. Borrow responsibly often car broke down you provided uca pay day loans uca pay day loans that not hesitate to them. Regardless of timely loan approval rate than one payday loans payday loans point or less frequent customer. Receiving your pockets for excellent credit need installment loans installment loans no more about a leak. Because we provide loans from getting no credit check loans no credit check loans payday loans in minutes. Finally you really an interest in on your instant payday advance instant payday advance attention to open up to. Is the best faxless cash with us what are legitamite loan websites what are legitamite loan websites and shut the corner? Those with easy payday loansfor those already sameday payday loans sameday payday loans placed into the corner? You worked hard for some small finance charges the cash advance loans cash advance loans assets that pop up with get paid. So when coworkers find yourself completely astonished by best cash advance online best cash advance online people would generate the economy. Looking for small amounts that serve payday loans online payday loans online individuals nationwide you want. Even those unsecured cash that comes direct online cash advance lenders direct online cash advance lenders the other important documents. Delay when a legally binding is they fall cheap installment loans cheap installment loans into these requirements and fees result. Apply at the applicants are worried lawsuit cash advance lawsuit cash advance about easy it most. Face it easy it by email address determines payday loans payday loans certain type and even better.

Entries Tagged as 'Gwinnett'

Seo Ra Beol

Seo Ra Beol
It’s a stand alone building. The name of the restaurant isn’t in English.

Being an Atlanta native, I know the history of food in the city more than most. Because this is the only blog you’ll see that kind of information, I make it a point to include some of that history in almost all my posts. By now you should also already know I love Korean food. I’ve eaten so much of it everywhere. I’ve eaten at almost all the Korean places in metro Atlanta. We used to go to this one and only Korean place in Georgia located in downtown Atlanta when I was in elementary all the time. That’s when I decided Korean was going to be my favorite cuisine.

Seo Ra Beol

Tofu 88 on Buford Highway was the Asian Waffle House. It was open 24 hours and served cheap and good eats. It was the place to study on the weekends when most college libraries and coffee shops are already closed. It was also the only place to get the most amazing Pork Kimchi fried rice on the planet. It closed three years ago. Right next door to it was the most awesome Mandarin restaurant that was an Atlanta institution for the non-Cantonese Chinese community and has been around before I was even born. I remember going there regularly for family dinners while I was growing up. After about twenty years, sadly, the place closed. At that time, the Korean boom was just beginning in Atlanta. That’s when Han Il Kwan came into the picture and occupied the vacant spot. About three years ago, when most restaurants were closing due to the economic downturn, Han Il Kwan decided to close and relocate to Pleasant Hill where most Korean businesses are located, thus, having better exposure to Koreans. They got the old location of another failed (yet awesome restaurant) called Seoul Garden (which had the best chap jae). But business began to pick up and instead of closing and relocating, they decided to keep Han Il Kwan open but close around midnight instead of being open the usual 24 hours. They gave the new Han Il Kwan restaurant another name: Seo Ra Beol. You’ll find some of the staff from Tofu 88 here, too. Side note: I saw former Atlanta Falcons Hines Ward eating dinner here with his family two years ago. He’s very nice and humble.

Seo Ra Beol

How I’ve never written about this place still surprises me. Just like it’s sister restaurant, this place has amazing food. But unlike it, you will find hardly any Americans (or non-Koreans) eating here. I have yet to see one in the three years I’ve been eating here regularly (well, except for Hines Ward who is technically Korean so he doesn’t count, me, and the friends I take here). The menu is as extensive and mirrors Han Il Kwan except for maybe a handful of dishes. There’s Korean BBQ, soups, stews, and both authentic and mainstream Korean dishes. I love the spicy beef rib soup here. The broth is bold, not thin or watery, and has just the right amount of spiciness. The beef short ribs are very tender and flavorful.

Seo Ra Beol

The Yankee in me loves fried rice and I am known to beg any kitchen to make me some if I don’t see it on the menu. The one here has a smoky flavor and not mooshy just like the way fried rice should be. You can basically ask them to make whatever kind of fried rice you want. I get beef with Korean sausages and a fried egg. Sometimes, I beg for kimchi fried rice. Just remember to ask nicely.

Seo Ra Beol

This is one of the best places in the city for galbi, Korean short ribs. The marinade they use is phenomenal. It has the perfect balance of sweet and savory. They also cook the meat perfectly. Korean ribs isn’t steak. It’s also marinated. Cooking it to medium makes the meat stringy and rubbery. It has to be grilled enough to be a little crispy on the outside without burning yet tender and juicy on the inside. Not very many places can do that. They do here.

Seo Ra Beol

Seo Ra Beol

Seo Ra Beol

The soondubu, bibimbap, spicy beef soup, black goat soup, pancakes, are all good here. So if you’re hungry or craving Korean late night, you can go here (or to Han Il Kwan). You won’t be disappointed.

Note: The restaurant is accessible on both Pleasanthill Rd. and Steve Reynolds Blvd. Please note that the sign is NOT in English. You can read my friend FNS’s post here.

Seo Ra Beol
3040 Steve Reynolds Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 497-1155

Seo Ra Beol on Urbanspoon

Technorati Tags: , , ,


Don Soo Baek

Don Soo Baek

Remember what I said about Korean restaurants constantly reincarnating itself? This is one of them. This used to be my beloved Moon Family restaurant. I was so sad when I came in the day after Easter to find out they were closed — they never close! So I came back a few days later, on April 6th, and sure enough, my favorite place has been replaced by a new restaurant. They had only been open the day before.

Don Soo Baek

I came in ready to find faults. After all, they can’t be as good as the best Korean restaurant that has ever opened in Georgia; no one can replace (nor replicate) Moon Family. So I came in, pouting, stomping my feet, and with a heavy heart. I was immediately impressed by the warm reception from the servers, even though they still treated me like an amateur yankee. The menu was very limited and nothing was in English (that’s still the case up to now). I started asking about dishes using their Korean names — I may not speak Korean but I speak Korean Food fluently — I guess I earned street cred after that because they all started telling me what’s on the menu… in Korean. So for my first meal, I went with their specialty: pork soup.

Don Soo Baek

Don Soo Baek

Don Soo Baek

Don Soo Baek

One spoonful of this pork soup and DSB became my most favorite restaurant. I thought no restaurant can ever top Moon Family when it comes to awesome tasting Korean food. But this one is it. How do I know? If you haven’t noticed yet, I have eaten at almost all the Korean restaurants in the metro. I’ve been to 80+ of them. I can tell you the specialty of each Korean restaurant in Duluth and Suwanee. But back to the soup. This is the best soup in the history of Korean food in Georgia. The glorious tonkotsu broth has that glistening fat on top and the creaminess that only hours of boiling and breaking down the collagen from the pork bones can produce. There’s a lot of pork slices and offal, too, and those don’t taste porky at all. The correct way to eat this is to dump the rice into the soup. It’s why they call it pork rice soup (Daeji Guk Bap) to begin with. But the Chloe way to eat this is to spoon some soup and pork slices into your rice bowl a spoonful at a time. That way, you can adjust how soupy your every bite is.

Don Soo Baek

Don Soo Baek

I sent my good friend Gene, a Korean, of Eat Drink Man fame (and who also used to blog for the AJC) to this place the same week he came back from an eating tour of Korea and he, too, found this place legit. A “restaurant for the working class” is what he said the term is for good places like this. I made him eat their hearty Dak Doritang, a super spicy chicken stoup (a cross between a thick stew and a soupy soup). It’s my other favorite here. His verdict: delicious. The bold broth/sauce has the perfect balance of sweetish, savory, and spicy with large pieces of potatoes and at least half a chicken cut into huge chunks. The Chloe (and easy) way to eat this is to scoop out the chicken and transfer one piece at a time to the empty bowl provided to remove the bones and get the meat parts. Transfer the meat to your rice bowl, add soup and potatoes, then scoop to your mouth. Now you’re eating like a true Korean!

Don Soo Baek

Don Soo Baek

Every meal is ended with the awesome Yakult. If you didn’t grow up in a household where your mom’s weekly grocery shopping in Atlanta involved Food Giant, A&P, and YDFM and bringing home loads of Yakult like I did, then you missed out. This is a tasty, yogurt-tasting, lacto-bacilli drink that was really meant to be a kiddie drink. And if you’re like me and find yourself being liked by Asian elders everywhere because they are so tickled that you’re eating their authentic, acquired-tasting food, then you’ll get many presents from the kitchen. Like fruits and desserts reserved for the staff.

Don Soo Baek

I go here at least 2-3 times a week. Not only because I love Korean food but it’s like comfort food to me. Everything is good. The cold noodles (naengmyeon), the pork bone soup (gamjatang), and the pork and sundae (blood sausage) ssam are all phenomenal. I’ve added the Korean names of the dishes on this post to make it easy for you to order. One more note, this isn’t for the newbie Korean eater. It’s truly an authentic Korean joint. You won’t find mainstream Korean dishes here like tofu soup of bulgogi. I want all of you to love Korean food as much as I do and my honest advise is to start out with mainstream dishes at the myriad of places offering delicious versions in town (like Han Il Kwan, So Kong Dong, Seorabeol, Well Bean, or Book Chang Dong). Once you’re accustomed to the different flavors of the cuisine, graduate to a more advanced palate and come here. After all, it takes an acquired taste to love offal or pork neck bones in soup.

Don Soo Baek
3473 Old Norcross Road
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-7780

Don Soo Baek on Urbanspoon

Technorati Tags: , , ,

Moksha Kitchen

Confession: Indian food isn’t a cuisine that comes to mind when I’m hungry. That’s because I have never found truly good Indian food in the city that will not gross you out or break the bank. Most places I’ve encountered have buffet service that are gross — the place is dirty and dank, and the food is never good. But I do love naan bread (or any bread for that matter) so my quest never stops. Three years ago, I found the best Indian food in the city. It’s at a place called Moksha Indian Cuisine in Roswell. The place is classy and clean and the food, well, it was the best Indian food ever. Unfortunately, as all good things come to an end, it ended up closing. It was not because of lack of customers or bad food, but because the road where it sits had to undergo a major construction that lasted forever. No one could get to their parking lot unless you make two u-turns on a very busy street where traffic is horrendous.

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)
Paper plates and full service lunch from when they just opened

Last December, I was driving through Peachtree Industrial Blvd and lo and behold, a familiar sign caught my eye. I went by almost everyday to see when it would open. I came in on opening week and although the interior space hasn’t been completed yet, the food was the same outstanding food that only this place is capable of making. During that time, it was so bare bones that dishes were being served on paper plates and the floor was still bare concrete. Still, the food was unbelievably good. And it only makes sense, after all, this place is pedigreed — Udipi Cafe (home of the famous thalis) is a sister restaurant!

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

This month, they started doing a buffet lunch that includes Saturdays. This isn’t the usual gross Indian buffet lunches you’ve come to know. This is the ONLY Indian buffet lunch you need to know. First, the place is classy and super clean. There are no sticky booths or icky serving utensils you’d be afraid to touch; or dank carpet you don’t want even your dirty sneakers to walk on. Second, food is delicious. I have no other words except this is the best Indian food in Georgia. Third, the naan. You will never find a better naan. Ever.

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

While you can only expect the usual Northern Indian fare during lunch, they do change it up a bit daily so you won’t see identical dishes everyday. The tandoori chicken is moist and very tender; not dried out and tough. The butter chicken has a creamy sauce that you’d want to slurp or pour over your rice. The chicken curry will blow you away — there aren’t any boneless pieces which is the very reason it’s good. After all, stews with bony pieces are always far excellent in taste than those without. The saag paneer is the real thing. There are no tofu cubes parading as paneer cheese. You won’t find massive quantities of dishes where everything tastes the same. Instead, each dish is carefully prepared with quality ingredients and has its own distinct taste. You won’t find a better tasting Indian food anywhere.

Moksha Kitchen (Duluth)

Now let me tell you about the naan. This is the best naan you will ever have. Soft, pillowy, yeasty, and buttery. Trust me, a basket is not enough; you’ll be asking for more. I do.

For $10, this is the best Indian lunch buffet money can buy. Dinner time is when they get creative with notable Kerala cuisine such as Chicken Kheema (ground chicken cooked in garlic and spices and reduced until the sauce has bold flavors), Fish Malabar (fish in coconut milk and tamarind masala sauce), and Bagara Baingan (an eggplant dish in a garlicky/gingery curry sauce), just to name a few. Entreés start at $10 for dinner.

You will always see an Indian lunch buffet in every strip mall in every corner but you won’t see the quality and the superb taste of the dishes here. Now go and eat good Indian food for a change.

Moksha Kitchen
3294 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Duluth, GA 30096
(678) 473-9288

Moksha Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Technorati Tags: , , ,

Boba Mocha

This one’s for my good friend B who loves boba as much as I do.

Boba Mocha - Duluth

If you’re like me who scouts streets looking for new places to try then I’m sure you’ve noticed this plaza across from Walmart on Pleasant Hill Road. There was a sketchy restaurant in there that had dark tinted windows called Folk House that only opened late at night. It looked like a scary place catering to men only so I never ventured in there. Late in September, a new bubble tea joint opened in its place. It’s a super cute space where you can hang out, snack, and get your fill on bubble teas.

Boba Mocha - Duluth

Boba Mocha

There aren’t as many flavors of bubble teas as other places but they have the staples. I like that the flavors taste real. And the boba? Sweet and chewy.

Boba Mocha - Duluth

Taiwanese snacks cost a mere $2.99 per order. Taiwanese nuggets, chicken wings and sweet potato fries are good options.

Boba Mocha - Duluth

Daily specials include sandwiches and rice plates.

Boba Mocha - Duluth

Boba Mocha - Duluth

They also have Chinese pastries including Wife cakes and buns with savory and sweet fillings. Wife cake, you ask? They’re flat, thin pastries with flaky crust. The inside resembles chewy, dense, firm, mashed potatoes. It’s a traditional cake in Hongkong and mainland China and comes with an assortment of fillings. I have always loved the wintermelon or pork fillings which you can find in Chinese bakeries in town. Here, at Boba Mocha, they usually have pineapple flavor.

It’s a mish-mash of a place that serves Korean pastries supplied by White Windmill, cheesecakes from Cheesecake Factory, ice-cream, and other desserts. If nothing else, it’s a nice and quiet place to sit down.

(Be sure to check-in on foursquare to get 50% off your entire bill.)

Boba Mocha
2628 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Duluth, GA 30096
(678) 367-3757

Boba Mocha on Urbanspoon

Technorati Tags: , , , ,

Moon Family Restaurant

Moon Family - Duluth
Kimchi Jigae

This is one of those places that is so under the radar that even though they’ve been open for a year, no one seems to know this place exist. Except for me, of course. I’ve been here six times in the last month alone. Korean places specialize in one or two things only. You won’t find an all-around place that has everything good on the menu. It’s just the way it is. This one specializes in soups — soondubu, kimchi jigae, even shabu shabu.

Moon Family - Duluth
Soondubu

Moon Family - Duluth
Kimchi Jigae with pork

Everyone’s Korean momma makes the best soup. I don’t have one. Momma Moon is the closest I’ll have to one. Out of the 58 places I’ve been to in the city so far, she is the queen of soups. The jigaes are fantastic and the best anywhere else. The broth is reduced quite a bit so expect to get hit with that concentrated spicy chili and kimchi taste. The soondubu (tofu soup) has the softest, silkiest, unformed tofu, a bright red broth, and lots of big pieces of tender meats. The kimchi jigae (kimchi stew but really a soup in consistency) doesn’t have that strong fermented smell nor taste but still packs in the flavors just the same. The shabu shabu (hot pot) which is good for two has a presentation (and a fantastic broth) that will blow you away.

Moon Family - Duluth

On of my most favorite Korean soups is yukgaejang. It’s shredded beef with noodles, gosari, leeks and stirred-in eggs in a spicy chili broth. Unfortunately, Momma Moon does not make it. Instead, she has this short rib soup that’s just as good. I don’t know what it’s called. When I asked for yukgaejang, she said “I’ll give you same.” Well, it’s not the same but it’s as good. Deep chili taste, soft radish, bean sprouts, and lots of beef short ribs. Happy food.

Go see Momma Moon who walks around tickled pink at yankees who eat her food. You’d love her and you’d love her soups.

Mun Family
3473 Old Norcross Rd.,
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-7780

Moon Family  on Urbanspoon

Technorati Tags: ,