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Lattea

Lattea (Duluth)

I started writing the draft for this post five months ago. Got lazy and completely forgot about it. There’s just so many snack houses/bakeries/bubble tea places these days it’s difficult to play favorites. But Lattea is among top on my list.

Lattea (Duluth)

Open til 3AM on weekends, Lattea provides hungry, bored night owls a place to hang out. And eat. Or drink. What sets this place apart from the rest is one thing: taro bubble tea made from FRESH taro. For those who aren’t familiar, taro is similar to a (purple) potato except a lot starchier. Used in dishes, it makes sauces very thick. I’ve loved taro, oh I don’t know, since I was born maybe? It explains why I’ve visited a popular bubble tea place for taro drinks 44 times in the past 6 months. And that’s not the only bubble tea place I visit on a regular basis! Here at Lattea, fresh taro is boiled for 3-4 hours, mashed, strained, then blended. The taro bubble tea, while ultra thick, starchy, and gritty is so good. So good. You can really taste fresh taro in the drink. I usually call ahead to make sure they process fresh taro before I come in. Like I said, it takes 4 hours.

Lattea (Duluth)

All the smoothies here are also made with nothing but fresh fruits. Avocado, Watermelon, Kiwi, Mango, Strawberry, Peach are just some of the flavors they come in. Of course, availability depends on what’s in season. They have plenty of avocados and strawberries right now.

Lattea (Duluth)

There’s another thing you must get here. The Mango Dessert. It’s a syrupy concoction with fresh mangoes, tapioca, and shaved ice. So refreshing and so very good.

There are snacks and hot pots if you need food with your fun drinks. Hot pots include meats of your choice and veggies and noodles in a soothing broth. Snacks include typical Taiwanese snacks: chicken nuggets, fish balls, wings, sausages.

I suggest pairing your drinks with the nuggets and some fries plus the mango dessert. You’ll come out full and refreshed.

Located in the Mall Corners Plaza. Next to Ming’s BBQ 2.

Lattea
2131 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-7613

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Shabu-shabu time: Go Go

Go Go Shabu Shabu

Go. Go. Shabu. Shabu. (Asians have a way of repeating words and I love it.) Now if you’re enjoying the cooler weather we’re having as much as I do, then you know it’s time for soups. I’ve waited all year for this: so I can eat (Korean) soups again. Go Go Shabu Shabu opened before the summer and I’ve been meaning to try it out. First thing I noticed about this place is the color of the walls. It’s a migraine-inducing, obnoxious lime. It’s catchy. It’s different. But trust me, take that Maxalt before hand.

Go Go Shabu Shabu

So what to eat at this place? Well, shabu shabu, of course! Cooked table-side, a big pot of broth good enough for two is served with an assortment of veggies (yes, I ate them), and paper-thin slices of beef brisket. You let the soup boil and add veggies and the meat to it. Mmmm.

One thing about this place, though, is that I found their broth to be lacking in flavor. You’ll have to doctor it like we did. A splash of this, a shake of that, a spoon of this, and voila– good, hearty soup. $29.99 for two. In the Assi Plaza Suwanee.

Go Go Shabu Shabu
1290 Old Peachtree Rd NW
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 814-8989

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Best Lunch: Mini Hot Pot 2

Mini Hot Pot 2

One word: Pork. Three words: Braised Pork Belly. Enough said.

Available during lunch only. Braised for 6 hours and they only make one pot daily. Comes plated with perfectly steamed Jasmine rice and a fried egg. I ate it 3 days in a row two weeks ago. It was greasy, fatty, tender, delicious. It is deadly. And all for $4.99.

Mini Hot Pot 2 (Duluth)

Next best thing: Fried Chicken. Double-fried. Crunchy. Tasty.

Mini Hot Pot 2

Third best thing: hot pots. I’ve been waiting for this joint to open.  I even sent Sean when he was home during his winter break to check it out one day but they hadn’t open yet at the time.  The hot pots are just like from her older sister on BuHi. And same owner.  But it’s nicer here.  And bigger. They have lunch meals, not just hot pots.  It gets ridiculously busy during lunch.  Go now!

P.S. Get the spicy broth.

Mini Hot Pot 2
2174 Pleasant Hill Rd., Suite 101
Duluth, GA 30096
678-417-8888

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Grand Buffet

Grand Buffet:  Hot Pot

I’m not really big on buffets. There are only three places I (and my family) ever go to where buffet is the norm: Fogo, and the brunch at the Ritz and the Renaissance Waverly hotels. But my mom is a big hot pot fan and Grand Buffet has been the place we’ve been going to for many years. It is also one of the oldest places to offer it.

Grand Buffet is a Chinese super buffet. The have tons of food including king crab legs, whole steamed fish, sushi, and fresh oysters aside from the usual Chinese fare. But we only go here for the hot pot alone. Sadly, the atmosphere became unbearable as years went by. Serving utensils are greasy, the floors are wet and slimy, the smell is dank, the carpets are moldy, and the tables are sticky. Just thinking about it grosses me out. So we stopped going all together.

Grand Buffet:  Hot Pot

But last Friday, my mom insisted we give it another try. We were doing the no-meat-on-Fridays during Lent and seafood hot pot seemed like a good idea. I wanted to go to Mini Hot Pot but my mom wanted all the fixings that were only available at Grand Buffet. Besides, she contended, we were going to cook our own food anyway so we know it’ll be clean. It’s hard to argue with her so we let her win.

Well, what a surprise — the place was immaculate! The floors were scrubbed clean and spotless, the serving utensils were all clean, and the food were neatly and nicely placed in their steam trays. I was literally astounded. The food has also tripled in quantity: there were lobsters in ginger/scallion sauce, barbecue duck, crawfish, frogs legs, Chinese barbecue, and even dimsum! We didn’t touch any of the buffet items so I can’t comment on the food. But the hot pot items have expanded: fresh shrimp, blue crabs, Manila clams, crawfish, giant clams, mussels, fish, oysters; assorted tofu, dumplings, and fish cakes, plus various green leafy veggies, and several kinds of mushrooms. You can really go overboard with your hot pot fixings here.

A welcome surprise — the place is spotless, the quantity and quality of food have improved, and service is outstanding. I’d put this place back on my rotation for hot pot. Incidentally, the place is under new management. I’ve seen this place get a score as low as 70 on their health inspection. This visit, they’re at 92.

Insider tip:

Located off Shackleford Rd. next to Home Depot and Oriental Pearl.
Buffet: $12.95 (daily)
Hot Pot: $14.95 (available during dinner on Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

The scoop:
Grand Buffet
1825 Liddell Ln
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 279-0606

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Mini Hot Pot

Mini Hot Pot

Ok so I took the Chinese new year further by lunching at Mini Hot Pot. My mom is a huge fan of Chinese hot pot. I like it from time to time but I’d rather not cook when I eat out. Since no one else in my family likes hot pot, my mom usually has to drag me along with her whenever she gets a craving. We usually go to the one off Pleasant Hill but that place has gone so filthy it’s gross just thinking about it. So we’ve been visiting Mini Hot Pot since it opened.

Mini Hot Pot

Mini Hot Pot

MHP is sparkling clean and sits in the same plaza where Penang and Hoa Binh are at. I love that you get your own mini hot pot so you can do your own flavors and use the ingredients you prefer. At other places, they give you a gigantic pot and you either have to share with the entire table; or they put a divider in the pot so you can have two things going at a time. The part I don’t like about these divider things is that they don’t work. Your soups will get mixed-in after a while. Not good. With MHP you get your own.

Mini Hot Pot

I went for the Clam-Beef combination. I usually get the seafood-meat combination but everything here is a good choice. For $12.95 (and up), you get a heaping platter or greens which included napa cabbage, tofu, fried tofu, a taro wedge, a daikon wedge, a raw egg, tofu skins, a green-leafy veggie that I can’t remember the name of right now, a tomato quarter, a slice of fish cake, half a corn, and vermicelli noodles. You also get a platter of your meat/seafood selection. In my case, two huge clams and some thinly-sliced steak. I kicked it up a notch by getting the spicy broth (an upcharge of 75-cents) which is so worth the additional charge. Beware, as it is very spicy. Add more of the included spicy flavoring and you’re good to go.

The key to a successful hot pot is to not add everything into the pot all at the same time. Put enough ingredients that can fit in your bowl and replenish as you eat. The back wall has a myriad of seasonings that you can dish yourself and use as you please.

Verdict: a good place for hearty soups on a chilly day. But I call this diet food. Because I can never get satisfied. I have to run to the Vietnamese grocery next door to eat more food (they have good cooked food to-go such as the steamed black rice with sugar and peanuts, steamed rice cakes, and more). Else, I am hungry again 30 minutes later. My mom loves it. I just don’t go here when I’m very hungry.

Here’s a tiny clip of the dragon dance show they had for Chinese New Year:

Insider tip:
A bowl of steamed rice to accompany your meal is available upon request.

The scoop:
Mini Hot Pot
4897 Buford Hwy
Chamblee, GA 30341
(770) 458-8882

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