​For the Foodie

Itinerary for the Foodie

Food is our common ground, a universal experience. — James Beard

If you’re anything like us, you plan your vacations around where you’re going to eat. If you’re planning your vacation in Gwinnett, you’re already off to a good start. Here's a list of Gwinnett hot spots you should be sure to hit on your foodie ventures.

Day One

Dinner – Graft (Grayson)

The brainchild of Gwinnett natives, Graft is the ultimate neighborhood dining experience. Using ingredients from local farmers, owners Seth and Ashley Clemence have come up with quite the menu for your enjoyment; think habanero peach BBQ beef brisket for starters. Considered a boutique bourbon bar, Graft doesn’t mess around with the cheap stuff—they offer more than sixty craft bourbons and whiskeys to choose from.

After Dinner Drinks – Grayson Coffee House (Grayson)

End the day of good eating with a cozy beverage and live coffeehouse music. Located in downtown Grayson, this neighborhood hangout serves up Jittery Joe’s coffee and delicious pastries sourced from their neighbor, Graft. Come hang with the locals and unwind over a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or even Italian soda. Grayson Coffee House has it all.

Day Two

Breakfast – Maple Street Biscuit Company (Duluth)

You'd assume a biscuit company would be the place to be for breakfast, and you'd be right. Maple Street Biscuit Company offers up a variety of delicious savory biscuits, which come covered in their signature gravy or out-of-this-world maple syrup. Be sure to grab a coffee, and share a side of the hashbrown cake.

Lunch – Umaido (Suwanee)

Tucked in a shopping plaza off of Lawrenceville Suwanee Road, some of the best ramen in town awaits. Grab a seat in the Umaido dining room arranged with retro tables and chairs or at the bar for a view of the happenings in the kitchen. If you’re really hungry, loosen that belt and try the Time Challenge. Eat four bowls of ramen with broth in 20 minutes or less and you win some free ramen for the future and get your photo on the wall of winners. Our recommendations: Seasoned Seaweed Salad and Tori Ramen.

Sweet Treat – Mac Lab Bakery (Duluth)

Coffee and macarons—what more do you really need? Set against bright natural lighting and very clean, white decor, Mac Lab is full of colorful, delectable treats. Each macaron is made by hand, and they offer flavors like salted caramel, rose lychee, pistachio and raspberry lemonade. We suggest ordering a few.

Dinner and Drinks – Three Blind Mice (Lilburn)

Three Blind Mice offers "a diverse, evolving menu of creative fares." This team understands fresh food in a friendly environment. Try the lowcountry shrimp and grits or the TBM pasta of the week. Hang out after dinner for drinks—the restaurant houses an awesome bar with fantastic cocktails and local beer.

Day Three

Breakfast – 45 South Cafe (Norcross)

This quaint cafe offers several breakfast dishes and some wonderful beverages. 45 South Cafe's french toast is a favorite. Try the House Latte with honey, cinnamon, vanilla, espresso and steamed milk.

Lunch – Strange Taco Bar (Lawrenceville)

After all this eating, you might want to try a lighter (but still tasty) lunch. Strange Taco Bar offers several unique tacos that you can order a la carte. Try the B-Atl or the Jerk Fried Chicken. We'd also STRONGLY recommend the chorizo friend rice. It comes with yum yum sauce.

Afternoon Pick Me Up – Black Walnut Cafe (Peachtree Corners)

Grab a latte and some gelato at Black Walnut Cafe between meals. Try flavors like tiramisu, grapefruit sorbet or the flavor of the month.

Dinner – Aqua Terra Bistro (Buford)

Finish your day at Aqua Terra Bistro in Buford. Expect all kinds of fresh dishes from a seasoned chef at this restaurant. Start with the blue cheese sweet potato chips, and then move on to the seared scallops or the chargrilled filet mignon.