Fill Your Belly at Ba Bellies
If you're in the mood to try something different, head over to Ba Bellies in Peachtree Corners.
Before we even sat down at our table, I developed a fondness for this trendy, new restaurant tucked away in Peachtree Corners. As a bit of a geek myself, the first thing I noticed was Ba Bellies affinity for all things nerdy. In a small planting box to the left you'll find a flower from Mario. Depending on what table you're at, you could find yourself dining with tiny Spider-Man (be sure to look up).
While I was definitely happy to be in the company of folks with similar interests, I was even more excited that owners David, Mike and Tina are food nerds. They're certainly achieving their goal "to serve food that is creative and bold."
The Ba Bellies menu differs slightly from lunch to dinner, but both menus offer unique Asian fusion dishes that you won't find anywhere else. For instance, the Fish Sauce Caramel Wings, which are packed with flavorful ingredients like garlic, shallot, palm sugar, fish sauce, butte and Korean chile flakes.
I wanted to try a few things, so I went for the lunch side special—two sides for $5. The Tiger Sprouts pack a flavor punch, and you'll want to order a second round. Being from the south, I'm a lover of corn, so I order the Sweet Corn with Butter and Thyme. Basically, I'll never cook corn without thyme again. It really stands out and elicits a one-of-a-kind taste.
I had to try a Belly Bowl, so I went for the classic Bulgolgi Bowl, which includes Korean sliced ribeye, kimchee remoulade, kimchee collards, pickled asian pear and marinated bean sprouts all over jasmine rice. These ingredients compliment each other so well, and the kimchee remoulade is something I've never experienced at another restaurant. It made the whole dish come together.
If you like to have a cold beer or cocktail with your meal, Ba Bellies is in no short supply. You'll find great, local beer on draft, like Creature Comforts and Reformation. The cocktail menu is as unique as the food menu, and you can try a lemongrass mule or caramelized pineapple old fashion.
The restaurant hosts Geek Trivia every other Tuesday, and they also plan the occasional beer dinner. If you're hosting your own event, Ba Bellies has a small semi-private room in the back. They've also got a great porch, which I plan to take full advantage of in the warmer months.
To sum it up, go to Ba Bellies. That's all. Keep up with them on Facebook for news and updates!
PS: Ba Bellies will be participating in Explore Gwinnett's first ever Burgers & Brews Week. Stay tuned for more!