Ready for another compendium of restaurant critiques? This third installment in the “Anxious Angie Eats” series features my top picks in Peachtree Corners and Norcross GA. There are few activities we enjoy more than spending quality time together at our favorite restaurant bars while savoring great food and beverages…especially when they are right in our neighborhood.
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The Sushi Machine
4790 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard
This new Japanese sushi bar and lounge is a welcome recent addition to our area. Not only is their food ridiculously delicious and their menu extensive, but they are remarkably hospitable and personable. Every time we enter the establishment, we are enthusiastically greeted by Sunny and the other staff who make us feel very welcome. We hope they do well in this spot and stick around for years to come! (We’ll try to do our part to contribute to their success. 😬)
Zapata Tacos and Tequila Bar
15 Jones St NW
For creative, delicious, fresh, and healthy Mexican cuisine, look no further than Zapata in downtown Norcross. These guys make everything from scratch using only the freshest ingredients, and each time we go, it is always consistently outstanding! Their cocktail menu is inventive and tasty as well, including house-infused tequilas such as tamarind, hibiscus, serrano, strawberry, and pineapple-jalapeño. Aside from what is pictured, we’ve also had Consomé de Pollo, Baja Calamari, and Pollo Tabasqueño (I’ll add more pics when we return). 😋👌
6025 Peachtree Parkway
A gastropub serving Asian-influenced fusion consisting of bold and creative flavors using locally-sourced ingredients. The atmosphere is fun, friendly, and relaxing. Although they have a variety of seating choices available, we always find ourselves dining at the bar. We have been there three times so far, and the service and experience have been wonderful each time. They have many unique menu items that change with the season—and on the chef’s whim—so I cannot wait to see what’s in store when we return.
Black Walnut Cafe*
5242 Peachtree Parkway
Having just opened this location in April, this casual order-at-the-counter eatery offers an abundant selection of tasty choices. Here you will find some satisfying comfort foods such as classic grilled cheese & tomato basil soup with cheese tortellini…one of my favorites! They also have a full-service bar, gelato, baked goods, lattes, and much more. We are getting to know the bartenders and wait staff, and they all work hard to make every visit memorable.
California Pizza Kitchen*
5173 Peachtree Parkway
An accomplished casual restaurant chain specializing in California-style pizza with over 250 locations worldwide. Their expansive menu includes small plates, appetizers, soups, salads, power bowls, flatbreads, pizza, pasta, and desserts, providing choices galore! They have excellent inventive pizzas available in a variety of crusts: original hand tossed, thin and crispy, and whole grain wheat upon request. CPK surely gets my stamp of approval.
5005 Peachtree Parkway
Locally owned and operated with a menu featuring New American cuisine consisting of high-quality, local-sourced ingredients that are all natural, healthy, and delicious. Local art, vibrant colors, and swanky decor enhance the appeal of this popular neighborhood spot. It’s no wonder they were voted Best New Restaurant in 2011 and Best Local Restaurant in 2016 and 2017. I give them a ten on a scale of one to Ten Bistro! 😬
*Indicates multiple locations