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1999 READERS SELECT AWARDS The Best of Rockdale/Newton FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

BYLINE: Staff
DATE: 02-04-1999
PUBLICATION: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
EDITION:
SECTION: Newspapers_&_Newswires
PAGE: K3

1999 READERS SELECT AWARDS The Best of Rockdale/Newton FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT
BYLINE: Staff
DATE: 02-04-1999
PUBLICATION: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
EDITION: Home
SECTION: Rockdale Extra
PAGE: K3

Best barbecue restaurant Glenn's Open Pit Bar-B-Que
Conyers: 1745 Ga. 138
Lilburn: 4095 Lawrenceville Highway N.W.
Snellville: 2671 Ga. 124 S.W.
This family owned and operated favorite sauce to pork, beef, chicken, ribs, turkey and steak cooked over an open pit.

Best beer selection
Sassy C's
Covington: 6147 U.S. 278 N.W.
Major brands, as well as imported, drafts and bottle, are on tap.

Best breakfast restaurant
IHOP
Multiple locations
Grab a "Rooty-Tooty Fresh 'n Fruity" (double eggs, bacon, sausage and pancakes) anytime they're open.

Best Chinese restaurant
Dynasty Oriental Delicacy
Newnan: 34 Bullsboro Drive
A mix of cuisines from China, Hong Kong, Singapore and other Asian cultures appeals to a wide range of tastes.

Best coffee
Starbucks
Multiple locations
Fresh flavors in various strengths meet any java craving. And there's a selection of sweets and reading materials, too.

Best fast-food chain
Chick-fil-A
Multiple locations
Chicken breast sandwiches, waffle fries and spelling-impaired cows add up to tasty food on the go.

Best french fries
McDonald's
Multiple locations
Served hot and crispy, they're a meal in themselves.

Best hamburger
Wendy's
Multiple locations
Only high-quality, fresh beef is used in Wendy's burgers, made to each customer's specifications.

Best ice cream/yogurt
Baskin-Robbins
Multiple locations
Ice cream, sherbets, frozen yogurt, fruit smoothies and an assortment of sugar-free and fat-free treats are in store.

Best Italian restaurant
Michelangelo Italian Continental Cuisine
Conyers: 951 Railroad St.
Steaks, lamb, veal and seafood have a northern Italian flair, but the menu features southern Italian specialities as well.

Best local club to hear live music
Sassy C's
Covington: 6147 U.S. 278 N.W.
Area bands are spotlighted every Friday and Saturday.

Best pizza
Pizza Hut
Multiple locations
Stuffed crusts and more, delivered right to the door.

Best Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurant
El Charro Mexican Restaurant
Atlanta: 2581 Piedmont Road N.E.
Conyers: 1502 Old Salem Road S.E.
Covington: 3165 Elm St. N.E.
Griffin: 1591 W. McIntosh Road
Authentic Mexican recipes make this local cantina a favorite.

Best place for bagels
Dunkin' Donuts
Multiple locations
Like the doughnuts, small batches of bagels are made fresh throughout the day.

Best place to eat after 2 a.m.
Waffle House
Multiple locations
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are dished up 24 hours a day.

Best place to eat, drink and watch sports
Caddy's Sports Bar & Grill
Conyers: 1381 Iris Drive S.W.
Nibble on burgers, cheesesteaks, chicken fingers and wings while checking out the 25 TVs.

Best place to find a date
Waffle House
Multiple locations
Whether it's before lunch or after midnight, there's always a crowd on hand.

Best place to sabotage a diet (dessert)
Bruster's Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Conyers: 1172 Dogwood Drive S.E.
Lilburn: 5314 Five Forks Trickum Road S.W.
Marietta: 3735 Trickum Road N.E.
Newnan: 138 Newnan Station Drive
Snellville: 2324 Scenic Highway S.W.
About 25 flavors of ice cream, as well as yogurts and sherbets, are made on the premises daily to top off fresh hot fudge brownies and apple dumplings, as well as cones and cups.

Best place to take a date
Michelangelo Italian Continental Cuisine
Conyers: 951 Railroad St. N.W.
Located in a historic house, this elegant eatery features several small dining rooms conducive to conversation.

Best restaurant for dinner
Outback Steakhouse
Multiple locations
Whether you're yearning for a filet, ribeye, ribs or seafood, Outback offers it with a down under flair.

Best restaurant for families with children
Golden Corral Steaks
Multiple locations
Kids under 3 eat free; up to 12 are $3.39; and in some locations, kids with perfect school attendance eat free all year.

Best restaurant for Sunday brunch
IHOP
Multiple locations
Oversized omeletes, assorted breakfast platters and those famous buttermilk pancakes are dished up all day long.

Best restaurant service, wait staff
Outback Steakhouse
Multiple locations
Food in a fun atmosphere fits the servers' slogan, "No rules, just right."

Best restaurant, atmosphere
O'Charley's Restaurant & Lounge
Multiple locations
Kick back and dig into steaks, chicken and fresh veggies in a relaxed atmosphere where families can be catered to.

Best sandwiches/subs
Subway
Multiple locations
Cold-cut trios and the BMT--biggest, meatiest, tastiest--are served on rolls baked every day on site.

Best seafood restaurant
Shades Restaurant & Pub
Conyers: 1377 Old McDonough Highway S.E.
All-you-can-eat nights, Sunday's daylong happy hour and live music are top attractions at this local eatery.

Best Southern cooking
Folks
Multiple locations
Fried chicken, whole farm-raised catfish, smothered steak and lots of vegetables are done with Southern style.

Best steaks
Outback Steakhouse
Multiple locations
High-quality hand-cut beef is served in the shape of N.Y. strip, prime rib, porterhouse, filet and burgers.

ILLUSTRATIONS/PHOTOS: Cafe Chavez drew a high ranking in the Readers Select survey./ JOANN VITELLI / Special


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