1999 READERS SELECT AWARDS The Best of
Rockdale/Newton FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT
PUBLICATION: The Atlanta Journal and
|1999 READERS SELECT
AWARDS The Best of Rockdale/Newton FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT
PUBLICATION: The Atlanta
SECTION: Rockdale Extra
Best barbecue restaurant Glenn's Open Pit Bar-B-Que
Conyers: 1745 Ga. 138
Lilburn: 4095 Lawrenceville Highway N.W.
Snellville: 2671 Ga.
This family owned and operated favorite sauce to pork,
beef, chicken, ribs, turkey and steak cooked over an open
Best beer selection
Covington: 6147 U.S.
Major brands, as well as imported, drafts and bottle,
are on tap.
Best breakfast restaurant
Grab a "Rooty-Tooty
Fresh 'n Fruity" (double eggs, bacon, sausage and pancakes) anytime
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
Fresh flavors in various strengths meet any java
craving. And there's a selection of sweets and reading materials,
Best fast-food chain
Chicken breast sandwiches, waffle fries and
spelling-impaired cows add up to tasty food on the go.
Served hot and
crispy, they're a meal in themselves.
fresh beef is used in Wendy's burgers, made to each customer's
sherbets, frozen yogurt, fruit smoothies and an assortment of
sugar-free and fat-free treats are in store.
Best Italian restaurant
Michelangelo Italian Continental
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
Covington: 6147 U.S. 278
Area bands are spotlighted every Friday and
Stuffed crusts and more, delivered right to the
Best Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurant
El Charro Mexican Restaurant
Atlanta: 2581 Piedmont Road N.E.
Old Salem Road S.E.
Covington: 3165 Elm St. N.E.
W. McIntosh Road
Authentic Mexican recipes make this local
cantina a favorite.
Best place for bagels
Like the doughnuts, small batches of
bagels are made fresh throughout the day.
Best place to eat
after 2 a.m.
lunch and dinner are dished up 24 hours a day.
Best place to
eat, drink and watch sports
Caddy's Sports Bar &
Conyers: 1381 Iris Drive S.W.
Nibble on burgers, cheesesteaks, chicken
fingers and wings while checking out the 25 TVs.
to find a date
before lunch or after midnight, there's always a crowd on
Best place to sabotage a diet (dessert)
Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Conyers: 1172 Dogwood Drive S.E.
Lilburn: 5314 Five Forks Trickum Road
Marietta: 3735 Trickum Road N.E.
Newnan: 138 Newnan
Snellville: 2324 Scenic Highway S.W.
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
Michelangelo Italian Continental Cuisine
Railroad St. N.W.
Located in a historic house, this elegant
eatery features several small dining rooms conducive to
Best restaurant for dinner
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
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
Oversized omeletes, assorted breakfast platters and
those famous buttermilk pancakes are dished up all day
Best restaurant service, wait staff
Food in a fun atmosphere fits the servers' slogan, "No
rules, just right."
Best restaurant, atmosphere
O'Charley's Restaurant & Lounge
Kick back and
dig into steaks, chicken and fresh veggies in a relaxed atmosphere
where families can be catered to.
and the BMT--biggest, meatiest, tastiest--are served on rolls baked
every day on site.
Best seafood restaurant
Shades Restaurant & Pub
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
Best Southern cooking
Fried chicken, whole farm-raised catfish, smothered
steak and lots of vegetables are done with Southern
High-quality hand-cut beef is served in the shape of
N.Y. strip, prime rib, porterhouse, filet and
ILLUSTRATIONS/PHOTOS: Cafe Chavez drew a high
ranking in the Readers Select survey./ JOANN VITELLI /