Frou-frou Food Guide

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Here are a few ideas to get you out of the chain-restaurant rut.

The English Rose Tea Room, Lilburn

At first glance, it may not look like a girlfriends# hang out, but step inside and you#ll be a believer. Quaint, antique-filled setting conducive to subdued giggles and whispered secrets contains scrumptious food like Aunt Maggie#s homemade chicken salad or the crispy chicken tender luncheon. Open for lunch only.

Aqua Terra, Buford

Situated in the midst of Buford#s art colony, this trendy restaurant brings the best of elegant dining to the charming area. Appease your finer tastes with oven-roasted duck, or meet the girls for a dessert of cr?me brulee and chocolate tartlets. Open for lunch and dinner.

The Melting Pot, Duluth

Absolutely love cheese? Want an evening filled with delectable cheese-dipped morsels? Then come to the fondue restaurant that#s perfect for a special occasion or as an excuse to spoil your taste buds. Try the Surf and Turf Fondue for Two, a combination of lobster tails and filet mignon with your choice of fondue sauce. Open for dinner only.

Little Gardens, Lawrenceville

Truly the food reigns here. Voted #Best Special Night Out# and #Most Romantic,# the antebellum-style home welcomes diners with white table linens, candlelight and savory entr?es. Beginning in October, enjoy Jazz Nights in the sophisticated Cappuccino Lounge. Open for dinner only.