New Kids on the Block

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Got a certain craving? Well, take your pick, there#s sure to be at least two or three restaurants to choose from, wherever you are. To help you figure out the latest and greatest we#ve compiled a few for you to try out when that craving hits.


Billed as a gourmet burrito joint, this hoppin# Mexican grill lets you choose your fixin#s and watch your food take shape. You won#t find Tex-Mex, freezers, microwaves or can openers at the Chipotle in Duluth # everything is made fresh and made to order. From aged shredded cheese to freshly grilled veggies, you#ll love the newest 13-inch tortillas to hit town!


Meanwhile, over in Buford, the historic Bona Allen Shoe Factory is morphing into a new era of shops and eateries. Saxon#s Dogwood Brewhouse, the first to establish residency, resides in the old factory#s boiler room. Serving up a variety of microbrews and beer-battered food choices in an eclectic atmosphere, locals are fast becoming regulars. At Schumacher#s, finger-licking, southern-style roasted chicken and fried catfish are menu regulars. The family friendly restaurant occupies the first floor of the factory and features antique décor and handcrafted tables and benches. Seating is available for 160 with additional room in the back and on the third floor for parties. Children 10 and under eat for half-price.


Over in Duluth, something fishy#s going on at The Forum. The Famous Fish Company has taken over with its oyster, snack, wine and champagne bar, along with the freshest seafood entrees available and a 24-seat dessert lounge. Started by two South African entrepreneurs and headquartered in England, the Norcross restaurant is the second North American location, with more locations to come.