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Top Picks—What People Love About Duluth

Southwest Gwinnett residents have spoken, and the results are in. Here are this year’s winners of “Top Picks—What People Love About Duluth.” Hundreds of our readers and social media followers weighed in to help us compile this list of area favorites.

Thank you to all the participants, and congratulations to the winning businesses!

Best Mexican Food

1. Pure Taqueria has been a Duluth staple for years. Chris and Michele Sedgwick opened the first Pure Taqueria in 2005. The franchise offers a creative twist on Mexican cuisine and margaritas in a fun and modern setting.

3108 Main St., Duluth

2. Taqueria El Dorado
2570 Pleasant Hill Rd., Suite 102, Duluth

3. Taqueria Testal
3940 Buford Hwy, Suite B101, Duluth

Best Business Lunch

Local on North

1. Local on North is a family-run restaurant that focuses on regional flavors. Expect excellent service, friendly chatter from other patrons, and the satisfying sounds of a lively restaurant. Their menu reflects the cuisine of Metropolitan and Northern Georgia with dishes like fried green tomatoes, smash burgers and bone-in pork chops.

3085 Main St., Suite 530, Duluth

Duluth Rexall Grill

2. Duluth Rexall Grill
3165 Buford Hwy, Suite B, Duluth

3. Pure Taqueria
3108 Main St., Duluth

Best Korean Barbecue

1. Grab all your favorite Korean dishes atDuluth’s hidden gem, Big Sister’s Kitchen. Owned by Daniel Park and his mother, Big Sister’s Kitchen aims to bring affordable and convenient Korean Barbecue to Duluth. Follow the restaurant on Instagram for the latest updates on events and live music.

3095 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 100, Duluth

2. ARI Korean BBQ
9700 Medlock Bridge Rd., Suite 112, Johns Creek

3. Iron Age Korean Steak House
2131 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth

Best Overall Barbecue

Uncle Jack’s Meat House

1. Uncle Jack’s Meat House founder, Willie Degel, was inspired by his great-uncle’s historic steakhouse to get into the restaurant business. After a decade of hard work, he opened the first Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse in 1996, impressing critics and attracting celebrities with its high-quality steaks. This success marked the beginning of the Uncle Jack’s brand.

6590 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Suite 201, Duluth


2. Dreamland BBQ
3540 W Lawrenceville St., Duluth

3. Ribbys Wings and Ribs
1956 Duluth Hwy, Lawrenceville

Best Breakfast Spots

1. Family-owned since its opening in 2005, the Duluth Diner offers a massive menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner options.  From American comfort food to Italian specialties and homemade desserts, there’s something for everyone.

3620 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth

2. Duluth Rexall Grill
3165 Buford Hwy, Suite B, Duluth

3. Maple Street Biscuit Company
3550 W Lawrenceville St., Suite 210, Duluth

Best Beers and Brews

6S Brewing

1. In 2020, Robb and Yvonne Watson bought a historic building in Duluthto house the 6S Brewing Company, the city’s “first and only” production brewery and tasting room, according to the brewery’s website. Now, alongside a gleaming 15-barrel brewhouse, they serve delicious local brews and ciders in a welcoming community space.

3111 Main St., Duluth

2. Truck & Tap Duluth
3137 Main St., Duluth

3. Good Word Brewing & Public House
3085 Main St., Duluth

Best Burgers

1. Are you craving a taste of Southern hospitality? Duluth Rexall Grill, a staple in Duluth for over 80 years, offers homestyle Southern cooking in a warm, family-friendly atmosphere. Step back in time and savor a taste of Duluth’s history.

3165 Buford Hwy, Suite B, Duluth

2. LR Burger
3151 Main St., Duluth

3. Duluth Diner
3620 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth

4. The Burger Factory TBF
9700 Medlock Bridge Rd., Suite 186, Johns Creek

Best Chinese Food

1. Chef’s House—Peking Duck serves more than its famed duck. Explore a menu full of flavorful dishes like braised beef short ribs, tofu hot pot and spicy grilled shrimp. There is even a dedicated Sichuan menu that awaits the adventurous.

3580 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth

2. Wok Provisions
2750 Buford Hwy, Duluth

3. Masterpiece
3940 Buford Hwy, Suite B103, Duluth

Best Boba Tea

1. Möge Tee, a bubble tea franchise founded in China, arrived in North America in 2018. According to the company’s website, it aims to break cultural barriers by offering innovative “New-Style Tea” for all ages. Möge Tee uses fresh ingredients like handcrafted loose-leaf tea, real fruit and dairy to create made-to-order drinks.

2180 Pleasant Hill Rd., Suite B7, Duluth

2. (tied) Boba Mocha
2628 Pleasant Hill Rd., Suite 100, Duluth

2. (tied) Ding Tea at Duluth
2180 Pleasant Hill Rd., Suite B13, Duluth

Best Specialty Desserts Spot

1. Since 2006, The Chocolaterie Luxury Chocolates has been a haven for chocolate lovers in Duluth. Located in a historic building with a giant “Chocolate Lady” mural, it offers handcrafted truffles, fudge, classic chocolates and gourmet ice cream, all made fresh. Owned by friends Diana and Nancy since 2018, The Chocolaterie will satisfy even the biggest sweet tooths.

3099 Main St., Duluth

2. Tree Story Bakery & Café
2550 Pleasant Hill Rd., Suite 415, Duluth

3. Crave Pie Studio
3107 Main St., Duluth

4. The Sweet Spot Bakery
2590 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite B, Duluth

Best Sushi

1. Oystra Sushi & Kitchen blends Japanese and Korean flavors for a unique fusion experience. Enjoy fresh takes on classic dishes in a modern Izakaya (casual Japanese pub) setting, perfect for a delicious and memorable meal.

2863 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite KLM, Duluth

2. Rock N Roll Sushi
3140 Main St., Duluth

3. Sushi & Co.
3170 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 155, Duluth

4. Flying Roll
3312 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth

Best Italian Food

1. Established in 2004, Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano offers a taste of Italy in Duluth.  Their menu features classic pastas, pizzas and appetizers inspired by the rich traditions of Naples and Northern Italy, alongside dishes influenced by the Mediterranean.

6555 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Suite 309, Duluth

2. Roma Italiano Ristorante
3455 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 840, Duluth

3. Carrabba’s Italian Grill
2030 Sugarloaf Cir., Duluth

Best Pizza

1. If you’re in Duluth and looking for a casual spot with kid-friendly options, Rudy’s New York Pizza has you covered. Their menu features New York-style pizza alongside pasta dishes, sandwiches and even wings.

2148 Duluth Hwy, Suite 117, Duluth

2. O4W Pizza
3117 Main St., Duluth

3. Vinny’s N.Y. Pizza & Grill
6590 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Suite 203, Duluth

Best Vietnamese Food

1. Established in 2012, Banh Mi Café is known for its delicious and authentic Vietnamese fare. Led by a highly experienced culinary team, this eatery offers a wide variety of dishes, such as Banh Mi sandwiches, Pho, Bun Bo Hue and more.

3512 Satellite Blvd., Suite 7, Duluth

2. What The Pho
2442 Pleasant Hill Rd., Suite 3A, Duluth

3. Pho 24
3585 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth

Best Seafood

Noona Meat & Seafood

1. Noona Meat & Seafood consistently receives accolades for its exceptional new American cuisine and unique ambiance. This Duluth restaurant, led by Chef George Yu, has won OpenTable Diners’ Choice awards for five years straight (2018-2022) and was recognized by Gwinnett Magazine as “Best of the Best” in steakhouse, seafood and romantic categories.

3550 W Lawrenceville St., Suite 310, Duluth

Oystra Sushi & Kitchen

2. Oystra Sushi & Kitchen
2863 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite KLM, Duluth

3. The Juicy Crab Duluth
2205 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth

Best Vegetarian/Vegan Food

1. VeGreen2Go is passionate about helping diners achieve balanced well-being through food. Their menu features vegan twists on international favorites, providing a flavorful way to nourish your body and mind.

2605 Pleasant Hill Rd., Suite 400, Duluth

2. VeGreen Vegan Fusion Restaurant
3780 Old Norcross Rd., Suite 106, Duluth

3. Slutty Vegan Gwinnett
2045 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth

Best Venues for Private Parties

1. The Payne-Corley House, a beloved landmark in Duluth, has transformed from a charming 1873 farmhouse into a versatile event space. Whether you envision a grand wedding or a more intimate gathering, their beautifully landscaped grounds and elegant indoor spaces provide the perfect backdrop for creating lasting memories.

2987 Main St., Duluth

2. Duluth Festival Center
3142 Hill St., Duluth

3. Premier Event Halls
3520 Breckinridge Blvd., Suite 106, Duluth

Best Japanese Food

1. Mom-and-pop shop Tokyo Shokudo is being hailed as one of the most underrated authentic Japanese restaurants in town. Known for its reliability and consistency, many patrons continue to go back for more.

3631 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth

2. Raku Tonkatsu Ramen
2550 Pleasant Hill Rd., Suite 112, Duluth

3. Flying Roll
3312 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth

4. Haru Ichiban Japanese Restaurant
3646 Satellite Blvd., Duluth

Best Date Night Spot

Eye Candy Art Studio

1. Eye Candy Art Studio is a pottery, canvas and art creation studio located in the historic district of downtown Duluth. Walk in at any time during open hours to flex your creative muscles with that special someone. This charming space also offers both adult and child party options, ongoing classes, and a summer art camp perfect for ages 6 through 12.

 3127 Main St., Duluth

2. Falling Rabbit Restaurant
3580 W Lawrenceville St., Duluth

3. Gwen Tajz Wine Bar
3129 Main St., Duluth

4. Kurt’s Euro Bistro
3305 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 100, Duluth

Best Steaks and Ribs

1. Uncle Jack’s Meat House comes out on top in another category this year. This restaurant offers a variety of juicy steak burgers including “The Smoker” with pulled pork, coleslaw and smoked gouda. Or try “The Sugarloaf” with avocado, chorizo and chipotle ketchup. They also have USDA choice and prime steaks with options like wet-aged New York strip and bone-in ribeye.

6590 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Suite 201, Duluth

2. Frankie’s The Steakhouse
6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Floor 3, Duluth

3. Noona Meat & Seafood
3550 W Lawrenceville St., Suite 310, Duluth

Best Live Music Venues

1. The Atlanta Coliseum offers something for everyone. Catch live music performances and dance the night away in their spacious club. Or consider attending a special concert, comedy show or conference—all in the same space in Duluth.

2075 Market St., Duluth

2. Gas South Theater
6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth

3. Eddie Owens Presents
3116 Main St., Duluth

Best MedSpa

Aya Medical Spa

1. Aya Medical Spa offers a variety of cosmetic dermatology services. Their licensed professionals, overseen by board-certified plastic surgeons, provide treatments like Botox, CoolSculpting and laser hair removal in a comfortable spa-like environment.

3350 Steve Reynolds Blvd., Suite 404, Duluth

2. Prima Center for Plastic Surgery
3096 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth

3. dermani MEDSPA
6603 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Suite 108, Duluth

Best Work Out Spots

1. Founded in 1984, LA Fitness has expanded across the United States, offering a variety of amenities and fitness classes in its facilities. The fitness franchise caters to a diverse clientele and focuses on providing equipment and programs suitable for all ages and interests.

3455 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth

2. Orangetheory Fitness
2220 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite B-130, Duluth

3. The Body Firm Atlanta
2750 Buford Hwy, Suite 730, Duluth

4. Vitality Method Studio
2590 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite D, Duluth
(678) 957-3000

Best Hair Salons

Texturz Hair Studio

1. Established in 2003 by Michelle McCloud, Texturz Hair Studio in Duluth prioritizes healthy hair care for all textures and cultural backgrounds. This philosophy stems from Michelle’s extensive experience in the hair industry, which began in 1984.

2615 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite H, Duluth

2. LuminHair Salon
3870 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 210, Duluth

3. Miracle Hair Salon
3705 Old Norcross Rd., Duluth

Best Yoga and Pilates Studios

1. Launched through a partnership with Duluth Parks & Recreation, Chattahoochee Yoga + Pilates has become a thriving community hub. Led by local resident Katie Karel, the studio offers a variety of group and private classes in yoga, pilates and barre, catering to all experience levels. They even have programs for teacher training and expectant mothers.

2715 Buford Hwy, Suite 300, Duluth

2. Vitality Method Studio
2590 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite D, Duluth
(678) 957-3000

3. Endeavor Yoga + Pilates
2715 Buford Hwy, Suite 300, Duluth

Best Animal Hospitals and Veterinarians

Shepherd Animal Hospital

1. Expertise meets passion at Shepherd Animal Hospital. Dr. Sridevi Vavilapalli offers a range of veterinary services, while Dr. Srujana Rayalam brings her research background to focus on internal medicine and preventative care. Both veterinarians are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your furry companions.

3990 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Berkeley Lake

2. Tiger Tails Animal Hospital
2605 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth

3. Duluth Animal Hospital
2965 Buford Hwy, Duluth

4. Pleasant Hill Animal Hospital
2982 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth

Best Pet Boarding

1. Located next to Duluth Animal Hospital, Duluth Dog Depot provides a fun and safe environment for your dog. The facility offers overnight boarding with spacious suites, playtime in multiple fenced dog parks and pampering spa services.

3528 Brock Rd., Duluth

2. Camp Bow Wow
1795 Buford Hwy, Duluth

3. The PawPlex
3580 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd., Suite 2465, Suwanee

Best Dental Practices

1. Seeking a comprehensive and safe dental experience? Duluth Dental Care prioritizes patient well-being and utilizes state-of-the-art equipment. They offer a range of services, from general dentistry to implants and oral surgery, and ensure all procedures adhere to the highest OSHA and CDC guidelines.

2628 Pleasant Hill Rd. Suite 300, Duluth

2. Dentistry of Sugarloaf
6600 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Suite 600, Duluth

3. Lail Family Dentistry
3415 Duluth Hwy, Duluth

4. Duluth Dental Group
3500 Duluth Park Ln., Suite 100, Duluth

Best Real Estate Agents and Companies

1. “Working with the best in the business is the only choice in real estate today,” says the Kelly Kim Real Estate Team website. The real estate market is tough to navigate, but Kelly Kim and her team, including Heather Zhang and Jerry Jang help guide the way.

400 Buford Hwy, Suite 1106, Suwanee

2. CrossPointe Realty
4045 Boles Creek Dr., Duluth

3. Cathy Roseberry – Roseberry Residential
200 Glenridge Point Pkwy, Suite 100, Sandy Springs

4. Tina Jingru Sui – Atlanta Realtor

Best Home Remodelers

1. NewSouth Window Solutions of Atlanta manufactures energy-efficient replacement windows, installs them for our customers and guarantees them for life. With decades of experience in the residential window and door business, the Rahn family founded the custom-crafted, factory-direct window and door manufacturing company in 2010.

3305 Breckinridge Blvd., Building 2, Suite 134, Duluth

2. EV Remodeling
3906 Morris Ct., Peachtree Corners

3. Signature Renovations
2730 N Berkeley Lake Rd, Suite 900, Duluth

Best Private Schools Serving Duluth

1. Greater Atlanta Christian School (GAC) is an infant through 12th grade Christian school in Norcross serving over 1,800 students. The school is a faith-infused, academically rich community, ranked at the top of the state for teaching quality, arts and athletics.

1575 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd., Norcross

2. Perimeter School
9500 Medlock Bridge Rd., Johns Creek

3. Notre Dame Academy
4635 River Green Pkwy, Duluth

4. Wesleyan School
5405 Spalding Dr., Peachtree Corners

Best Youth Summer Camps

1. Greater Atlanta Christian summer camps are where active play, enriching experiences and true relationships meet.With more than 30 summer enrichment programs in athletics, arts, academics and fun, campers can make new friends, discover new talents and explore in a safe, Christian environment.

Greater Atlanta Christian School camps

1575 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd., Norcross

2. Wesleyan School Summer Camps
5405 Spalding Dr., Peachtree Corners

3. Still Waters International Academy
1560 Oakbrook Dr., Norcross

4. Gwinnett Parks and Recreation
Multiple locations

Best Summer Camps for Kids Under 12

1. Wesleyan School’s summer camps have been a highlight for kids ages 5 to 14. With a blend of arts, athletics, STEM and life skills, these camps offer a rich mix of activities for kids. This summer, the fun runs from June 10-28 and July 8-19. These camps have everything from sports like soccer and lacrosse to creative pursuits like chess and sewing.

5405 Spalding Dr., Peachtree Corners

2. Greater Atlanta Christian Summer Camps
1575 Indian Trail Lilburn Rd., Norcross

3. Gwinnett Parks and Recreation
Multiple locations

4. City of Duluth Parks
3180 Bunten Rd., Duluth

5. Club SciKidz
Multiple locations

Best Museums in Metro Atlanta

1. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, a museum in Atlanta, showcases the American civil rights movement alongside global human rights struggles. Established in 2014, the center offers visitors a chance to learn about this important ongoing fight for equality.

100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta

2. High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta

3. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center
2020 Clean Water Dr., Buford

4. Fernbank Museum
767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta

5. Southeastern Railway Museum
3595 Buford Hwy, Duluth

Best Places to Have Fun

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

1. Find out why Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf was named”Best in Atlanta” by the Atlanta Journal and “Best Miniature Golf Course” by the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce. This 27-hole course is a top choice for family fun and offers an immersive 18th-century pirate experience.

3380 Venture Pkwy, Duluth

2. Bocce Ball on the Town Green
Located on the Town Green just outside the Sweet Octopus restaurant.

3. Atlanta Ice Forum
2300 Satellite Blvd., Duluth

Best Theater Venues in Gwinnett County

1. Gas South Theater features a well-equipped performance space suitable for a variety of events. The auditorium offers intimate seating for 708 people, with a removable orchestra shell for adaptable staging.

6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth

2. Aurora Theatre
128 E Pike St., Lawrenceville

3. Lionheart Theatre Company
10 College St., Norcross

Best Places to Work (Over 50 Employees)

1. The City of Duluth offers a variety of positions across different departments, all valuing strong work ethic and communication skills. Their commitment to excellent customer service aims to make Duluth a top-notch government.

3167 Main St., Duluth

2. Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
3239 Satellite Blvd., Duluth

3. Pax Industries, Inc.
3312 N Berkeley Lake Rd., Duluth

570 River Green Pkwy, Suite 120, Duluth

5. National Vision
2435 Commerce Ave, Duluth

Photo caption: Pure Taqueria in Duluth via Facebook

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