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Cooks at The Big Easy Cafe stir pots of grits and stuff po-boy sandwiches with fried oysters and crawfish. In addition to the Cajun classics of seafood gumbo and jambalaya with Andouille sausage, the chefs also grill Angus beef bacon cheeseburgers and toss blackened chicken in crisp caesar salads.

20 Greensboro Hwy
Watkinsville,
GA
US

Established: 2012

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Most popular offering: Fresh Mozzarella

Pro Tip: Call in advance, we do not have all of the product available every day!

Walk-ins Welcome: Yes

Q&A with Maria, Owner

What sets your business apart from your competition?

We are the only business in the Greater Atlanta area that produces fresh mozzarella and Italian-style stretched cheeses, such as burrata and scamorza.

What was the inspiration for starting this business?

We decided on a mozzarella business, as we could not find any good mozzarella in or around Atlanta. So, first was the need. Second, I grew up in the Campania region of Italy and my next door neighbor had a buffalo mozzaralla farm. This reminds me of all the beautiful things of my childhood and the smell of my mom's kitchen.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Our fresh mozzarella is all natural [and contains] no artificial ingredients or preservatives. And it is vegetarian, because it is made with a vegetable rennet (cheese starter).

What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?

We have customers that buy from us every week of the year, and I think this is the best reaction you can expect.

What?s your favorite part about your job?

Seeing the happy and surprised face of the customers when they first try our cheese.

2296 Henry Clower Boulevard Southwest
Snellville,
GA
US

For more than 50 years, the sweet-treat crafters of The Baking Grounds Bakery Cafe have been churning out customized confectionaries in an old-fashioned, family-run boutique bakery. Dining duos can peruse the made-from-scratch lunch menu items before yodeling out orders, such as ham, turkey, or chicken-salad sandwiches. Bowls of homemade soup and sides of chips chime salty notes against epiglottises as a freshly baked cookie polishes off the meal with a sweet treat.

The bakers of The Baking Grounds whip together freshly crafted cakes for any special occasion, from weddings and anniversaries to graduations from light-pole-climbing school. After discussing designs with a friendly cake constructor, batter bases will be poured from chosen flavors, such as marble, lemon pound, or chocolate-almond pound, which can be encased around cake filling, such as apricot or cannoli. A fondant-free layer of buttercream icing crowns the confectionary masterpiece with delicious icing flavors and skillfully applied swirls and flower cake designs to fill cheek caves.

4685 South Lee Street
Buford,
GA
US

Boulder Creek Coffee a relaxing environment to relieve the stress of the day or simply chat with a friend over a cup of our premium roast and gourmet coffees. Along with Coffee and Tea we provide Lattes, Cappuccinos, and iced drinks as well. Be sure to come and enjoy our free wifi and hot coffee.

2815 Buford Dr
Buford,
GA
US

Planet Smoothie actually does cover a significant portion of the planet, with locations all over the east coast and as far west as Hawaii. In their expansive geographical quest, they seek to change dieting habits for the better with their products. The team behind this fruit haven lays down exactly what their smoothies are made from and what they will do for your body so that clients can make informed decisions about their smoothie choices.

Their full menu catalogs fruit-filled drinks, with options to add protein powder for faster muscle growth than when Arnold Schwarzenegger synchronized his bicep flexing to a hip-hop beat. They also mix in fat-burning blasts to suppress appetites and immune-system blasts to keep bodies healthy. The shop accommodates clients? food allergies and dietary restrictions with gluten-free and dairy-free options. In addition, they only use natural, low-calorie sweeteners composed of agave and stevia to offer a healthy alternative to chemical sweeteners while avoiding the excess calories associated with traditional sugar.

5900 Spout Springs Road
Flowery Branch,
GA
US

When customizing a frozen dessert with toppings, many people reach for chocolate chips, sprinkles, or a barrel of whipped cream. Swirlin Twirlin has those classic add-ons in spades—but its toppings selection ventures into unexpectedly gourmet territory, as well. Pomegranates dipped in dark chocolate, bites of cheesecake, and Andes mints join the lineup alongside chilled blackberries, mangos, and watermelon. All of the fresh fruit and crumbled candies are cut daily, and taste-tested by the staff themselves before being added to the bar, which offers more than 50 topping choices.

These add-ons require a foundation, of course. Swirlin Twirlin houses a wall of self-serve machines that fill cups with frozen yogurt in a variety of low-fat, non-fat, and non-dairy flavors. The sweet spirals range from original tart to red velvet, and contain probiotics that aid the "friendly" bacteria that already exist in the digestive system. There are even no-sugar-added flavors, including mango and chocolate, which offer delicious bites without the addition of sucrose.

5900 Spout Springs Rd
Flowery Branch,
GA
US