Though Bassanos Pizzeria doesn't open until noon, its chefs bustle about the kitchen in the early morning, preparing fresh batches of dough from scratch. As the day wears on, the team hand-tosses the dough into thin, New York–style canvases ready to hold layers of gourmet meats, fine cheeses, and, according to Ann Marie Quill of Johns Creek Patch, veggies plucked from the Atlanta Farmers Market and sauces made from Italian tomatoes. Pots bubble with specialty pastas, and ovens glow with plump calzones and stromboli.
At the bar, servers dole out glasses of draft beer and wine beneath glimmering television sets. Cushy booths and tabletops speckle the dining room, where framed photographs of New York ballplayers look to steal home from the bright-red walls. Outside, umbrellas shade a fenced-in patio rife with tables and chairs. The pizzeria’s warm staff prides itself on southern-style service, creating a fun, communal atmosphere by hosting biweekly live music, overseeing trivia games, and politely allowing customers to beat them at thumb wrestling.
At both of Oasis Bowling Center's locations, polished lanes stretch from penalty line to pins. A festive soundtrack of strikes, spares, and high-fives fuels the competition as players partake in 10-frame matches to see who can roll the highest score. Two bars—Brucey's Sports Bar and Grill at the Loganville location and Thirsty Turtle Sports Bar and Grill at the Buford location—provide respite from the games with food and drinks. Patrons can gaze toward wall-mounted TVs or settle tiebreakers on the pool tables or in front of dartboards. On their way back to the lanes, bowlers can stop by the pro shops to find a pair of shoes that provide the most traction during celebratory dances.
The galleys at Joe’s to Goes garner gastronomically satisfied grins by housing a menu of handheld hunger stavers. Like a mom-piloted spoon-airplane, two toasted sesame-seed buns shepherd the half pound of ground beef, plus lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup cargo, inside Joe's original hamburger ($4.99) to eager cuisine landing zones. There is an additional charge for cheese, bacon, and extra toppings. The low-carb half-pound bacon cheeseburger, meanwhile, flavorfies the palate with gooey cheese melted over crispy bacon ($4.69). A troop of thick-cut steak fries shimmering in special seasonings rallies starving stomachs or buttresses burger-based hunger quenching, and a refreshing soft drink washes away all memories of previous meat deprivation and can be used as drinkable ink for napkin notes written with a fry.
The specialists at Sushi Gallery deal in edible art: white ceramic plates are the backdrop for pink tuna belly, sea urchin, and piles of bright roe tucked neatly into rolls, dashed with a sweet or spicy reduction or a savory seafood sauce. The menu is lined with the day's freshest catches and the lures used to snag them. The chefs here even invite you to get DIY with your dinner—feel free to design custom rolls or select surf clams or quail eggs for your own unique sashimi platters. The sushi is served alongside Japanese classics such as grilled hibachi dinners and udon noodles.
On the first Monday of every month, the restaurant hosts a sake sampling. The resident sake master pours sixteen varieties of hot and cold brews described as "sprightly and fresh" or carrying "complex notes of smoke and mushroom."
Sushi Gallery's small dining room is decorated to feel intimate. Crimson linens cover the tables, which are topped with pendant lamps. The windows reach from the ceiling almost all the way to the garnet floor, screened by a black, geometrically shaped metal grate.:m]]
Alvarado's Mexican Food's menu boasts over 24 combination plates of authentic Mexican fare prepared fresh daily. Pairs or quartets of diners can charter cheese dip and salsa from plate to mouth with an order of chips, then dive fork-first into a pair of stuffed chilies doused in red sauce or a mixed-fajita trio with chicken, beef, and shrimp. Tacos can scarcely contain the wealth of beef, chicken, or fish they envelop, and a pair of burritos hides precious beef from the eyes of hungry tablemates and government satellites. Diners can order through the drive-thru 24 hours a day or sidle up to the dining area to down comestibles with a soft drink and watch TV or enjoy free WiFi.