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Chefs and servers at Summits Wayside Tavern specialize in pairing pub fare and frothy brews?partnering more than 140 drafts of beer with made-to-order burgers, salads, flatbreads, and sandwiches. Chefs make patties of prime beef, short rib and Kobe among others for made-to-order burgers smothered with add-ons spanning from applewood-smoked bacon to fried calamari. They also prepare fajitas, fish and chips, asian noodle stir fry, traditional ramen, kimchi fries, and buffalo chicken wings. Though the taps may vary from location to location, bartenders have recently poured brews from Pabst, Lagunitas, and Dogfish Head. In addition to their montage of frosty brews, Summits Wayside Tavern pours 20 different wines by the glass and boasts a large collection of spirits.

525 Lake Center Parkway
Cumming,
GA
US

The Derby Sports Grille Pub's crew of cuisine crafters delivers a capacious menu of pub favorites and beverages. An appetizing arrangement of cheese sticks bathes in a marinara concoction ($6.50), and battered buffalo shrimp inhabit oceans of mild, medium, or hot sauce ($6.95). The deft cooks stack up the Derby Melt, an 8-ounce burger cushioned by marble-rye bread and melted swiss cheese ($8.95), and diners can dollop mounds of barbecue-infused pulled pork and coleslaw on waiting buns ($7.95). Order a mealtime multiplicity of wings engulfed in sauces both classic and inventive, such as teriyaki, lemon-pepper, or sweet and sour⎯all served bone in or out ($6.99 for 6, $7.99 for 10, $13.99 for 20). Any of these meals can be enjoyed with a mug of beer, a glass of wine, or a derby hat filled with cognac.

5915 Suwanee Dam Rd
Sugar Hill,
GA
US

Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.

1525 Market Place Blvd.
Cumming,
GA
US

Marco's Pizza founder Pasquale "Pat" Gianmarco began helping out at his family’s pizzeria when he was just a boy. The eatery provided a taste of home to the Gianmarco clan, who moved to the United States from Italy when Pat was 9 years old. Together with his father, young Pat learned the secrets to creating exceptional pizza sauce: three different types of vine-ripened tomatoes and spices that can only be imported from Italy or the moon.

The perfected sauce recipe continues to guide Pat’s kitchen operations, although these days he has considerably more help. Marco's Pizza has 350 locations in more than half the states as well as in the Bahamas, each store tossing fresh pizza dough daily before sprinkling on a trio of fresh, never-frozen cheeses.

5965 Cumming Hwy.
Sugar Hill,
GA
US

The sound of fire. The igniting exhalation before the steady breath of the flame sustains. The heat pulsing steadily outward from the steel grill—you feel it on your glowing face. But the chef looks cool. He’s a master, after all; a flat, metal spatula in one hand and an enormous, sharp knife in the other. Kani House’s teppanyaki tables are no strangers to the action of hibachi, where these chefs entertain their guests before plating seared steak and scallops alongside fresh, sautéed vegetables. The steady sushi masters may not share their compatriots’ outward exuberance, but their work is just as delicious. From behind their long bar, they assemble maki cylinders with tender cuts of fatty tuna and bright salmon, artfully arranging cuts of more than 50 specialty rolls in the shape of gentle caterpillars or fearsome members of the Japanese Diet. Bright bamboo panels and natural stone add to the vibrant ambiance, surrounding diners with dark-wood and nuanced accents that keep the focus on the beauty of excellent cuisine.

1770 Market Place Blvd.
Cumming,
GA
US

Built in 1887, the modest southern-style Foster House retains its 19th-century charm with restored dining rooms and an outdoor brick patio adorned in period furniture and décor. Throughout the charming house, each of the four dining rooms has its own distinct feel. The lavender room's antique silver cake stands and teapots glimmer in built-in hutches; golden frames and delicate figurines bedeck the peach room; and mirrored fireplaces create decadent focal points in both the cheery lime-green room and the lush forest-green room. In each of the rooms, antique tables create intimate vignettes for diners to dig into fried catfish or sip afternoon tea. The shaded patio hosts outdoor dining, nestled among the century-old pecan trees that have dutifully taken care of the home since it was built.

305 W Main St.
Cumming,
GA
US

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