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Chamblee / Doraville

If you don’t have the time, money, or desire to travel overseas, but still want to experience a range of different cultures, a drive down Buford Highway might be your answer. The area is crowded with pawn shops, nail salons, and ethnic grocery stores. Real estate is still relatively cheap for being so close to the city and major interstates. Looking for fish balls and salt duck eggs? Look no further than 99 Ranch Market.


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Posted By:  Katherine Dean
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Hur's Wholesale Market
Ladies of Atlanta, hear me now. Times may be tight, but that's no reason to abandon your quest to find the perfect bangle for dressing up your interview suit. Hur's Wholesale Mart is the ideal spot for the lady who has cut back on frills but still feels compelled to cultivate her ability to accessorize. It is what separates us from the animals, after all. The Buford Highway accessories shop specializes in costume jewelry and is chock full of handbags, earrings, scarves and brooches at rock-bottom prices. It's true, you’ll have to dig through a lot of tacky--including rhinestone encrusted tiaras and scepters, yes, scepters--to find your treasure. But, with rows upon rows of useful beads and baubles, you're bound to find something that's just your taste.

Posted By:  Jamie Grimes
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Royal China Restaurant
Ever hankered for a hunk of crunchy baby octopi? Or sautéed squid tentacles? Or sweet-and-sour chicken feet? Yeah, me either. But I might just start. Royal China Restaurant isn’t too conveniently placed, and it may take a while to get there, but the journey’s worth it, especially on the weekends, when the round marble serving tables are brought to the tables and the food carts are circulating the room with startling frequency. Charged by the plate, the set-up allows you to choose what dishes you’d like, what dishes you’d pass on, and what dishes you’d rather not see ever again. All sorts of Asian foods are available to sample, from buns and spring rolls and dumplings, to the succulent chicken feet (yeah, I said it, and if you don’t believe me, give it a go) and a baby octopi dish that might as well be called Lovecraft’s Revenge. The spinning apparatus in the middle of the table encourages sharing—or utter greed depending on your strength relative to the others in your party—and there’s no pause in service. So ask yourself, how many chicken’s feet can you suck down before you’re done?

Posted By:  Deanna Jue
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Some companies use this stuff for ‘team building.’ You can use it for planning a night on the town where you’ll not only get the most bang for your buck but amaze your friends with your ingenious event planning skills. Rent a bona fide private karaoke room for an hour or three at Happy Karaoke, and reminisce for weeks to come about ‘the best night ever.’ For your friends with secret American Idol tendencies, nine music-video playing TV screens in the background and a tabletop to jump onto, song permitting. The control freak of your posse is in charge of picking the next number from the remarkably hefty songbook containing thousands of options, and the hesitant singer assigned to photographing the mayhem until you order another round of cocktails from the in-room phone that direct dials to the full bar located down the hall. At just $25 an hour for a private room, complete with sectional pleather sofa, you’ll forget all about the couple extra dollars in gas it takes you to drive up to Buford Highway’s Happy Karaoke. And you’ll certainly feel like a rock star as you stumble out of your room at the 4 am closing time.

Posted By:  Sara Cheshire

I started my New Year’s Day off in Cantonese style at Little Szechuan. But I’m not going to wait a whole year before returning. From the aromatic smells when you walk in the door to receiving two fortune cookies (two is luckier than one), it was one of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had. Instead of the hunk of bread commonly provided at Italian restaurants, we received pickled vegetables and spicy sprouts as a free appetizer—both of which were surprisingly delectable, even for an American palate. Hot tea with a hint of jasmine was brought in a pot and left on the table for refills, and the egg drop soup was loaded with chunky vegetables and egg. All our entrees were excellent, particularly the shrimp with broccoli. I don’t think you can go wrong with any dish, especially with the signs advertising their ranking as one of the top 100 Chinese restaurants in the county. Yes, country. Who cares if we don’t have a Chinatown when we have at least one restaurant that equals a block worth of quality food.

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