If these two places were on Buford Hwy in Doraville or Chamblee, this post would only be half as long...but we're talking Duluth, here, and both took me very much by surprise.
On my way out of the half-price sale at the tall man's shop at the corner of Peachtree Industrial and Howell Ferry in Duluth, I noticed in the very same strip center a sign on the window of the Carneceria Los Rodriguez advertising they have menudo, tamales, and barbacoa de borrego (mutton, sometimes lamb) on weekends.
Could not resist. At the front of the store, the usual calling card and video collection. Heading back, lengthwise along the right side of the store was a long and very well kept meat, poultry and fish counter--everything neatly wrapped in plastic. At the back was a six stool counter and a few tables. Very orderly open kitchen behind the counter, with a fifteen foot stainless steel hood and some serious cooking equipment in addition to the usual suspects. A lengthy menu of sopes (consomme de borrega), gorditas, tacos, quesadillas, pambosas (??), platters and so forth.
Tentatively, but emboldened, I tried two tacos: barbacoa al borrego and al pastor. Both were almost perfect, marred only perhaps by the use of two-up machine made corn tortillas, each garnished simply with onion and cilantro, choice of a very bright green tomatillo salsa or deep red almost garnet chile rich red salsa, both moderately hot.
The barbacoa was as promised: freshly stewed mutton, falling apart tender with deep lamb flavor. The al pastor, seasoned pork strips, was cooked on the grill, not sliced from a spit. Nevertheless quite good. Did not try the tamales, but further investigation certainly warranted.
In Howell Center (on the west side of Peachtree Industrial at the corner of Howell Ferry Road), sign says 'Carneceria' in big red letters:
3585 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Duluth, GA
Phone: (678) 473-0037
Wait, there's more! Right next to the tall man's store ('Hyroops') is a newly opened Korean restaurant. It looked well kept, and set my chow antenna a-twitch. I went in to scan the menu and talked with a very pleasant bi-lingual young woman, turns out they've been open about two months. Back to the menu--which specializes in (below as written on menu):
--Duck wrapped in clay pot cook in kiln, four hours notice, $49 for 3, duck 15 different kind of grain with duck for 3 four hours notice $49, spicy duck in hot pot for 2 @ 28.95, marinated duck broiled from kitchen $12.95;
--Black Goat in hot pot for 29.95, boiled with vegetable for 2 $24.95, soup $13.95.
Also lunch specials at $6.95-$7.95 and 'Korean Style Full course dinner' $12.95. Will report back. Maybe at last we have some Korean food here in Atlanta that will stand up to LA and Chicago.
Volunteers to help check out the black goat and duck dishes gladly welcomed!
The Korean Restaurant is located in the Howell Center strip also, same as Los Rodriguez and Hyroops. Open Seven days. Sign says 'Korean Restaurant' with the rest of the lettering in Korean script.
From the takeout menu: