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Atlanta, Norcross. Ecuadoran Chicken (new), others.

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Atlanta, Norcross. Ecuadoran Chicken (new), others.

Steve Drucker | Jan 13, 2005 03:50 AM

I don't know quite when it happened, but Norcross has over time evolved into one of Atlanta's chow epicenters. Here's a very brief, and in NO way comprehensive, update focused on the strip center Norcross Village on Buford Hwy 1/8 mile south of Jimmy Carter

Located in Norcross Village are old favorite Los Ranchos (Salvadoran)and a barely one week-old newcomer--Crazy Chicken (Ecuadoran Rotisserie Chicken). Marked for future exploration is a fairly new Korean place, Tofu House (Village?) and a Columbian bakery/espresso shop that each look promising.

Los Ranchos' Caldo de Pollo (think chicken in the pot one dish meal for a very hungry soldier), Parilla Chicken (grilled breast) and large chicken/potato stuffed tamales were if anything, better than ever. Ask for the thick hand made tortillas ('tortillas hecho a mano'). Beer. Bilingual menu. Occasional English spoken, good natured servers. Credit Cards.

It was Crazy Chicken that was the big surprise. One week old, narrow space, spanking new tables, chairs, mirrored walls, a banner out front announcing Pollos a la Brasa. Golden brown crisp skin garlic infused whole chicken $8.00. A dinner plate full of excellent fried ripe plantains (maduros) $3.00, easily enough for three people. Very good picant garlic and parsely rich chimichurri sauce. Ok red beans. Bilingual menu. For now, BYOB. English spoken. Comfort food of the highest order. This place is a home cooking treasure on the order of the late lamented Silvia's, and I hope it makes it.

Next to Crazy Chicken is the Columbian Bakery (did not try) with an attractive espresso machine and good looking pastries. And next to that, at the south end of the strip, is an Argentine place that doesn't look near as promising.

Also got to Gaucho's at Jimmy Carter & Singleton, which was as good as ever, excellent anchovy/garlic laden Spaghetti Puttanesca and panko breaded Carne (beef) Milanese.

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