Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

REVIEW: Epicurean Café (formerly known as Park Café), Duluth, Gwinnett

The signage had not yet changed when we visited Epicurean Café, but we were to find out that change was coming to this historic location in a big way. It was a weekday and a late lunch for us. We were seated right away in a beautiful section of this circa 1900 home turned into a restaurant. Known for years as Park Café, it is now the new location for Epicurean Café and it’s new owners Yana and Chef Omar Powell. We’re looking for big things coming for this new location!

360 pic of lobby, sunroom and wine bar, Epicurean Cafe, Duluth

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A view of the Town Green from the patio of Epicurean Cafe, Duluth, Gwinnett

If you haven’t been to Duluth in a while, you are in for a real treat. Well on its way of becoming the gem of Gwinnett, the city is centered around a gorgeous park and the hometown feel will retro you right into small-town Americana. Epicurean Café is just off the Town Green, an ideal location. Restaurants are popping up like crazy around this vibrant area and this is destined to be one of those pockets of Atlanta that foodies are drawn to. Dreamland BBQ is creating a new restaurant; Crave Pie Studio, a gourmet pie shop is right around the corner as is PURE taqueria; and Duluth is also home to Eddie Owens Presents Red Clay Theatre voted “Best New Music Venue” by Atlanta Magazine in 2012 and “Best Music Venue in Gwinnett” by Gwinnett Magazine in 2015.

Pimento Cheese appetizer
Pimento Cheese appetizer

We spotted the Pimento Cheese appetizer on the menu and ordered that without hesitation. This appetizer is plenty for four and we took most of it home. It’s delicious but the shocker was the house-baked pita bread that is fried and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. They have a lunch special for ten bucks that includes a soup, half a sandwich, and a small salad. I thought this was a pretty awesome deal so I bit on that. Melanie ordered a burger with a fruit cup.

360 pic of dining room, Epicurean Cafe, Duluth

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My soup was a Curry Cauliflower Soup that had a pinch of cayenne pepper and I couldn’t believe how great it was. Many things sound great in theory and then don’t execute well, but this was nothing short of awesome. My Cumin Dusted Steak Sandwich was so good with the homemade mayo I was ready to fall out. What I really loved was the Dill Honey Mustard dressing on the mix of greens for my salad. This was a fantastic dish that was a super lunch deal. Melanie loved her burger, saying it was among the best she’d ever had. The seasonal fruit was fresh, ripe and tasted delicious.

Chef Omar Powell
Chef Omar Powell

Chef Omar Powell and his business partner Yana, came to our table to introduce themselves as the new owners and explained they were taking over the restaurant. They did not know who we were, nor did we reveal our affiliation with Atlanta Food Critic. Chef Omar told us of his background, Culinary Institute of America training, working in New York, and making his way to Duluth. Epicurean Café was previously located elsewhere in Duluth but the small seating space limited its growth potential so they are moving to this new space with seating for 40 inside and another 40 on the patio overlooking the Town Green.

We had an awesome afternoon at Epicurean Café and looking forward to returning for dinner soon! Guten appetit!

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  1. March 31, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    It has been my extreme pleasure to have had a number of meals prepared by Chef Omar. He is a true culinary artist, extraordinarily talented, and everything about the food and presentation is superb. Yana and Chef Omar are clearly passionate about their business. Their warmth and hospitality make the dining experience one of the best I’ve ever had.

    I’m also delighted to hear about the new location. I’m familiar with the historic Knox House; it will be an elegant, yet home-like setting, just perfect! I can’t wait to go. Maybe I’ll see you there. 🙂

  2. March 31, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Wonderful! Thanks for your comment, Jean. See you there!

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