Grazing: Bamboo Grill and Hot Pot

Another high quality Vietnamese opens on Buford Highway

"Sweetie," Linda said, "I would never do that. I would never recommend a dish just because I think it would have more appeal to Americans."

That's not something you hear at many ethnic restaurants, but Linda is no ordinary server. She works at the latest Vietnamese restaurant to become popular with the city's foodies, Bamboo Grill and Hot Pot (4646 Buford Highway, 678-580-1727). Linda knows the five-page menu in-depth and, despite apparently being Vietnamese, has a strong dose of classic Southern waitress in her demeanor. I haven't been called "sweetie" so many times since I haunted the Majestic Diner during late nights 25 years ago.

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(Photob y James Camp)