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Yes, I know, it’s a Prince song…and movie.

But not this time.

Purple Rain Restaurant and Lounge is a new restaurant near the Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth, GA.

Purple Rain

Duluth, you may remember, stole NCR away from Dayton and disrupted thousands of lives and trashed a 100 years of history is the new home of NCR.

Purple Rain is different for Gwinnett County.  It’s a tapas restaurant.  There is some “infusion”, different spices, different foods, different combinations.  All beautifully prepared and presented on geometric stark white dishes.  The linens are black…or maybe purple, very dark purple…it was dark in there.

Purple Rain Restaurant and Lounge

First of all, there’s a dress code!

Yikes, how did that happen.  No flip flops, no athletic wear, no baggy shorts, etc. 

Very classy, and very refreshing.

But, they let me in anyway.  Hey, it was early.

The power was off at home, the entire neighborhood as a matter of fact, darn those summer storms.

I couldn’t cook, didn’t want to open the fridge, and well, I didn’t want to cook anyway.  So, on my way to Steak and Shake, I passed Purple Rain. 

So, I turned around and stopped in.

What a beautiful place.

The countertop of the bar changes colors constantly, the furniture is elegant, very modern, very classy.

The wait staff, all in black, very sleek, very trendy, very sexy.

The food, really different, and really good.

The menu includes:  

Morroccan Yucca Fries – spiced yucca, roasted garlic, parsley, lemon essence, and tomato chutney.

Camarones Tacos – grilled shrimp, pineapple pico de gallo, and mango habaner creme fraiche.

Crispy Pig Ears – yes, you heard me – fried pig ears, sweet cherry pepper, and sweet lime chili sauce.

Pork Belly – Korean braised pork belly, house made cucumber, napa cabbage kimchee, and dried red pepper thread.

Lamb Gyro – Lamb, feta cheese, tzatziki sauce and grilled pita bread.

And for the un-daring of you, beef sliders and chicken sliders.

Those are the appetizers.

Entree items include, paella for two, pan roasted duck breast, NOLA shrimp and grits (that’s New Orleans Lousiana) and again, for the totally un-daring – filet mignon.

Amazingly, the prices are great too.

I had the shrimp tacos and a glass of sweet tea – this is Georgia afterall, and I’m not that brave!

Shrimp Tacos at Purple Rain

Ok, so the cell phone picture didn’t turn out so great!  But, they were excellent.

Frankly, I can’t wait to go back…and I’ll know to dress better!

If you’re in the area, check it out!

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