Monday, March 16, 2009
Jimmy Carter Blvd.: Happy Valley
Jimmy Carter Boulevard is, like Buford Highway, a living museum of cultural variety. I've eaten at Chinese restaurants and BBQ joints within a few minutes of each other on this road. Happy Valley is near the intersection of Jimmy Carter and I-85. Like many Chinese restaurants around Atlanta, this one seems to be run by Vietnamese purveyors; this sort of thing bothers some of my Chinese friends but not me. Seafood is a specialty of Happy Valley but I've haven't yet tried some of their more interesting specialites. They have a large number of fish tanks in the restaurant's entrance but I usually end up succumbing to the dim sum. The regular dishes are well execyted, The peas in my mapo tofu were full of chlorophyll flavor; the peas in such a dish would have be easy for the cooks to skimp on.