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As the second oldest city in Georgia, Lawrenceville is certainly brimming with history and culture, but discerning foodies will also delight in the city’s vibrant dining scene. From seasonal Southern fare in a hip gastropub to Florida-style seafood and comfort food cafe classics, we round-up the best local eats in Lawrenceville.
Cooking classic Italian dishes for hungry local diners for nearly 20 years, Dominick’s is a downtown Lawrenceville dining tradition that takes inspiration from the classic Italian restaurants of New York City. Voted Best Italian in the 2014 Gwinnett Daily Post Reader’s Choice Awards, Dominick’s welcomes guests with a stylish and spacious brick-walled dining room that buzzes with a warm, neighborly vibe. Talented chefs cook up mouth-watering dishes such as risotto bianco with tiger shrimp, green onions and grape tomatoes, and the house specialty stuffed, pork chops – a butterflied chop crammed with minced vegetables, cheese and Italian sausage served with penne pasta and creamy gorgonzola sauce.
Dominick’s, 197 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA, USA, +1 770 277 8477
For authentic Greek cuisine, there’s only one place local diners in the know head to – Athens Kouzzina. Conveniently located in the Sugarloaf Mills shopping center, Athens Kouzzina is an ideal stop-off after a day of retail therapy. Warm, friendly staff welcome diners into a traditionally Greek space with tiled floors and quaint checked tablecloths. A menu full of classic Greek recipes offer guests appetizers such as spanakopita and dolmades, while heartier entrees include options like souvlaki pork kebabs and pastitsio – a Greek take on lasagna. Athens Kouzzina also serves a concise wine list, featuring Greek and American selections.
A cozy, cute eatery on the outskirts of downtown Lawrenceville, Little Barn first opened its doors in 1993 and for the past 20-something years, has been proving its slogan – ‘cookin’ food better than your mama’ – is more than just big talk. Open for breakfast and lunch, Little Barn serves simple, home-style food that makes mouths water and bellies rumble, and some of its dishes have achieved an almost legendary reputation among local diners. Local favorites include chopped BBQ pork and desserts like peach cobbler and banana pudding.
Little Barn, 60 East Pike Street, Lawrenceville, GA, USA, +1 770 962 1367