REVIEW: Local Republic, Lawrenceville, Gwinnett
Local Republic is a urban/trendy New American restaurant that is what we hope to see more of in the ‘burbs. At one time, people in Gwinnett had to travel ITP (inside the Perimeter) to experience such dining delights, but now its been delivered right to you doorstep with Local Republic.
It was a weeknight and I was at the office until after 6 so I asked Melanie to meet me for dinner and I was fearful we’d have to wait to be seated. Yes, even on a weeknight, its rare to walk right in and get a table but that’s exactly what we did this night. We suggest though that should you have to wait for a table when you arrive, just be patient and ride it out. Its never that long and good things are in store for you!
Once we were seated, our server greeted us and we had our drinks, we began to look at our menu choices. The menu options are limited, but their kitchen is TINY! Good news is one the way though as our server revealed they are moving to a new location close by! We’ll be on the lookout for this, and we plan to be there when they open the doors!
We began our meal with a “Small” of the Pimento Cheese. Its wonderfully done with a dollop of pimento cheese served on toast that’s topped with a piece of thick bacon. The bacon is cooked not too crispy so its still nice and chewy. This is accompanied with jalapeños but we got that on the side. If you’ve been following our blog you’ll know that we’ve been on a pimento cheese kick ever since our interview with Angle Tillman at Phickles Phun Foods in Athens. The Pimento Cheese was a great way to start the meal and we couldn’t wait to move on to the entrées!
Melanie ordered the Mother Clucker, a sandwich served with a Springer Mountain Chicken Breast and lettuce, tomato and onion. If you’re not familiar with Springer Mountain Farms their chicken is 100% All Natural with no antibiotics, steroids, growth stimulants or hormones, and aren’t fed animal by-products. Best of all, they’re right in North Georgia so this is really part of that farm-to-table trend so popular today. Springer Mountain Farms chicken is popular among chefs throughout Metro Atlanta.
Melanie also got the grits to go with her Mother Clucker. She loved her chicken sandwich but thought the grits were just a little to thick for her liking.
I ordered the special, which was a Seared Swordfish served on rice with a vegetable mix and topped with a spoonful of a chunky seafood soup. Dear readers, this was absolutely, hands-down one of the best dishes I’ve eaten in some time. The way the veggies, the fish and the soup topping mixed together was divine. The Seared Swordfish was a special but they need to consider this as a regular menu option. Great work on this one guys!
Seared Swordfish, Local Republic, Lawrenceville, Gwinnett
We had a wonderful time at Local Republic that night. I think it makes an awesome place to gather with friends and enjoy a meal. They have limited indoor seating but a nice patio area that is awesome to enjoy now that its getting cooler. Local Republic brings in-town dining to Gwinnett and we couldn’t be happier to see that! Guten appetit!