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Local Republic

When you think of farm to table it’s easy to think of high-end in-town restaurants. But surely it makes more sense that a restaurant closer to the clean country air in a place like Lawrenceville should also feature in that conversation. That’s what Local Republic is.

But more than locally sourced food, the specialty of the house is pimiento cheese, which is good with just about anything…grits? Check! Sandwich? Check! Bacon? Check!

Chef Scott Smith aims to have you roll out from your dinner with a full belly, and with a rotating menu of great dishes like the Mr. Jones burger, and daredevil plates like the Patrick Swayze (a burger that is dressed with ghost peppers, the hottest peppers you can buy), there’s a bunch of reasons to return to this corner of W. Crogan Street.

Highlights

Shrimp & Grits

When seemingly every restaurant has a shrimp and grits plate, it’s hard for restaurants to differentiate themselves, but with domestic shrimp served with andouille sausage roux & creamy grits, Local Republic’s are a great catch.

The Patrick Swayze Burger

Named for the movie Ghost, this burger features ghost pepper salsa, the hottest pepper restaurants serve, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Or those with actual heart problems.