225 W Crogan St. Lawrenceville, GA 30046
A short way off the beaten path, about 35 minutes northeast of Downtown Atlanta you’ll find this quaint gem. Set in what appears to be an old muffler shop is a very fun and very hip gastropub. Art cluttered walls fill this high-ceiling room complete with large garage doors that open up to the outside patio. The room while tall and eclectic, still has a cozy feel and an inviting aura. Hung above the bar for all to see is a rustic chalk board featuring the rotating beer menu which boasts 12 very strong draught selections including a highlight of St. Bernardus Abt 12 (not a beer you see very often on tap). By appearance the staff is rough-cut-tattooed-clad and bearded, except for the ladies, which rings current with the trend of most pubs of this genre, but were very friendly, intelligent and quite welcoming.
On Monday’s they feature an $8.50 flight which I was all over. My server Eric who was extremely polite and quite knowledgeable gave me the details on the menu and I quickly filled out the card and the beers were served. It was my first time trying DogFish Head Noble Rot and it was one of the best new beers I had tasted in a very long time.
Looking over the menu my eyes settled on the Local Sausage.The smoked chicken sausage included on the plate was near perfection. I can’t say that I’ve had a better tasting sausage elsewhere. Not too much smoke and just the right amount of spice. Balance!
The steak sandwich featured local cattle, while the cheese grits were tasty with the slight zest of pimento’s on the tongue. All in all the value of my meal was incredible for the quality. The staff was stellar! The beers were poured correctly and the glassware was appropriate. All key items you’re looking for when restaurants bluster their craft beer clout. If you’re not up for a beer they had what appeared to be a great wine selection also.
On the downside it appeared that there wasn’t much for parking, they do not take reservations and the bar is quite small. But if that’s all I have to complain about you’re doing OK.
The Local Republic is a Beer and Food Destination I highly recommend! You will not be disappointed! Next time I’m there I’m hoping the weather is a little nicer and I can sit outside.