My home is in Georgia. Although I was born in a land far far away, Georgia has been the only home I’ve ever known. Growing up, I’ve lived in various metro cities surrounding Atlanta. When I moved to Lawrenceville three years ago, I felt like I was in the outskirts for the first time.
The open land, country-style homes and neighborly southern accent makes it a hometown USA original. Seeing goats and horses while on a short drive to the grocery store is the norm. The Lawrencville town square resembles the fictitious town of Hill Valley, California from Back to the Future. Yep, it’s literally a square with a small park in the middle. There is even a clock tower that chimes every hour.
The people are truly amazing. Friendly and hospitable the way southerners are raised. You can’t walk by a person without exchanging salutations. Hang out here enough and everybody knows your name.
Along the square is my favorite local gastropub called Local Republic where they serve farm-to-table meals and limited edition craft beer. This rustic space was once a service station. Now, this place is crawling with local foodies every night.
My favorite items on the menu is EVERYTHING. I just love local good food. The service is what you would expect from a southern town and then some.
Lawrenceville is not famous nor has it been put on the map. It’s just a place I call home; somewhere in hometown USA.