​Where the Locals Eat: Al Stilo

A self-proclaimed former “ITP snob,” Al Stilo moved to Lawrenceville with his wife and son ten years ago and “never looked back,” he says. “I worked for many years in Atlanta theater, I’m a foodie, and we love it here.”

Best Doughnuts: I used to drive a long way for special doughnuts, but I don’t have to do that anymore! I love Sarah Donuts on Jimmy Carter Boulevard — they’re phenomenal, super-fresh, filled doughnuts to order. We also love Twisted Doughnuts — they specialize in the over-the-top style of doughnuts; stuff you would see on Food Network. Donut Worry is another favorite, and they have a drive-thru for when I need a doughnut on the fly.

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Best Patios: I love McCray’s patio, but I also love the one at Local Republic. I love to be out there when the weather’s nice, drinking a craft beer, watching the people go by. You really get a feel for downtown Lawrenceville.

Best Farm to Table: I just love the tapas and wine pairings at Graft. It’s in Grayson, which still has a rural feel to it, and Graft capitalizes on that ambiance. It has the hominess of a rural home and the sophistication of urban dining.

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Best for the Family: Real Olive in Lawrenceville is great. They go off the menu for the kid who has a pickier palate. My son will get a custom plate of gyro meat and feta.

Best Cocktails: The mixologists at Three Blind Mice do really interesting cocktails, like this rosemary and black pepper drink I love called “Facts and Figures.” They’re right on par with bars in downtown Decatur.

Best Korean Barbecue: I’m not an all-you-can-eat kind of guy, but Breakers Korean BBQ in Duluth is just fantastic. It’s like walking into a club for twenty-year-olds. They suggested this blue drink before we sat down and we loved it. It’s really fun and the food is just amazing.

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Want more local food picks? Read recommendations from Michael Park, Nick Masino and Kimberley Everett