Trouble With Toast

Movin’ out | December 9, 2009

As some of you may be aware, for the past year and a half, we have called Poncey-Highland home.  We were basically smack in the middle of Atlanta, with many of the city’s tastiest and most interesting restaurants located within a short walk or cab ride.  We often struggled with having too MANY dining choices (wah wah, I know).  For a food-crazed individual like myself, it was perfect–the true definition of “location, location, location.”

Then the bottom fell out.  After our air conditioning went kaput in July (of course) and our landlord was less than responsive in fixing it, we started getting a little suspicious about the state of the property.  As it turns out, our rent was not going to pay the mortgage, and the condo was facing foreclosure.  Long story short, after months of arguing with our landlord over whether he was going to make things right, we convinced him to cut us loose and let us out of our lease early.  Hooray!  We got out of there in record time and moved to Lawrenceville (about 30 miles north of Atlanta, for those not in the know).  It is definitely a good thing overall, as we have more space for the critters, we are closer to husband’s office, and I have a HUGE kitchen to play in.  The down side?  We are in chain restaurant hell.  Which brings me to today’s questions…

1) If there are any readers who are familiar with the Gwinnett county dining scene, such that it is, what are the places I should put in the “must try” column?

2) When you have moved to new places, what tools have you used to discover local dining options?  Do you just drive around and check things out?  Do you look in local media sources?  Sites like Yelp and Chowhound are great, but they have limited utility once you step outside the city borders.

Any ideas to jump start my little foodie brain would be much appreciated.  We did try out a local breakfast place last weekend (Little Barn; the verdict was mixed and I’ll post something eventually), but we’ve been pretty stumped otherwise in terms of where to start.

Thanks in advance!  Oh, and recipes will be following shortly…there are a couple of really good ones in the pipeline!



  1. Welcome to the boonies! I’m a California ->Decatur -> Loganville transplant Unfortunately, I have absolutely no wonderful little restaurant finds for you. But I’m really hoping that you stumble along some that you can point out to me!

    Comment by Jen — December 10, 2009 @ 2:39 am

  2. Thanks, Jen, and welcome to the site! I will do my best to highlight Gwinnett county’s local treasures. Once the holidays are over, the exploration will really begin in earnest.

    Comment by bettyjoan — December 11, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

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