In tomorrow’s AJC I have a review of The Georgia Pine, sister restaurant to Local Republic. I gave it a grade of 1 star.
The Georgia Pine is among the first to offer Lawrenceville a taste of chef-driven fare made with mindfully sourced ingredients, as well as craft beer, in a sleek, current space.
Yet, it has struggled to earn the trust of area residents with unfamiliar dishes like octopus with pickled ginger and rabbit with raisin jus.
The process is further complicated by awkward servers who don’t quite have restaurant rhythm, and the kitchen’s consistency issues as it tries to push the envelope with varying degrees of success.
The restaurant should shift its focus to what it does best — preparing approachable sandwiches and small plates for customers to pair with craft beer.
Your best option will be the honey pork and greens sandwich ($9). Take a Cuban roll, stuff it to bursting with honey-laced, slow-braised pork and red-peppered-collards and leave it soft so that the pork and collard juices just begin to seep in. There you have the best bite on the menu.
I hope the neighborhood will join in for the ride until The Georgia Pine hits its stride, and maybe more independent restaurants will follow.
Subscribers can read the full review on myajc.com.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog