A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:
Blessings Cottage offers cafe-like table seating inside the historic Hinton house, which was built in 1905, the same year the city of Dacula was incorporated. Blessings Cottage's menu offers a few breakfast selections - cinnamon rolls, muffins and bagels - while focusing on lunch items. The cafe serves sandwiches, including its signature chicken salad sandwich on croissant, which co-owner Sonya Kee said is the most popular lunch item. Hot sandwiches, wraps and salads round out lunch offerings.
2495 Fence Road, Dacula. 678-343-6012.
Ida's Pizza Kitchen
Ida's Pizza Kitchen has been open since 2006, serving up pizza, salads, calzones and hoagies. Ida's Special is a popular menu item, and the pizza is loaded with pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, black olives, tomatoes, bacon, ham and extra cheese. The garlic and honey pretzels made from pizza dough are also a treat.
1340 Pleasant Hill Road, Lawrenceville. 770-817-0666.
Sophia's Italian Cafe
Suwanee resident Chun Kim bought Sophia's Italian Cafe about two months ago. She, along with the original owner, Atlanta resident John Valentino, is continuing the eight-year tradition of offering homemade Italian fare. Sophia's offers traditional Italian dishes, including dinner favorites lasagna and shrimp alfredo. Sauces are homemade and the alfredo is Valentino's family recipe. Baked spaghetti is a popular lunch item, and a variety of sandwiches - meatball parmesan, chicken parmesan and eggplant parmesan - soups and salads round out the offerings. Sophia's serves beer and wine in addition to soft drinks, teas and coffee.
555 Progress Center Ave., Lawrenceville. 770-338-8279.
Houndstooth Grill & Tavern
Houndstooth Grill & Tavern exudes subtle elegance with attention to details, from the brown paper strings tied neatly around black cloth napkins to the intricate wall murals that reflect the restaurant's theme based on the sport of hunting. The restaurant offers a large variety of lunch and dinner menu options. Popular lunch items include sandwiches, soups and salads, while dinner favorites lean toward steaks and seafood. The scope of the menus, both lunch and dinner, means there's likely something for everyone, from burgers and fries to various pasta dishes.
6326 Grand Hickory Drive, Suite 200-A, Braselton. 770-967-2225
Diners can get their fill of Southern fare at Home Spun, which has been open for 17 years at the same location. The restaurant offers different meat and vegetable combinations each day of the week. Popular meats are fried chicken and pork chops, while popular veggies include sweet potato souffle, turnip greens and fried green tomatoes. Homemade peach cobbler, apple crisp, fudge cake, strawberry shortcake and lemon pie will satisfy a sweet tooth, and customers can wash down their fixins with a tall glass of sweet tea.
4992 Nelson Brogden Highway, Sugar Hill. 770-932-1164.