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THE DISH: Daniel's Fresh Kitchen

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Staff Photos: Meghan Kotowski Daniel's Fresh Kitchen serves (from bottom left clockwise) baby back ribs with green beans, country fried steak with mashed potatoe and beans, and pulled pork with broccoli and macaroni with cheese.

On the menu

• Beef and vegetable soup — Sauteed beef tips and fresh vegetables in a homemade beef broth, $2.75 a cup, $4.50 a bowl

• Tilapia plate — Tilapia deep fried in Daniel’s black eye pea batter or Cajun seasoning. Served with two sides, $11

• Roasted chicken salad — Mix greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese and croutons topped with Rotisserie chicken, $7.49

• Four vegetable platter — Your choice for four vegetables, $7

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Daniel's Fresh Kitchen

Daniel's Fresh Kitchen

Daniel's Fresh Kitchen

1184 Lawrenceville Highway, Suite B, Lawrenceville

770-822-5511

Open since: April 1

Owner: Santos Aleman

Location: Daniel's Fresh Kitchen is located at the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Johnson Road, connected to the Citgo station.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week

Atmosphere: As they say, "Don't judge a book by its cover." And that applies to this new restaurant in Lawrenceville.

Daniel's Fresh Kitchen is connected to a gas station and the outside looks dark and aged. But when you enter the doors of the eatery, it feels like you've walked into a Southern nana's house complete with warm yellows, reds and browns.

The dining room is filled with wooden tables and chairs, wooden panels for accents and gray tiles to create dimension.

The interior has been decorated by the folks at Five Forks Antique Mall. There are several pieces of metal works hung up -- and for sale. Anything with a price tag can be purchased and taken home that day.

Other things for sale include side tables, metal spurs, pickled vegetables, vintage signs and wooden creations.

Menu: The menu is Southern barbecue with sandwiches and sides.

"We thought the neighborhood needed a little barbecue place," owner Santos Aleman said. "We have a lot of vegetables, all made fresh."

Aleman smokes babyback ribs, pork and brisket over hickory wood for hours every day. Other popular dishes include the country-fried steak and chicken wings.

There is also a rotisserie machine for the chicken, so guests can order whole, half or quarters of birds as a meal. The roasted chicken is served on a salad, if you want some green with your meal.

The sides that are made in-house include macaroni and cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, turnip greens and baby lima beans -- just to name a few.

Two interesting plates that seem out of place are the steak burrito and fajitas.

"These have been thrown on the menu because there are has been a lot of requests for them," Aleman said. "It gives people something different to choose from."

Besides the daily menu, Daniel's offers a variety of to-go options for families. People can call ahead of time to order racks of ribs, whole rotisserie chickens, wings and sides by the cup, pint and quart.

The restaurant is able to cater large events as well.

Things you might not know: The restaurant is a family endeavor. Between Aleman and his brothers, there is 20 years cooking experience in the kitchen.