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Results: What are your favorite restaurants and bars in Gwinnett County?

With so many great places to eat and drink in Gwinnett County, it's difficult to narrow down to the best. We asked you to vote on your favorite places to eat and drink around Gwinnett, and here's what you picked:

Local Republic serves up craft beer and creative burgers, like "The Sink," which which starts with a sunny side up egg, plus whatever else the kitchen wants to add on. PHOTO CREDIT: Ben Bailey

Best overall restaurant, best burger: Local Republic, Lawrenceville

The Lawrenceville gastropub will move from its current location to one on North Perry Street later this year . The team behind the restaurant will also open Strange Taco Bar late this year or early next year.  Read more about Local Republic's burger here.

Local Republic, 225 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 678-205-4782,


Best bakery: Special Kneads & Treats, Lawrenceville

The non-profit bake shop -- which makes cupcakes, cheesecakes and other types of cakes -- employs special needs adults in Gwinnett County  and sells to elder care facilities and food cooperatives in addition to the public.

Special Kneads & Treats, 138 E. Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 678-237-7147,


Best bar: McCray's Tavern, Lawrenceville

The bar serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, in addition to having more than 40 beers on tap. There's also a Smyrna location, and a Midtown location is set to open later this year.

McCray's Tavern, 100 N. Perry St., Lawrenceville. 770-407-6754,


Best barbecue: Tipsy Pig, Lilburn

Situated in a Shell gas station, Tipsy Pig serves up pulled pork, pork ribs, chicken, Brunswick Stew and a variety of sides.  prides itself on having "the best butts in town."

Tipsy Pig, 3020 Five Forks Trickum Road SW, Lilburn. 770-885-5313,


Best breakfast/lunch: Peachtree Cafe, Lawrenceville

The extensive menu features omelets, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, salads and more.

Peachtree Cafe, 50 S. Clayton St., Lawrenceville. 678-377-8745,


Best cheap eats: Blinky's, Snellville

Blinky's serves up chicken wings, burgers, salads, fish and desserts for those on a budget.

Blinky's, 2115 Main St., Snellville. 678-691-0533,


Summer Thai Shrimp appetizer from Lavendar Asian Bistro, 1195 Scenic Highway in Lawrenceville / AJC file photo

Best Chinese: Lavender Asian Bistro, Lawrenceville

The restaurant features Chinese and Thai classics and also has a gluten-free menu.

Lavender Asian Bistro, 1195 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville. 770-982-3887,


Best coffee shop: Grayson Coffee House, Grayson

The downtown Grayson spot serves Atherns-roasted Jittery Joe's coffee and pastries from Graft Restaurant, also in Grayson.

Grayson Coffee House, 502 Grayson Pkwy., Grayson. 770-837-3448,


Best happy hour: Marlow's Tavern, Buford/Duluth

The bar and restaurant has several metro Atlanta locations that offer classic pub fare and a full bar menu.

Marlow's Tavern, Mall of Georgia 3333, Buford, 678-765-8689 and 1950 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, 770-622-2033.


Best Indian: Currylicious, Duluth

The spot serves up classic Indian fare such as Tikka Masala and and tandoori chicken, a variety of vegetarian dishes and more offbeat Indian street fare.

Currylicious, 2400 Satellite Blvd., Duluth. 678-878-3410,


Best Japanese: Shogun Japanese Steak & Sushi Bar, Buford/Duluth

There's a little bit of everything at Shogun, from hibachi specials to sushi and Japanese entrees.

Shogun Japanese Steak & Sushi Bar, Mall of Georgia at 3420 Buford Drive, Buford, 678-541-6000  and 860 Duluth Hwy., Lawrenceville, 678-638-2299.


Breakers signature menu items of chicken, pork belly and short ribs, served with starters, sauces & sides including kimchi, Miso soup with spinach, rice wrap, sweet radish wrap and rice. The beef short rib is slowly smoked and pre-cut with premium wooden lump charcoals. The chicken is sliced thighs marinated with Breakers' award winning spicy-sweet sauce. Marbled slices of pork belly in Breakers' wine sauce. (

Best Korean: Breakers Korean BBQ, Duluth

The Korean barbecue spot has gotten national attention, being named the best Korean restaurant in the country by restaurant search site Tabelog . AJC dining writer Wyatt Williams awarded Breakers two stars when he reviewed it in September 2015.

Breakers Korean BBQ, 3505 Gwinnett Place, Duluth. 770-946-1000,


Best Mediterranean: Messina's, Lawrenceville

Messina's is known for its pizzas but also features gyros and other pita sandwiches and Mediterranean sides and entrees. The restaurant also has a full wine list and an attached beer growler shop.

Messina's, 4075 Lawrenceville Hwy. NW, Lawrenceville. 770-935-9990,


Best Mexican: Taqueria Los Hermanos, Lawrenceville/Lilburn/Suwanee

The Mexican favorite has been in business since 2000 and is known for its tacos and house margaritas. In addition to its Gwinnett locations, there's also a Los Hermanos in Tucker.

Taqueria Los Hermanos, various locations,


Best Pizza: Fini's, Lawrenceville

Italian-born owner Massimo Fini's restaurant serves up pizza by the slice, calzones and more.

Fini's, 1032 Old Peachtree Rd. NW, Lawrenceville. 678-205-3872,


Best Sandwich Shop: Bleu House Cafe, Norcross

The spot -- attached to The Market Norcross -- features house-made sandwiches, wraps and salads.

Bleu House Cafe, 23 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross. 770-209-0016,


Best Service: Five Spice-Asian Fusion, Duluth and Local Republic, Lawrenceville (tie)

Five Spice cooks up Thai, Chinese and Japanese dishes, while Local Republic features small plates and burgers.

Five Spice-Asian Fusion, 6575 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 770-813-1319,

Local Republic, 225 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 678-205-4782,


Best Thai: Thai Diner, Lawrenceville

The Thai Diner menu offers up currys, rice and noodle dishes and Thai fish dishes.

Thai Diner, 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville. 678-847-5936,


Best Vietnamese: Saigon Cafe, Buford/Duluth/Lawrenceville

The metro Atlanta chain also has locations in Decatur, Alpharetta, Woodstock and Smyrna.

Saigon Cafe, various locations.



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