Lobsta, Johns Creek Style

Named one of Georgia’s “100 Plates Locals Love”

Kathleen’s Catch of Johns Creek has been awarded the 2017/2018 “100 Plates Locals Love” distinction by Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division (GDEcD). Georgia Tourism’s third annual list of “100 Plates Locals Love” is featured in the state’s culinary guide, Georgia Eats.

Different from the average restaurateur, Kathleen Hulsey, owner of Kathleen’s Catch, opened her fish market to provide fresh seafood options that aren’t available in a grocery store. Her passion for quality is behind everything she sells. “I use only fresh lobster meat, which means that I don’t sell lobster rolls year round,” says Hulsey.  “We start up in June and go through the end of the year. I would rather make the perfect lobster roll half a year than serve mediocrity all year long.”

Johns Creek was a natural fit when choosing a location for her business, keeping her commute short (she lives in the city!) and allowing her to work with neighbors and friends on a daily basis. “It’s a great area for a store like mine,” says Hulsey.  “People here appreciate the unique aspect of Kathleen’s Catch and they love fresh fish. They’re very quick to support small business and the city government itself is very business-friendly.” Johns Creek is home to one of the store’s two locations, with the second market located in Milton.

Hulsey’s lobster roll is just one of many unique dining experiences in Johns Creek. The city is a foodie’s paradise, home to more than 125 restaurants representing 25 countries. From Italian and Indian, to Cuban and Greek – or just that classic, can’t-go-wrong burger – there’s always a new dish to discover.

“Culinary experiences continue to be one of the top drivers of visitor interest when planning a vacation,” says Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Georgia offers visitors unique food and beverage experiences in every corner of the state, and the Georgia Eats guide makes it easy for visitors and locals to discover the many flavors of Georgia.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division highlights the state’s culinary greatness in the official guide Georgia Eats. The Tourism Division creates this informative and inspiring guide to entice visitors to sample the state’s world-class cuisine. Georgia Tourism created “100 Plates Locals Love” as a way to provide visitors with locally sourced suggestions, the same way we would recommend restaurants to our family and friends. As a part of the “100 Plates Locals Love” designation, each restaurant is featured in the Georgia Eats culinary guide, which is distributed via the 12 Visitor Information Centers statewide; on the state’s consumer tourism website ExploreGeorgia.org; and on Explore Georgia’s social media channels.

This year, more than 750 “plates” were nominated via ExploreGeorgia.org and evaluated by a panel of judges. The third annual list of “100 Plates Locals Love” features favorite dishes from across the state.