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Hometown Wanderlust: La Joya

By June 28, 2016October 11th, 2017No Comments

Hometown Wanderlust is an adventurous, weekly blog featuring one girl’s experiences with food, music, shopping, biking and life in general around Dublin GA. This week, Dublin GA’s favorite redhead immerses herself a favorite local spot to indulge during #TacoTuesday!



There’s a certain satisfaction that comes from discovering that off the beaten path, little spot that you quickly learn you can’t live without. A music shop, favorite salon, consignment store or GENERALLY in my case, a local eatery. You anticipate the next visit as you are leaving. Your mouth anticipates every taste as soon as the doors push open. A hidden jewel remarkably located on one of Dublin’s busiest corners: La Joya.



I ate La Joya twice last week, 5 times short of being enough for sure. There’s something about authenticity, freshness and passion that makes anything, especially food just delectable.

This visit, however, is not just for tacos. Today the Visit Dublin GA team lunch together for the last time. After almost year together as a fantastic four-some, we say goodbye to our Analisse, our artistic heart. These milestones we mark over meals. Highs and lows, coming together and leaving on a different paths, food always seems to bring people together in the best ways. For us, it is no different.

A round of warm, homemade tortilla chips and freshly prepared salsa hits the spot as we chat, reminiscing about the past and discussing the future. And another round…


Our meals arrive to the usual oooh’s and ahhh’s. My current favorite: Tongue Tacos smothered in onions and cilantro emitting their most spectacular aroma. Does the caddy of homemade verde and carne sauces make the meal? No, but a drizzle certainly brings the heat and adds that something.

Owner, Yadira Lopez, pauses from clearing tables, delivering steaming plates and chatting with her customers to stop by and check on us which is common place anytime you eat at La Joya. How was everything? “The Chili Rellenos are ALMOST good enough to make me stay,” Analisse giggles.

See, the power of food.

I was lucky enough to discover this quaint little eatery years ago and between the warm welcome, amazing service and…the food I’ve been happy to share many memories at their tables. And I can honestly say La Joya truly is… a jewel.

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