Adairsville Inn - Adairsville
100 South Main Street – 770 878-9695
AJ's Dockside Restaurant - Tybee Island
1315 Chatham Avenue - 912 786-9533
Athen’s Discount Drug Store (ADD Drug)– Athens
1695 South Lumpkin – 706 548-2239
Lunch counter is open Monday-Friday 9am to 5 pm and Saturday 9am to 3:30pm. Closed Sunday.
Aunt Gail's Bake Shoppe - Watkinsville
(18 South Barnett Shoals Road, 30677 - 706 769-7398) Originally a bakery, it later turned into a restaurant serving traditional country breakfast Monday through Friday. Pancakes are offered on Saturdays. Lunch offers the choice of three entrees (Country Fried Steak, Meat Loaf, Fried Chicken, etc) and six vegetables. A daily lunch special is featured. Closed Sundays.
B&J’s – Darien
901 Northway St. - 912 437-2122
Serving Monday – Saturday 7am-9pm and Sunday 8am-2pm. Order up the fried shrimp platter.
Barbara Jean's - St. Simons Island
214 Mallory Street - 912 634-6500
Popular spot in the Pier Village so you may wait a bit during tourist season. Start your meal with a basket of fresh baked bread (jalapeno cornbread, pumpkin bread, and wheat rolls --- bring it on!). Entree highlights include the home-cooked veggie plate or the fried seafood specialties. Try the cobbler with whipped cream for dessert. Other locations: Ponte Vedra Beach FL (15 South Roscoe Blvd. - 904-280-7522), Amelia Island FL (960030 Gateway Blvd. - 904-277-3700), Beaufort SC (47 Ferry Road) and Charleston (99 South Market Street)
Barbeque Shack - Athens
4320 Lexington Rd - 706 613-6752
Open just two days a week (Lunch and Dinner on Friday and Saturday). University of Georgia students pack this place for BBQ, stew, cole slaw and baked beans, homemade cakes and a dynamite banana pudding.
Beautiful Restaurant - Atlanta
2218 Cascade Road Southwest – 404 752-5931
Soul Food joint.
Bill's BBQ – Hull
10010 Fortson Store Road - 706 549-4949
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Monday.
Biscuit Place, The – Washington
107 Andrew Drive; 706 678-4121
Try the pork tenderloin or salmon croquette biscuit. Owner is Phil Tanner, who has been featured on Alton Brown's "Feasting on Asphalt" program on the Food Network.
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294 N. Cherokee Road, GA Hwy 11 - 770 464-2131
In my opinion, one of the very best, Southern eateries anywhere. The restaurant is located in a beautiful antebellum-style home that was built back in 1917. Open daily for Lunch and Supper. Cool lemonade is often served on the porch by real Southern belles wearing hoop skirts. Visitors from more than 150 countries have signed the guest book here. Owner Billie Van Dyke once said, “When people come in looking for low-fat food, we tell them to go eat at the hospital”. Diners pay one price and eat from the buffet until they are fully satisfied. This place has two rules: No one goes home hungry and everybody has to have at least two desserts. The fried green tomatoes here are second to none. The late Southern humorist Lewis Grizzard summed it up best when he stated, “I’d have to give The Blue Willow Inn my absolute highest mark – five bowls of turnip greens.”
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES
1 ½ cups of well-shaken buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 ½ cups self-rising all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 large green tomatoes, cut into ¼ inch thick slices
2 cups vegetable oil
In a bowl whisk together buttermilk, eggs, 1 tablespoon flour,
½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
Immerse tomato slices in mixture. In a 12-inch heavy skillet,
heat oil over moderate heat until a candy thermometer registers 350 degrees.
While oil is heating, in a bowl whisk together remaining flour,
½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
Dredge tomato slices, one at a time, in seasoned flour,
shaking off excess, and fry tomatoes in batches of 6
(do not crowd skillet) until golden brown and crisp on both sides.
Transfer tomato slices to paper towels to drain and sprinkle with salt to taste.
Serves four to six.
Brinson's BBQ – Millen
3924 West Old Savannah Road - 478 982-4570
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 7am to 7pm, Friday and Saturday 9am to 9pm
Buckner’s Family Restaurant – Jackson
1168 Bucksnort Rd – 770 775-6150
Family-style home cooking.
Busy Bee Cafe - Atlanta
810 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive S - 404 525-9212
Southern Cookin' since 1947. Daily lunch specials may include Meat Loaf, Neckbones, Beef Short Ribs, Fried Chicken and Fish, and Liver and Onions.
Bynum's Diner - Valdosta
2175 N Ashley St - 229 247-6263
Serves lunch every day from 11am to 2pm.
Campton Restaurant – Monroe
2670 Highway 11 N. - 770 267-4510
Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Thursday from 11am-9pm, Friday ‘til 9:30pm. Saturday hours from 4-9pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Carver's Country Kitchen - Atlanta
118 W. Marietta St. - 404-794-4410
Westside Atlanta corner grocery turned luncheonette. Sharon Carver is famous for her casseroles and also makes a mean meat loaf, country-fried pork chop, pot roast with sweet carrots and potatoes, collards, and Creole cabbage. Regulars rave about the collard greens and pineapple casserole. The sweet potato casserole is highlighted with a distinct brandy flavor. Don't miss the chicken 'n dumplings and be sure to save room for Sharon's famous Coca-Cola cake or homemade cookies for dessert. Good ol’ down home eats in a very casual, relaxed setting.
Chicken House - Lincolnton
117 Anthony Street - 706 359-5330
Open 10am to 8pm every day but Sunday.
Chonell's - Athens
2361 W Broad St - 706 549-2114
Breakfast and lunch served Monday – Friday 8am to 4pm. Great home cooking.
Clary's Cafe – Savannah
Abercorn & Jones St - 312 233-0402
Featured in the movie and book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". Great spot for breakfast with a deli menu for the rest of the day. Start out your day with their homemade Corned Beef Hash. Good biscuits and pancakes as well! Second location at Habersham and 61st Street.
Colonnade Restaurant – Atlanta
1879 Cheshire Bridge Road Northeast - 404 874-5642
Country's BBQ - Columbus
2016 12th Avenue – 706 327-7702
Owned by Jim Morpeth and housed in a retro bus depot. BBQ pork, salads, veggies and desserts.
Crab Trap - St Simons Island
1209 Ocean Blvd - 912 638-3552
Famous for their oysters, shrimp, grouper, hush puppies, and terrific battered french fries.
Daddy D's BBQ – Atlanta
264 Memorial Drive - 404 222-0206
Daphne Lodge – Cordele
2502 US Hwy 280 West - 229-273-2596
In operation since 1952, recognized as one of the top catfish restaurants in the country.
Desposito's Seafood Restaurant - Savannah
187 Macceo Drive - 912 897-9963
Shack style seafood restaurant opened it’s doors in 1982. Owned and operated by the Boone family. Diners here eat off newspaper lined tables. The menu is basic: Boiled Shrimp, Boiled Crabs in season, Snow Crab legs, Low Country Basket (Shrimp, Corn on the Cob, Sausage, and Potato Salad), Deviled Crab, Steamed Oysters, Chili, Corn on the Cob, Cole Slaw, and Potato Salad. British actor Timothy Dalton once called Desposito’s “the best restaurant I ever ate at.” Founder Walton Boone has said “We treat everyone alike, wealthy or not, like home folks. This is just a little ole country hick place where everyone can let their hair down.” Pecan Pie is offered for dessert, and Yoo Hoo chocolate drink is a featured beverage. They have a terrific Spicy Shrimp Salad served with Saltine Crackers and Cole Slaw; portions of this delicacy are rather small, but quite tasty!!! Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.
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768 Franklin Street (Hwy 441) - 800 541-0671 and 706 746-5348
Hungry mountain visitors have been finding their way to the Dillard House for more than 80 years. Dillard House offers hearty, all-you-can-eat meals with some of the best home cooking to be found anywhere. First opened as a boarding house called “Oaklawn” back in 1916. Actor Burt Reynolds ate here during the filming of Deliverance. Other famous guests of the past include Harvey Firestone, Walt Disney, Jimmy Carter, and Thomas Edison. Be sure to check out the Dillard House Cookbook, which is listed in our Recommended Reading section.
Dillard House Grandma’s Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce
2 cups molasses
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
Cream together the molasses, butter, and sugar. Sift all dry ingredients together
and mix into creamed mixture alternately with milk. Beat well.
Bake in a greased and floured 9”x13” baking pan in pre-heated 300 degree oven for 1 hour.
Lemon Sauce Icing
2 tablespoons cornstarch
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
6 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons margarine
Mix cornstarch, salt and sugar. Stir in water slowly.
Cook about 15 minutes, stirring constantly. Add other ingredients.
Stir until well blended. Spread on gingerbread. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Dinglewood Pharmacy - Columbus [Photo]
1939 Wynnton Rd – 706 322-0616
In business for over 75 years as soda fountain and pharmacy, Dinglewood Pharmacy is wned by acting pharmacist Terry Hurley. Scrambled Dogs are a curious specialty here and cnsists of an open face hot dog bun in a paper tray, covered with two hot dogs cut into bite size pieces, a secret recipe chili, mustard, ketchup, onions, oyster crackers, pickles and, if desired, cheese. Grab a bag of chips and wash it all down with a Cherry Coke. The Dinglewood served to Prince Charles in the Georgia Governor’s mansion during a visit in 1976. Their chili was served in the White House during the Jimmy Carter administration. Lunch counter opens Monday – Friday from 10:45am to 5:45pm and Saturday from 10am –3pm. Closed Sunday.
Evan's Fine Foods - Atlanta [Photo]
2125 North Decatur Road - 404 634-6294
Monday to Saturday they’re open from 5:30am to 8:30pm. Breakfast is served until 11:30am on weekdays. On Saturday you can order from the breakfast menu until 1:30; lunch and dinner available too. Closed Sunday.
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1811 Piedmont Road - 404 607-1622
Monday to Thursday they open from 11:30am to 11:30pm, Friday 11:30am to 12:30am and Sunday 12:30pm to 11:30pm.
Fincher's Barbecue – Macon
3947 Houston Avenue - 478-788-1900
In operation for over 60 years now, Fincher's serves up tasty ribs, pork chops, and other superbly smoked pigmeat curbside. Recognized by Turner South's Blue Ribbon program as one of the best Q joints in Dixie.
Fish Net - Lake Park
3949 Sportsman's Cove Rd - 229 559-5410
Open Thursday and Friday from 5pm to 9:30pm; Saturday from 4:30pm-9:30pm. After hours you can call 229-300-6010 to make a reservation.
Fresh Air BBQ - Jackson
1164 Highway 42 - 770 775-3182
A second location in Macon at 3076 Riverside Drive
Georgia Pig - Brunswick
2712 US Hwy 17 - 912 264-6664
Nestled in an area deliberately left primitive to match its rustic theme, this highway BBQ joint is a favorite of Food Critic Craig Claiborne. A printed brochure available at the restaurant touts the nutritional value of pork BBQ. The pigs here are cooked over oak and hickory in a brick oven. One caution: the water and iced tea can have a rather strong sulfur taste … due to the curious flavor of the local water. This is certainly an acquired taste!
Gladys & Ron's Chicken & Waffles - Atlanta
529 Peachtree Street - 404 874-9393
Opened in 1997 by soul singer Gladys Knight and gospel belter Ron Winans. Try the Sweet Potato Cheesecake for dessert! Second location in Lithonia at 7301 Stonecrest Concourse
Gold Plate Restaurant - Valdosta
1104 S Patterson St - 229 244-8102
Greenwood's on Green Street - Roswell
1087 Green Street - 770 992-5383
Meatloaf with onions, local trout, rich broccoli casserole, and scrumptious pies. Be prepared for long waits on some weekends, but well worth the time invested. Voted Atlanta's "Best Meat and Three" Eatery by Creative Loafing newspaper.
The Grit – Athens
199 Prince Avenue - 706 543-6592
This is not your traditional meat and three establishment. In fact, you won't find much meat at all because it is primarily an eclectic vegetarian hangout in the shadows of the UGA campus. You will, however, find some creative twists on Southern favorites ... sample the sweet potato fries or the flavorful collard greens seasoned with soy and hot sauces. The result is some tasty down-home veggies with none of the guilt. The Grit Cookbook can be purchased at the restaurant. That's the nitty gritty.
H & H Soul Food – Macon
807 Forsyth Street - 478 742-9810
Featured in the July 2000 issue of the Oxford American, his soul food joint was once a favorite hangout of the Allman Brothers Band. Selections here include collard greens, baked ham, cornbread, meat loaf, creamed corn, and pecan pie. Closed Sunday.
Harold's BBQ - Atlanta
171 McDonough Blvd SE - 404 627-9268
Located a hop, skip, and a jump from the state pen, but don't let the neighborhood or bars on the window scare you off. Harold Hembree serves up some killer BBQ here: sliced pork BBQ is offered up on white toast. Religious stickers adorn the walls. Lunch and dinner Monday – Wednesday 11am-4pm, and Thursday – Saturday 11am-8pm; closed Sunday.
Heavy's BBQ – Crawfordville
2288 S Parta Road Southeast - 706 456-2445
"Heavy" Grant (who recently died) and his family have a very unique establishment just off I-20. It is best described as part museum, part bbq joint. Good pork sandwich with a tasty vinegar based sauce (somewhat unusual in this part of the country). The homemade Brunswick Stew is also worth a slurp. The kids will enjoy looking the mounted game and vast collection of ball caps on the interior walls. Outside you'll find a vintage yellow Coca Cola wagon and an odd, Rube Goldberg-like contraption that must be seen to be believed. The machine (pictured in one of our accompanying photos) will surely kick your butt if Heavy's Q doesn't do the job first! Heavy’s was recently used as the backdrop for the bar scene in the movie Get Low starring Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek.
Hickory Pig – Gainesville
3605 Thompson Bridge Road – 770 503-5235
Home Cafe – Lincolnton
120 Washington Hwy - 706 359-3815
Fine home cooking since 1945.
Hot Thomas BBQ - Watkinsville
(3753 Highway 15 - 706 769-6550) Folks had been buying juicy Georgia peaches here since 1954. But that ended when the trees died. They’ve been selling BBQ since 1984 and still do. They also make a tasty slaw and stew. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10:30am to 5:30pm.
Jay's Fish Hut – Brunswick
1209 Gloucester Street - 912 554-2114
Lunch offerings at Jay's come with the fresh catch of your choice, red potatoes and corn on the cob.
Johnny Harris Restaurant - Savannah
1651 East Victory Drive - 912 354-7810
Serving Savannah since 1924, Johnny Harris is best known for BBQ. Menu features BBQ Pork and Ribs swimming in their famous, award winning sauce and a wide variety of Steaks, Chicken, Seafood dishes and Soups, including Brunswick Stew. AAA and Mobil approved. They have earned our seal of approval as well!
King's Grill - Valdosta
200 N Patterson - 229 242-5897
Open Monday – Friday from 8am to 3pm. Go early; they stop serving at 2:30.
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311 Congress Street - 912 233-2600
Paula Deen’s restaurant. A favorite of John Berendt, author of the fine book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". Website includes a virtual tour of the restaurant.
Lankford Manor - Tifton
401 Love Avenue - 229 382-9172
Leopold's Ice Cream – Savannah
212 East Broughton Street - in the Historic District - 912 234-4442
Lil Kim's Cove - Columbus
101 4th Street - 706 323-3315
Biker bar and grill serving good fried steak or chicken sandwiches along with good french fries. Pool tables and dart boards too!
Love’s Seafood & Steak – Savannah
6817 Basin Road - 912 925-3616
A tradition since 1949, Love’s is located on the scenic Ogeechee River just 15 minutes from historic Downtown Savannah. Simply fine coastal dining in a rustic atmosphere. One of the filming location for the hit movie “Forrest Gump,” Love’s can accommodate over 250 diners at a time. The menu may feature Crab Stew, Seafood Gumbo, Alligator Fingers, Georgia’s White Shrimp, and much more although their specialty is the Fried Catfish - pulled from the Ogeechee River. Desserts may include Key Lime Pie and Bourbon Pecan Pie. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to 10pm and Sunday from 12pm-9pm.
Ma Gooch's Restaurant - Cleveland
318 North Main Street - 706 865-2023
Mamie's Kitchen Biscuits - Covington
11425 Brown Bridge Road – 770 788-1270
A master biscuit maker named Elnora has been baking here for over two decades adorning her fluffy creations with country ham or some creamy sausage gravy.
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224 Ponce de Leon Ave NE - 404 876-1800
Mary Mac’s Tea Room is a relic from an era forty or so years ago, when Atlanta had a dozen or more tea rooms. It is located in what is called midtown Atlanta, just steps away from the fabulous Fox Theatre. This tea room was founded by a lady named Mary McKenzie. When she was bought out by Margaret Lupo in 1962, McKenzie’s cozy eatery had about 75 seats. It now seats over 350 people and serves around 2,000 meals each day! Lupo passed away in 1998, but she is still worshipped here. In fact, printed programs from her funeral are made available to the faithful at the restaurant’s cashier station. Mary Mac’s is famous for it’s delicious Fried Chicken. They also feature fresh country vegetables, hot baked breads, and old fashioned puddings for dessert. The cornbread is served up with a cup of pot likker. Daily specials include the likes of Chicken Pot Pie, Salmon Patties, Beef Tips over Rice, and Fried Catfish with Hushpuppies. Mary Mac’s even offers Buttermilk among their list of beverages. Adding to the relaxing, old-time atmosphere is a elderly gentleman softly playing pop standards of yesteryear on a piano in the front of the eatery. Another asset not to be overlooked is a gem of a waitress by the name of Flo. Flo has been employed here for well over 20 years and she has attracted quite a following during that time. Her smile and bubbly personality are infectious. If there was a Waitress Hall of Fame, she would be a first ballot inductee in my book. Flo rules!!!
Mary Mac’s Sweet Potato Souffle
½ can evaporated milk (6 oz.)
½ cup sugar
½ cup melted margarine
1 tablespoon softened margarine
1 teaspoon lemon extract
4 large sweet potatoes (boiled and whipped)
dash of nutmeg
dash of vanilla extract
dash of baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bast 9” x 11” baking pan with softened margarine.
Mix milk, sugar, melted margarine, sweet potatoes, nutmeg, extracts, and baking powder.
Fold eggs into the mixture last. Beat to whipped consistency. Bake for 30 minutes.
Masada Café at the United House of Prayer for All People – Savannah
2301 West Bay Street – 912 236-9499
Open every day but Monday from 11am-5pm.
Matthews Cafeteria - Tucker
2299 Main Street – 770 939-2357
Minnie's Uptown Restaurant - Columbus
104 8th Street - 706 322-2766
Outstanding fried chicken, mashed potatoes and squash casserole. A dish called "Country Captain" is served on Tuesday which is chicken, tomato, curry, raisin mix served over rice. Some say spice traders brought the recipe here via the Port of Savannah. General George Patton ate here from time to time and loved this unique Georgia specialty.
Ms. Jane's Restaurant – Warrenton
542 Main Street - 706 465-3882
Mrs. Bea’s Soul Food Kitchen – Albany
1626 E. Broad – 229 420-6996
Open at 11am for lunch Monday through Friday.
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(107 W Jones - 912 232-5997)
This world famous eatery would certainly make my Top 10 list of outstanding down home restaurants. The meals are served up family style and no one goes away hungry. Everything is top notch – from the sweet tea to the satisfying desserts. Mrs. Wilke’s is highly recommended; do not miss it!
Mudcat Charlie's – Brunswick
250 Ricefield Way - 912 261-0055
Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Opens at 11am and closes at 9pm Sun-Thursday. Stays open ‘til 10pm Friday and Saturday.
Neal’s Barbecue – Thomson
664 Augusta Road - 706 595-2594
Hash & rice is good!
Nu Way Weiners - Macon
428 Cotton Avenue - 478 743-1368
There are 9 other locations around town. Check out their website for addresses but the Cotton Avenue store is really the place to go, an original. Food critic John T. Edge calls this "Georgia's best dog house."
OK Cafe - Atlanta
1284 West Pacesferry Road NW - 404 233-2888
Located in the Buckhead section of town.
Old Clinton Barbecue - Gray
4214 Gray Hwy. - 912 986-3225
Second location in Milledgeville.
Old House Restaurant - Statham
2025 Atlanta Hwy - 770 725-5548
Open for breakfast and lunch, Monday – Saturday from 6am-2pm. Saturday you can order breakfast all day or order from the lunch menu. Lunch at the Old House features an all you can eat buffet with three meats, a dozen or so veggies and tempting. Homemade desserts.
Old South BBQ House - Valdosta
1706 W Hill Ave. - 229 247-6700
Open Monday through Friday from 11am to 3pm.
Our Way Cafe - Decatur
303 E College Ave - 404-292-9356
Daily meat specials served up with veggies like Grandma used to make include large wedges of cornbread with each entree. Vegetarian entrees are available Tuesday and Thursday. In addition, the vegetables are not cooked in meat so you can order a vegetable platter on the other days. Hours are Monday through Friday from 11am – 8pm.
Paschal's Restaurant – Atlanta
180 B. Northside Dr. - 404 525-2023
Upscale southern cuisine in the heart of the Castleberry Hill District.
Paul's - Lexington
Hwy 78 E – 706 743-3376
Open on Saturdays and the 4th of July, this is an old store serving BBQ, stew, baked beans, cole slaw, pickle, iced tea and light bread. Eat in or take out … but come early; supplies are limited. Check this place out!!!
Pink Pig – Cherrylog
824 Cherrylog Street - 706 632-2403
Poole's Real Pit BBQ - East Ellijay
164 Craig Street - 706 635-4100
Opens Thursday through Sunday at 11am.
Ray's Mill Pond Cafe - Ray City
841 Ramblinwood Rd - 229 455-4075
Open Thursday through Saturday for dinner.
Riverbend - Thomaston
202 Riverbend Rd - 706 647-9738
Robert’s Restaurant - Lithonia
2800 Evans Mill Road - 770 484-3355
Open Tuesday through Saturday 11am-8pm.
Rose Hill Seafood Co. - Columbus
2621 Hamilton Rd - 706 322-4410
Family owned for over 20 years, it’s the most popular fish house in Columbus. Folks just love their hushpuppies, too. Oysters on the Half Shell year round. Open Wednesday through Saturday 10:30am-9pm.
Salvador's Delicatessen- Brunswick
205 Gloucester Street - 912 264-1543
Sconyers’ BBQ - Augusta [Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4]
2250 Sconyers Way - 706 790-5411
This huge BBQ palace has 6 dining rooms and seats over 400 people. Owner Larry Sconyers has a license plate that reads "NO. 1 PIG". Sconyers still mixes the sauce himself. Hams are cooked over wood coals for a minimum of 12 hours using his own patented cooking process. They serve a good chopped pork sandwich. They’ve even catered a banquet on the White House lawn. Lunch and dinner Tuesday - Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday; new hours of operation are Thursday through Saturday from 10 am 'til 10 pm.
Silver Skillet, The - Atlanta
200 14th Street - 404 874-1388
Specialties include homemade biscuits with rich white gravy.
Smith House - Dahlonega
84 S Chestatee - 800 852-9577 or 706 867-7000
Meals are served family style in a Blue Ridge Mountain boarding house tradition that started more than 70 years ago. Many recipes date back nearly 100 years. The house still stands on top of a vein of famous Dahlonega gold. The Smith House often serves 2,000 meals a day on busy weekends. Fred and Shirley Welch are 3rd generation owners and have been at it since 1970. Tables are heavily laden with Fried Chicken, Beef Stew, Corn, Beans, Black Eyed Peas, Ham, Dumplings, Angel Biscuits, Okra, Candied Yams and more. Dessert may feature Fruit Cobbler or Strawberry Shortcake. Some of the more renowned menu items are the famous Smith House Rolls, the fantastic Squash Casserole, Country Fried Steak and the Banana Fritters. No one goes away hungry.
The Smith family (the original owners) turned their home into an Inn in 1922 and the price of a room and meals was just $1.50 a day!. Mrs. Smith handled all the cooking for the then 22-seat dining room. The dining room has since been enlarged considerably. The Inn is still in operation and makes for an ideal weekend getaway. Rates vary depending on the time of year. While you’re there be sure to make a stop at the Smith House's Country Store. You can take home a cookbook or some delicious jams and jellies. This place is highly recommended.
Smith House Pecan Pie
1 9” pie crust
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup dark corn syrup
½ cup whipped cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup brandy
1 cup pecan halves
In small mixing bowl, beat eggs, sugar, salt, butter, syrup an cream.
Stir in vanilla, brandy and pecans. Pour into pastry-lined pie pan.
Bake 40-50 minutes at 375 degrees or until filling is set and pastry is golden brown.
Cool and serve. Yield: 8-10 servings.
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2020 Demere Rd – 912 638-SOUL
Speed's Kitchen - Shellman Bluff
1191 Speeds Kitchen Road – 912-832-4763
Open Thursday through Saturday from 5pm-9:30pm and Sunday from noon to 8pm. Local shrimp and oyster stew.
Sprayberry's BBQ - Newnan
229 Jackson Street - 770 253-4421
Second location at I-85, exit 47.
Swallow At The Hollow – Roswell
1072 Green Street - 678 352-1975
All items here are made from scratch ... including bread and pickles. Pork, ribs, turkey (all smoked) are the specialties. . Live country or bluegrass music is often performed here. Open Wednesday – Sunday at 11am
Sweet Auburn Bread Company – Atlanta
234 Auburn Avenue NE - 404 221-1157
Thelma’s Kitchen and Rib Shack– Atlanta
302 Auburn Avenue – 404-688-5855
Open 8am to 6pm every day.
Vandy's - Statesboro
22 West Vine Street - 912 764-2444
The Varsity Drive-In - Atlanta [Photo 1 | Photo 2]
61 North Avenue at I-75 - 404 881-1706
Six locations to choose from but try the original first. It’s a fun and yummy dining experience.
Wall’s BBQ - Savannah
515 E. York Lane – 912 232-9754
Try the Deviled Crab. Open Thursday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm.
Watershed, The – Decatur
406 West Ponce de Leon Avenue - 404 378-4900
Fairly fancy joint; try stopping by on Tuesday night for the fried chicken, which are said to be quite popular. Co-owned by one of the Indigo Girls.
Willie's Wee-Nee Wagon - Brunswick
3599 Altama Avenue - 912 264-1146
Famous hot dogs, burgers, fish, sausage, chili, boneless chops and southern iced tea. They’ve been in business well over 20 years. Some folks have called Willie’s the world’s best hot dog stand. No argument here! Featured weenies have names like the Willie Dog, BBQ Dog, Slaw Dog, Bull Dog, and Brunswick Dog. Open Monday – Thursday from 10 to 10, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to Midnight. Closed Sunday. Be sure to ask for a paper cooks hat, printed on the side is Willie Chamber’s famous slogan: “We Relish Your Bun.”
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1016 E Broad St - 706 353-7797
"Automatic for the People" is the slogan of Dexter Weaver. Favorite sons, REM, borrowed the slogan for one of their best-selling albums. Weaver D’s rambling mission statement here is "to provide delicious fine foods at an optimally set price that is pleasing to both the customer and us. Customer service is of utmost importance, as we strive to remain "Automatic for the People", meaning that for the customers, we will always be ready, quick, and efficient." Open from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM Monday – Saturday and closed Sunday. Breakfast menu consists of the basic eggs, sausage, country ham, grits etc. Lunch and dinner features your choice of fried fish, chicken, BBQ pork, pork chops, meatloaf or steak and gravy coupled with wonderful vegetable sides. The sweet potato and squash casseroles are out of this world; don't miss the homemade macaroni and cheese and perfectly seasoned green beans. The buttermilk cornbread is heavenly and the sweet tea is just right. If you have room left over finish your meal with cake, lemon pie, or apple cobbler. Weaver D souvenirs (t-shirts, caps, etc) may be purchased on your way out. Soul food doesn't get more soulful than this. Highly recommended. Look out for Dexter’s book: “Automatic Y’all!”
Williamson Bros. BBQ – Marietta
1425 Roswell Road - 770 971-3201
Willie Raes – Marietta
25 North Park Square Northeast - 770 792-9995
Wilson's Soul Food - Athens
351 N Hull St - 706 353-7289
Fried chicken, BBQ ribs and chicken, pork chops, etc. Side dishes may include collards, mac and cheese, or black-eyed peas and their awesome dessert selection may include peach cobbler, coconut, pecan, sweet potato, apple and cherry pies. Wash it all down with sweet tea or tart homemade lemonade. Opens weekdays from 11am to 4pm except only til 3pm on Wednesday. Call for summer hours.
Zeb Dean's Hickory Smoked BBQ - Danielsville
5742 Highway 29 North - 706 795-2701
Open for lunch Tuesday – Sunday and dinner Tuesday – Saturday. They serve a lean pork BBQ with a peppery, vinegar-based sauce. Highly rated by locals.
Zesto Drive-In - Atlanta [Photo 1 | Photo 2]
377 Moreland Avenue Northeast - 404 523-1973
2469 Piedmont Rd – 404 237 8689
Open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday ‘til 11pm.