What To Eat in Georgia
A state of tremendous culinary contrast, from the most gracious Old-South tea rooms and dress-up Sunday suppers to raffish barbecue parlors and cheap-eats diners with waitresses who call you Hon’. Georgia must-eats include chopped barbecued pork in Augusta or Atlanta (accompanied by either Brunswick stew or hash on rice), hand-pattied biscuits almost everywhere, and fried-chicken all-you-can-eat buffets.
Pot likker is the spruce-green broth retrieved from the pot in which greens have been boiled. The greens – mustard, collard, turnip, dandelion – cook for hours, leeching vegetable goodness into the water and giving it a tonic punch like no other soup. Top it with cornbread crumbles, and you have a true Dixie delight.
There is memorable smoke-cooked pork throughout the state, but in Augusta you will find an old-time way of serving it – topped with crunchy cracklins. Described by Roadfood correspondent Chickenplucker as "pork candy," these crackly bits of fatty skin add immeasurable pleasure to smoky meat that is luxurious even before it gets sauced and cracklin'd.
There's something of a rivalry between Georgia and neighboring South Carolina regarding peaches. South Carolina produces more, but Georgians say theirs are better. We won't take sides in this debate, but we will tell you that peach ice cream in both states is a dish to detour for, especially in peach season from May through July.
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Lunch counter, grocery, corner store: the Grey Market is a neighborhood jewel where the blue-collar menu is cooked with blue-ribbon savoir faire.
Artisan ice pops, each named after one of Savannah's 22 famous squares and composed of the finest ingredients, express Savannah Square Pops' mission of quality.
In the old Savannah-area community of Sandfly, Driftaway Cafe serves casual coastal cuisine right for quick lunch or dallying supper (with live music).
Byrd's crisp little cookies range from chocolate chip and Scotch oatmeal to Key lime, salted caramel, and benne wafers. A coast favorite since 1924.
Savannah's oldest restaurant is a place to eat, drink & socialize. The broad menu includes burgers, seafood, Greek fare & craft brews galore.
No shortcuts are taken to create the mighty, country-style meals that make Two Cracked Eggs a best bet for breakfast or lunch at the River in Savannah.
Savannah's isle of British pies, both sweet and savory, is a casual corner cafe great for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and take-away meals.
From-scratch ice cream made the old-fashioned way and served in a charming downtown parlor has made Leopold's a Savannah sweet-tooth destination for 100 years.
Just yards from the Augusta Riverfront, Beamie's is a casual eat-house popular among locals for Dixie seafood, plentiful beer, and super-duper adult beverages.