Restaurants in Georgia

Georgia is 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’. Atlanta, Savannah, and Augusta boast stylish eateries where chefs’ personalities rule, as well as all manner of ethnic fare from around the world and inventive counter-culture cookery. The state’s most distinctive ways of eating are Lowcountry feasts and oyster roasts, meat-and-three meals in small-town cafes, and old-style boarding house suppers. Must-eat dishes include fried chicken, chopped and vividly sauced barbecued pork (accompanied by either Brunswick stew or hash on rice), hand-pattied biscuits, Dixie dogs, caramel cake, and anything made from peaches.

Georgia’s Most Famous Dishes

Fried Chicken

Macaroni & cheese, spangled with herbs, comes in a small cast-iron pot

Macaroni and Cheese

Styrofoam bowl holds dark purpble blackberries and chunks of pastry crust.


Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato at Primanti Brothers in Pittsburg, PA


Georgia’s Best Restaurants

The Varsity - Full Plate
The Varsity


Stalvey’s Restaurant - Filet Mignon
Stalvey’s Restaurant


Yoder’s Deitsch Haus - Meatloaf
Yoder’s Deitsch Haus


Jomax Bar-B-Q


Dillard House




Old South Bar-B-Q




Skipper’s Fish Camp


Perry Foster’s BBQ


Walton Way Deli


Seafood Shack


Big Chick


Sunrise Grill






Café on the Canal




S&S Cafeteria


Big Mama’s Soul Food


Narobia’s Grits & Gravy


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The Blue Willow Inn

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Chili dog, onion rings, and fried pie on a drive-in tray

The Varsity

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A full plate of fresh oysters on the halfshell a must order at any seafood restaurant

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Dinosaur Bar-b-que - Motorcycle Parking

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Biscuits at Silver Skillet in Atlanta, GA

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A road trip from Atlanta to the east, from pot likker, BBQ and biscuits to fried green tomatoes at the ultimate buffet in the town of Social Circle

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The original Sisters of the New South Cafe

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Grilled grouper steak sits atop roasted turnips in a golden pool of saffron-citrus butter

The 9 Best Places to Eat in Augusta, Georgia

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13 Best Taco Places in America

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Randy's donuts exterior view

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Atlanta Vegetable Orgy

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Spicy shrimp, corn, potatoes and sausage all heaped together

Best Frogmore Stew in South Carolina

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The OTHER Peach State

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Chocolate layer cake frosted with caramel and pecans

Seductive Cafeterias

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Peach Desserts

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The Varsity - Exterior Night

America's Best Remaining True Drive-In Restaurants

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The sign at Little Miss BBQ in Phoenix. AZ

Barbecue's Delicious Dozen

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Southern Boarding House Meals

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Brunswick Stew

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Great Georgia Recipes

Biscuit Bread Pudding

Biscuit Bread Pudding

THE Fried Chicken


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