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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A big, bright, happy cafe attached to the Farmview Market and grocery store, this rural Georgia breakfast/lunch spot offers home cooking on a grand scale.
Social Circle's Blue Willow Inn is the best Sunday Supper restaurant every day. Huge buffet includes fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, countless desserts.
Fleecy biscuits, still warm from the oven, sandwich every imaginable ingredient at Mamie's, a legendary breakfast stop near I-20 east of Atlanta, Georgia.
Matthews Cafeteria is a Main Street restaurant popular among locals who come for fried chicken, meat loaf, or catfish sided by well-cooked Southern vegetables.
Best biscuits and a sumptuous cinnamon roll put Stilesboro Biscuits on the good-eats map northwest of Atlanta. Small place, big crowds. Prepare to wait.
A small-town Main-Street cafeteria, Miss Jane's is a treasure-trove of Southern fare including succulent fried chicken and beguiling cakes & pies.
Rooted is a fresh, modern coffee house with an inviting menu of toasts, sandwiches, pastries, and superfood bowls to accompany a plethora of caffeine drinks.
Deep South Cheese is a hospitable Georgia roadside cafe that makes its own fresh cheese curds for poutine, plain or fancy. Plus fine burgers & smoked sausages.
New Orleans meets Vietnam at Atlanta’s Bon Ton, where everything is different, from spicy boiled peanuts to 5-spice shrimp with buttered bread.