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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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.
From roasted corn and fried chicken hash to fluffy biscuits with hot pepper jelly, excellent and large breakfast dishes abound all day at Atlanta’s West Egg Café.
Don’t call the $4 sandwiches at Victory sliders. They’re so much more, served in a gorgeous open-air spot with magical popcorn & ramen, fresh salads & spiked soda.
A splendid taste of Mexican food in a ho-hum shopping center, Taqueria El Rey does it all from scratch, and does it brilliantly. It's also a butcher shop.
Cutting-edge style, casual ambience, and a menu of brilliant takes on classic homespun Dixie dishes make Frog and The Hen an Augusta best bet.
Macaroni & Cheese
Green, Eggs, & Ham
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In the heart of downtown Augusta, Sunshine Bakery is an old-fashioned sandwich shop and patisserie known for hearty soups, fresh-baked bread & creamy pastries.
The chef/owners, the bread, and the meat in this Augusta eatery all come from Philadelphia, making for a tip-top cheese steak & other fine sandwiches.