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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Classic deep south BBQ (since '29) has made Vandy's downtown Statesboro restaurant a legend. Complex, creamy mustard sauce that crowns pork is magnificent.
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.
In the old Savannah-area community of Sandfly, Driftaway Cafe serves casual coastal cuisine right for quick lunch or dallying supper (with live music).
A small-town Main-Street cafeteria, Miss Jane's is a treasure-trove of Southern fare including succulent fried chicken and beguiling cakes & pies.
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.
La Casa Latina is a charming Augusta strip-mall storefront restaurant & grocery that offers a true taste of Puerto Rico and other Latin-American favorites.
Locals love this downtown Augusta, Georgia, lunch-only meat-and-3 for vivid southern vegetables, fried chicken, pork chops, Wednesday ribs and Friday catfish.
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.
Local families & friends crowd into Charles Seafood for mullet, crab legs, grouper, shrimp & all that swims. It's casual quality, especially fun weekends.