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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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.
For over 40 years, Augusta families have flocked to the Harvest Table, a hospitable buffet offering a tremendous variety of expertly-prepared Dixie favorites.
Fresh, colorful veggies and grain bowls using locally-sourced ingredients make The Southern Salad a beacon of healthful eating in downtown Augusta, Georgia.
Knuckle Sandwiches is a hole-in-the-wall on Augusta, Georgia's Restaurant Row serving spectacular, creative sandwiches and the city's best French fries.
A small, out-of-the-way Augusta BBQ where most business is take-out, Dennis' makes crisp-skinned chicken, meaty ribs, and aggressively spiced hash on rice.
Take-out-only roadside hut is known for burgers, pork chop sandwiches, Philly steaks & family meals -- all made to order, all priced right.
From-scratch donuts, fritters, Bismarcks, and sausage-filled kolaches make Belair Donuts a best-bet early-morning stop off I-20 at the west side of Augusta.
A cozy pink home on a commercial strip of road in Augusta, the Chef's House offers a soul-food buffet that shows the hand of a skilled cuisinier.