I agree with Born in OKC. Southern Pit is decent, certainly better than OB’s, but not worth going out of your way for. Dean’s in Jonesboro is much better. Very spartan restaurant, but excellent pork sandwiches. It is a block off 19/41 south of Jonesboro on the old highway. Harold’s in Jonesboro is also better than Southern Pit, but I would take a pork sandwich from Dean’s over any of these others.
Born in OKC
At this point in my life the main memory I will have of lunch today at Southern Pit was that the sauce and the slaw were sweet, sweet sweet. They make a big deal out of having lemonade (sign on the door) and it turns out to be canned Minute Maid. The pork was nicely trimmed, I will give them that. Altogether, I’d say drive a few miles north to S. Main St. in Jonesboro to Dean’s where the ‘que is at least as good (pork only though, I believe, no beef or ribs) and the stew much better, or a little further still to the Clayton County branch of Harold’s and ever so much better cracklin’ bread with rather similar ‘que.
I went by Good City. I just like the way the person, family member I guess, behind the counter acted. I’d go back and eat there some time although the menu has nothing that sounds out of the ordinary.
Margos’s was closed during our mid day visit. I might stop there some time also, having learned that they have things besides Italian.
I live in Griffin, and I like the family at Good City a lot. Hunan II in the Belk Shopping center does sushi, some thai dishes, and will prepare peking duck fairly well. Spicy Thai knows me well and We enjoy a variety of noodle and curry dishes there. Margo’s is getting more interesting and should be expanding the menu soon with new, original creations that I like a lot. Lots of garlic, spinach, and flavor. yum.
If you’re in town and you want something standard and well prepared, I suggest J. Henry’s as well.
And at one time (long ago), this place was the tallest building in Atlanta…
This ain’t really roadfood and it is not entirely Atlanta south but it was sorta cheap and a really good ride. The Peachtree Sherator downtown has a bar on the 75th floor that takes you on a tour of Atlanta. It takes a hour to ride the thing around the city. Super view. I had pizza with a couple of drinks for $30 and a great visit with a friend. The view is super.
Paul E. Smith
Just got back from Spicey Thai. Excellent. I had the mango chicken, and my wife had brocolli/mushrooms/chicken over rice. Both dishes were very flavorful, especially the mango chicken. The Thai spring rolls were scrumptious. I have tasted better calamari, but their’s was ok. Nice quiet atmosphere, too.
Thank you for the recommendation. We’ll definitely go back.
Thanks…will give the Thai Mango Chicken a try.
Not all Thai food is spicy, so there are any number of suggestions, and of course, suggestions can be risky since different folks have different tastes, but you might try the Mango Chicken. beautifully served and scrumptious.
I went by Good City and had the Mongolian beef – really was good. Hot and sour soup was okay too. My dining companion got Kung Pao chicken and said it was okay, but not spicy enough for her taste.
If you are talking about that Panda place, I have heard stories about that and so have never been there.
My first impression of Thai food several years ago was not a positive one, but several people including yourself have recommended Thai to me. Looks like I need to forget that first experience and give it another try.
I am not into spicey hot. Can you recommend a Thai dish that I would like?
BTW…there’s a Chinese restaraunt right on North Expressway in that same Kroger shopping center. AVOID that restaurant like the plague you will get if you eat there. Several in my family, including myself, have gotten sick on their food.
We tried OBs once…won’t be back. Southern Pit is a couple of miles North of Griffin on 19/41. It would be about a 20 minute drive max from I-75, Route 16 exit. When you see Manley Road, prepare for a right hand turn into the next strip shopping center.
I have tried OB’s on a recommendation. I was not at all impressed. Greasy, no smokey flavor. Tasted like commercial BBQ.
Southern Pit is the real deal, however.
I have been to Margo’s and it seems quite ordinary to me. Since you liked Good City, you might want to try Spicy Thai across 19/41, opposite from the Wal-Mart and behind Sears. Excellent Thai food.
Southern Pit is in Griffin, closer to I-75 about 10 miles off the expressway S. of Atlanta. If you have time, try it, it’s good, otherwise stick with OB’s right on the expressway.
Is this Southern Pitt place close to I-75? I like OB’s for south Atlanta roadfood, but I’m always looking to enlarge the list. We do I-85 sometimes, but I-75 is more of value.
We were treated to Melears as a birthday gift one time. Won’t be going back. Not as long as Southern Pit in Griffin remains open. Great pork and chicken, and the Brunswick/cornbread is quite good.
Griffin has couple of other surprises. Good City is a hole-in-the-wall Chinese place in the Kroger shopping center. The mama-san told me I should try her Mongolian Beef. First time ever for me…I now crave her take on that dish. Very meaty, moist steamed dumplings, too.
For Mediteranean fare, there’s Margo’s on the main drag. Margo is the proprietor and is a native of Lebanon. She serves a Lebanese favorite, kafta, that is lamb sausage with rice and veggies. Too, too awesome. Along with other Italian and Greek favs (which I’ve not tasted because I can’t drag myself away from the kafta) is the best lasagna I’ve ever had. And no…didn’t order it…just stole some off the wifey’s plate.
For the poster wanting to taste some Calabash, I’m not familiar with this cuisine, but have heard that the Calabash shrimp at Norcross Station is good. I can confirm that it’s good, just don’t know if it’s authentic Calabash or not.
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