How embarrassing – I spelled dessert wrong! Anyway, the taste of that caramel cake still haunts me.
Not terribly far from there is Hogansville, Georgia, on U. S. 29, where there is a place named Hogan’s Heroes. It is as if a real trattoria was transplanted to West Georgia.
In downtown Columbus, check out Country’s Barbecue at 1316 (I think it is) Broad Street in the former Greyhound Bus Depot. They have a nice mustard-based sauce (that style is common around Columbus, because the city was settled in 1828 en masse by transplants from upstate South Carolina).
I have been told about a good local place in LaGrange, but have yet to experience a day there whenh I was hungry or thrift-ready. Perhaps that time will arrive shortly. I owe myself a road trip somewhere.
And there’s always Melear’s Barbecue in Fayetteville, plus another good BBQ place nearby. I’ll report back when I manage to trek down thataway.
Confined To Quarters At The Moment, Ort. Carlton, Stuck Inside Of Athens With The Anywhere-Else-But-Here Blues.
P. S. There’s a nice little diner in Geneva, GA. just down the street from where Mr. Kookogey used to run a hotel back around 1880.
Thanks danimal – the group could not provide too many suggestion when you asked in mid-Nov. Sounds like a good place to try out…[:)]
I had despaired of finding anywhere to eat in this part of the country, but on our Thanksgiving weekend visit to Pine Mountain, near Callaway Gardens resort, we did find one place worth a try: Rose Cottage. It’s in the tiny downtown just off Route 27 at 111 E. Broad Street. The place just opened two months ago, but the crowds are already coming. It was difficult to get a seat at lunchtime.
For atmosphere, it was hard to beat, like eating in someone’s tidy 19th-century parlor. Lots of antiques and decorative china on display, and a quaint wood-paneled ceiling. The food is all homemade, according to our friendly waitress. I had tomato soup and my wife had corn chowder, both of which were top-notch. The sandwiches we had for a main course were nothing too special, but well done.
But it’s desert that makes this place worth a try – actually – one desert in particular – the old fashioned caramel cake. It’s not cheap at $3.95 a slice, but it’s worth the big bucks. The cake part is light as air and redolent of butter. And the caramel frosting literally melts in your mouth. It has the consistency of maple sugar candy, and is rich beyond belief. I shared a slice with my wife and then another slice with my older son. The cake, of course, is made right there, and you can buy a whole one for $35.
Another selling point – the huge selection of tea and coffee, with the coffee all ground at the restaurant. In a region that’s just aching for a good cup of coffee, this is an important find.
Anyway, it’s doubtful any of you will ever pass this way; it’s so off the beaten path. But Callaway Gardens is popular, so if you’re ever there, head 2 miles up the road and try this place. Hopefully it will stick around for a while.
trip to western Georgia
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