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Jul 23, 2003 11:27 PM

rural Georgia restaurants

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Suggestions for the best home-style cooking restaurants across rural Georgia ?

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  1. since no one has responded....

    get a copy of Don O'Briant's book, "Backroad Buffets and Country Cafes". He visited several "meat & threes" &c around the South and has several in Georgia mentioned. You might try Dixie for some suggestions. I can not recommend anything personally as it has been a while since I went "exploring".
    Good luck

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    1. re: Lan4Dawg

      I will second the recommendation for the O'Briant book. He led me to the SeeWee Restaurant in Awendaw, SC, which turned out to be very very good.

      1. re: Bob W.

        One caution about the book. Make sure you call first and make sure whatever restaurant you are looking at is still open. I love the book also but time always does a number on some small places.


        1. re: RibDog

          Try the dillard house in dillard ga. for more than you can eat served family style. 3 to 4 meats and several veggies

          1. re: Terrell

            Does that cover Ribdog and I?

    2. Midway Meal House on Alpharetta Hwy, south of Cumming is excellent. Meat and two with bread and tea in the $6.50 range - and worth every penny of it.

      1. Is Calhoun rural?

        If you live in Atlanta, you probably think it is.

        BJ's in Calhoun is one of the best (go West from I-75 on the Highway to Rome; Hwy 53, I think. It's on the left just before the first big intersection).

        Bullock House in Warm Springs is also excellent.

        Davis House in Ellijay is much better than average and great for the price ($4.50 for meat and two sides).

        1. Jones Kitchen in Jesup Georgia west of Brunswick about 40 miles. Always worth the trip. Long food bar "all you can eat" but it is all very good. A step up for this type of southern food restaurant. When I first went there it was $4.25 and is now around $7 and well worth it.

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          1. re: racerboy9

            Jesup is the town of local-owned buffets. There are two or three others that are good besides Jones'.

            The Dinner Bell in Baxley is very good.

            The Villa in Sandersville is also tasty, although I haven't been there in a while.

            1. re: savdoug

              Jones Kitchen or Sybils in Jesup

          2. If you're up Clayton way, Henry's is excellent. Open only for lunch, T-F and Sunday. Located about 500 yds. south of the Wal-Mart on 23/441, set back from the road a bit.

            Has anyone tried that place in Toccoa that Alton Brown visited on his bike, Shirley's I think was the name?