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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 Dining.com 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?

            1. Katie's in LaGrange, GA
              The Bulloch House in Warm Springs, GA
              Golden's in Newnan, GA
              A Taste of Lemon in LaGrange, GA - My all-time favorite, but call ahead for hours

              1. There's great southern food in my hometown: http://www.discoverourtown.com/GA/Mad...

                Plus, Madison is the "number one small town in America" as named by Travel magazine http://www.madisonga.org/ so it's something people love coming to see. They do a tour of homes every year around Christmas too :)

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                1. re: Toolchick101

                  hey, toolchick, i just started working in madison a couple of months ago...I think Adrian's has put 20-30 pounds on me!

                2. I wish I knew how to post a link from the past. If Clayton is rural, then La Jerenza is recommended by Steve Durham. I would love to go there next time I'm up that way. If you do a search, you'll find his post.

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                  1. re: SweetPea

                    Here is Steve Drucker's original post. I'm not sure this is the type of home cooking the OP was referring to, but it IS home cooking (Mexican home cooking) and it is good. Really good.


                    Also good in Clayton is Henry's which I posted about in this thread above. Unlike La Jerezana, Henry's is firmly in the meat & three (or four or five) Southern vein. One of the few buffets which is unquestionably worth partaking of.

                    1. re: johnb

                      Oh...I guess I skipped over the home-style part. I did note your Henry's suggestion though.

                  2. In Cumming GA (not rural, but not near anything either) Sal's for Itlaian is highly recommended (I couldn't go as it was a Monday) but I went to the 2nd choice - Country Gourmet and it was great. I asked everyone at the courthouse that day where I should eat and those two were the answers.

                    1. Pace's Fish Camp, outside of Bainbridge in southwest GA, is the best place for fried catfish west of the Flint. 3439 Spring Creek Rd, Brinson, GA.

                      1. Try the Blue Willow inn in Social Circle

                        1. I was suprised after reading your Dillard House (Georgia) review. The food there is so good and so southern. If you didn't like the ham, there must have been many other meats to eat...their butternut squash souffle and cut-off corn (which they grow) is wonderful... and I could go on and on. I take people from all over to The Dillard House and have never heard anything but high praise. As for the price, get carry-home boxes and have several nice meal afterwards..

                          1. The Horseshoe Restaurant in Hawkinsville is one of my favorite small town rural Georgia restaurants. It is out of the way for most people, so it is not touristy at all. It has good Southern home cooking. And the cakes and other desserts are like good homemade ones.

                            1. Bumping up a really old thread here, that has had two previous lives.

                              Can anyone update the information here? I'd be particularly interested in any place decent around the Milledgeville/Lake Sinclair area.