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14 days in Albany GA--please help

Hi all. As the title says, I have two whole weeks straight of work to do in Albany GA. I need as many recommendations for eats as possible. I've done as much homework as I can, read the 3 threads that already exist here, etc., but there is unfortunately a paucity of info on Albany proper. I most enjoy meat and three places, good breakfasts, local color. I have an expense account limit of 15 bucks for breakfast and lunch, 25 for dinner. Any and all suggestions welcome.

Thanks, essvee

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  1. Please oh please oh please? It's been my experience that the locals will often direct me to Denny's, Applebee's, etc. I couldn't bear that, I just couldn't. (falls onto couch with the vapors)

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    1. re: essvee

      Go to Blackbeards on Slappey Blvd. Great food, Seafood (all kinds), bar-b-q and much more.

    2. I have been told that Parkers Barbecue in Sylvester (just east of Albany on Hwy 82) is really good.

      But otherwise I am not familiar with Albany. I would recommend that you take a drive one evening and eat supper at the Daphne Lodge close to Lake Blackshear near Cordele

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        1. re: essvee

          If you're willing to drive for an hour or so, Yoder's near Montezuma is great. It sits in the middle of the Mennonite community there, and the food is very Southern and very good. Cafeteria style. I always go when I'm back home visiting family. Roast beef and gravy, mashed potatoes, butter beans, corn, and chess pie. Man. (They're closed on Sunday and, I believe, one other day of the week. Make sure to call.)

          Not far from there is very good barbecue at Oglethorpe BBQ Co. in Oglethorpe. Again, you're looking at something like an hour drive, which might not be worth it. (I'm not too familar with the quality of bbq around Albany.)

          Monroe's in Americus does a good chili and/or slaw dog. That would be about a 30-45 minute drive.

          I hear good things about the seafood at Blackbeard's in Albany. I've only been once, a number of years ago, and remember it being very fried. But good.

      1. I checked my notes and found a couple of more places in Albany. Meatslangers is supposed to be very good. Also Jimmie's hot dogs is a local favorite.

        1. Try Perleys just south of Blackbeards on Slappey Blvd. Great Breakfast Between this place and Blackbeards you have the best of Albany

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          1. re: reddog1

            Thanks all-- Blackbeards, Perleys, Jimmies... got it. One more thing, this true (read: New England) Yankee has never had country ham. Is South Georgia country ham country?

            1. re: essvee

              You'll be able to find some country ham, but, when you get back home, Google "Benton's Country Ham" and order some of the Tennessee prosciutto. You won't be dissappointed.

          2. Any cured country ham that you find will likely be on a breakfast menu. I seldom see country ham on lunch and dinner menus in Georgia. Yoder’s mentioned above does have ham, but the Mennonites have their own special way of preparing ham that I would not call Southern style.

            Cutt’s in DeSoto is another place that I would recommend for Southern country cooking. It is north of Albany and is only open for breakfast and lunch, so you probably would have to try it on the weekend. When I ate there last winter, there was a collard patch in back of Cutt’s. So I knew the greens were fresh. :-)

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            1. re: Blue Eagle

              Yoder's ham is definitely not country ham. Completely agree with Blue Eagle that you're only likely to find country ham on breakfast menus.

            2. I'm sorry to say that I can't make any specific recommendations, but that's where Miss Paula Deen is from so they MUST have some good Southern country cookin' there!!!

              1. You might try Aunt Fannie's, just off of Pine Avenue, near downtown. Breakfast and lunch. Also, if you are interested in some great soul food, try Carter's Restaurant near downtown (lunch). There's another great local restaurant called Mayberry Diner (lunch) located in Lancaster Village shopping area, just behind Office Depot. Harvest Moon on Broad Avenue in downtown, along with San Joe's Mexican Restaurant and are also good for lunch and dinner. The Cookie Shoppe is a must. It's downtown and serves breakfast or lunch and homemade cookies. Corner Cafe, next to Porterfield Methodist Church on Dawson Road is great for breakfast or lunch. For a nice dinner out, try Plantation Grille located next to Tony's Gym over on Westover, behind Applebee's. Also Silver Leaf Restaurant inside Holiday Inn at the intersection of Dawson and Westover. Hope these offer you some nearby options.

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                1. re: Sara Underdown

                  Wow. Thanks all, especially Ms. Underdown. Lots of great options, and I just found out I have a couple days off, so I will get to drive to Yoder's, Stripling's, Cutt's, et al. Yay!

                2. If you can get over to Thomasville, GA there are several good places to eat there. I especially recommend the Country Kitchen-- at least that's what it used to be called-- next to the Farmer's Market.

                  1. I'm so glad you're coming to our great city. In addition to Sara Underdown's excellent recommendations, I also suggest Carter's Grill downtown for a country breakfast or soul-ful lunch; and you must go to Hong Kong Cafe on Dawson Road near the mall. At Hong Kong, Mei will make you feel like an old friend, and her husband Tommy's kitchen skills just might have you asking your boss for a permanent assignment in Albany. And you'll be able to pocket some of your per diem.