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Southern Dining in GA

IHateKiddo Jun 20, 2007 04:44 PM

Howdy folks! I'm heading to North and Central Georgia for a while in July and have heard some good things about a coupla places and would like to get some feedback from the boards. What do people know about the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle and The Smith House in Dahlonega? Worth a bit of a drive? Thanks!

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  1. creativeusername RE: IHateKiddo Jun 22, 2007 03:07 AM

    I've heard great things about both but have never been. My husband has been to the Smith House many times and does recommend it for breakfast. It's known for amazing country ham and you won't regret the drive to Dahlonega. You can walk off the meal in a quaint town filled with local crafts, float down the chattahoochee or do some day hiking. If you stay for the whole day, there is a great little casual Italian restaurant on the other side of the square.

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      JGsped RE: creativeusername Jul 20, 2007 02:10 PM

      Smith House is OK, but living off it's reputation a bit. Not a great value, IMHO. Dahlonega is worth a visit, though.

      Only visited Dillard House once; saw no reason to return. Very, very ordinary food. Maybe I caught 'em on an off day.

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        sarge RE: JGsped Jul 21, 2007 07:22 AM

        I think that is pretty accurate JG.

        In my opinion, food and dining have come a very long way in the last 30 years. Places like smith House and Dillard House are the same now as they were 30 years ago. The fact is these places were never that good, we just didn't realize it 30 years ago

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      tommason RE: IHateKiddo Jul 18, 2007 05:17 PM

      Try the Dillard House in Dillard just south of Franklin N.C. Buffet style with lots of food,most of it ok.

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        womenluvtofish RE: IHateKiddo Jul 21, 2007 08:00 AM

        You might also try the Woodbridge Inn in Jasper. The setting is an old home. They even serve ostrich. Excellent food service and wine in a beautiful setting.

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