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Places with good chow near the Fayetteville area?

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Greetings from a Detroiter, all.

I'm heading down to visit my brother in Fayetteville tomorrow, and I'm wondering if there's anything in the south area that I absolutely must hit up. A couple of things to know:

1. Yes, I have been to The Varsity. And I even liked slaw dogs. So, no need to send me there.
2. Please don't recommend any places based on any dishes with cultured dairy products. No cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, anything like that. You may believe that you've tasted the very based dish of XXXX, but if the cultured dairy product is a major part of it, don't bother.
3. I'm open to just about any cuisine, but I can be a bit fussy about "filters" (liver, kidneys, etc.).

Don't worry too much if you can't think of anything...I can always just hit up Chick-Fil-A, since we don't have them up here, and I *love* me some CFA. I know all the objections, and I DO NOT CARE. Give me my MSG-coated, conservative-valued, wonderful-tasting chicken sandwiches, and I'll be happy.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. Wow...*nothing*? No suggestions? Not even a peep?

    Man alive.

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    1. re: boagman

      Hope it's not too late, but on the Southside, I always recommend people go to the community of Serenbe. Two restaurants there - The Hil and The Farmhouse - both really great experiences. Near Fayetteville, Frank's Old Mill is supposed to be good, but I have not been there. In Senoia, try Founder's Restaurant and McGuire's pub. Cute little town, good food and drinks. Have fun!

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      Old Mill Restaurant
      4271 Southside Dr, Acworth, GA 30101

      Hil Restaurant
      9110 Selborne Ln Ste 110, Palmetto, GA 30268

      1. re: fullyfunctional

        Nope, it's not too late, as I just arrived yesterday. Both places in Serenbe do sound good, but the Farmhouse seems to be booked up with special events this weekend. Both menus sound promising, though. I called The Hil and asked if they could email me their lunch and dinner menus, but apparently they change daily, so I'll just call tomorrow.

        Founder's in Senoia sounds like it's a bit overpriced for the fairly standard-sounding cuisine they have on offer...nothing extraordinary in appearance. McGuire's seemed like a decent selection as well, since they're not trying to be more than they are.

        Frank's Old Mill just seems...odd, or at least their website seems odd to me.

        Thank you for the suggestions, as they are appreciated! Keep 'em coming, everyone!

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        Hil Restaurant
        9110 Selborne Ln Ste 110, Palmetto, GA 30268

        1. re: boagman

          I had a good meal at Village Cafe

          http://www.myvillagecafe.com/

          1. re: JHLI

            If not this trip, then your next visit. Nothing I know of in Fayetteville (the only place I found after a movie was Arby's ...), but head up the pike a few minutes and try the Landmark Diner in Hapeville. Skip the food and head for the cakes -- OK, try their chicken. If you like Mexican, Tacqueria Oaxaquena, at the corner of Tara Blvd and Mt. Zion Road in Morrow is wonderful. What's your hankering, coming from Detroit and all?

            1. re: birgator

              Well, this particular trip is over (came back yesterday), but there'll be another follow-up very soon, within the next month or so, hopefully.

              About Landmark's cakes: I take it that they make them in-house? Are they dense, or light? Flavors?

              We actually have quite an extensive selection of Mexican food here in the Detroit area (is there any major metropolis in the US that *doesn't* have a good bit of Mexican offered?). Still, for the best stuff in any cuisine, you normally have to do a bit of driving even around here, which I don't mind.

              My hankering? All over the stinking map. I basically strongly dislike cultured dairy products (cheese on pizza is about the only exception to the rule), but when it comes to cuisines, I'm all over the map with my likes. I tend to avoid filters, but even then, a wonderful foie gras is just that: wonderful. Around here, there's plenty of Middle Eastern, Thai, pizza, Mexican, and steak houses. With Atlanta being so landlocked, I wouldn't expect the seafood or sushi to be of the same grade I can get at home.

              I'll give you an example (besides Chick-fil-A) of something that I was introduced to in Atlanta, never knew about it, and loved it: Brunswick Stew. Before a few years ago, I'd never heard of the stuff, much less had any association of the stuff with BBQ joints. Good Brunswick Stew is just *fantastic* comfort food to this mouth. It was one of those "Where has *this been* all my life?" moments in food. We just don't have that up here at all.

              I'd love some suggestions for middle-tier places that either do something you just can't get outside the area (or at least you can't get it the same *way*), and lower-end places that do one thing, and do it very well. They know their niche, and they have it down to a science.

              Thank you for the ideas so far!

              1. re: boagman

                looks to me youre looking for a good BBQ place with Brusnwick stew try speed i pig at 715 Glynn st

                1. re: bobstripower

                  Speeding Pig is, in fact, the first (and best) place I've been for Brunswick Stew. It's fantastic there!