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Jan 24, 2013 10:10 AM

A southbound New Englander

My girlfriend and myself, both lifelong Bostonians, will be flying into Atlanta and driving south to Albany for a wedding in late March. As you can imagine, driving through rural Georgia is not an opportunity that arises often for us. I was hoping someone would be kind enough to offer a couple suggestions to blow our Yankee minds somewhere along the drive. We're looking for that real Southern experience everyone's always going on about. I know this covers a ridiculously large area, but any help would truly be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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  1. in atlanta Empire State south is very good southern food--soif you stay overnight on way home that might work.Try looking into for cities along the way to see what pops up. You might also post on tripadvisor com and post in georgia forum---remembre how Albany is pronounved here its "al benny" a o as opposed to all bany.good luck

    1. We haven't done much in the I-75 corridor besides blaze through as fast as possible in either direction. We did stop at a meat and three in Griffin on the square that was good. Sorry, but I don't have the name.

      It isn't the direct route, but there are some good places if you go by way of Columbus. Rose Hill Seafood is only open a few days a week (and it's been a long time since I ate there), but it is really good. I also really enjoy Macon Road BBQ there.

      South of Columbus, if I have the directions right in my head, you'll drive through Fort Benning and it's fields of armor along US 280. You can also detour by Providence Canyon, a wacky, erosion-caused expanse of red (and white) clay. I believe you can route yourself to pass White Oak Pastures, GA's largest grass-fed beef and free-range chicken producer.

      There's also the Bulloch House in Warm Springs- known for fried chicken.

      1. i thoughtyoud be taking 85, but if youre going down 75 the Swanson House in Perry is excellent spot--ben there forevere,family run, good old time southern menu

        1. Thanks you guys for your suggestions. I'll be looking into all of these before we head down.

          It does look like 75 is our fastest option, but we're definitely willing to detour.

          And if you guys want a quick laugh at just how not from the South we are, I just encountered the term "meat and three" for the first time in this thread.

          Thanks again!

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          1. re: NateMayhem

            LOL! And don't forget, you'll need to perfect your "y'all" by the time you get down here. ;)

          2. Old Clinton BBQ on the Gray Hwy just east of Macon. Some of the best bbq & brunswick stew in GA.
            A few minutes away is the Rose Hill Cemetary, where Duane Allman & Berry Oakley of the Allman Bros. rest.