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Where to stop for lunch, Atlanta to Albany GA on a Tuesday

Should we pack something, or is there a "must try" along the way?

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  1. Prime Palate in Forsyth is pretty good. Good southern style buffet.

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    1. re: kengk

      Thanks, that's exactly the kind of food I'm looking for! The friends we are visiting in Atlanta are vegans, so I am afraid we will be ravenous on our way down. I looked up their menu and it sounds wonderful.

      1. re: coll

        This is a short review I posted in another thread.

        Should you find yourself traveling on I-75, between Atlanta and Macon, and want a really good southern style all you can eat buffet; I highly recommend this place.

        The quality and variety of the food we had there today was way, way above what I expect for this type of place. We arrived at a perfect time, just beating the church crowd to a table. No doubt it would not have been as good an hour or two later.

        Just way better food and more thoughtful preparation than is typical for this kind of place. Very nice people running it as well.

        I'm editing to add the fact that when I say a good variety I am not talking about the Ryans/Golden Corral type place where they have a hundred yards of steam tables filled with dreck. This is a small place probably couldn't fit more than 50 or so people in it at a time. Still they had 4-5 meat choices, fried and baked chicken, chicken baked in dressing, pork loin, pulled pork, salisbury steak and gravy.

        1. re: kengk

          That sounds so good, and the location is perfect for us. I will report back myself in a couple of weeks, thanks again.

    2. I used to drive ATL to Albany and back pretty regularly. My habit was to take I-75 down and backroads up to Columbus, GA to I-85 return.
      I found this to be my "go to" spot in Columbus:
      http://www.countrysbarbecue.com/
      Your vegan friends can eat sides..... you can eat decent burnt pig. ;-)

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      1. re: zippypinhead

        This will be perfect for the trip back, thank you SO much! Our vegan friends won't be with us so we can pig out without guilt. We are going to Albany to see my brother and SIL, who love all things food, but not sure if BBQ is on the agenda there. It's sure on MY agenda though!

        1. re: coll

          I also like Country's BBQ, been eating there for many years.

          Columbus is a BBQ town with a distinctive style sauce. I would recommend sticking to the pork shoulder.

          Also in Columbus is Rose Hill Seafood and Ezell's Catfish Cabin. Rose Hill is short on atmosphere and long on good and inexpensive Apalachicola oysters.

          1. re: kengk

            Those oysters aren't the "other" kind, are they? ;-)

            Thanks for the backup recommendation on Country's, I'll probably go for the pork either way. I make a Mexican style braised pork at home, but would love to have some real pulled pork for comparison.

      2. Thanks! I printed out all availble info and am now looking forward to our drive as much as our visits with friends and family. I'll let you know when we get back how it goes. Better go on a diet for now.....

        1. I know this will disappoint you, but the family and friends we were visiting down there fed us so well that there was no need for us to eat on our own. Yes, even the vegans!!

          We did get to try everything we desired, including boiled peanuts, but not while we were on the road. I did pass this info on to my brother though, as he goes to both Forsyth and Columbus on business a few times a year. Thanks for all your help! (Or should I say "Thanks y'all!)

          1. Grits cafe,in Forsyth,on the city square is an upscale restaurant,very good.I don't believe it has buffet.

            1. Grits cafe,in Forsyth,on the city square is an upscale restaurant,very good.I don't believe it has buffet.

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              1. re: r1949

                Thanks we had such a great time, especially with the contrast between Atlanta and Albany, that I am planning on doing this drive again REAL soon. And buffet is not my usual choice anyway!

                1. re: r1949

                  Thanks for that recommendation. We don't go through Forsyth that often but this place is on my list now.