We love little known restaurants in Georgia. They usually are the ones with the best flavors and most interesting menus. We’ve written extensively about little known spots, or hole-in-the-wall restaurants, so consider this a part two of sorts. (Or maybe even part three or part four.) This time, we ventured even further into those small towns in Georgia to really pick the brains of the locals who swear by their hidden gems. Take a look at these 12 joints to make our list.
1. Aubri Lane's—114 S Wayne St, Milledgeville, GA 31061
What's interesting about this local gem is at first sight, you wouldn't know what the heck it was. It's very unassuming on the outside, but boasts some HUGE flavors on the inside. Besides the beautiful ambiance, you'll also we welcomed by delicious eats like the BBQ shrimp and grits and blackened tilapia.
2. Puerto Rico Restaurant—310 E Montgomery Cross Rd, Savannah, GA 31406
You'd never really expect a delicious Puerto Rican restaurant right in the heart of Savannah, yet here it is. This little known spot serves up some delicious Puerto Rican eats like authentic Mofongo and Flan de queso. Don't know what those dishes are? Then add this place to your bucket list.
3. The Red Eyed Mule—1405 Church Street Ext NW, Marietta, GA 30060
Everyone raves about breakfast or lunch at The Red Eyed Mule. You might want to try the now famous Jake's Sloppy Slaw burger, or venture to try one of their vast array of delectable sammies and sides. Don't miss this hidden gem the next time you're in town.
4. Bleu House Café—23 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Norcross, GA 30071
You may have never heard about Bleu House Cafe, and we think it's high time you did. This family-owned-and-operated spot is as zen as they come, and probably one of the most underrated lunch spots in the area. Get a sandwich, get a salad, get a slice of the specialty quiche. You can't go wrong with any of them.
5. Matthews Cafeteria—2299 Main St, Tucker, GA 30084
From the outside, Matthew's Cafeteria looks like any other regular dining establishment. But once you get inside, everything changes. Not only do the scent of fresh baked goods and fried chicken waft through the air, but it's also the type of no-frills eatery that everybody likes to visit when they're in need of delicious food.
6. Dovetail—543 Cherry Street Suite B, Macon, GA 31201
Many people that visit The Rookery, stumble upon Dovetail upstairs. Then they happily become fans. With good reason, too. Dovetail does a great job sourcing their food locally, not to mention cooking with fresh, seasonal ingredients. If you can, order the orzo mac-n-cheese. YUM.
7. The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek—3093 Blue Ridge Gap Rd, Clayton, GA 30525
Step one, make a reservation. Step two, find the restaurant. Step three, devour their incredible food. Step four, write to OnlyInYourState Georgia and say thank you for introducing you to one of the best restaurants in Clayton!
8. Sugar Hill Cafe and Bakery— 4969 W Broad St, Sugar Hill, GA 30518
You'll go for the breakfast and end up staying for dessert. The decor is beyond fabulous, reminiscent of an old bohemian tea house. But those bakery items....SWOON. Out-of-this-world flavor. Each and every one of them.
9. The Hole In the Wall— 90 Town Sq, Blairsville, GA 30516
This eclectic little spot is the perfect hidden gem for this type of list. You'll get the type of service everyone in the South wishes for, not to mention the tastiest cuisine around. The food isn't frilly or high maintenance, but you'll leave satisfied each and every time.
10. Owens Boarding House— 106 Young Ave, Warner Robins, GA 31093
Talk about Southern family-style dining. The experience at Owens Boarding House means you will likely sit next to strangers, but have an insanely delicious home-style meal and potentially make friends from all walks of life. It's the perfect little known spot to add to this list.
11. Walden’s—3186 Washington St Covington, GA 30014
Everyone raves about the catfish. EVERYONE. Why? Because it's tender and flaky inside, but crisp and flavorful on the outside. Snag yourself a four-piece catfish fillet with fries and you can thank us later. Or you can always settled on the succulent pulled pork sandwich. It's a win-win either way.
12. Gumbeaux’s Cajun Cafe—6712 Broad St
Douglasville, GA 30134
This spot is little known to many people outside of Douglasville, but really within the town, everyone knows this is the best Cajun cuisine outside the state of Louisiana. It's the perfect spot to grab an iced cold sweet tea, a seafood chowder, and a shrimp étouffée. It's spicy, but it's sensational.