If there is one thing Georgia is really good at, it’s serving up delectable eats from the best neighborhood joints around. The thing about neighborhood restaurants which make them so special to most Georgians is that they usually have the perfect small town feel, but really make magic when it comes to their menu. We’re talking about the perfect home-style dishes that are reminiscent of meals are your own house. Check out these local neighborhood restaurants with food so good you’ll be back for more.
1. Audry’s Neighborhood Café—105 Village Walk, Dallas, GA 30132
A lot of people love this neighborhood joint because it's off-the-beaten-path. And when that's the case, that usually means the food they serve is outstanding. It's cafeteria-style dining, with some favorite Southern classic dishes.
2. Home Grown—968 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Everyone raves about the food at Home Grown. Not only do they take classic staples like pimento and fried green tomatoes, but they rework the dishes into modern, savory, memorable meals that will leave you wanting more every time. Make sure you try the chicken and biscuits.
Remember when we said we loved neighborhood restaurants because of their no frills vibe? Well Gumlog Bar B Que is the epitome of that. The food is never fancy, but always fabulous. Whether you choose the pulled pork or the catfish, you'll be pleased easily either way. But you must, MUST try the Brunswick stew.
4. The Dillard House—768 Franklin St Dillard, GA 30537
A lot of people have complained that The Dillard House has gotten too expensive, and to that I say, hear me out. The Dillard House has always been the perfect neighborhood spot to go for good Southern home-cooking. You always know that you'll leave with a belly full of delicious food and memories of another great meal, each time.
5. The Pink Pig—824 Cherry Log St, Cherry Log, GA 30522
If you're heading in the direction of Blue Ridge, then you have to stop at The Pink Pig. They serve up local BBQ in a few ways, plus a killer garlic salad which will haunt your dreams until you come back for more.
6. Aniston’s Restaurant—1404 W Baker Hwy, Douglas, GA 31533
The thing about Aniston's which we love so much is that it's the perfect neighborhood spot to feast on a Southern buffet like you've never seen. Whether you go for the buffet on seafood night and feast on crab legs and shrimp, or you stick to the tried-and-true regular buffet and scoop up some sweet trifle, either way you'll always be satisfied.
7. Downda Earth— 7152 Georgia 75 Alt, Helen, GA 30545
Now before you rush off and sit down for these soft, pillowy sweet waffles, Downda Earth is temporarily closed until April 2017. But that doesn't mean it shouldn't find a spot on this list. Downda Earth is a great neighborhood spot in Helen, especially for breakfast or brunch. It's not a huge space, fits a tiny amount of people, but the food is fresh and the eggs are directly from their farm out back.
8. The Back Porch— 297 Buford St, Shellman, GA 39886
The Back Porch is something of a hidden gem in this quiet neighborhood. But many people from Southern Georgia flock to this spot for good country-style buffet eatin' with their families. It's not fancy, not expensive, not presumptuous, but always will leave you smiling. The fried chicken and catfish are a must-try.
9. Hot Rod's Diner—208 Village Circle, Social Circle, GA 30025
A 1950s atmosphere. Jukeboxes on the tables. Old fashioned hamburgers. Homemade soups and chowders. Even Hot Rods outside in the parking lot. It's a local dining experience you and your family will always enjoy.
10. Southern Star Grill - 752 E Oak St Mc Rae, GA 31055
The prices are more than reasonable, the food is always fantastic, plus they have Blue Plate Specials everyday that will rival the best of them. You can't go wrong with a neighborhood spot still serving up delicious meat and threes.
11. The Colonnade— 1879 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, GA 30324
The Colonnade has been serving up Southern eats to the neighborhood since 1927. We're talking about cornbread, turkey dressing, collard greens, okra, and fried chicken just to name a few. Just think, classic Southern food at it's absolute finest.
12. Lil Mike's Family Restaurant—611 Gaskin Ave S, Douglas, GA 31533
Everyone that tries Lil Mike's Family Restaurant says that the burgers are the best in the neighborhood. The prices are insanely reasonable, especially when the food is always delicious. If you check out this neighborhood spot, make sure you try the hand battered french fries, too.