If you’re fed up with the touristy crowd in big cities like Atlanta, Savannah and others all along the Georgia coast, you’re going to love this list! Here is a list of restaurants totally NFT (Not For Tourists) that will let you get back to enjoying good ol’ Georgia food!
1) Shane's Rib Shack- locations all over Georgia
Shane's Rib Shack actually started out as a single shack right outside of my high school--Union Grove! It was a local favorite and a popular hang out spot after football games. Now Shane has had the opportunity to share his delicious BBQ all over Georgia in many different locations! It amazes me to see his restaurants all over town and to think--it all started in one little shack!
2) Angel's BBQ - 21 W Oglethorpe Ln, Savannah, GA 31401
You'll just love the BBQ from this cozy little mom n' pop spot in Savannah! They make great homemade sauces and classic BBQ sides.
Inside Angel's BBQ
3) Big Pie in the Sky Pizzeria - 2090 Baker Rd
Kennesaw, GA and 1010 Mansell Rd Suite 180
If you want to eat a pizza as big as a small human baby, then here's the place! These delicious steaming pizzas are more than enough for your entire family! If you're up for it, they have the Carnivore Challenge, in which two people eat an entire 11 lb Carnivore Pizza in one hour! Eat it all and win $250!
4) Southern Soul BBQ - 2020 Demere Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
This cool little hole-in-the-wall BBQ joint looks like a scene straight out of a southern movie! They serve oak-smoked meat in what used to be a gas station. Come try their amazing food in an unsuspecting place.
A plate from Southern Soul BBQ. Yum!
5) Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room - 107 W Jones St, Savannah, GA 31401
Mrs. Wilkes is the epitome of a Georgia dinner. Home cooked, southern food, and family served--just the way we like it! Try this homey spot out for all your Georgia favorites--and don't forget to wash it down with a glass of her sweet, sweet tea!
A home cooked meal at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room.
6) The Rail Pub - 405 W Congress St, Savannah, GA 31401
If you ever longed for a place that served beer and pigs feet in conjunction with one another, then you're in luck! The Rail Pub is an Irish pub in Savannah that has some interesting menu items. Try their dill pickles, free peanuts, slim jims, and ghetto dawg--a hot dog slapped on a piece of white bread!
7) Hankook Taqueria - 1341 Collier Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
You've probably never had tex-mex like this before! This unique restaurant that got its humble beginnings from a food truck, serves up delicious Korean/Mexican fusion. The chef of the restaurant, Tomas Lee, cooked for one of the top restaurants in Buckhead before starting this restaurant. You'll be sure to love his Korean/Mexican blend of food!
8) Don Quixote - 5805 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30340
It's no secret-- Buford Hwy is the best place in Georgia to snag some authentic Korean food! Try this restaurant out next time you're craving some. This is a family owned place that puts love and comfort in every bite!
A yummy plate of Bulgogi!
9) Rico's Mex Mex - 3770 Southside Dr, Acworth, GA 30101
Another spot for some good ol' fashioned tex-mex! Rico's Mex Mex serves up generous portions of salsa and warm tortilla chips, amazing drink specials and sizzling fajitas! Not only is it delicious, but it's pretty affordable too!
10) Taj Mahal Grill - 1200 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy NW #236, Kennesaw, GA 30144
This Indian cuisine spot is known for its awesome lunch buffet! If you want to try some real authentic Indian food, this is the place to go! (Get all-you-can-eat tiki masala and garlic naan on the side!)
Delicious Indian Cuisine at the Taj Mahal Grill
11) Tipsy Pig BBQ -3020 Five Forks Trickum Rd SW, Lilburn, GA 30047
Their slogan is the "Best Butts in Town," and it's definitely a place I want to try! It's tucked away in the Shell Gas Station on the corner of Five Forks Trickum and Oak Road. This place is sure to be full come this weekend!
This definitely makes me want to try some of their delicious BBQ right now!
Tipsy Pig BBQ- Georgia BBQ at a Shell Gas Station? -Yes Please!
So what have we learned here? Georgia BBQ is served best in a shack/gas station, mom n’ pop restaurants are best when served in a hole-in-the-wall, along with authentic Asian cuisine!
What are your favorite hole-in-the-wall spots? Share them with your fellow Georgia family in the comments below!