Dining in Georgia is an experience unto itself. There’s something about the food that’s crafted here in this fine state that makes your mouth water and your heart flutter simultaneously. Making a “best of” list is hard, let me tell you. But making a list of restaurants that you HAVE to visit before you die takes pressure to a whole other level. So, let me go through which restaurants made the cut and why.
NOTE: If you find yourself perusing this article on an empty stomach and feel the need to run out and try one (or possibly two) of these restaurants immediately, I don’t blame you. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.
1. Holt's Bakery, 101 East Sellers Street, Douglas, GA
The donuts at Holt's Bakery have always been a crowd favorite. People will visit from far and wide to sink their teeth into these soft, savory bouts of heaven. Although they do serve other Southern fare, come here for the baked goods. You won't regret it.
2. Butt Hutt BBQ, 480 Macon Hwy, Athens, GA 30606
It has been said that Butt HUtt BBQ is the Holy Grail of BBQ in the south. Not only are the prices more than fair, their meat is succulent and tender, especially when doused with one of their sweet signature BBQ sauces.
3. Jones' Kitchen, 526 W Cherry St, Jesup, GA 31545
This, my friends, is Southern food at its finest. Fried pork chops, collards and turnips, homemade biscuits, and cornbread. Oh, and don't forget the sweet potato pie! It's home-style cooking that will keep you coming back for more.
4. Willies Wee-Nee Wagon, 3599 Altama Ave, Brunswick, GA 31520
This no-nonsense fast food joint leaves the frills to the other guys. Snag yourself one of their many styles of hot dogs, or the fan-favorite pork chop sandwich. The hot dogs aren't soggy or dry, but have a crisp texture every time. Make sure you get a sweet tea, too!
5. Whistle Stop Cafe, 443 McCrackin St, Juliette, GA 31046
First things first, Fried Green Tomatoes was filmed here. So with that said, what might you think their delectable specialty is? You guessed it, fried green tomatoes. But don't just stop there. The array of country, home-style eats are worth making this Whistle Stop a regular trip.
6. Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, 107 W Jones St, Savannah, GA 31401
It's been said time and time again that Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room serves up THE best Southern food around. Why? Because it brings you back to your Grandma's kitchen, with family-style meals that include fried chicken and stewed okra. It is family owned and operated since 1943.
7. Urban Cannibals Bodega and Bites, 368 5th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
This is hands down one of the best sandwich spots in Georgia---and possibly even the entire country. They use only fresh ingredients with absolutely the most divine bread around. There's also a rotating menu of desserts, so you may just have to come back the next day....and the next....
8. Southern Soul Barbeque, 2020 Demere Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
This delicious dining spot was once a gas station. But now, it's a hoppin' BBQ joint that is a must-try. Typical southern fare like ribs, pulled pork, and brisket, but slow cooked in a way that it simply melts in your mouth. Choose your sauce and get to work. Oh, and don't forget a side of the Brunswick stew.
9. Big Pie in the Sky Pizzeria, 2090 Baker Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30144
Who wouldn't want a pizza slice the size of your upper body?! The ingredients are quality, the slices are humongous, and the thin crust is perfectly crispy. If you're feeling extra hungry and ambitious, try The Carnivore Challenge. You have one hour to eat an 11 lb Carnivore Pizza and win $250 in the process. Don't worry, you can bring a friend.
10. Zunzi's, 108 E York St, Savannah, GA 31401
It's been voted one of the Top Restaurants in Savannah worth traveling for, as well as featured on the Travel Channel as one of Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in the Country Contest. So, does the food actually match the hype? The answer is an unequivocal yes. Order the Chicken Conquistador or the Godfather sandwich. You're welcome, in advance.
11. Rexall Grill, Duluth Georgia
It's a simple, no-dilly-dally, country-store establishment that is actually inside a drug store. It's one of the last meat-and-twos joints, with everything HANDMADE. We're talking fried okra, meatloaf, mac'n'cheese, and pie. All of it hand crafted with love.
So there you have it. Some of the best restaurants in Georgia that you need to try, ASAP. Unfortunately, we only had room for a few, but there a so many more that deserve recognition. Leave your favorites in the comments below!