Georgia is filled with enticing, palate-pleasing restaurants. You can find every type of cuisine imaginable, some within just a few blocks of each other. But what about those restaurants that are teeming with rich history? You know the ones. Those restaurants that are eclectic and fun simply because of their antiquity and story. If you don’t know what we mean, then this list is about to be your golden ticket into a world of new, tasty dishes paired with an interesting past. Here are the best Georgia restaurants, loaded with local history:
1. Crystal Beer Parlor, 301 W Jones St, Savannah, GA 31401
This fan-favorite in Savannah, Georgia has such a unique past, it's hard to pass up a chance to visit. Crystal Beer Parlor opened their doors in 1933 and is actually the second oldest restaurant in the city. The original Crystal Beer Parlor was the first American eating establishment to serve alcohol after the repeal of Prohibition. How cool!
2. The Plaza Restaurant and Oyster Bar, 217 S Broad St, Thomasville, GA 31792
This restaurant was recently dubbed one of the oldest, continuously operating restaurants in all of Georgia. It has been a staple of the Thomasville community, and always seems to be packed no matter the time of day. Like patron, J. W. Blanton, who has frequented The Plaza Restaurant for over 75-years, having both lunch AND dinner there, nearly every day.
3. Olde Pink House, 23 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401
Rumor has it, Olde Pink House is filled with spirits eagerly looking to haunt their patrons. With that said, it still is one of the most favored restaurants in the city. The Southern-inspired cuisine is always flavorful. Plus, the 18th-century Georgia ambiance from the mansion the restaurant is housed in makes this a must-visit dining experience.
4. Nu-Way Weiners, 921 Hillcrest Blvd, Macon, GA 31204
This famed hot dog spot has been around since 1916 and started as a stand. It later became a notorious spot for red dogs and chili sauce, making it a one-of-a-kind restaurant for the community.
5. Alfredo's, 1989 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta GA 30324
This joint first opened their doors in 1974, and since then has been the go-to spot for authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant has an old-school feel, like you would find Sinatra sitting at a table with his pals enjoying a traditional bowl of pasta with sauce.
6. Johnny Harris, 1651 E Victory Dr, Savannah, GA 31404
What began as a tiny boarded shack in 1924, became one of the best barbecue spots in all of Georgia. A new, larger location needed to be opened in 1936 to accommodate everyone looking to feast on their scrumptious fried chicken and tender ribs.
7. Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar, 794 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306
Their doors originally opened in 1927, and since then Atkins Park has been honored with the title of Atlanta's oldest continuously licensed tavern. It's a great restaurant to bring the kids to and feast on a savory weekend brunch.
8. Luigi's Restaurant, 590 Broad St, Augusta, GA 30901
In 1949, Nicholas “Papou Nick” Ballas opened the doors to what would become Augusta’s oldest family-owned restaurant. Despite having a Greek heritage, Nick opened a restaurant with a primary focus on Italian-food, which has been a staple in the Augusta community.
9. The Pirates House, 20 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401
Savannah's famed Pirates House is located in one of the most historic spots in Georgia. The buildings which now house the restaurant are said to be some of the oldest in the state, being built as early as 1734. WOW!
10. Old Vinings Inn, 3011 Paces Mill Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339
It's at Old Vinings Inn that you can get delicious seasonally-inspired fare. The restaurant is one of the most well-known landmarks in historic Vinings, and was built in 1880, serving first as the village post office. The atmosphere is just as charming as the history.
Have you been to any of these Georgia historic hot spots? We’re looking to hear about your experiences in the comments below. Whether you had an amazing time, or the history was richer than the food, we want to know!