Some of the best restaurants are the ones that don’t look like much, but we hear by word of mouth how amazing they are. Many of Georgia’s best “Hole in the Wall” spots may have gained some notoriety, but that doesn’t change their humble existence and downright awesome food.
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The Blind Pig (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Jackson Georgia has recently acquired their claim to fame by being featured as the town of “Hawkins” on Netflix ‘s Stranger Things, but The Blind Pig has been a beloved favorite for years. In a modest cabin near the water, the most tender, meaty ribs are smoked up along side superb barbecue meats. Medallion fried potatoes, Brunswick stew and some really good brown sugar baked beans round out this perfect Southern menu.
Home Grown (Hotel Prices & Photos)
This place is a big deal in downtown Atlanta; food is locally sourced and very Southern. It can get pretty crowded at breakfast, thanks to their enormous chicken biscuits and other morning delicacies; but the wait is very well worth it. The basics, like eggs, biscuits and gravy are hands down the showstoppers. Coming from a Homegrown regular, you need to try pimento cheese on your breakfast sandwich.
Old Hickory House (Hotel Prices & Photos)
You might know of the original Hickory House if you’ve watched that scene from Smokey and the Bandit where the policeman comes out of the bathroom, with toilet paper stuck to him. While that location is no longer operating, the Tucker location is! It’s an old building with seasoned servers who’ve been there for years, and they make real, down home cooking. Mainly known for their barbecue and unbelievable stew, it’s good to know they whip up a mean breakfast too.
The Whistle Stop Cafe (Hotel Prices & Photos)
In 1991 the Oscar Nominated film, Fried Green Tomatoes, was filmed in a little building in Juliette, Georgia. After the movie wrapped, it was turned into a cafe, just like the one on the big screen. The name sums up exactly what you should try; the fried green tomatoes with radish sauce, the fried green tomato salad with Vidalia vinaigrette or the fried green tomato sandwich with bacon. Man oh man, those tomatoes are perfectly juicy and tart with a light, golden breading; they truly live up to the name.
Tavas (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Skepticism rushes over when pulling into the old strip mall that only has a few businesses occupying its massive stretch of spaces. But as soon as you open the door and smell the Greek aromas at Tavas in Conyers, that hesitancy vanishes. From the savory spinach pie with delicate flakey crust, to the most perfect Gyro plate and Mediterranean pizza, this tiny eatery is the real deal. Everything is just what you’d hope it would be, right down to the gooey, honey filled, nutty Baklava.
Hajime (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Noodles are noodles, right? Blasphemy! There is an art to making an authentic bowl of Ramen, and Hajime has mastered it. Their house made noodles and pork broth are perfectly reminiscent of Japan. The soft boiled eggs are always on point, not being runny or completely solid. The spicy noodles are a great twist on the tradition, but consider ordering a spicy level 1 unless you’re really a glutton for punishment. For an extra $1.50 you can add another heaping pile of noodles to your broth.
CJ's Hotdogs (Hotel Prices & Photos)
When Georgia and hotdogs come to mind, one thinks “The Varsity”! But in McDonough, an unsuspected contender is killing the game. The chili is a little more moist, and there are a lot of toppings to choose from, like Chicago relish, sport peppers and pimento cheese. What really makes these hotdogs so good is the 100% black angus beef used to make each one. Good luck choosing between fresh cut French fries or beer battered onion rings. It’s hard to spot Cj’s in it’s corner side strip mall slot; but look for their catering trailer and they are right there.
The Country Kitchen (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Barnesville Georgia. Ever heard of it? It’s a tiny, middle Georgia town, that’s also home to Gordon College. You wouldn’t guess, but down a long dirt road is the Country Kitchen, a modest establishment serving up the best Southern fried seafood from here to the coast. You can order single plates, but buffet has literally everything, from shrimp, oysters and scallops, to frog legs! It’s hopping in there, and the seafood turnover is rapid as guests gobble up the goodness; fresh batches are brought out every few minutes. With all that seafood, the French fries get overlooked. That’s a shame because they are “ah-mazing”! The Country Kitchen is the true depiction of a “Hole in the Wall”; you could easily pass it by if you had not been told what a gem it is.