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Greenwood’s, Roswell GA

Greenwood’s, Roswell GA

Here’s a place where fried chicken was only added grudgingly to the menu, and done with a deliberately oddball spin in the hopes that guests would order things that did not require as much work. This strategy backfired. The chicken is very popular because it’s unusual, but amazing. Continue reading

Ajax Diner, Oxford MS

Ajax Diner, Oxford MS

We took a road trip to Memphis, and on the way up we detoured through the quite wonderful college town of Oxtord, Mississippi. There, we joined quite a mob of locals for lunch at the popular Ajax Diner, an eclectic and fun meat-and-two. Continue reading

Dixie Freeze, South Pittsburg TN

Dixie Freeze, South Pittsburg TN

For many, many years, I have told myself that one of these days, I was going to go visit Nashville and take US-41 to get there. Last weekend, Marie and I finally did this, taking the baby and the teenage girlchild along for a very, very long trek up to Nashville that let us see … Continue reading

Southern Kitchen, New Market VA

Southern Kitchen, New Market VA

…but the real winner here was the bowl of peanut soup that I had before my ham arrived. I had never had this before, and I don’t know that I’ve seen it on a menu since, as it apparently is a specialty local to Virginia. It was thick and creamy and completely wonderful. I would love to have this again one day, and hope that wherever I do find it, it is as good as this was. Continue reading

Edna’s Restaurant, Chatsworth GA

Edna’s Restaurant, Chatsworth GA

I went a whole eight days without going anywhere outside my normal travel radius and just about went crazy. As Marie begins emotionally “nesting” and wanting to get settled and make a safe and comfortable place for the baby, perhaps I’ve been reacting against it. I spend a little free time looking over Google Maps … Continue reading

Yoder’s Deitsch Haus, Montezuma GA

Yoder’s Deitsch Haus, Montezuma GA

So Thursday of last week, I went by one of the cafeterias on our to-do list of Roadfood.com-reviewed restaurants, and on Friday, the four of us visited another one. We took a trip down to visit Marie’s mother and father on Saint Simons Island, a trip that puts us within striking distance of six of … Continue reading

Matthews Cafeteria, Tucker GA

Matthews Cafeteria, Tucker GA

I first heard of Matthews Cafeteria when the second volume of the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives tie-in books was released. I was really looking forward to the second book, because I feel that Georgia was badly underrepresented in the first one, with only the Marietta Diner making its pages. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a pretty good restaurant, but it’s still a little overrated. Continue reading

Mayflower Restaurant, Athens GA

Mayflower Restaurant, Athens GA

I mention this because when you sit in the Mayflower, you can see the ghosts of undergraduates from fifty years ago. They’re blond and crew cut and they wear flannel and they say “Barney’s uncle’s got a mattress and I can get a few buckets of pine straw and tonight, we’re going to set that stupid horse on fire.” Continue reading

Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Atlanta GA

Mary Mac’s Tea Room, Atlanta GA

I had been wanting to go to Mary Mac’s for a really long time. It’s the last surviving example of a brief late ’40s trend of restaurants opened by war widows looking to both stay afloat and remain a little classy, so they called their establishments “tea rooms” in the hopes of attracting a better … Continue reading

Ye Olde Colonial Restaurant, Madison GA

Ye Olde Colonial Restaurant, Madison GA

Here’s a place that took me the better part of eternity to get around to visiting. I first spotted Ye Olde Colonial – and yeah, let’s go ahead and acknowledge just how silly that awful name is – about fifteen years ago, when I was living in Athens and occasionally visiting Madison every couple of … Continue reading

The Colonnade, Atlanta GA

The Colonnade, Atlanta GA

If you grew up in a southern household, you simply must visit The Colonnade to have your mind blown by this menu. They serve things here that your mother or your grandmother regularly prepared and which you had completely forgotten. Last week, Marie and our daughter and I joined David and Neal for supper here. … Continue reading