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A Guide to Greater Georgia's Greasy Spoon Restaurants

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We're moving right along with Greasy Spoons Week, and here's a guide to some of the best greasy spoons outside of Atlanta, coming to you from county connoisseur and Eater correspondent John Mishler. Have another favorite? Do leave it in the comments.

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Forget ITP versus OTP: There's Atlanta, and then there's the rest of Georgia. Far beyond the Perimeter are well-known cities like Savannah and Columbus. And even more emblematic of life outside metro Atlanta are the countless small towns, country roads, pecan groves, and Spanish moss-covered trees that dot the landscape, be it coastal plains or rolling foothills. No question, the pace of life may be different, and the same goes for the scenery, but all Georgians need a place that can provide a quick and hearty breakfast or a satisfying lunch. For those times life takes you way, way OTP, here's a sampling of some of the most dependable greasy spoons the state has to offer.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Huddle House

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2969 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-5700
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In small towns like Sylvania and Cuthbert all across Georgia, the nearest Waffle House may be miles away, which is where the other “House” of Georgia – Huddle House – steps in. Slightly less breakfast-centric, Huddle House highlights include chicken fried steak and Chop House Burgers.

2. Sandwich City

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302 10th St
Augusta, GA
(706) 823-6237
This hole-in-the-wall downtown Augusta outpost is known not only for its fried chicken and homemade pimento cheese sandwiches, but for breakfast as well.

3. The Grill

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171 College Ave
Athens, GA 30601
(706) 543-4770
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What happens at the Grill stays at the Grill. This college town favorite, right across the street from the University of Georgia, is well-known for its 24/7 service— and for its feta fries. [Photo]

4. Dinglewood Pharmacy

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1939 Wynnton Rd
Columbus, GA 31906
Locals and visitors alike gather here for the famed scrambled hot dog: a chopped pink hot dog and bun buried beneath chili, topped with pickles, onion, and oyster crackers. Grab a spot at the counter for a front row seat to the spectacle that is a traditional drugstore lunch-counter. [Photo]

5. Piggie Park Drive-In

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1420 Highway 3
Thomaston, GA 30286
(706) 648-3330
Drive-in or walk-up, the barbeque pork, scrambled burgers, and Brunswick stew hit the spot. A frosted orange shake will cool and refresh on a hot day in Middle Georgia. [Photo: John Mishler]

6. Jimmie's Hot Dogs

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204 S Jackson St
Albany, GA 31701
(229) 435-4751
The self-proclaimed “King of the Hot Dog”, Jimmie’s Hot Dogs is an assembly line-style operation churning out fluorescent pink hot dogs, wrapped up and tossed in brown to-go bags. A complex pricing chart posted near the register reveals the seemingly limitless iterations of toppings and dogs. [Photo]

7. Mrs. Rogers

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204 South Duval Street
Claxton, GA 30417
(912) 739-8961
An anchor of the Claxton dining scene, chicken, gravy, and biscuits reign supreme here. Given Claxton is the Fruitcake Capital of the World, Mrs. Rogers also sells the South Georgia delicacy in varying quantities produced by neighboring Claxton Fruit Cake. [Photo: John Mishler]

8. Zaxby's

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502 Fair Rd
Statesboro, GA 30458
(912) 681-2000
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Though the original location no longer stands, Statesboro is hallowed ground for fans of this chain, founded here in 1991. You can’t go wrong with the Chicken Fingerz alone or in sandwich form. The zesty Zax Sauce is an indispensable accompaniment.

9. Clayton Cafe

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50 S Main St
Clayton, GA
(706) 782-5438
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Tourists and townies commingle here for breakfast and lunch in the mountain town of Clayton. Breakfast means pancakes, lunch means fried chicken. [Photo: John Mishler]

10. Cafe Florie

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1715 Barnard St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 220-6185
It’s easy to miss, but that would be a mistake. Standouts include the chicken and waffles, as well as the fries paired with a selection of dipping sauces. The wraps and salads make Cafe Florie a slightly less greasy spoon.

11. Cantaberry Restaurant

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51 River St
Ellijay, GA 30540
A nearly unanswerable question: tomato basil or chicken and wild rice? There’s really no wrong answer. Either soup makes an excellent match for any sandwich on the menu.

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1. Huddle House

2969 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
In small towns like Sylvania and Cuthbert all across Georgia, the nearest Waffle House may be miles away, which is where the other “House” of Georgia – Huddle House – steps in. Slightly less breakfast-centric, Huddle House highlights include chicken fried steak and Chop House Burgers.
2969 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

2. Sandwich City

302 10th St, Augusta, GA
This hole-in-the-wall downtown Augusta outpost is known not only for its fried chicken and homemade pimento cheese sandwiches, but for breakfast as well.
302 10th St
Augusta, GA

3. The Grill

171 College Ave, Athens, GA 30601
What happens at the Grill stays at the Grill. This college town favorite, right across the street from the University of Georgia, is well-known for its 24/7 service— and for its feta fries. [Photo]
171 College Ave
Athens, GA 30601

4. Dinglewood Pharmacy

1939 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA 31906
Locals and visitors alike gather here for the famed scrambled hot dog: a chopped pink hot dog and bun buried beneath chili, topped with pickles, onion, and oyster crackers. Grab a spot at the counter for a front row seat to the spectacle that is a traditional drugstore lunch-counter. [Photo]
1939 Wynnton Rd
Columbus, GA 31906

5. Piggie Park Drive-In

1420 Highway 3, Thomaston, GA 30286
Drive-in or walk-up, the barbeque pork, scrambled burgers, and Brunswick stew hit the spot. A frosted orange shake will cool and refresh on a hot day in Middle Georgia. [Photo: John Mishler]
1420 Highway 3
Thomaston, GA 30286

6. Jimmie's Hot Dogs

204 S Jackson St, Albany, GA 31701
The self-proclaimed “King of the Hot Dog”, Jimmie’s Hot Dogs is an assembly line-style operation churning out fluorescent pink hot dogs, wrapped up and tossed in brown to-go bags. A complex pricing chart posted near the register reveals the seemingly limitless iterations of toppings and dogs. [Photo]
204 S Jackson St
Albany, GA 31701

7. Mrs. Rogers

204 South Duval Street, Claxton, GA 30417
An anchor of the Claxton dining scene, chicken, gravy, and biscuits reign supreme here. Given Claxton is the Fruitcake Capital of the World, Mrs. Rogers also sells the South Georgia delicacy in varying quantities produced by neighboring Claxton Fruit Cake. [Photo: John Mishler]
204 South Duval Street
Claxton, GA 30417

8. Zaxby's

502 Fair Rd, Statesboro, GA 30458
Though the original location no longer stands, Statesboro is hallowed ground for fans of this chain, founded here in 1991. You can’t go wrong with the Chicken Fingerz alone or in sandwich form. The zesty Zax Sauce is an indispensable accompaniment.
502 Fair Rd
Statesboro, GA 30458

9. Clayton Cafe

50 S Main St, Clayton, GA
Tourists and townies commingle here for breakfast and lunch in the mountain town of Clayton. Breakfast means pancakes, lunch means fried chicken. [Photo: John Mishler]
50 S Main St
Clayton, GA

10. Cafe Florie

1715 Barnard St, Savannah, GA 31401
It’s easy to miss, but that would be a mistake. Standouts include the chicken and waffles, as well as the fries paired with a selection of dipping sauces. The wraps and salads make Cafe Florie a slightly less greasy spoon.
1715 Barnard St
Savannah, GA 31401

11. Cantaberry Restaurant

51 River St, Ellijay, GA 30540
A nearly unanswerable question: tomato basil or chicken and wild rice? There’s really no wrong answer. Either soup makes an excellent match for any sandwich on the menu.
51 River St
Ellijay, GA 30540

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