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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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Huddle House

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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.

Sandwich City

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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.

The Grill

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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]

Dinglewood Pharmacy

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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]

Piggie Park Drive-In

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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]

Jimmie's Hot Dogs

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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]

Mrs. Rogers

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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]

Zaxby's

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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.

Clayton Cafe

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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]

Cafe Florie

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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.

Cantaberry Restaurant

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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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Huddle House

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.

Sandwich City

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.

The Grill

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]

Dinglewood Pharmacy

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]

Piggie Park Drive-In

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]

Jimmie's Hot Dogs

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]

Mrs. Rogers

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]

Zaxby's

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.

Clayton Cafe

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]

Cafe Florie

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.

Cantaberry Restaurant

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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