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Mar 8th, 2012, 11:49 AM
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Atlanta to Augusta - good dinner stop enroute?

I will be driving from Atlanta to Augusta - leaving Altanta at about 5pm on a Tuesday (I am prepared for traffic, but it is what it is). Any recommendations for stopping for dinner enroute? Southern food, esspecially BBQ would be great, but I am generally up for just about anything. I'd prefer not to just stop at a random Applebees (or whatever) if there is something good along the way that isn't too far of the interstate. I did this drive once before, but all I really remember was a lot of Waffle Houses - I think there was one about every 3rd exit. Thanks for your help.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 11:59 AM
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By far the best option (based on what you are asking for) is the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle. They specialize in southern cooking and is in a lovely historic old home.

http://www.bluewillowinn.com/

It's just a few miles off the interstate and is well worth the stop. If you think that interests you, email me at the address in my profile and I'll forward a discount coupon valid for March.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 12:03 PM
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If you want to order from a menu, another option would be a restaurant in the gorgeous antebellum town of Madison. It's just a few miles past the Social Circle exit and the town is always at the top of the prettiest towns of America lists.

http://www.madisonga.org/Dining.htm

The Chop House Grill is good.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 12:11 PM
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If you really want BBQ, there are two small family-owned options in Covington GA. Neither are fancy, but both are good.

http://www.bradleysbbq.com/about_us.html
Is just off the square in Covington - and is their second location. You may recognize the little town from movies and TV shows - Vampire Diaries is being filmed there now and the Mystic Cafe is a permanent set on the square.

Out a bit more in the country is Cowboy's BBQ. The owners are a couple who lost their jobs during the recession and opened a restaurant - and it's good BBQ. Again, neither are fancy at all.


ALL of the above mentioned suggestions are less than 3 miles off I-20, about an hour from Atlanta and around 1 to 1.5 hours from Augusta.


If you want a SPLURGE option, go to the very fine restaurant of the Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation at Lake Oconee. VERY nice - and a gorgeous hotel that looks like it should be in New England.

Feel free to email me if I can be of any help.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 12:13 PM
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PS - you won't have much traffic. As you leave the airport, take 285 or the south end of the Perimeter Hwy and then head east on I20. You MAY have a bit of a back-up as you get on 20 around Panola Road, and then it will clear. That side of Atlanta doesn't have the awful traffic like the rest of Atlanta.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 01:55 PM
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Thanks for all the recommendations. This is great. And I it is nice to know that traffic won't be much of an issue.

The Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle looks great - and the prics are very reasonable. They also have the coupon on their web site. I like the BBQ place in Covington too.

This is a business trip, so no splurging, but I like to do more than just exist on road food
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Mar 8th, 2012, 02:04 PM
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I live in the general area so if you want a mini-GTG let me know. ira does too, but I don't think he's available now.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 03:44 PM
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A GTG would be great, but I am only passing through for a couple meetings and then heading up to DC. I will actually be in Georgia for less than 24 hours. If I do my job right though, this should lead to more work and more trips to the area.
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Mar 8th, 2012, 04:00 PM
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And one day I'll get to Chincoteague

If I can help with any ideas for Augusta let me know. I've traveled the state for work for a long time. It's a boring drive but an easy one.
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