Linda Morris

Six Middle Georgia restaurants make list of 100 Plates Locals 
Six midstate restaurants serve dishes that locals love enough to be named in an annual state publication.

The 100 Plates Locals Love list is part of the 2017 state culinary guide “Georgia Eats,” released this week by the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division.

Three years ago Georgia Tourism created the list of local dishes as a way to provide visitors with locally sourced suggestions, the same way restaurants are recommended to family and friends, according to a release. This year, more than 750 “plates” were nominated via and evaluated by a panel of judges.

The third annual list of “100 Plates Locals Love” features favorite dishes from across the state. The Georgia Eats culinary guide is available at the state’s 12 Visitor Information Centers and on the state’s consumer tourism ExploreGeorgia website.

The Middle Georgia “plates” on the list, the restaurants, location and judges’ comments are:

▪ Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna, Aubri Lane’s, Milledgeville. “Fresh seared tuna over a pickled cabbage mix – these are so good I could make a meal out of them.” – Dawn B.

▪ Deluxe BBQ Pork Plate, Fresh Air Bar-B-Que, Jackson. “It's the perfect combination of barbecue, Brunswick stew, slaw and a dill pickle. Best way to sample all Fresh Air has to offer.” – Michael B.

▪ Barbecue, Mama’s Kitchen, Barnesville. “I love the freshness and taste. And the staff is great.” – Cathy H.

▪ Macon’s Bacon, Parish on Cherry St., Macon. “Caramelized bacon in peach preserves is a sweet, savory and sticky treat for your mouth!” –Jennifer T.

▪ Shrimp & Grits, Smith’s Coastal Grill, Eatonton. “Secret ingredients make this dish spicy and savory!” –Henry S.

▪ Little Biscuits, The Swanson, Perry. “They melt in your mouth.” – Anita M.

“Culinary experiences continue to be one of the top drivers of visitor interest when planning a vacation,” Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, said in the release. “Georgia offers visitors unique food and beverage experiences in every corner of the state, and the Georgia Eats guide makes it easy for visitors and locals to discover the many flavors of Georgia.”

Publication: Macon Telegraph

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