Located in the heart of the South, Georgia is home to some seriously delicious Southern cuisine. In our neck of the woods, it's all about home cooking with farm-fresh ingredients. We offer hearty breakfasts, tasty snacks, savory meals and craveable desserts that speak to your soul.
If you're planning a visit to the land of peaches and pecans, don't miss trying out one of these delicious eats.
The Best Food in Georgia
Dive into this mouthwatering list of the best dishes Georgia has to offer.
Fried Green Tomatoes
This delicious snack became a popular Southern staple in 1991 when the film "Fried Green Tomatoes" was released. Based on Fannie Flagg's novel "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe," the movie was a hit, and fried green tomatoes became a signature Georgia dish.
These tasty bites are made by slicing a green tomato, which is actually just an unripe tomato. The slices take a dip in tangy buttermilk, get coated in seasoned flour and fry up golden brown in a pan of hot oil.
Try fried green tomatoes as an appetizer or snack with remoulade for dipping. They're also delicious tucked into a sandwich — try them alongside ham and pimento cheese or layered on a burger!
Sweet tea is the quintessential Southern beverage, perfect for sipping on the porch after a long, hot summer day. It's made by steeping black tea in boiling water, then adding sugar and stirring to dissolve before chilling in the fridge. Serve it in a tall glass with lots of ice and a lemon wedge, and you have yourself a Southern treat.
Sweet tea became popular in the 1920s when the beloved "Southern Cooking" cookbook featured a sweet tea recipe by Henrietta Stanley Dull, an editor for the Atlanta Journal. The coinciding American Prohibition meant people needed an alternative to alcoholic beverages, so sweet tea it was. Georgians have never looked back!
Peach Ice Cream
Georgia and peaches are practically one and the same. And when you consider all the ways there are to enjoy Georgia peaches, it's pretty hard not to love them!
If you find yourself in Georgia on a warm day, peach ice cream is a must-try. Sweet and creamy vanilla ice cream is studded with juicy chunks of Georgia peaches for a delicious and refreshing dessert.
At Lane Southern Orchards' Peachtree Cafe, we make peach ice cream with our own farm-fresh peaches for an authentic Georgia treat. Order it in a cake or waffle cone to enjoy as you meander through the farmers market!
What is Georgia famous for besides peaches? Pecans! That's right, Georgia is one of the country's top pecan producers. And how do we like to enjoy them? In pecan pie, of course!
Pecan pie is one of Georgia's most popular desserts, and for a good reason. Who can resist the gooeyness of a candy bar combined with the crunchy warmth of toasted nuts?
Pecan pie is made by filling a flaky, buttery pie crust with vanilla, eggs, brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and chopped pecans before popping it into the oven to bake.
Pimento Cheese Bites
Affectionately dubbed "the caviar of the south," pimento cheese is a creamy spread made with sharp cheddar cheese, pimentos (a thicker-skinned version of the red bell pepper) and mayonnaise.
Believe it or not, the earliest recipes for pimento cheese hailed from the Northern states in the 1800s and called for just cream cheese and pimentos. Southerners, however, decided to give the dish their own spin. They swapped cream cheese for sharp cheddar and treated it to a generous dollop of mayonnaise. It didn't hurt that pimentos were growing in Georgia with much success. Pimento cheese quickly became a Southern staple.
The tasty spread is perfect on crackers, sandwiches, fresh vegetables and just about anything else. At the Peachtree Cafe, we serve fried pimento cheese bites topped with a bit of raspberry sauce for a crunchy, creamy, sweet-and-savory appetizer.
Peach cobbler is a classic Southern dessert, especially delicious in the summer when Georgia peaches are fresh and ripe. Easier to make than pie, peach cobbler got its name when American settlers "cobbled" together peach preserves and clumps of biscuit dough to make a version of traditional peach pie.
Peach cobbler is best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. At the Peachtree Cafe, our homemade peach cobbler is made with fresh peaches grown in our orchards for a Georgia dessert done right. Order our peach cobbler mix and a jar of our peaches to make at home!
A list of must-try food in Georgia would not be complete without our legendary fried chicken. The perfect piece of fried chicken is golden and crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. Everyone has their own favorite combination of seasonings, dredging flour and frying fat, so you'll just have to visit Georgia and taste them all.
Try a fried chicken sandwich with pickles and as many other toppings as you like, or eat it with traditional Southern sides like mashed potatoes, coleslaw, biscuits and mac and cheese.
Biscuits and Gravy
For a warm and comforting Southern breakfast, nothing satisfies quite like biscuits and gravy. Warm, pillowy homemade biscuits are topped with thick, savory gravy for a stick-to-your-ribs dish that's perfect on cold mornings.
Biscuits and gravy seem to have become commonplace during the Revolutionary War, when workers needed a hearty, filling breakfast but didn't have much money.
Biscuits and gravy were also a go-to dish in Southern Appalachia in the late 1800s. Lumber was a booming industry in the region, and sawmill workers needed a cheap, calorie-dense meal to power them through long days of heavy lifting.
You can find fresh, homemade biscuits and gravy in the Peachtree Cafe, the perfect meal before a full day of exploring Georgia.
Taste the Best Food Made in Georgia at Lane Southern Orchards' Peachtree Cafe
Lane Southern Orchards has been growing peaches and pecans in the heart of Georgia since 1908. With 11,000 acres of dedicated farmland in Peach County, Georgia, we are proud to be the country's largest grower of peaches and pecans.
You can enjoy some of the best Georgia dishes and desserts at our Peachtree Cafe and Bakery. Stop in for delicious, hearty options for breakfast and lunch, and don't forget the sweets! We serve homemade ice creams, cobblers, pies and cookies using our own peaches and pecans to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Start planning your visit today!