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Will Travel for Southern Food

Updated: Nov 4, 2019

If you’re looking for a foodie destination featuring classic Southern cuisine, you need to set your GPS to the smack dab middle of Georgia, to a small town called Perry. The town itself is picture-perfect with flowers always in bloom, and benches for relaxing placed every few yards throughout the quaint downtown. It’s a laid-back sort of place where you can order a cocktail in a to-go cup for downtown strolling, shopping sipping, and socializing with friendly shop-owners.


Start your journey to Southern goodness with a cafeteria-style meal at The Oil Lamp Restaurant. With alternating daily mains and sides, load up on all the casseroles your heart could desire—squash casserole, broccoli cheese casserole, loaded potato casserole, oh my. Be sure to save room for their made from scratch pies!

For a funkier take on Southern fare, grab some sidewalk seating on Perry’s main drag at The Perfect Pear. The pimento cheese is surely the best you’ve ever tasted, and the Krispy Kreme Bread pudding is an absolute must! Or choose from organic and locally sourced fare with sandwiches aptly named The Hippy Dippy, The Gypsy and The Free Spirit as you enjoy live music at Bodega Brew.


Now you can’t leave Perry without barbecue, and Georgia Bob’s offers the epitome of good Southern barbecue, smoked to perfection. The ribs are fall-off-the-bone good and the pulled pork is so juicy and tender that you can eat it on its own—but the special sauce is just so delicious you’ll want it anyway!

For an afternoon pick-me up head over to Southern Sweets for a piece of their epic 14-layer chocolate cake or A Couple of Jerks Soda Fountain Shop for legitimate old-school drinks like a cherry phosphate, egg cream, or a root beer float. And before heading home fill up on Sunday lunch just like mama made it at The Swanson, named a “Best chicken joint in the South” by Garden and Gun.


Soak in the view of town from their front porch seating, complete with white tablecloths, fresh flowers, and sweet tea. Don’t miss the fried chicken, pot roast, fried green tomatoes, collards, and sweet potatoes souffle. Grab some friends and head on down to Perry for good down-home cooking, and be sure to pack your Thanksgiving pants.

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