10 Best Mom and Pop Restaurants in Georgia

Down-home cookin’ calls for a bona fide mom and pop restaurant. The treat-you-like-family service is fast and friendly, the recipes are sometimes passed down through generations, and the prices are usually much more reasonable. Settle in for a great meal at these 10 best mom and pop restaurants in Georgia. 

Maggie’s Cafe, Comer, GA

From a town whose name literally means “eat” in Spanish, it’s no surprise you’ll find some amazing fare at this family-run eatery. On the menu you’ll find tried and true favorites like wings, burgers, and appetizers, along with lighter fare like soups and salads. The service is fast and the prices are reasonable—plus you’re supporting a local family business every time you visit!

Sunday Diner, Clayton, GA

Don’t let the name misguide you—this place is tops in town any day of the week! Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, they’re the epitome of downhome cooking in Georgia. Their fried chicken, barbecue, and fish are must-try items on the menu.

Cup and Saucer Diner, Loganville, GA

This family diner throws it back old-school, back to a time when good service and tasty food were standard in every restaurant. They’ve retained their family-friendly charm and customer service that made the good ol’ days so delightful. Plus, tasty eats like hot dogs, steaks, and all-day breakfast make this place a clear winner any day, any time.

Pop’s Dawg House, Dallas, GA

There menu has all your favorites and choosing just one meal isn’t easy. Fans rave about the fresh-cooked burgers, onion rings, and catfish, but no choice is a bad one. And the prices reflect their old-school vibe, letting you fill up for less than what you’d spend at a fast food joint.

Gumlog Bar-B-Q and Fish House, Lavonia, GA

This one is quite a way off the beaten path, but locals know this hidden gem is well worth the hunt! They’re equally known for their barbecue and catfish, served up in a lodge-style environment that’s as homey as they come. They’re only open on weekends, so plan your visit accordingly.

Gyro Greek Food Mart, Gainesville, GA

This Greek food haven isn’t just run by family, but also uses tried and true family recipes that have pleased hungry crowds for decades. Classic Greek dishes like falafel, ganoush, and gyros are best in class. Their menu has so many options you could eat here all month and try something new every day.

Zeb’s Bar-B-Q, Danielsville, GA

From the outside, it looks just like grandma’s house, a place that’s always filled with home-cooked meals and lots of love. Inside, it’s not much different, giving off a family-friendly vibe that makes you feel right at home. It’s by far the best barbecue for miles, and many other awesome eats you can’t find just anywhere.

Fender’s Diner, Cornelia, GA

Though only open for the past 23 years, this place instantly serves up a heap of nostalgia when you enter their doors. This former home of the local meat market transports you back to the 50s with its checkered decor, do-wop music, and personalized service. They’ve got the best burgers and shakes in town, and you’ll wish you had room for more!

Wendell’s Country Restaurant, Sautee Nacoochee, GA

A hidden gem in the Northeast Georgia mountains, this place has the best country breakfast around. Their made from scratch motif and cozy surrounds have made this place the local’s choice. And you won’t find a more affordable meal in town!

Minnie’s Uptown, Columbus, GA

Some say they have the best fried chicken in town. Others love them for the fast service and homestyle desserts. They’ve got plenty to brag about, that’s for sure, and you’ll always find a new “favorite” meal that will keep you coming back.

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