A good restaurant has many different components. Getting it right takes skill and creativity. When it comes to food and charm, Choby's at Little River goes above and beyond with an upscale atmosphere and some high-class food. If you're dining in Milledgeville, Choby's is the place to be.
The interior is rich with dark woods and warm colors. It gives an old-style parlor room atmosphere, carpet to ceiling. The hostess gives you a choice to sit in the dining room, the piano room or the porch.
We decided to sit on the porch because of good weather, for me, and the Georgia game on the radio, for my company. Outside was more down to earth. Rough-iron furniture and a view of Lake Sinclair attracted a large amount of the guests. However, I suspect they were outside for the same reasons we were.
But I was there for the food and I was already scanning the menu as we were sitting down. I was eager to see what fare came along with the atmosphere.
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The appetizers were just as classy as the decor. Oysters on half shell, a dozen for $9.95, smoked tuna dip for $4.95 and shrimp cocktail for $4.95, just to name a few. The main dishes were most impressive with options such as flounder for $12.50 and boiled shrimp --- you peel them --- for $12.50. They also offer wings and catfish for $9.50. If you're in the mood for meat, then have a rib eye for $17.95, prime rib for $18.95 or filet mignon for $19.95. Mix it up with a surf-and-turf for $20.95 or a steak-and-lake for $20.95. The steak-and-lake comes with rib eye and fried catfish. Choby's has a variety of killer desserts to finish your meal off with. Key lime pie for $3.95, gourmet turtle cheesecake for $5.75, caramel fudge pecan cake, $4.75, and our pick of the night, chocolate lovers dream cake. It is a 1 pound piece of cake for $8.95.
After finally deciding on what to eat, we placed our order. We got sweet potato fries to start off with for $3.95. I ordered the broiled tilapia with grits for $11.95, and I got the crab bisque soup with it, $3.25 for a cup. My friend ordered the surf-and-turf.
First our appetizer came out. The sweet potato fries were topped with brown sugar and cinnamon. This little extra added a nice touch to the otherwise plain fries. Our meal, however, needed no extras to put it in high standards. The crab bisque soup was sweet with chunks of pulled crab in it. But nothing stood up to my broiled tilapia. It was beautifully seasoned and there was nothing fishy about it. The surf and turf came with large shrimp and the rib eye was tender and cooked perfectly. I was pretty full by the time dessert came, but nothing can stop me from taking a few bites of chocolate cake. Although I must say, nothing really stood out about it except the size.
Every meal out should be an experience, and you can expect one at Choby's. With good food and fun scenery, take dinner out on the lake with Choby's.
Choby's at Little River
3065 N. Columbia st., Milledgeville
Phone: (478) 453-9744
Hours: 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
Kids meals: Yes
Dress: Casual dressy
Vegetarian selections: Yes
Latest health rating: 95
Price range: 2.50-28.95
Payment options: Cash/credit