MILLEDGEVILLE — Nothing is more Southern than fried chicken and sweet tea. For many of us born and raised in the South, this is a right of passage, so if you’re in the mood to get down to your true Southern grit, stop by Grits in Milledgeville for some cooking that puts even grandma’s recipes to the test.
The layout is simple. Once you walk in, you get in line cafeteria-style, order your food choices and pay. Finding a seat shouldn’t be too hard because there are three rooms of tables. All are cleaned quickly, so waiting won’t be a worry. The crowd is a mix of young and old — everyone from the college students to the business lunchers and even the after-church families get their Grits fix.
A different version of grits is featured each day, and it comes complimentary with your meal. I wasn’t even aware you could make as many different kinds of grits as they offer — cheese grits, sausage grits, bacon-cheese grits, jalapeño-cheese grits, loaded grits, three-cheese grits and tomato grits.
Fried chicken and baked chicken are available everyday, as are mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. Among the other offerings that vary from day to day are meatloaf, baked ham, pork chops, turkey and dressing, ribs, beef tips, chicken and dumplings, catfish and country fried steak. For dessert, there’s pecan pie along with other cakes and sweets.
The prices are affordable. They have it split up as plates, with a choice of meat and multiple sides. The “regular” is one meat with two sides and bread for $5.99. The “hungry” offers one meat with three sides and bread for $6.89. The “veggie plate” is four sides and bread for $5.49, and you can add a meat for $2.89. You can buy your fried chicken separate too, anything from the drumstick ($1.29) to the breast ($1.89.) A side salad will run you $1.29, while soup, salad and bread is $4.59. And last but not least, desserts cost $1.89.
Both times I visited we stacked up on the food. The fried chicken was exceptional. It had a bit of a bite that won’t be ignored. The baked chicken was also up to par.
We had this glazed ham that wasn’t my favorite, but I’m not a “ham” kind of girl. My favorite of all the sides was the squash casserole — amazing. It was cheesy and full of flavor. Another good choice is the mashed potatoes. You can taste the butter in them, which is bad for my thighs but great for my taste buds.
One thing I didn’t like was the okra and tomatoes. The taste was fine, but it just rubbed me the wrong way. But Grits regained my love with its turnip greens and cabbage. Both were cooked to perfection, with great texture and flavor.
Located on the south side of Milledgeville, it might be a bit of a drive to get there, but it’s worth every second.
I’ve eaten some Southern food that you wouldn’t believe, but when it comes to Southern cooking in Milledgeville, Grits is top shelf.
Address: 132 Hardwick St., Milledgeville
Phone: (478) 453-2520
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, closed Saturday
Wheelchair accessible: Tes
Health rating: 95 Reservations: No
Price range: $1.29-$9.99
Noise level: Moderate to medium
Vegetarian offerings: Yes
Payment methods: Cash, credit cards