From “Fried Green Tomatoes” to The Walking Dead,” Senoia, Georgia has created a world of wonder in this small, Southern town which boasts everything from its own sound stage to a local eatery and music venue of country music singer Zac Brown called Southern Ground Social Club.
Located outside of Atlanta, Georgia, I traveled there recently to tour the 2012 Southern Living Idea House and was pleasantly surprised by all the additional sights including this uber charming restaurant. I’ve written about the home tour on my Forest Home Media blog.
Walking down the Main Street area to the restaurant, fans of the AMC hit show, “The Walking Dead,” will immediately notice familiar landmarks.
I was just so impressed by this charming area which is part of a town revitalization project by developer Scott Tigchelaar and his partner. According to their website, “Senoia Enterprises Inc. and Historic Development Ventures were started by Paul Lombardi and Scott Tigchelaar,of Raleigh Studios – Atlanta. The Historic Senoia Project is a downtown re-development initiative within the Historic District of the City of Senoia, Georgia, originally undertaken by the principals of Raleigh Studios – Atlanta.”
We worked up an appetite touring and the smells that greeted us at the door were so welcomed!
A clever chalk board menu outlines a delicious array of options. We chose Zac’s Pork ‘n Greens and The Farmer’s Daughter. Brown’s twist on the Southern standard cole slaw had a great little kick to it and included corn and tomatoes.
Sandwiches were presented on a round tin with disposable, biodegradable wooden forks. When I quizzed the restaurant manager “Chuck,” he said Brown is working toward incorporating as many environmentally friendly options as possible. His local farm will hopefully be harvested by kids getting back to nature and attending his soon-to-be opened Camp Southern Ground for kids with special needs.
For dessert, my dining companion loved the Cranberry and Pear Cobbler with homemade whipping cream.
Finally, cause I just need to know these things, in the back of the restaurant are individual seating areas with metal pipe railings.
Senoia, Georgia is a great destination spot with plenty of shopping and a very fun trip down movie and television memory lane – including Julianne Hough’s recent “Footloose” remake. When you are in town, be sure and visit the Southern Ground Social Club. From yummy food and ambiance to great, friendly service, we give it two thumbs up!