Top 5 Restaurants For Dining Nostalgia - Part 2

Sometimes the nostalgia we get from dining isn't related to us and our experiences, but to the emotions we attach to memories and places, some of them long gone, some of them that never were.  From sawdust-covered floors of roadside barbeque stands, to flickering memories flashing on the silver screen, here are 5 more restaurants to visit for a trip back in time, no Delorean required.

1-S & S Cafeteria

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Nostalgia Food Part 2 S & S Cafeteria

This postcard from the 1950's shows a busy downtown Macon filled with shops and restaurants, and even back then S&S was a part of it!  S&S Cafeteria was founded by the Smith family in Columbus, Ga in 1935.  This cafeteria style restaurant winds you through a long hall to arrive at the steaming seemingly endless food line. A true meat and three, visitors have a choice from old stand-bys like roast beef, chopped steak and salisbury steak every week but specials are traded in and out like their spicy spaghetti, salmon cakes and fried shrimp.  S&S delivers true southern food at price so good you can bring the whole family.


2-Johnny V's

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Nostalgia Dining Johnny V's
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When people talk about hot dogs in Macon Georgia, the conversation usually starts at Nu-Way but it shouldn't end there.   Johnny V's has been a Macon staple for more than 60 years.  My mother used to take my grandmother to do monthly shopping.  Lunch was often at Fincher's Barbeque.  If it wasn't, Johnny V's was our go-to place.  Years ago, I saw the one on Columbus Road and Mercer University Drive close, and thought that was the last.  Imagine how shocked I was when I leared they were still in operation, up Columbus Road, across I-475, near Middle Georgia State College.  They also have a location on Rocky Creek Road.  From a full breakfast to hot dogs and hamburgers and more, Johnny V's is a classic American diner.

5854 Columbus Rd, Macon, GA
1530 Rocky Creek Road, Macon, GA

3-Old Clinton Barbeque

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Nostalgia Old Clinton BBQ

From the sawdust on the floor to the aroma of smoked pork filling the air, Old Clinton Bar-B-Q is the classic southern roadside barbeque house.  Their pork sandwiches, ribs, brunswick stew, and cole slaw have been satisfying hungry travelers of the Gray Highway since 1958.


4-Shrimp Boats

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Nostalgia Shrimp Boats

Long gone from Macon, the Shrimp Boats were a staple for many years.  The first locations were based in trailers with boat facades.  They later adopted the distinguishing look in the photo above, still found in Milledgeville and a few other locations.  There you can get shrimp, catfish, crab, oysters, and chicken.


5-Whistle Stop Cafe

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Nostalgia Whistle Stop Cafe

The movie Fried Green Tomatoes was largely filmed in Juliette, Georgia.  When production wrapped, the building used for the Whistle Stop Cafe was converted into a working restaurant, and is still serving up fried green tomatoes, sandwiches, burgers, and more to this day, all with a heaping helping of nostalgia.  The restaurant has only been around for 25 years or so, but stepping through the door is like stepping through the silver screen into the movies of yesteryear, and a simpler time.



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