Where Locals Love to Eat Henry County offers a wide variety of great dining options across a range of cuisines. How do you choose? It helps to know where the locals go. Bread worth breaking the diet The Italian Oven 938 Eagles Landing Parkway Stockbridge, GA 30281 770.507.4827 theitalianoven.com There is something about the Italian Oven’s fresh-baked garlic bread and olive oil dipping sauce that puts the restaurant’s loaves above the rest. The baguette comes sliced, making it hard to grab just one piece (or at least that can be your excuse). Don’t worry—bread is unlimited! Seasonal dessert Southern Belle Farm’s homemade st rawberry ice cream 1658 Turner Church Road McDonough, GA 30252 288.2582 southernbellefarm.com Made on-site with fresh Southern Belle strawberries, this tasty frozen treat will win over even the most devoted chocolate fan. It’s only available in the spring, so get it while you can. Whether you’re at the farm to pick strawberries or you make a special trip, be sure to stop by Mimi’s Kitchen for a cup of ice cream and maybe a slice of pound cake with fresh strawberries. A bite and a beer 15th Street Pizza & Pub 2130 Jodeco Road McDonough, GA 30253 770.507.1478 15thstreetpizza.com Although the pies are delicious, the perfect patio and 25 beers on tap make 15th Street Pizza & Pub a favorite watering hole. Take the family, order a pizza, and let the kids play cornhole while mom and dad enjoy a beautiful night and a cold brew. With seven Tvs inside and two on the patio, the restaurant is also a great place to catch a game. Hot dog Yellow Jacket Hot Dogs 456 Santa Fe Trail Ellenwood, GA 30294 770.389.9933 Sometimes there is nothing better than a good hot dog . . . With chili . . . And cheese and maybe a little slaw. Pair it with onion rings and you have a classic meal at Yellow Jacket Hot Dogs. Although dogs are the specialty, this family-owned business offers burgers and other hot sandwiches. Authentic homemade ice cream is served Friday and Saturday free of charge. Sweet start to the morning Speedway Donuts 140 Oak Street Hampton, GA 30228 770.946.9550 There is a new contender for the hearts of fried dough fans. Speedway Donuts’ signature treats—from classic glazed to special edition red velvet and the offbeat maple-glazed with bacon crumbles—are prepared fresh each morning. Donuts are not just for breakfast; grab a pre-lunch snack or after-lunch dessert, but if you want to sample the full array of flavors, arrive early. Comfort food at its finest Sarah’s Country Cooking 1060 Eagles Landing Parkway Stockbridge, GA 30281 678.289.8958 Whether you are a Southern cooking devotee or new to the “meat and three,” be prepared to have your taste buds dazzled. Fresh vegetables, fried chicken, and homemade desserts pay tribute to the restaurant’s namesake. The Kelley sisters operate this lunchtime hotspot and serve up delicious food just the way their mother, Sarah, taught them. FOOD TRUCK GEZZO’S SURF & GRILLE 1866 Jonesboro Road McDonough, GA 30253 770.954.9992 207 Stanley K. Tanger Boulevard Locust Grove, GA 30248 770.320.8088 gezzos.com Gezzo’s owners Howard and Anita were early adopters of the food truck craze when they took their West Coast burritos and tacos on the road. Their fresh, flavorful ingredients can be found at local events and at their two permanent Henry County locations. SANDWICH SHOP EMPSON’S DELI 1445 Rock Quarry Road Stockbridge, GA 30281 770.389.5824 When all you want is a good sandwich and bowl of soup, you can’t go wrong with Empson’s. This family-run spot makes its signature soup of the day fresh daily. Call to ask what is being served, and if it is the seafood bisque, make a beeline for the deli! Fortunately you don’t have to choose between soup or sandwich; the soft bread and high-quality meat and toppings would make it a tough contest. SPECIAL OCCASION SPOT FRENCH MARKET & TAVERN 3840 Highway 42 South Locust Grove, GA 30248 770.914.9312 frenchmarkettavern.com Whether it is a Mother’s Day brunch or a date-night dinner, the French Market & Tavern offers a stylish, Southern-chic setting and food with a decidedly New Orleans flair. The menu features locally sourced creations such as the Fenster Farm Pecan Chicken Salad Croissant and a creative array of martini options. Come for dinner and drinks and stay for a little home decor shopping at the adjoining boutique. HOLE IN THE WALL WORTH STOPPING FOR THE ORIGINAL SHANE’S RIB SHACK 2136 Highway 155 North McDonough, GA 30252 770.898.7878 shanesribshack.com/theoriginal Shane Thompson opened the first Shane’s in this little “shack,” and although the franchise has grown to include more than 70 locations, the Original, complete with freestanding outhouse, is still dishing out barbecue, ribs, and its famous peach cobbler. Breakfast spot Bridgeview Country Cooking 4727 North Henry Boulevard Stockbridge, GA 30281 770.474.3900 bridgeviewcountrycooking.com Bridgeview Country Cooking serves up traditional Southern favorites like biscuits-and-gravy and grits as well as mouthwatering sausage, country ham, bacon, omelets, and pancakes. Order a la carte or sample it all with a big breakfast platter. Vegetarian options Castillo Real Mexican Cocina & Bar 14 Old Jackson Road McDonough, GA 30252 678.593.5265 castillorealcocina.com If you’re in the mood to go meatless, Castillo Real Mexican Cocina offers a great selection of vegetarian dishes. (Meat lovers will find plenty of choices, too.) The veggie quesa-dilla combines perfectly sauteed vegetables and cheese into a flavor sensation. Pair your selection with one of the restaurant’s “Monster” margaritas. Homegrown in Henry While Shane’s Rib Shack now boasts more than 70 locations throughout the Southeast, it all started at “the Original Shack” in McDonough. Founder Shane Thompson and his wife still own and manage the franchise, and their famous barbecue sauce can be purchased from any Shane’s location. Homegrown in Henry While Shane’s Rib Shack now boasts more than 70 locations throughout the Southeast, it all started at “the Original Shack” in McDonough. Founder Shane Thompson and his wife still own and manage the franchise, and their famous barbecue sauce can be purchased from any Shane’s location. HISTORY HAS A NAME RICK & LAUREN WEAVER / FRENCH MARKET & TAVERN The French Market was a dual vision of owners Rick and Lauren Weaver. Rick, a New Orleans native from a long line of chefs, always dreamed of opening a restaurant that showcased the authentic cuisine of his hometown. Lauren, a native Atlantan with a constant thirst to renovate, design, and bake, dreamed of a shop touting home and garden design and her passion for cupcakes. They purchased the old Gardner Hardware Store, and the French Market & Tavern was born. During the six-month renovation, some 5,000 square feet of century-old heart of pine was repurposed. All of the tables were built from the old floors, as were many of the display tables and shelving.
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