If you are looking for the ultimate southern American dining experience then look no further than The Dillard House in Dillard, Georgia, which has been family owned since 1917. What makes takes this over the top on the Southern Meter is not only the food, but also the ‘family style’ way in which the food is served. Instead of ordering from a menu you just sit and wait for the server to bring you whatever the cook is cooking that day, which is a range of dishes including several meats, veggies, condiments (such as chow chow), breads, and desserts. I counted no fewer than 17 different dishes that were brought out to our table to be passed around, all of which could be refilled as many times as we wanted.
The Dillard House is famous for their house cured country ham, which Alton Brown declared was ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate’ on the Salty Goodness show. Here’s a link to his review:
I fell in love with their collard greens, which had a hint of sugar and a bold vinegar flavor with little pieces of bacon. I enjoyed the country ham, but not as much as Alton, I guess I’m just not a huge fan of ‘salty goodness’ like he is. I could definitely taste the coffee mixed with brown sugar on the ham, which I thought was an interesting way to pan fry it.
The prices aren’t cheap – for lunch we paid $18.95 per person, but if you come with an appetite you will definitely get what your money’s worth! The views of Rabun Gap from the dining room also make it worth making a stop.
Location: 768 Franklin St., Dillard, GA