Georgia: Plenty of restaurant options beckon around state

Farmhaus Burger. This popular downtown spot serves farm-to-table burgers, salads, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and spiked milkshakes. Shakes start at $7; burgers, $6.75-$9.75. 1204 Broad St., Augusta. 706-496-8771,

The Dillard House. 2017 marks the 100th year in business for this legendary establishment serving Southern dishes family-style at each table. The mountain views through the giant dining room windows are part of the appeal. Full meals are $14.95-$24.95 depending on when you dine. 768 Franklin St., Dillard. 1-800-541-0671,

Minnie’s Uptown. It seems like all of Columbus eats lunch at this meat ‘n’ three-style cafeteria downtown (which is called uptown by locals for reasons that aren’t exactly clear) serving hearty portions of Southern fare. Expect a line at the steam table. Meat and veggie plates start at $6.50. 104 Eighth St., Columbus. 706-322-2766.

Glen-Ella Springs Restaurant. A fine-dining hideaway found inside the inn of the same name located in a mountain meadow and accessible via a narrow unpaved road through the woods. Expect American classics with an elegant touch. Reservations encouraged, especially if you’re not staying at the inn. Entrees start at $21. 1789 Bear Gap Road, Clarkesville. Don’t rely on GPS navigation; call or get directions from the website. 706-754-7295,

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The Grit. One of the best vegetarian restaurants in Georgia, if not the best, serving dishes so filling and tasty that carnivores won’t realize there’s no meat in them. Try the Golden Bowl, a heaping delight of tofu and veggies served over rice and topped with their signature yeast gravy. Sandwiches under $8, full plates under $10. 199 Prince Ave., Athens. 706-543-6592,

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