It’s called Georgia’s 100 Plates, a selection of “100 outstanding plates from around the state Georgians know best.” The 2019 edition is posted and has a few locals included — including a repeat or two from past years.
The list of dishes “locals love” for our area, as selected by the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division, is below.
But you tell us, after reading their “Historic High Country” top plates, what else should have been included from Northwest Georgia?
Using the Facebook post accompanying this item, please tell us your favorites: The name of the dish (or dessert), who serves it and a comment or two on what’s in it and why you like it.
First, the locals included in the 2019 “100 Plates” summary (click here for the whole state):
Ribeye, Rice House at Barnsley Resort, Adairsville. Chef de cuisine Evan Babb credits grass-fed Brasstown Beef for the meat’s bright flavor and healthier nutrition profile. Look for seasonal, “yard-to-fork” accompaniments— the first crop of potatoes and Swiss chard from Georgia’s Tucker Farms in early spring, for example.
Lily’s Street Tacos, LocoMex, Carrollton. A trio of soft corn tacos come stuffed with chicken, steak, Mexican sausage, or shredded pork, but owner Lily Gimenez always recommends the pork. Freshdiced onion and cilantro are the simple toppings, with two homemade hot sauce options for kick. (Available at the Broad Street location in Rome for $9.99 so we’ve left it on the list even though it is a Carrollton nominee).
Goat Cheese Crusted Grit Cake, Ate Track Bar & Grill, Cartersville. This entree special happens to be vegetarian, but even carnivores will be satisfied with a grit cake that’s topped with grilled tomato and goat cheese, broiled, and served over cannellini beans and sundried tomato–infused spinach.
Prime Rib, Linde Marie’s Steakhouse on the Square, Cave Spring. Diners have rearranged their schedules to get a taste of this entree, served only on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Heavily seasoned, slow roasted for hours, and served with house-made au jus and horseradish sauce, it sells out whenever it’s on the menu.
Half-pound Wicked Pimina Burger, Harvest Moon Cafe, Rome. The hot pimento cheese known as “Wicked Pimina” is famous around town, and black Angus beef from Georgia’s Lyons Bridge Farm is a worthy vessel.
El Fuego, Jamwich, Rome. Last year, customers gobbled up more than 15,000 of these unique creations, which are jam-packed with texture, color, and flavor: salty bacon, sweet strawberry jam, creamy avocado, sharp aged cheddar, and spicy buffalo chicken between slices of jalapeño cornmeal bread.
SO WHAT DID THEY MISS?
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