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Great Southern Cafe

83 Central Square, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
(850) 231-7327
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Franklin, TN
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68 reviews 68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We really liked the food here, the selection, and the atmosphere. I especially liked the grits...much better than Stinky's, although both have great food.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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109 reviews 109 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I keep reading all these great reviews about this restaurant. I have been here several times and find it OK but not great. Some of the waitstaff need an attitude adjustment. The menu is decent but there are better places nearby. For example, my measure of a great Po'Boy sandwich is the right bread and you will NOT find it... More

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Thibodaux, Louisiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This place is always crowded, there is usually a long wait to be seated, the fried green tomatoes were excellent, the crab cakes were ok but very small, my fish was very over cooked and flavorless, the side dishes were nothing special. This place is too crowded and too busy. The food is just ok, but not worth waiting for... More

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Franklin, Tennessee, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

nice seaside view and friendly bartender, but HH drinks were weak although they were cheap. bar also offers HH snacks

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Indianapolis, IN
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5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Great Southern is one of our favorite spots for breakfast in Seaside. The gouda grits and beignets are out if this world. We went for both breakfast and dinner this trip - breakfast was slightly better but we are partial. Our server at dinner was a bit pushy but otherwise helpful. If you're looking for southern cuisine and a great... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We were looking for a great place to eat for all 9 of us while on vacation. We got there and were told it would be 1 1/2 to 2 hour wait. We went ahead and signed in because this place must be awesome. The good news is we only had to wait an hour and we were able to... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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89 reviews 89 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had lunch here and it was excellent. Be sure to order the cheese grits, fried green tomatoes and mimosas!

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Houston, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Consistently good food and famous for the grits. Long lines in the summer but plenty of people watching opportunities to help pass the time. They are extremely accurate in their time estimates so at least there is that. I have experienced at least 75% of the menu and all were excellent. Most seating is outdoors so dress for the weather.

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texas
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85 reviews 85 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great Southern is, as always, exceptional. I have never ordered anything here that wasn't superb. The hostesses can be a bit rude, and we experienced that more than normal this trip, AND YET, the food is so outstanding you can overlook it! We always eat here SEVERAL times on each trip.

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Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We love the Great Southern Restaurant! There is always a huge wait but it is always worth it. Everything is delicious. It is a very casual restaurant with relaxed atmosphere so if your wanted to be pampered this might not be the restaurant for you. But you are guaranteed great food every time.

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