This restaurant is a quick hop off northbound I-75’s Exit 186 (Forsyth, GA), in the quaint tiny town that houses Tift College. The food was hands-down the very best that we ate on our ten-day road trip. It was served in a cozy setting to boot; a double-sided fireplace divides the dining areas, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in each.
The menu was creative and delicious, with no weird towers or over-the-top concoctions, just culinary innovation that worked very well for all of us, including our tweens. Served with fresh grilled pita wedges, the pimento cheddar cheese appetizer was amazing and disappeared fast. We also enjoyed the asiago-crusted polenta, mussels in white wine cream sauce (not a drop of that sauce went to waste with the heavenly grilled bread), seared ahi, plump seared sea scallops with wild mushroom ravioli, and especially the creamy house grits with grilled wild shrimp. I had no idea that grits could taste THAT good, and the shrimp and grits alone would motivate a drive back to Forsyth without any other reason. There were no leftovers!
As the other reviewers noted, the Grits staff was attentive and delightful, equally so with our kids, which was especially refreshing. After mentioning on arrival that we were celebrating our anniversary/birthday, at the end of our meal our server brought us four spoons along with a molten lava cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a plate that said “Happy Anniversary & Birthday” in melted chocolate. It was a thoughtful and deeply appreciated gesture, and it made our long day of driving very special.
On an unrelated side note, the Caldrea soap and lotion (black coriander & lime scented) in the women’s restroom is divine – my daughter and I washed and lotioned both before and after dinner. ☺
I do wish Grits would branch out to other states, but if and until it does, it’s well worth the short detour off the highway when we are on I-75.
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