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Review of Grits Cafe

Grits Cafe
Ranked #1 of 32 Restaurants in Forsyth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $38
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Our last visit was for a Saturday brunch with entertainment. The food, drinks, service and entertainment was great!

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Reviewed April 6, 2014

We needed to stop for the evening because we were NOT going through Atlanta during rush hour on a Friday night!! The Holiday Inn Xpress we were staying at recommended Grits Cafe as the best in town, but a bit spendy. The meal cost was average for a Friday night, by Chicago standards, and the quality way above average!! The menu was interesting, and the daily specials intreguing. I had a quail special, and my husband had the pecan chicken. The sauce each dish had was tasty, along with superb preparation and presentation. The wine, beer, and cocktail offerings were also fun, and tasty. It was also a good people watching opportunity. Stop in Forsynth for dinner. It is worth it!! Ask for Joshua to be your waiter. He was fun!

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Reviewed March 29, 2014

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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Reviewed March 23, 2014

We visited Grits Cafe to celebrate our daughter's birthday. We couldn't have been more thrilled, both with the quality of the food and the service. The restaurant itself is beautiful, homey yet sophisticated. Joshua, our server, was the epitome of Southern charm, attentive but not too much so. We all loved every single thing we ordered, from the mussels in white wine cream sauce to the Southern-style caprese salad to the praline chicken to the phenomenal chocolate chip ice cream dessert baked to order with warm deliciousness. Every dish was creative but not so creative you didn't know what you were eating. We will definitely be back next time were in town

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Reviewed March 22, 2014

We found this treasure by chance back in 2012 on our return journey from Florida and planned to stop for the night at Forsyth with plans to enjoy Grits Cafe again as we headed home this year. We were not disappointed!! We enjoyed a wonderful evening dining at the bar being taken care of by Nathan. The food is very creative...we sampled a range of bar fare and appetizers including the crispy pigs ear wraps, brisket, cheesy collard greens dip and butter tarts with homemade cinnamon ice cream for dessert. The bar offers a wide selection of wines, craft beers and special cocktails...I recommend the Porch Swing. The staff were all friendly and welcoming. This is definitely a must try if you are in the area!

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