It's been way too long since we had a meal at the Dillard House in northeast Georgia. How well we remember our last breakfast there: vast platters of hot cinnamon rolls and classic southern biscuits, homemade jellies and local honey, vivid-flavored country ham and sausage, grits, red-eye gravy, and soft fried apples.
We were reminded of how much we miss this bigger-than-life place by a short review and a couple of pictures sent to us by our Georgia friend Charles Ammons. He said, and I quote:
"When your server greets you and explains that there is no menu at The Dillard House, you can expect a dining experience that differs from any other that you may have ever encountered.
"Twenty three bowls (by my wide eyed count!) filled with meats, breads, and vegetables are brought out simultaneously and placed on your table. The food is well prepared if perhaps a little bland for my taste. This is easily remedied with the selection of hot sauces available from the wait staff. The fried chicken, however, is a Southern stand out! Tender and juicy with a light batter it rivals what Grandma used to make for Sunday dinner after church!
"If this is not enough, your meal is made complete by fresh homemade fruit cobbler du jour served warm topped with vanilla ice cream!!
"The quality of the food and service from the attentive staff, as well as the beautiful mountain vistas that you see from your window seat, make this an incredible value at the $16 price.
"Co-workers of mine tell that the breakfast is even better! Maybe next time..."
"Here's a look at what was left after six hungry people went to work on a Dillard House dinner."
"The lunch menu at Dillard House. The roster changes constantly through meal time as some dishes are added and some are eaten up. This can provide a sort of tantalizing torture if you are waiting for a seat (as you will do on a busy weekend) and hoping that, for instance, Brunswick stew remains on the menu when it comes your turn to eat. (Charles Ammons photo)"
"Not just a place to eat, Dillard House also is an inn, cottages, and motel, plus a stable offering rides on horseback or in a carriage. (Charles Ammons photo)"