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Dillard House

1158 Franklin St., Dillard, GA - (706) 746-5348
Posted By Jennifer Bradley on 8/23/2008 2:48:00 PM
Dillard House used to be an institution, and a fine one at that. I don't know if they have too many family members on the payroll or what... but it has gone downhill. A lot of people say they love this place; I bet they are the all-you-can-eat crowd. It has become quantity over quality. This could be a great restaurant. They still have the recipes, and with quality over quantity (they'd probably have to charge more, and do away with all-you-can-eat) it would be a great showcase for local fresh produce and "antique" mountain cuisine.

Dillard House has over-expanded, and the service leaves much to be desired. They use paper tablecloths on warped tables; yuck! There is no way I am going to wait hours for a table here when, frankly, the new Chick-fil-A in town has better chicken as of late. I am a frequent visitor to the area, having family, property, and academic connections to the area. I am not a once-in-a-while tourist and frankly I don't eat that much, but what I eat I want to be good, whether it's good country cooking, barbeque, or fine French cuisine. I have good childhood memories of Dillard House, but like most of the local institutions it too is "gone with the wind."

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Here's a look at what was left after six hungry people went to work on a Dillard House dinner.
"Here's a look at what was left after six hungry people went to work on a Dillard House dinner."
Tom Burkett





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)
"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)"
Michael Stern


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)
"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)"
Michael Stern



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