You know Stalvey's is serious about red meat when you enter and see that the primary decorative element in the vestibule is red meat: large packs of it piled up in a glass-walled refrigerator case just below the cash register.
Have it your way: T-bone, rib-eye, strip, or filet, in sizes that range from a filet mignon of six or eight ounces to a massive sirloin for two that arrives on a sizzling platter. Our personal choice is filet mignon. It is firm and juicy and endlessly flavorful. On the side you can have a baked potato with butter and sour cream, French fries, or what the menu lists as The World’s Best Fried Onion Rings. They are crunchy battered hoops that virtually melt on the tongue with a light ribbon of sweet onion inside.
Lunch at Jim Stalvey’s tends to be less beef-focused than supper. It’s a meat-and-three affair, with such entrees as turkey and dressing or chicken livers accompanied by your choice from a long list of side dishes that include turnip greens, rutabagas, crowder peas, fried green tomatoes, and four different styles of potato.
"A half-pound filet mignon with Stalvey's famous onion rings"
"Because this was our first visit, the locals sitting near us made plenty of suggestions as to which vegetables we needed to select. We ended up with dressing (with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce), pink lady peas, rutabagas, and Porterdale sweet potatoes."
"Jim Stalvey's steaks are on display in a glass case that's visible as soon as you walk in the front door."
"Located on busy Highway 278, this is one restaurant that provides a comfortable respite from commercial sprawl. "
"Jim Stalvey's has been a meat-eater's destination east of Atlanta for more more than a quarter century."