If you are visiting the Smokies and you are looking for a truly epic meal, then let me recommend going to the Dillard House in Dillard GA. The restaurant is part of one of the best family run inns in the Smokies and the food is to die for. The entire meal is served family style and all you can est. So, the rule of the day is come hungry and plan to be there for a while.
The Dillard House is first and foremost an inn, a place to stay. It has been a place to rest your head since 1917 when Carrie and Arthur Dillard open the doors to travelers passing through the Georgia Mountains. These folks were in the foothills of the Smokies and after the founding of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the volume of people through the area increased and the inn has grown right along with the demand. People of the early 20th century expected a place to eat that went right along with the place they were staying, the dining room opened and meals started to be served. Over time the food they were turning out was so good that it started turning heads as well. People began to come to the inn just to eat.
Nowadays, not only are people flocking to the restaurant as well as the inn, it has been written up in magazines such as Southern Living and it has been on TV on shows like the Fix 5 Atlanta Morning Show. This publicity has made the restaurant a destination. And the food they are turning out is incredible. For instance, this is what the dinner menu looks like:
- Fried Chicken
- Virginia Sugar Cured Ham
- Country Steak
- Prime Rib
- BBQ Chicken
- Potatoes au Gratin
- Green Beans
- Creamed Corn
- Steamed Broccoli
- Glazed Carrots
- Harvard Beets
- Ford Hook Lima Beans
- Cole Slaw
- Yeast Rolls
- Cobbler a la Mode
All of this is delivered to your table at one time and if you find that one particular thing ran out a little too quick then you can just ask for more and they will bring it and keep bringing it until you are done!
Here is what to expect. If you get there right around supper time you are probably going to have a little bit of a wait. Between the people that come out from the inn and the people that are coming in just to eat. After you are seated and they get your drink order you are going to notcie one thing very quickly – the huge platters of food being delivered to the tables around you. In a few moments, one of those platters with the mountains of food will come to your table. And whether you are just there with that special someone or whether you are with a huge group the same kind of food comes out to each table. Start passing the sides and the entrees around the table, make sure that everyone gets a share. Start trying to figure out what your favorite is and of course besure to leave room for dessert.
Dillard House needs to be on your itinerary the next time you end up in North Georgia. Stay at the end but make sure that you eat at least one meal at the Dillard House. Come hungry and leave after having one of the best meals that you will have while you are on vacation.
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One of the main draws to Dillard, Ga is the sheer number of antique shops that line the main street of this small Smoky Mountain town. Shops and galleries of ever shape and size line both sides of the road, allowing you to park your car and walk from store to store while you browse through the artifacts of a time that has passed into antiquity.
Dillard, GA is a lazy little mountain town. Home to several great inns and lots of good food, the big draw in the last 15 years has been the antique shops. Most of these shops are mall style shops were vendors rent out spaces and the owner of the building take sin the money and keeps an eye on their wares. The vendors can bring in whatever they want to sell and then the owner of the mall can have an ever changing inventory. These malls have an enormous selection of items, they are full of Americana and that really might be the biggest draw of the antique mall.
The ability to explore an antique mall, to roam through the halls and rows, browsing through stacks of paintings, clothing, furniture and the such gives you an opportunity to step back into your childhood. For most people they are getting to see things that they might not have seen since their childhoods. If you have brought your kids with you may find yourself answer tons of questions as they ask you what things are and why things are designed the way that they are. You will lose yourself reminiscing about the past, about the bed that you found that looks just like your aunt’s bed from when you were a kid, the china that your great grandmother used or maybe you found a suit that looks like the one your dad used to wear when he was younger.
Let the nostalgia of a trip back through time suck you into a full day of shopping through the antique malls of Dillard, GA. Teach your kids some history, tell stories that you might not have talked about in years and maybe you will find that piece of the past that you need to complete the collection you have been working on since you were young. The antique malls of Dillard are a destination and a shopping experience that you need to invest your time in the next trip you take to the Smoky Mountains.
Dillard, GA is one of the northern most towns in Georgia and is on the edge of the Smoky Mountains. This is small-town-USA at its finest. With a thriving tourism industry, Dillard brings in thousands each year to eat, shopping and browse through the art galleries.
John Dillard and his son James purchased the land around Rabun County and helped to form the town of Dillard. The establishment of the Dillard House helped to bring visitors to the area. In recent years the antique industry and art galleries began to pop up around town and now this gorgeous area has an arts and crafts community and a bustling downtown for those people looking to do some antique shopping. Add to all of this the beauty of the Smoky Mountains and the local hiking trails and this is agreat place to start your trip into the mountains.
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