Tag Archives: South Georgia Barbeque

BJ’s Bar-B-Que, Jesup

As with most good barbeque spots, BJ’s Original Hog Wild Bar-B-Que in Jesup is a bit ragged around the edges, but don’t let the looks fool you.

For nearly 30 years, BJ’s has been doing barbeque right in Jesup. Pulled (they call it chopped) pork with a tangy mustard sauce is the highlight of their menu for me. I personally hate sweet sauce on meat. Their baked beans, which I recommend, are a bit sweet but full of pieces of pork. Brisket, chicken, and Brunswick stew are also available. The only thing I don’t care for here is the slaw, which is just too sweet. But the pork is so tender and the sauce so good, the slaw isn’t that big of a deal for me.

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Filed under --WAYNE COUNTY GA--, Jesup GA

Billy’s Restaurant, Tifton

Several restaurants have been located here over the years. The old Billy’s Restaurant sign appears to date to the 1950s or thereabouts. It was most recently Hawk-Eye Bar-B-Que.

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Dairy Lane, Sandersville

The Dairy Lane Sandersville GA Android Counter Interior Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This unassuming building is home to one of the most successful restaurants in Georgia. Hudson “Hut” Avant opened Dairy Lane as a summer-only business in 1953, after twice being turned down for a Dairy Queen franchise in Sandersville. It became a year-round business in 1957 and hasn’t slowed down a bit ever since. Though it changed hands in 1995, it never lost site of its mission to be a gathering place for its community. It serves the standard fare: hamburgers, hot dogs, shakes, barbeque and fountain drinks, but that’s where it’s similarity to almost anywhere else in the region ends.

The Dairy Lane Sandersville GA Customer Android Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

To someone who’s never been, it’s almost hard to believe how busy this place can be, especially on weekends. A number of people have commented that it’s a must-stop for people traveling through Sandersville en route to Georgia games from all over South Georgia, and there’s a good bit of football memorabilia displayed throughout the restaurant.  Seeing the lines at the counter when I walked in the door, with people sitting on benches waiting for their orders, I almost thought I was in the Varsity.

If you’re in Sandersville, you really don’t want to miss the Dairy Lane. It is what it is and in its lack of pretension and deference to another time, that’s enough to make it legendary.


Filed under --WASHINGTON COUNTY GA--, Sandersville GA

Jimbo’s Log Kitchen, Homerville

Jimbos Log Kitchen Homerville GA Landmark Restaurant Closed Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The Steedley family has operated this landmark, from tavern to restaurant to catering business, since the Great Depression. I don’t believe the restaurant is still open but it was famous far beyond Homerville. Travelers passing through this isolated town on busy US 84 depended on its good food and friendly atmosphere for generations.


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Filed under --CLINCH COUNTY GA--, Homerville GA

Barbeque Shed, Telfair County

Roadside Barbecue BBQ Shed Signs Ham Smoked Sausage Telfair County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I’ve shot this several times in the past eight or so years.

Roadside Barbecue BBQ Shed Old Indian River Fruit Roadside Signs Telfair County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014


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Brinson’s Bar-B-Que, Emmalane

brianbrownphotography on Instagram Photograph of Patrons at Brinson's Barbeque Jenkins County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Brinson’s is a well-loved institution in Jenkins County. Located south of Millen on West Old Savannah Road, you’ll know it’s open if there’s a plume of smoke pouring from the pits behind the simple cinder block building and a parking lot full of pickup trucks. Unless you have a big appetite, order the small barbeque plate. I ordered the regular and it was enough food for two people. (They also have a large plate). The sauce is a bit tangier than you’ll find further south in Georgia, but it was very good. And the Brunswick stew was served over rice, not something often seen in restaurants. Three slices of Sunbeam bread, a generous helping of potato salad, and Brinson’s sweet tea complete this classic Southern meal. Brinson’s actual address, in case you need to put it in your GPS: 3924 West Old Savannah Road, Millen, Georgia 30442. Their telephone number is (478) 982-4570.


Filed under --JENKINS COUNTY GA--, Emmalane GA

C. H. Mitchell’s Bar-B-Q, Valdosta


This 70s landmark was once one of the most popular restaurants in Valdosta. Today, just an empty building and this old sign remain. I’ve been told that Burt Reynolds used to pass through Valdosta on occasion and always picked up a pile of barbeque at C. H. Mitchell’s when he was there. Don’t know if that’s true, or just urban legend, but I like it.


Filed under --LOWNDES COUNTY GA--, Valdosta GA