The Three Best Restaurant Experiences of Our Georgia Trip

One thing that we noticed during our visit to the United States is the strength of the eating out culture, so for my final post in this series I will highlight our top three restaurant experiences.

Here they are in reverse order:-

Ted’s Montana Grill, Cumming, Georgia

Ted’s is a restaurant chain started by Ted Turner and George McKerrow Jnr that specialises in bison and beef steaks and is highly recommended by our friends.  On our visit to the Cumming restaurant we all enjoyed excellent, well-cooked steaks.  My 14 oz Delmonico ribeye, cooked medium-rare was full of flavour and melt in the mouth.  One of the best steaks I have enjoyed eating out for some time.

Magnolias, Charleston, South Carolina

We read some good reviews on Tripadvisor about Magnolias, which specialises in upmarket southern cuisine.  I had Shellfish over Grits, which is sautéed prawns (shrimp), sea scallops, & lobster, creamy white grits, lobster butter sauce topped with fried spinach. Superb flavours in this rich dish and complemented well by a glass of the very passable house Chardonnay.P1000820  By the way it was good to meet a knowledgeable and enthusiastic sommelier.

Lunas, Gainesville, Georgia

Lunas is the favourite local restaurant of our friends and we can see why.  Friendly, attentive service with an intimate ambience.  Our friend Karen enjoyed the Filet & Lobster Tail, but Teresa and I opted for the Rack of Lamb roasted with creamy bacon smashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and Rosemary Garlic EVOO.  The lamb was pink, tender and cooked to perfection. We enjoyed this with a bottle of Franciscan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which was an excellent match.

Afterwards, the owner Juan Luna took the trouble to come and have a chat with us to check whether everything was good. A very friendly guy who originally hails from the Dominican Republic.P1000861

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