Spanning five unique towns, including the charming city of Calhoun, Gordon County is as rich in flavors as it is in history. From grandma’s home cooking, to old-fashioned diner-style food and of course, Georgia’s famous BBQ, there are plenty of delicious eats to be enjoyed. For your dining pleasure, we’ve rounded up our favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurants, where all the Gordon County locals go.
- Dub’s High On the Hog in Calhoun, GA
People drive hours to taste the real southern food at Dub’s High On The Hog. You’ll get that small-town cozy atmosphere, with the out-of-this-world BBQ flavors that you crave. Some local favorites include the fall-of-the-bone ribs, cooked-to-perfection steaks and the Brunswick stew. Don’t forget to try their classic sides from potato salad and baked beans to slaw and okra. One thing we can promise… you’ll be back for more!
Dub’s High On the Hog Hours:
- Wednesday 11am–2pm
- Thursday & Friday 11am–2pm, 4–8pm
- Saturday 11am-8pm
- Sunday-Tuesday Closed
- Christian & Jake’s Bistro in Calhoun, GA
Family-owned and operated, Christian & Jake’s is a must-try for lunch. They’re renowned for their fresh soups and sandwiches (reviewers especially love the reuben or the turkey). They also have vegetarian options and different specials every day. Make sure to leave room for a mouth-watering dessert! They have tons of homemade sweets to choose from daily such as coconut cream pie, carrot cake, flourless chocolate cake and creme brulee cheesecake. It’s bound to be a memorable and scrumptious meal.
Christian & Jake’s Bistro Hours:
- Monday-Wednesday 11am–3pm
- Thursday & Friday 11am–8pm
- Saturday & Sunday Closed
- Yellow Jacket Drive In in Calhoun, GA
In business since the 1960’s, Yellow Jacket Drive In has become a historical landmark in Gordon County. There’s a reason they’ve lasted so long! You’ll be blown away by their juicy hamburgers and butter-smooth milkshakes. Their onion rings are made fresh with real onions, hand breaded and then deep fried until golden brown. In traditional drive-in style, you’ll order through a window and take a number. Then, you can choose to eat in their indoor dining, out of your car like the good-old-days or al fresca at the outdoor picnic tables. Nostalgia never tasted so good.
Yellow Jacket Drive Hours:
- Monday-Thursday 6am–3pm
- Friday 6am–4pm
- Saturday & Sunday Closed
- Bowman’s Restaurant in Resaca, GA
There’s nothing like grandma’s home cooking with farm-to-table ingredients! Bowman’s Restaurant is the go-to spot for your comfort food cravings. Locals love how the food is made with the freshest meats and vegetables. They have all the best southern foods from hearty mashed potatoes and meatloaf to made-from-scratch banana pudding and strawberry shortcake. The portions are big and the food is always delicious. Check them out to discover why they have almost 6,000 followers on Facebook!
Bowman’s Restaurant Hours:
- Monday-Wednesday Closed
- Thursday-Saturday 11am–8pm
- Sunday 11am–2:30pm
- KC’s Corner in Fairmount, GA
Another local gem, KC’s Corner has been locally owned and operated since 1969. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can’t go wrong with a meal at KC’s. They have all the tastiest southern foods you love, as well as American classics like philly cheese steaks, burgers and pizza. All around town, they’re known for their homemade biscuits with gravy and warm cinnamon rolls. We’re already drooling thinking about them!
KC’s Corner Hours:
- Monday-Saturday 5am-8pm
- Sunday Closed
- Chuckwagon Restaurant in Calhoun, GA
At Chuckwagon Restaurant, customers are treated like family. From the rustic, old-fashioned decor to the heart-warming meals, this is another hole-in-the-wall on the top of the locals’ favorite list. Their specials change daily, but you can always count on homemade southern goodness. Make sure to try the catfish and the chicken fried steak!
Chuckwagon Restaurant Hours:
- Tuesday-Thursday 11 m–3pm
- Friday 11am–9pm
- Saturday Closed
- Sunday 8am–3pm
- Monday Closed
- Big John’s Treat Shoppe in Calhoun, GA
Last but certainly not least, Big John’s Treat Shoppe just won Calhoun Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Hamburger and Best Wait Staff in Northwest Georgia. They also make a ton of other tasty southern dishes from BBQ to wings and peach cobbler. The atmosphere is homey and diner style, where you can read their daily specials off a chalkboard. Per the reviews, you have to try the sweet tea!
Big John’s Treat Shoppe Hours:
- Monday-Friday 6am–8pm
- Saturday 6–11am
- Sunday Closed
By now, you’re probably getting pretty hungry! Pick an option from our list of hole-in-the-wall’s and go enjoy a local Gordon County meal. Wherever you go, you’ll be sure to experience southern hospitality and tasty homemade cooking that will keep you coming back for more.