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Best pimento cheese

What'll ya have? Well, these week, you'll have the pimento cheese from this Atlanta institution. It was chosen as your favorite spot for pimento cheese, whether it's on a hot dog, a cheesesteak or as a grilled cheese sandwich.

What'll ya have? Well, this week, you'll have the pimento cheese from this Atlanta institution. It was chosen as your favorite spot for pimento cheese, whether it's on a hot dog, a cheesesteak or as a grilled cheese sandwich.



1. The Varsity

You say, “Pimiento cheese slathered on a chili dog and grill pressed to toasted perfection” and ” grilled pimento cheese steak…makes me hungry just typing it.”

2. Watershed
3. Empire State South
4. Southern Sweets Bakery
5. Brick Store Pub
6. Relish


1. Harvest Moon Cafe in Rome

You say, “On Saturday at the Georgia game, I had some of Harvest Moon’s PC for the first time at a Rome tailgate. It was outrageously fabulous — probably the best I’ve ever had. Everybody was talking about it” and “Harvest Moon in Rome, GA has the absolute best pimento cheese! It’s called Wicked Pimina Cheese. If you haven’t tried it, then you need to make the drive up to Rome for lunch at Harvest Moon to try their pimento cheese. Definitely worth your time!”

And just one more note on Harvest Moon’s Wicked Pimina Cheese. It’s now available locally at Sawicki’s in Decatur.

2. Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta
3. Marti’s at Midday in Athens
4. Aubri Lane’s in Milledgeville

The Grant's Stack, an assemblage of homemade pimento cheese with fried green tomatoes and bacon on grilled Texas Toast. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Grant's Stack is an assemblage of homemade pimento cheese with fried green tomatoes and bacon on grilled Texas Toast. Photo: Becky Stein / Special


1.Home Grown GA

Jennifer Turknett, Food and More blogger on Southern cuisine, says, “Pimento cheese is taken to the next level at Home Grown GA.  The pimento cheese is spread on grilled Texas toast and then topped with bacon and fried green tomatoes to make a dish known as ‘Grant’s Stack.’  The bacon’s richness and the acidity from the tomatoes perfectly complement the pimento cheese. The warmth of the sandwich makes it deliciously gooey, yielding the ultimate comfort food.”

2. Empire State South
3. Brick Store Pub
4. Holeman & Finch Public House
5. Watershed

222 comments Add your comment


November 22nd, 2010
1:29 pm

Rosebud. (Thank you Angry Chef.)

Beth Taylor

November 22nd, 2010
2:12 pm


November 22nd, 2010
2:52 pm

The pimento cheese sold at the Ace Hardware in Buckhead– West Paces and Northside Drive!


November 22nd, 2010
3:10 pm


November 22nd, 2010
3:16 pm

Empire State South!


November 22nd, 2010
5:18 pm

Not a restaurant, but you can’t beat the jalapeno pimento cheese from Winn-Dixie. Have to bring some back every time I go to Fl. Bak in the day, Mrs. Kinsers had some good>


November 22nd, 2010
8:14 pm

Relish in Roswell — don’t miss the fried pimento cheese


November 22nd, 2010
8:49 pm

NOTHING in any grocery store compares to what you can get in a good restaurant. And for the absolute best, you will have to leave Atl. and drive to Athens — Marti’s at Midday!


November 23rd, 2010
7:22 am

Zoe’s (Peachtree Battle shopping center) has the best – not much mayo and lots of flavor!!


November 23rd, 2010
7:27 am

Trader Joe’s has great Pimento Cheese, but the varsity’s grilled on rye is very good as well.


November 23rd, 2010
7:32 am

Melinda Ennis

November 23rd, 2010
7:37 am

Empire Street South is even better than mine!!!!


November 23rd, 2010
7:41 am

Who the hell eats pimiento cheese?


November 23rd, 2010
7:47 am

Poor Pep;s like me


November 23rd, 2010
7:51 am

Farmstead 303

Island Girl

November 23rd, 2010
8:06 am

If you are ever on St Simons Island, Pimento Cheese at Southern Soul BBQ is the best I’ve ever had and I make a mean batch myself!


November 23rd, 2010
8:10 am

Relish (Roswell)…Mmmmmm!


November 23rd, 2010
8:13 am

Augusta National!

Southern Man

November 23rd, 2010
8:16 am

Watershed- the debate can end now. No reason to vote


November 23rd, 2010
8:17 am

please tell us where the pictured sandwich is offered. looks delicious


November 23rd, 2010
8:18 am

Whole Foods has awesome Pimento Cheese!!

Road Scholar

November 23rd, 2010
8:22 am

Fresh Market- even the low-fat version is excellent. I know it’s low fat, but this may be the only lf item that is excellent!


November 23rd, 2010
8:26 am

Oh, I love some pimento cheese! Evidently it was what my mama craved when she was pregnant with me, and it’s definitely stuck all these years.

The best is in Athens at Marti’s at Midday. That stuff is addictive.


November 23rd, 2010
8:28 am

AUBRI LANE’S in Milledgeville has the best Pimento Cheese in the South!!!


November 23rd, 2010
8:36 am

For 51 weeks of the year it’s Marti’s in Athens. For one week of the year it’s Augusta National.


November 23rd, 2010
8:39 am

New York Butcher Shoppe – Hands down the best.


November 23rd, 2010
8:42 am

Augusta National!


November 23rd, 2010
8:43 am

Palmetto Cheese, available at some grocery stores, made in Pawleys Island South Carolina. Beats my mama’s which was darn good !


November 23rd, 2010
8:43 am

My Atlanta nomination was Watershed, but I agree that the best pimento cheese anywhere around is at Marti’s at Midday in Athens.


November 23rd, 2010
8:44 am

DiPrato’s Columbia SC


November 23rd, 2010
8:45 am

If you need the best store-bought…its “Palmetto Pimento”- Its sold at most Publix stores and is made in South Carolina. Its SO good…and I hate all other nasty store-bought Pimento Cheese. I served it at a Masters Party in April and everyone went nuts.


November 23rd, 2010
8:46 am

Three Sisters Catering-Sandy Springs-LOVE LOVE LOVE!


November 23rd, 2010
8:47 am

Lord, I knew Watershed would be one of the first mentioned. If there was a poll for best air, someone would nominate them ! Their pimiento cheese is good. Too bad they serve it on pullman bread that you cannot bite through and the PC squishes out the sides and makes a huge mess. So I nominate my own…and I am not giving away my secret.


November 23rd, 2010
8:50 am

Holeman and Finch!


November 23rd, 2010
8:52 am


November 23rd, 2010
8:53 am

Stone Soup Kitchen has the very best served on really good bread with sunflower sprouts.


November 23rd, 2010
8:55 am

The absolute best is at Marti’s at Midday in Athens.


November 23rd, 2010
8:56 am

Anybody else notice AJC spelled pimento wrong…

I vote for JCT Kitchen and their pimento cheese appetizer.


November 23rd, 2010
8:59 am

The Brick Store Pub – Downtown Decatur!

Sandra Waller

November 23rd, 2010
8:59 am

Southern Sweets in Avondale Estates has a smoked gouda pimento cheese that is AWESOME!


November 23rd, 2010
9:02 am

Augusta National, great and reasonably priced

The Ghost Of Bobby Jones

November 23rd, 2010
9:03 am

Ladies and gentlemen -Anyone who has attended my toonament knows that the best pimento cheese is served the first week of April. You commoners must know it is the best in the world-and the price is also the best .I will list a few on e-bay if you are unable to attent to get your own. Good Day

Obi's Sister

November 23rd, 2010
9:03 am

Marti’s at Midday – Athens. Bar none.


November 23rd, 2010
9:04 am

All of you have missed it. The best — not just in Atlanta but the state, the country, the world, the entire cosmos!!!! — is at Rainbow Grocery in Decatur! Sharp but not too sharp white cheddar studded with just enough pimiento and minimal mayo. I’ve tried and tried to replicate it but nothing beats its perfect texture and tang!


November 23rd, 2010
9:06 am

PS: pimiento is the original correct spelling. It’s a pepper.


November 23rd, 2010
9:07 am

Southern Sweets bakery so good a combination of Smoked Gouda, asiago, sharp cheddar and roasted red peppers


November 23rd, 2010
9:10 am

Alon’s. Not technically a restaurant, but they’ll make you a great sandwich with it!


November 23rd, 2010
9:10 am

Homegrown’s pimiento cheese on Texas toast is the best.


November 23rd, 2010
9:13 am

Marti’s at Midday in Athens. Very good!

Paul From Milton

November 23rd, 2010
9:17 am

Augusta National has the best followed by a pimiento chili dog at the Varsity.