Here’s a most excellent Southside tip. When you find yourself hungry and driving up I-75 with too many miles between you and Atlanta, consider the three-minute detour to downtown Locust Grove and the French Market & Tavern.
This smartly rehabbed 1906 hardware store features a houseware/garden shop to appeal to the roadside knickknackologist in you. Then, when you keep walking through the shop towards the back room, you’ll find a lively New Orleans style cafe. With its tables made from the building’s recovered heart-of-pine flooring, comfortable sling-back chairs, ample natural light, a solid crowd and a happy sense of contained clutter, this restaurant gives off a warm vibe.
We visited at lunch when the menu focuses on sandwiches, salads and burgers. It goes a bit more upscale at night. We found the food solid — maybe not worth the drive from Atlanta in and of itself, but a lot better than many of the local attempts at Cajun and Creole cooking. For instance, the house chicken