Last night I had another great meal at the Twisted Oak Woodfire Grill in downtown Monroe GA. I highly recommend this place, it's well worth a drive. It's on hwy 11 in the middle of old downtown Monroe and used to be called the Sage Grill.
This is a great little place for reasonably inexpensive, very casual, creative fine dining. The chef is part owner (with his mother who is always there to great guests). I recommend sitting upstairs for the live acoustic music. Last night it was a guy and his guitar playing Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, James Taylor, etc. The building is old and decorated with local featured art for sale.
Some consistently great menu items: sage and goat cheese stuffed chicken, petit filet with gorganzola cream sauce (from the tapas menu), salmon and pepper jack grits. Can you tell I'm a fan of cheese? The chef's pairing of high-quality cheese in his dishes is fantastic. The desserts are equally amazing, particularly the chocolate mouse pyramid filled with white chocolate ganache, and the tuxedo cheesecake.
Their website needs updating http://www.twistedoak.net/ but if you call they will give you a current events calendar which often includes weekly wine tastings, tapas specials and 'meet the featured artist' events.