My wife (Tina) and I are visiting from Los Angeles and arrived late Monday night (11/10) in Atlanta. Here's a Review of a place called Minnie's in Columbus, Georgia that Tina and I stumbled across on Tuesday on our way down from Atlanta. The restaurant sits in a quiet historic and residential area of the City and as we are looking for the address we see swarms of people and cars a few blocks ahead of us and know we have found our location! Indeed, one thing we have learned in our travels is that if you find the local hangout, chances are, you are going have yourself a pretty good meal.
Minnie's is located at 104 8th Street not too far from the riverfront. The parking is extremely limited and we ended up parking about a block away on the street. The line was probably about thirty-five people long. Minnie's is a cafeteria-style, buffet line where you choose your entree and choice of side items. There were also wonderful desserts and a few salads to choose from.
On this day, the entrees offered were fried chicken, smothered chicken, sliced ham, and salmon pattied. Side items included fried okra, rice with gravy, blackeyed peas, buttered corn kernals, lima beans, turnip greens, macaroni and cheeese and perhaps a couple of more selections that escape me. A choice of yeast roll or corn bread was offered to you with your meal. The desserts I noticed were mainly pies, though I do remember a slice of red velvet cake. The pies were chess, pumpkin, apple, chocolate, and pecan. The salad selections were limited to marinated cucumbers and tomato slices as far as I could tell, but there was probably more for the asking.
We both ended up eating fried chicken because it looked so good and it did not let us down. It was perfectly seasoned and perfectly fried. Not too greasy and yet, not that dry stuff some folks try to pawn off on you. Minnie's chicken is superb! Tina ate dark meat and I had white meat and both were perfectly prepared. The side dishes were nicely seasoned as well. I had white rice with brown gravy and fried okra. So Southern of me! Tina had corn and peas, and we both asked for the yeast roll, which was very good. I don't know if they baked their own rolls or not, but those things were good. I'm just thankful that we can't get rolls like that anywhere near our home, and so's my bathroom scale. But, alas, I speak too soon...
Now, that fried chicken was incredibly good, but I got a piece of chess pie for dessert that almost made me cry. The woman at the next table asked for my grandmother's address so she could go slap her for me. "Grandma, why didn't tell me there was such a thing as chess pie and why didn't you make me one!"
Tina, on the other hand, had grabbed a slice of 7-layer chocolate cake. She was too full to eat her dessert and took it with her in the car. 5 MINUTES at the most!!! I turned and saw the cellophane being peeled off the top of the plate and the next time I looked, the last piece had been shovelled into the mouth and she was licking the fork. "That bad, huh?"
Needless to say, the next time Tina and Denis are travelling through Columbus, GA it will be a treat to get to stop at Minnie's.
*As a side note, one of Minnie's claim to fame is that General George Patton would eat here often and one of his favorite dishes is "Country Captain" which Minnie serves on Tuesdays. Columbus is next door to Fort Benning, GA., (ie., military).