just came back from the atlanta area, including a traffic-clogged drive to athens, home of the university of georgia.
Athens is a beautiful town, but what really made the trip worthwhile was lunch at Wilson's Soul Food Restaurant. It's a gem and right downtown in what's left of the former African-American business district known as the Hot Corner (most now a parking lot, unfortunately).
My lunch there consisted of spicy ribs, in a sauce speckled with red pepper flakes ("let me get you a tender piece," the lovely lady behind the counter offerd); the best collards i have ever had (the hot pepper vinegar is on every plastic tableclothes-covered table; great (not-sweet) potato salad; wonderful macaroni and cheese; cornbread and biscuits; and orgasmic banana pudding. Plus iced tea came sweetened or unsweetened.
The crowd, by the way, was mixed both racially and economically, with workers and university students coming in for a bite.
By the way, the visitor center in town provides a terrific self-guide walking tour pamphlete and map for 50 cents. This is how I found Wilson's.