First Taste: Fried Green Tomatoes


Ryan Robichaud

The name Fried Green Tomatoes lets the public know exactly what this restaurant is all about: good ‘ole fashioned southern cooking.

Fried Green Tomatoes, located right next to Chick-Fil-A on North Columbia Street, has a wide variety of home cooked southern food tasty enough even for the most picky of eaters. The new establishment embodies a simple, low key vibe. Walking in, a customer sees the long buffet counter with different menu choices ranging from a vegetable plate to a three-meat and two-vegetables plate.

GC senior Luke Ninneman, who’s experienced his fair share of southern cooking, was someone eager to try the new establishment.

“It’s about what I expected walking in. It’s a nice buffet with lots of good southern food options,” Ninneman said. “It had a nice homey feel to it and the place looked very clean, which is nice when eating at a new restaurant.”

FGT offers both table and booth seating, allowing customers to space out and social distance.

The most popular meal at FGT is the American Food Platter option, including two-meats, two-vegetables, cornbread and a drink. A customer may choose between white and dark meat, fried chicken, baked chicken, baked tilapia and country fried steak. For vegetables and sides, the menu includes green beans, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, squash, sweet potatoes and salad.

“We have so many options and we like to change it up everyday,” said an employee. The menu at FGT changes daily to keep options fresh for customers.

After ordering the American Food Platter, Ninneman tried the baked tilapia, baked chicken, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese and a sweet tea as his beverage.

“My favorite part of the meal was the baked tilapia and the mac & cheese,” Ninneman said. “The sweet tea was really great too. But the chicken was a little dry.”

Employees boasted about the establishment, complimenting FGT’s quality food and positive work environment.

“The food is great. I take home whatever we have leftover everyday,” said another employee. “The environment is very friendly. All of the employees really get along with each other.”

It would be no surprise if Fried Green Tomatoes becomes a local favorite for Milledgeville residents; with the restaurant only being open for a short period of time, the business has the opportunity to become something special and bring the Milledgeville community some classic southern cuisine.