While I am on my string of “local” things, I thought I would give you a tour of some of the little shops in nearby downtown Perry. If you are ever traveling through Georgia on interstate 75, you might want to take a drive into town. It is not far at all from the exit, but you will have to pass the line of fast food restaurants – Zaxby’s, Chick-fil-a, Wendy’s, Sonny’s Bar-b-que, McDonalds, etc. There are several neat places to eat in the downtown area, so you might want to wait to eat there. (Of course, you could eat twice!)
So let’s take a peek at the shops first. Here is Cossart Interior Design all decked out in yellow for the Dogwood Festival.
Right down from it is Sugarplum Tree, a precious shop full of clothing for children of all ages.
Across the street you will find Impressions, a store that carries home accessories and a large line of Vera Bradley bags.
Near it is Gentry Downtown Market. It carries hand dipped ice cream, old fashioned candies, and gifts. I bought my nativity set there last Christmas.
Another place to grab a bite to eat is City Flair/The Coffee Cup. It is a combination gift and coffee shop downstairs.
They serve coffee, sandwiches, hotdogs, and desserts downstairs. Take a look at part of their menu here:
Upstairs there is an area called the Library Lofts. This space is used for meetings, Bible study, and live music performances on certain evenings. It makes a great gathering spot.
Another place for an absolutely wonderful lunch is The Perfect Pear (near Gentry Downtown Market.)
And I do mean won-der-ful! They do a lot of catering, and one of the best filet mignons I have ever tasted was at a meal catered by them. It had a sauce on it that made me want to lick my plate (but I didn’t. Don’t worry.) Their desserts are divine with an assortment of chocolate cake, key lime pie, Krispy Kreme bread pudding, chocolate creme brulee, and more. I had their delicious tiramisu just today for lunch. I tried to take a photograph of their lunch menu through the window. I believe they do not serve lunch on Friday, so keep that in mind if you plan to dine there.
Now if you would prefer traditional Southern fare, head to the opposite end of the street. There you will find the Swanson Restaurant in a renovated old home. They have fried chicken, roast beef, turkey and gravy, and fresh vegetables among other things. In 2010 Garden and Gun magazine named them “One of the best chicken joints in the South.” Quite an honor.
I do like those things – especially the fried chicken, but my favorite meal to order at the Swanson is their lunch (only) special of quiche with fruit and a house salad. (It has fresh pear and pecans and a champagne vinaigrette.) And I also highly recommend their fried green tomatoes. They have a sandwich with fried green tomatoes I need to try some time. Oh, and they also bring the little biscuits to your table that are the ones I wrote about here.
Have I made you hungry? Sorry, but you can’t eat yet. I want to show you my favorite shop in downtown Perry. It is called Two Friends, and it has housewares, cookbooks, and gifts that I like, and clothing and jewelry that my daughter likes. It is a dangerous thing for my budget when we go in there together!
Just look around here at all the goodies we could buy!
This is the table that I have been wanting my husband to build for years. (Or if he would like to just go buy it, that would be fine with me!) Isn’t it beautiful?
and one last one from Two Friends…(oh my..it is food again!)
I showed you James Farmer’s soon-to-open store in Downtown Perry a week ago, so I will just give you a look at his shop window now. He is located almost next door to Two Friends.
Don’t forget there is a giveaway going on here for James’ latest book, A Time to Cook!
Leave a comment on this post or the prior two posts, and you are entered in the drawing. The giveaway closes at midnight Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
There are several other shops along Carroll Street and even another restaurant that I have not told you about. You will just have to visit the town and experience them yourself. Several of you asked about where the chicken from our picnic came from in my last post. That my friends, came from a tiny chicken and seafood joint called Skipper Johns. But don’t go looking for a website…they don’t have one. Nor do they except credit cards, and I am not sure what year their cash register was made. The only seating is at a picnic table outside since it is entirely a take-out place. It is just great fried chicken.
Now are you hungry? I will leave you with a food question to talk about today….
When dining out, do you have a favorite local restaurant that is not a chain restaurant?
We’d love to hear about it!
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