Located in south-western Georgia, Albany is a small town with a big personality. Boasting music legend Ray Charles as one of its sons, the tree-lined streets and historic buildings provide a backdrop for classic Southern dishes and soulful American cuisine. We explore the 10 best restaurants to try here.
The folks at The Catch deservingly brag about their seafood. It is brought in fresh and never frozen, from local purveyors. The seafood is fried, seared, grilled, or smoked before becoming dishes like smoked shrimp ravioli, or chipotle-rubbed cedar-plank salmon. The Catch also carries a large selection of oysters, for those diners that enjoy them raw on the half-shell.
Our Daily Bread is committed not only to organic and locally-sourced products, but to creating a gathering place for the community. The restaurant frequently hosts live music acts, and is active in supporting local businesses. The family that owns and operates Our Daily Bread is proudly Christian, displaying Scripture on the walls of the restaurant and appealing to their customers in the Bible Belt.
Pearly’s has become a mainstay in the town, serving rustic country cooking for nearly fifty years. Open only for breakfast and lunch, this restaurant serves up dishes that bring traditional Southern cooking right to your fingertips. Customers cannot get enough of their homemade biscuits, baked daily using a family recipe. With extremely affordable prices and a heaping side of nostalgia, Pearly’s is a beloved part of Albany’s restaurant scene.
Another long-standing establishment in Albany, Henry’s has been in business for thirty years. This restaurant serves American food with Southern influences, in a casual and friendly setting. Locals love to enjoy the outdoor patio for some fresh air. Henry’s simply has a loyal following of regulars that come to mingle and enjoy their time-tested recipes.
Bar, Restaurant, Steakhouse, American, Seafood, $$$
For a laid-back, fun night out, Austin’sis the place to be in Albany. This unpretentious spot has a bar-like atmosphere that is relaxed and comfortable, but serves food that is anything but what one would typically think of bar food. For a heartier meal, the menu offers pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs, and steaks.
Another eatery serving Southern food in Albany is Blackbeard’s Bar-B-Que. The menu boasts regional dishes such as fried catfish, seafood gumbo, and smoked turkey. A specialty of the house is the ‘bar-b-que’: various meats smoked for hours over Georgia hardwood. The pricing is affordable and the portion sizes are always large enough to take some home for later.Blackbeard’s is an excellent place to sample authentic Southern flavors.
Bringing an entirely different host of flavors to the Albany restaurant scene is this lively establishment. Little Jamaican serves Jamaican food, bringing bright Caribbean ingredients and techniques to hungry Georgians. Some of the most popular dishes are their curried goat, jerk chicken over rice and beans, and plantains.
Lemon Grass creates an atmosphere that is inviting and sincere. The owner often greets customers personally at each table, to ensure that they are being taken care of. The menu offers classic Asian and Thai dishes, such as curries, stir fries, and noodles. The servers always ask guests how hot they would like their food prepared, customizing each order for the diner’s specific taste. Some of the most popular dishes at Lemon Grass are the fried calamari appetizer, pad thai, and green curry with shrimp.
As another restaurant serving traditional Southern cuisine, Carter’s Grill has been a part of the Albany restaurant community for over forty years. Dishes are prepared just as the locals expect them: flavorful, consistent, and spot-on. Menu items like pigs’ feet, neck bones, and chitterlings may sound odd to outsiders, but to Southerners, they are reminiscent of slow dinners at home with close family.
Viet Pho brings the colorful flavors of Vietnam to Albany. The service is friendly, and the food hits the mark every time. Customers keep coming back for the restaurant’s authentic pho: a broth-based soup with spices, noodles, meat, and vegetables. The portions are large, and sure to satisfy. The menu also offers excellent Vietnamese sandwiches, pan-fried noodles, and shrimp spring rolls.