Georgia Grown: Causey Foods, Inc.

Causey 002What: Causey BBQ Sauce

Where: Vienna,Georgia & Smyrna, Georgia

Who: The Causey Family

John Causey

John Causey

The Story: John Causey had always played around with the grill and enjoyed barbecuing as a hobby. In 1984, John became part of a BBQ cooking team called the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department and began preparation to compete in the Big Pig Jig in Vienna, Georgia. John set out to create his own vinegar based barbecue sauce for this competition and from that, Causey’s Original sauce was born. John served as chief cook of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department from 1984 – 1995, traveling all over the South competing in barbecue competitions and winning numerous awards. However, it was over a decade later when Causey Foods, Inc. was established. John’s daughter Wynn Bakke was an event planner in Atlanta for 15 years.  When she left her event planning career to have children, Wynn decided to approach her dad about marketing his award winning BBQ sauces.  With his sauce-making skills and Wynn’s business background and the help of Wynn’s mother (Lady Causey) and husband (Pete Bakke), Causey foods was officially created in 2009. Today, the company is located in Smyrna Georgia and the sauce is made in Hoboken, Georgia.

5 product pictureYou can purchase Causey sauces at http://www.causeyfoods.com/ and at 75 retail locations (see locations here).

Tip: Pack a cooler and stop off on I-75 to fill up with world championship BBQ, sides and sauces at the Causey family restaurant, Good to Go. You can drive through and pick up food or walk in and pick up food – they even have picnic tables outside for travelers in need of some BBQ on their long drive! The official address is 925 E. Union Street Vienna, GA  31092. They’re open Thursday – Saturday from 11am – 2pm & 4pm – 8pm. Call 229-268-8646 for more information.

 

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A Guide to Georgia’s Homestyle Restaurants

The Dillard House

The Dillard House

For Breakfast

Not all homestyle restaurants in Georgia serve breakfast, but when you’re looking for the combination of the two, you’ll need to visit the Dillard House in Dillard. The Dillard House serves up a bountiful breakfast of meats, eggs, potato hash, fresh fruits, homemade preserves, freshly baked pastries and so much more. My favorites are the proteins, and I always have to have seconds of the pork tenderloin. The Dillard House is one of those “food for the soul” kinds of places, and besides breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start your day right by feeding your soul well here. Go with high expectations because you’re sure not to be disappointed.

Buckner's

Buckner’s Family Restaurant

For Fried Chicken and Dessert

One common menu item at all homestyle restaurants in the South is fried chicken. I doubt it’s written law that they have to have fried chicken (and lots of it) on the table, but I’m pretty sure it’s understood. Believe me, I’ve eaten a lot of fried chicken at a lot of great restaurants, but the best fried chicken I’ve eaten in Georgia to date is at Buckner’s in Jackson. Buckner’s is just off I-75 exit 201, and they serve up some of the most delicious Southern classics you can find. While normally I’d go for a leg or thigh, you’ll only find breast on the table at Buckner’s. Breast meat tends to be dry, but Buckner’s keeps its white meat juicy, tender and perfectly crispy. There’s a slight sweetness to it that I’ve not found duplicated anywhere else in Georgia. To top it all off, their dessert is fantastic, too. They only serve one dessert, but they do it right. Buckner’s Georgia peach cobbler is the perfect finish to one tasty meal.

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room

For Sides

You can expect a wide array of incredible veggies and carbs at the homestyle table, but no one cooks sides as well as Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room in Savannah. Mrs. Wilkes’ showcases all sorts of fresh veggies like green beans, rutabagas, butter beans, peas and more. They’re even getting cornbread dressing right; it’s incredibly moist and super delicious. Mrs. Wilkes’ cabbage was some of the finest I’ve ever eaten. This homestyle restaurant is one of those places where you could definitely fill up on sides alone. Expect to wait in line for up to a couple of hours, but you and your taste buds will be glad you did.

For Extras

Once you’ve had the best breakfast, the best chicken and dessert, and the best sides, what’s left on the table? Well, the Smith House in Dahlonega is taking the table extras to a whole new level. You’re going to consistently get great chicken, great sides and dessert, but you’re also going to get some great extras. One of my favorite accompaniments to Southern fare is relishes and pickles. The Smith house makes and serves up the best pickled squash you’ll find. It perfectly pairs with the savory veggies and offers a slightly tangy, sweet crunch that you just can’t find elsewhere. You’ll want to take some home, too. Look in the gift shop before you leave to make sure you can have this “secret” treasure at your home table.

Head shotLori Hennesy is a self-proclaimed foodie and author of delisghga.com, a Georgia only food blog.  Lori is on a constant search for unique eats, great Georgia products, delicious restaurants and anything food related.  For Lori it’s all about the bottom line, “what’s the next meal going to be?”