Comfort-fare titans at The 4th of May Cafe conjure a hearty hodgepodge of overstuffed sandwiches on home-baked bread, local seafood, and fluffy omelets to fill regulars’ stomach vacancies throughout the day. The breakfast menu rousts slumbering appetites with seafood omelets ($7) that cradle fresh, local shrimp and crab together with onions and peppers. Chefs fry or grill the lunch-and-dinner menu's chicken fingers ($3.99) before dressing them in blackening seasoning, buffalo sauce, or an adorable onesie. Slices of meatloaf ($10) arrive at tables beneath blankets of brown gravy, and crab-salad rolls ($8.99) wield blue crab, Hellmann’s mayonnaise, and purple onions. Cuban sandwiches ($9) bridge hoagie-roll halves with roasted pork loin, honey-maple ham, monterey jack cheese, and a handful of suspension cables.
A hospitable staff welcomes guests to this eco-conscious hunting and fishing resort, featured in numerous publications, including Savannah Magazine. Traveling companions can launch their lavish retreat with samples of artisanal cheeses produced on-site, a glass of wine, or a quick game of pin the appropriate tail on various stuffed wildlife while settling into a rustic lodge room. Themed quarters are decorated with the doings of local artists, and each has an entrance to the veranda, which overlooks the lustrous waters of the main lodge lake. Over the course of a two-night stay, guests can fish for free in the catfish pond, or for an additional $50 fee, for bass, blue gill, or compliments in more than 240 acres of ponds, stocked with creatures indigenous to Georgia. Aquatic hunters can even convey their catches to the kitchen to have the chef custom-prepare the freshwater fruits, or diners may simply choose from a seasonal menu comprising many organic ingredients culled from the lodge's orchards and greenhouses.
Roberto's appeases weekday appetites with fresh, handmade Mexican meals. The restaurant's extensive menu is teeming with a diverse selection of south-of-the-border eats, mouthwateringly bookended with the guest-favorite guacamole ($1.99 small; $3.99 large) and finishing with crispy, golden brown sopapillas ($2.99). Sink veggie-loving teeth into chilies rellenos, poblanos stuffed with melted cheese, fried in egg batter, and tastily trebucheted onto waiting taste buds ($6.50). The el matador chicken dinner dresses itself in buttery batter, Spanish sauce, and melted cheese ($8.29) and crunchy corn chapulas dream of tummy vacations under comforters of refried beans, ground beef, guacamole, and shredded cheese ($6.99).
The menu at Aubri Lane's bursts with southern cuisine crafted with fresh, organic vegetables and choice cuts of meat and seafood. Garnish lackluster forks with crispy calamari ($9), or ensnare a rowdy order of Hot Damn shrimp ($7) by promising it that your stomach has cable. Aubri Lane's also serves a savory selection of southern favorites, including pecan-crusted Carolina trout ($18) and jerk-crusted pork loin ($16) flanking buttery sides such as collard greens, cheddar grits, and chive smashed potatoes ($3 each). A saccharine slice of homemade white-chocolate bread pudding topped with bananas foster and vanilla ice cream ($7) adds sweet satisfaction to any meal, while the crème brûlée ($6) appeases jaded taste buds with a fresh flavor each week. First used in 1884 by the Milledgeville Banking Company, the building maintains its original hammered tin ceiling and vault, both of which appear on the National Registry List even though all the party-loving ghosts have since been evicted.
The culinary crew at Amici Italian Café constructed a menu brimming with pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and calzones fit to stuff empty stomach canyons. Embark on mouth-filling journeys with a helping of hot wings ($7.95 for 10) or a saucy meatball sub ($8.50). House pasta creations include four-cheese lasagna ($11.95), and prosciutto ham and artichoke cappelini swimming in a savory sea of white wine, lemon, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and cracked black pepper ($11.95). Fresh spinach, mushrooms, and feta cheese mingle atop the blonde greek pizza ($12.95 for an 11"), but hungry inventors can also build their own pies, calzones ($8.95+), or edible cotton gins with more than 30 topping options.