Chef Jim Sikes culls seasonal ingredients into masterpieces of classic Big Easy cuisine so fresh the menus are rewritten each week. Dinner diners can munch on fresh crab claws ($13.95) and cakes ($9.95) dipped in homemade rémoulade before tasting Jimmy’s bud-kicking jambalaya with fried green tomatoes ($16.95) or fillet of pecan-crusted trout with apple chutney and potatoes ($19.95). For lunch, Jimmy’s serves up soft-shell crab BLTs ($9.95) and a selection of po' boys stuffed with beasts of the land and sea ($6.95–$8.95) alongside a bowl of The Real Thing gumbo ($4.95). Entrees always arrive with a side or two in tow, yet still delight in pairing off with a glass of wine ($5.95–$8.50) from Jimmy’s 200+ bottle wine list, recipient of a Wine Spectator 2010 Award of Excellence (bottles start at $22).
Oscar's Steak and Seafood silences grumbling stomachs with an expansive menu of juicy steaks, sumptuous seafood dishes, and homemade desserts. Formulate entree-eating strategies over a basket of fried green tomatoes ($4.99), or skip to a sizzling 12-ounce New York strip paired with two classic sides such as onion rings, a baked potato, or a piece of kelp shaped like Robert Frost ($16.50). Oscar's chefs pour parmesan cream sauce on pan-seared tilapia and sautéed shrimp in the tasty Creole Catch ($15.99), and join surf 'n' turf by marrying a 12–14-ounce Rib-eye steak to shrimp, oysters, or scallops, uniting land and sea in their mutual contempt for sky-food such as mashed clouds ($24.99).
Nestled inside 180 acres of tree-lined, gently rolling grounds, the Newnan golf course springs up from the natural terrain, gracing golfers with scenic views of ridges, ravines, and waterways. On June 18, 2014, the course was featured on GolfNow.com as one of 10 must-play courses in the South. The meticulously maintained fairways and greens wend along natural, wooded buffers that create a sense of public but peaceful solitude, like delivering a speech from inside a sleeping bag. Golfers hone their short game at the practice green, deliver pep talks to lazy 9-irons at the all-weather driving range, or pick up anything from tees to new clubs at the pro shop. The 15,000-square-foot clubhouse's Coweta Grill serves casual or formal dining fare and slings drinks at full bar, and a sweeping veranda overlooks the 10th tee and its hazards, including the catapult-launched Harlem Globetrotters, who slap down soaring golf balls.
Young Barn Pub & Oyster Bar respectfully contests the notion that the coasts have a monopoly on oysters. They put a southwestern spin on theirs, prepping them Texas-style?baked and covered in cajun seasonings, cheese, bacon, and jalapenos. There are also Wild Bill's oysters, named for the famous gunslinger's ability to hit an oyster from 20 yards away on the shoreline. These up the seafood ante with toppings of shrimp, scallops, and crabmeat, plus bacon and mozzarella.
Purists can still get their hands on oysters Rockefeller or oysters on the half-shell, of course. And aside from shellfish, Young Barn's menu features po'boys, ribeye steaks, shrimp platters, and even pizza and pasta.
Executive Chef Scott Barrows waits to post specials at Devon Seafood Grill until he has spotted the best choices from the day's catch, ensuring his dishes are packed with the freshest, most flavorful seafood available. Past plates on Devon's robust menu have included jumbo lump crab cakes, coconut-green-curry mussels, and char-crusted ahi tuna, which can be paired with signature cocktails and fine wines from a collection on display in the dining area. Barrows and his staff welcome diners into this sophisticated two-level restaurant decorated with modern art that is splashed by warm lighting and the wake made by beluga whales arriving for dinner.
Though most fender-benders result in insurance exchanges or street fights, one between a chef from South Africa and a chef from Atlanta ended in a good laugh and a new business venture. The two chefs? dreams of offering people grilled seafood and introducing Americans to piri-piri pepper sauce collided. Afterwards, the duo crafted a menu of grilled tilapia, mahi-mahi, and flame-broiled chicken smothered in sauce made from a tiny, exotic South African pepper. When choosing the name, they turned back to the fateful accident, when one chef exclaimed ?I am such a Bonehead!? and the other just let him take the fall and ticket.