Rhonda Foster, owner and head chef of Liam’s Restaurant, founded Liam's with two maxims in mind: think locally and organically, and take the pretension out of fine dining. After hot-gluing the restaurant into a cozy, historic brick building in downtown Thomasville, Rhonda began purchasing ingredients from local sustainable-growth farms. To this day, Rhonda and her employees take an active role in every step of the farm-to-table process, whether they’re touring the actual farms to ensure their methods are organic or they're hunting for wild turkey and duck themselves.
From the open kitchen, chefs transmogrify the fruits, vegetables, meats, and artisan cheeses of their research into ever changing seasonal menu, which includes daily seafood specials such as the mushroom-crusted Ahi Tuna. Diners can look in on the cooksmanship while chatting with Rhonda and her husband Scott about culinary techniques or chewing strategies as the two slow-cook enticing dishes, such as the sautéed Duck & Mushroom confit with truffle oil. For smaller appetites, the duo plates up a selection of nearly a hundred artisan cheeses flown, shipped, or catapulted in from around the globe.
Craft brews from breweries like Dogfish Head and North Coast line the shelves alongside wines from California, Germany, and France. Liam’s also serves up weekday lunch and a Saturday European-style brunch, and periodically hosts themed events such as chocolate tastings, Taste of Spain, Lobsterfest, and Beer Club.:m]]
Grassroots Coffee Company's caffeinated connoisseurs boast fresh-roasted beans and brews, complemented by a bevy of fresh-baked treats. Sip on selections of java, roasted on-site daily, including a medium americano ($2.65), latte ($3.60), or freshly brewed coffee ($1.87). Those with rumbling stomachs can suppress abdominal earthquakes with an array of scones ($2.35), muffins ($2.25), and bagels ($1.25), or enjoy bites from a new lunch sandwich menu in the café's hip wood and exposed-brick interior. Grassroots Coffee Company's seasonally rotating beans come from all over the world, including selections such as the Brazil Buena vista ($10.20/lb.), Ethiopian Sidamo ($11.85/lb.), and Sumatra Mandheling ($12/lb.). To the delight of diary lovers and self-obsessed cows alike, experienced baristas wield only local Sparkman's Dairy products.
At Beef 'O' Brady's, hungry herds can satisfy hankerings for flavor stampedes with an extensive pub-style menu served in a sports-themed spot. Thrill-seeking taste buds dive tongue first into a wing basket laced with any of 11 different sauces and accompanied by fries, coleslaw, and blue-cheese dressing ($8.99) or beer-battered onion rings served with Beef's spicy dipping sauce ($6.69).
With 140 acres of grazing goats and masticating Jersey cows, Sweet Grass Dairy crafts artisan dairy delectables in a variety of styles. Curd-cravers can choose from a variety of cheese and charcuterie plates, such as Finn's Finest Fodder, stacked with finocchiona, creminelli barolo, speck, chorizo, Vilux dijon mustard, cornichons, and crackers. Meanwhile, wine lovers can test their matchmaking skills by pairing up lonely cheeses with a bottle of one of Sweet Grass's grape bloods. The wine menu changes weekly, but always offers myriad choices in different categories, including smooth white wines, big and bold reds, and attention-seeking sparkling varieties that perpetually fizz at top volume.