It was a bold idea—opening a restaurant in the midst of the Great Depression. But the founders were truly convinced that if they maintained a clean space with low prices and friendly service, they'd drum up more than enough business to support themselves. And on October 24, 1932, when Krystal's first customer walked out with six Krystals and a cup of coffee for 35 cents, the restaurant's remarkably successful run began.
More than 81 years later, Krystal reigns as one of the oldest fast-food brands in the country. Their namesake creation remains their biggest draw, snack-size burgers topped with diced onion, mustard, and pickle on a soft, square bun. Over the years they've added other hugely popular menu items, including breakfast scramblers and MilkQuakes made from 100% real ice cream. Even after eight decades, enthusiasm from customers has hardly cooled: Krystal gets so much fan mail, the staff have a Krystal Lovers Hall of Fame, for which inductees have their illustrated likeness printed on more than a million burger boxes.
Refreshing South Georgia with locally roasted coffee beans and musical talent, Beans & Strings is three businesses in one: a coffee shop, guitar store, and music school. The tongue-pleasing piquancy of Beans & Strings' menu counterbalances a range of eye-catching Elixir and Fender six-strings lining the walls. A haven for all things drinkable, Beans & Strings boasts a broad range of hot and cold beverages, from freshly roasted coffee (up to $2.24) and smoothies (up to $4.95) to the dulcet tunes of in-house music lessons. Seasonal pastries (up to $2.50) complement any order and feature a rotating line-up of sticky buns, mocha muffins, and Keith Richards covered in sliced bananas.
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).
The Corner Cakery sweetens significant celebrations with custom-decorated delicacies and an array of sugary snacks. Known for knocking children's cakes out of the park ($25.99 for a quarter sheet), baking gurus design kids' desserts to fit the tastes and current cartoon obsessions of wee ones. Cupcakes step out of their larger sibling's shadow with flavors such as the customer-favorite key lime and the customer-evading invisible strawberry ($10.99 for a dozen, $1+ for one). The Corner Cakery does significant trade in cookies, a child's favorite form of currency, changing fistfuls of change into choice chocolate-chip treats ($8.99 for a dozen, $0.89 for one). Meanwhile, plump red-velvet cake balls make for an easily portable snack ($15 for a dozen).