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Crooked Tree Cafe
For Crooked Tree Cafe's chef and owner Jeff Haeger, all culinary roads lead back to Georgia. He's made it a personal mission to travel the globe and try the most unique restaurants he can find—and then bring them back to his kitchen stocked with Southern staples. The result is soul food with a twist. Expect creations such as sesame-encrusted catfish, Southern-style poutine that responds to both French- and English-speaking taste buds, and a smoked-duck sloppy joe. In fact, the smoker might be Haeger's favorite piece of equipment. He also turns it on brisket, pork, house-brined turkey, and pulled chicken.
For breakfast, there are scrambles, eggy sandwiches, and biscuits smothered in house-made sausage gravy. But it's not all sheer decadence at Crooked Tree: the veggies are important, too, and they come from local suppliers such as Rome's Tucker Farms.