Southern-style fare is often referred to as "comfort food," a nickname it earned after parents began giving their most tiny-headed children biscuits for pillows. Give your stomach something to sleep on with today's Groupon to The Foster House, located in the heart of downtown Cumming. Choose between two options:
The Foster House, built in 1887 by Henry and Mamie Foster to shelter their seven children, retains historic charm with four restored dining rooms. Drop in for a weekday lunch (served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and sample a menu of Southern-influenced fare, such as fried green tomatoes showered with corn meal and the cooling embrace of ranch dip ($5.50). Chefs prepare the crab-cake sandwich by grappling crabs into submission, adding spices and breadcrumbs, and docking it on a fresh yeast roll ($9.25). Those interested in later evening meals may visit The Foster House for a weekend dinner (served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.), when piles of fried catfish ($9.95 for 2 pieces, $12.95 for 3 pieces, $16 for all you can eat) prowl plates with accomplices of green beans and asparagus or blue-cheese potatoes and garlic mash. Leave room for silky Southern sweet treats, including the award-winning bourbon bread pudding ($4.95, served during dinner hours) or signature buttermilk pie ($2.95, served during lunch hours), both as warm and velvety as an expensive tracksuit that just came out of the oven.
Entertain scores of friends with a gathering on The Foster House's brick patio, which lies beneath the limbs of well-aged pecan trees, or indoors, where fine cabinetry, fireplaces, and knickknacks evoke memories of what it was like around the time the Sherman Antitrust Act was signed. Select tasty entrees from the catering menu, including roast beef, three vegetables, and fresh rolls ($16/person), or fried chicken breast with all the fixings ($14/person).
The Foster House
Built in 1887, the modest southern-style Foster House retains its 19th-century charm with restored dining rooms and an outdoor brick patio adorned in period furniture and décor. Throughout the charming house, each of the four dining rooms has its own distinct feel. The lavender room's antique silver cake stands and teapots glimmer in built-in hutches; golden frames and delicate figurines bedeck the peach room; and mirrored fireplaces create decadent focal points in both the cheery lime-green room and the lush forest-green room. In each of the rooms, antique tables create intimate vignettes for diners to dig into fried catfish or sip afternoon tea. The shaded patio hosts outdoor dining, nestled among the century-old pecan trees that have dutifully taken care of the home since it was built.