Readers' Southern Secrets

Our readers shared their favorite little-known restaurants, scenic spots, and more in the South.


The Magnolia Rose Manor, Jemison, AL
“Pat makes homemade donuts daily, and Doris bakes chocolate ganache, cheesecakes, and a whiskey pie that would make you cry. They are wonderful hosts and often send generous tastes of things from the kitchen to the table to sample.” -Anna Veach, Selma, AL
212 Al. Highway 191, 205/688-2055

The Waysider, Tuscaloosa, AL
“It's the best Southern-style breakfast you can pay for, along with the best coffee in town. The not-so-secret rumor is that it was Bear Bryant's favorite coffee stop. I have been going for years and recognize the waitresses even still, and sometimes they'll remember me.” -Kat Causey, Germany
1512 Greensboro Ave., 205/345-8239


Yardarm Restaurant, Homosassa, FL
“Relaxing place to eat or have a drink and enjoy the Florida sunshine! You can watch [monkeys on Monkey Island] while eating and… boating traffic [at marina next door].” -Sandy Benetiz, Chassahowitzka, FL
5297 S. Cherokee Way, 352/628-2526


Apple Picking and Apple Festival, Ellijay, GA
“Every year, we make the 8-hour drive to the mountains, heading straight for Apple Alley in Ellijay, and then stay for the annual Apple Festival. Apple Ally is a long stretch of road with orchard after orchard. The scenery is gorgeous, hospitality is charming, and the variety of apples are to die for.” -Dawn Viola, Orlando, FL

Lucy’s Market, Atlanta, GA
“Lucy's is a produce stand selling fresh produce as well as an assortment of food from locally produced pimento cheese, soups, pound cake, fruit pies, fresh baked breads, pinestraw, firewood, boiled peanuts, and more.” -Hope Miller Goins, Atlanta, GA
4402 Roswell Road,


Stella’s Kentucky Deli, Lexington, KY
Recommended by Kelley Bozeman, Lexington, KY
43 Jefferson Street, 859/255-3354,


Joann Greenberg, Art Pottery, New Orleans, LA
"I'd have to stress Joann Greenburg's studio in New Orleans.  She's the last of the Newcomb College pottery students working professionally."  -Neysa & Gary Gardner, Hodgenville, KY.


Gold in the Hills Show, Vicksburg, MS
“[It’s] filled with secrets, songs, and celebrations and is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running show.” - Amy Vaughn Melton
Vicksburg Theatre Guild, 601/636-0471,  

Mustard Seed Antique Emporium, Oxford, MS
“It's a fabulous flea market-type store packed with treasures!” - Ellen Balducci, Oxford, MS
1737 University Avenue, 662/281-8004,

Old Taylor Grocery, Taylor, MS
“Quaint, down-home, old restaurant. Beware on game weekends in Oxford ... gets packed FAST!” -Erin Hornsby, Nashville, TN
4-A CR 338, 662/236-1716,

Strombolli’s, Starkville, MS
“Strombolli's defines ‘hole in the wall.’ This vintage restaurant is the BEST place in town for a tasty calzone or pizza.” -Amy Knight, Starkville, MS
408 University Dr., 662/615-4080