Harvest Moon in downtown Rome and Linde Marie’s Steakhouse on the Square in Cave Spring have been awarded the “100 Plates That Locals Love” distinction by Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism division (GDEcD). Both restaurants were recognized as part of the “100 Plates that Locals Love” which is featured in the state’s new culinary guide, Georgia Eats.
“It’s Georgia’s outstanding local restaurants that truly showcase the state’s rich flavors that locals and visitors love,” said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Each dish on our list of “100 Plates that Locals Love” epitomize Georgia’s culinary scene with locally made and grown ingredients. These are the best of the best in Georgia and we can’t wait to share them with our visitors.”
Red-Headed Stranger at Harvest Moon Cafe made the list and features the cafe’s signature hot pimina cheese, candied jalapeños, onion straws and bacon. The staff at Harvest Moon are thrilled, but not surprised the dish has been recognized.
“It’s uniquely awesome in every way,” said server Mike Bennett. Echoing his sentiment is bartender Adam Sikes who challenges anyone to beat its wicked flavor: “It’s just knockdown amazing!”
Linde Marie’s Stuffed Chicken was selected for its decadent grilled chicken breasts, which are stuffed and smothered with spinach artichoke dip. Linde Marie, owner of the restaurant, says her son created the recipe and enjoys developing new dishes.
“We are humbled and thrilled by the recognition,” said Linde. “Running our family restaurant has been an exciting venture in these first two years of business and we’ve been so well received by the community and visitors alike.”
The Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism Division is celebrating the state’s culinary greatness this year. One of the initiatives selected the dishes that make our state’s food unique, inspiring, and just plain good eatin’! As a part of this designation, each restaurant is featured in the Georgia Eats official culinary guide, which is being distributed by the 11 Visitor Information Centers statewide; on the state’s consumer tourism website ExploreGeorgia.org; and on ExploreGeorgia.org’s 14 social media channels.