Georgia's has been through many incarnations in the last ten years. I remember when it was a K-Mart. I remember when it was Sandy's, the precursor to Georgia's. I remember when it was a lot larger inside and had a chiropractor on site. But throughout the changes, one thing has remained the same: It's always been a great place to eat.
Well, except when it was K-Mart.
Sandy's and then Georgia's have always had great all-you-can-eat buffets and ready-made food items to grab when you're on the go. I practically lived off Sandy's sandwiches one summer, long before places like Slow Dough Bread Co. and Sinfull Bakery had cropped up to stock the shelves at the locavore grocery store.
Like the much smaller Revival Market, Georgia's has long been a market that deals in as much fresh, organic produce and locally sourced foodstuffs as possible. And the AYCE buffets have always followed suit. A few weekends ago, I stuffed myself silly with Slow Dough toast, among other things, at the weekend brunch buffet.
In keeping with its holistic hippie vibe, vegetarians and vegans are both welcome at the buffet. To wit, even though I'm an avowed carnivore, I happily indulged in the vegetarian chili, which tastes great over scrambled eggs with a heap of sauteed bell peppers and onions on top.
Of course, I threw in some turkey bacon for good measure.
And for "breakfast dessert," a bowl of yogurt with chopped fruit and a slice of Slow Dough bread, toasted and buttered, with black coffee. I turned down the tea service that came trundling around, although I love that this touch -- leftover from Sandy's -- still remains a buffet option.
I also love that there are still plenty of antique tables and chairs to sit at during brunch. These, too, are leftovers from the days when Sandy's used to be both a grocery store and an antiques dealer. In fact, some of the items (usually the ones at the front of the store) are still for sale.
If the regular brunch items aren't up your alley, there's also an omelet station. And if there's something you just love, chances are you can buy it from the store after you've finished your meal; you'll want to stay and grocery shop, after all -- and it's a lot smarter than shopping on an empty stomach.
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