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When you’re looking for places to eat in McDonough, GA, you may be surprised to learn how many great options are out there! In fact, there are so many options in such a wide variety of cuisines - American, Indian, Italian, Thai, and more - that you may find yourself in a quandary as to which place to try first.
Let us help you decide where to go out to eat by sharing the 8 places we feel are some of the best restaurants in McDonough, GA.
Pasta Max Cafe
Pasta Max Cafe on Griffin Street is a cozy, intimate spot that McDonough residents love to go to experience authentic Italian dishes. From fettuccine alfredo and black pepper pappardelle, to sandwiches, steamed mussels, and cheesy gooey pizza, there’s something for everyone at this restaurant.
And in case you’re skeptical, just know that Pasta Max Cafe has a 4.6 rating on Google from over 900 reviews! Clearly, there’s something in the sauce that keeps people coming back for more.
Leo's Cafe on Racetrack Road in McDonough, is a great little diner that stays packed for a reason. The portions are huge and the food is always cooked to perfection. They are open for breakfast and lunch, the menu selection is wide and varied, and the service is outstanding. The best part is the owner himself, Leonardo (tell him we said to call him DaVinci ;) ). Leo is a first generation immigrant living the American dream and he is the salt of the earth, always delivering service with a smile. If you eat here you are guaranteed to see him or his brother and if you come more than once he will probably know you by name.
GRITZ Family Restaurant
For Southern food fare with a family-friendly atmosphere, you can’t get any better than GRITZ Family Restaurant. This eatery was featured as a Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice, which is a title that the website Tripadvisor hands out to locations that consistently receive positive reviews.
GRITZ is definitely one of our top choices. It’s the best place in town to visit for a home cooked meal at breakfast (which they serve all day) and lunch. On their menu, you’ll find lots of Southern favorites, including corned beef hash, pecan pancakes, country fried steak, chicken and dumplings, and grilled Cajun chicken sandwiches. Go on and give them a try!
On The Bayou
Hungry for a taste of Cajun and New Orleans-inspired seafood? Then On the Bayou is the place you want to be! Locals love to eat their seafood gumbo, oyster plate, mac and cheese, fried ribs, gator bites, and, for dessert, sweet snowballs. The restaurant’s delicious food and upbeat atmosphere has earned it an excellent 4.7-star rating on Google from more than 100 reviewers
Red Orchid Thai Cuisine
Red Orchid Thai Cuisine has long been a staple of Southeast Asian food in McDonough since 2009. Family owned and operated for the last 13 years, this restaurant has made its name by serving tasty, authentic Thai dishes like stir fry, curry, dumplings, spring rolls, fried rice, and steak. Reviewers on Google rave about how delicious the food at Red Orchid Thai Cuisine is, and we couldn’t agree with them more!
We love Indian food in McDonough, which is why it’s a good thing we have the best Indian restaurants in Henry County! Masala Cottage, open for lunch and dinner, features a menu full of traditional Indian dishes, such as tikka masala, curry, saag, and more, in a wide variety of meats (chicken, fish, goat, lamb, and shrimp). On the side, you can savor hot, fresh naan and sample an array of chutneys.
We’ve only scratched the surface of what Masala Cottage has to offer. To experience the full breadth of it, you have to go there yourself!
El Sarten Latino
El Sarten Latino brings a taste of Latin America and the Dominican Republic straight to McDonough, GA residents’ mouths!
Located in the McDonough Place Shopping Center, this fantastic local restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week except Sunday. Its central location makes it the ideal stop for a flavorful meal in between work or shopping.
When you go, you can pick up a plate and make your way through the buffet brimming with mouth-watering eats, or order something equally delicious off the menu, like traditional Dominican spaghetti, picadera, fried pork, fried green plantains, stewed beef, and rice pudding. If you have any old favorites from Latin/Dominican cuisine, you’re sure to find them here!
Crust And Craft McDonough
If you’re craving craft pizza with draft beer or a cocktail, then you should give Crust and Craft a try. You can always order pizza or one of their scrumptious sides online, but we recommend going in person to experience the bustling, friendly atmosphere, hang out, and maybe even watch a ballgame on the TV by the bar.
As you chat and connect with your fellow McDonough residents, you can sample their homemade pizzas with plain cheese and pepperoni, or you can go out on a limb and try some of their wild toppings, like Korean BBQ, Mexican street corn, truffle mushroom, and Cubano pie. You may just find a new favorite! Their sides and drinks menus are just as varied, with plenty of staples to keep you in your comfort zone as well as unique concoctions that you’ve probably never tried before.
For something new or something familiar, you can’t beat Crust and Craft.
To round out our list of best restaurants in McDonough, GA (which is by no means a full reflection of how many great places there are to eat in our fair city), we’d be remiss if we didn’t recommend Starshines Cafe.
This delightful eatery - also known as “McDonough’s hidden treasure” - is run by a husband-and-wife team. This dynamic duo serves upscale dishes for brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert in a charming, casual setting. Not only is the food delicious and varied, but each dish is plated with care and looks just as good as it tastes. Even more impressive, Starshines holds a 4.7 rating on Google from almost 300 separate reviews.
We recommend reserving a table, since Starshines stays busy!
The restaurants in McDonough, GA are proof that you don’t have to live in a big city to enjoy lots of different types of cuisines from all around the globe. While we put some of our favorites on this list, there are several other great places to eat in McDonough, as well. Go exploring and see what you can find!
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