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lunch for day trip to Holy Spirit Monastery and Fox Vineyard

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lunch for day trip to Holy Spirit Monastery and Fox Vineyard

Plan to visit Holy Spirit Monastery and Fox Vineyards in Social Circle today and are looking for lunch ideas. Thinking about going to HSP first then lunch, followed by FV, but open to suggestions. Driving from Gwinnett County. On a budget, so would like find a moderately priced place.

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1. Re: lunch for day trip to Holy Spirit Monastery and Fox Vineyard

Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, not sure about their schedule.

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2. Re: lunch for day trip to Holy Spirit Monastery and Fox Vineyard

In Covington, near FV are two restaurants owned by the same family that are both good. Stalvey's is the main restaurant and they have great steaks, country cooking with veggies (options listed on the white boards) and everything in between. The Butcher Block is the more typical sandwich place with freshly made sandwiches of just about every variety you can imagine. The BB is very inexpensive and Stalvey's is moderately priced as well. Good food. Their son owns Jimbo's in Porterdale, in the renovated mill complex. Food is good at all of the above. Not sure of the hours although BB will be open for sure. The first two are on 278, about a mile from each other.

Let us now how FV is. It looks like it's just a store on the highway. I've never stopped.

The Blue Willow is good but can be pricey. They had another diner style restaurant behind it but I've not eaten there.

If you go to MHS first, you can come through Conyers. A lot of options there including Piccadilly and a good Thai restaurant. There are two Thai restaurants in Covington. Both are good. Bangkok Grill is on 278 across from Longhorn's and Treasure Thai is on the courthouse square on the corner. There's a nice art co-op across the street that nice to wander through. Scoops is on an opposite corner if you want ice cream.

Drive along Floyd and Conyers streets (parallel to each other, off the courthouse square) to see beautiful antebellum homes.

One last thought - if you want to step decades back in time to a family owned diner that hasn't changed in decades, go see Mr. Hamm and his family at the Town House Café. Good food, great folks and if Mr. Hamm has made a cake or a pie, order it. Best desserts ever. If you aren't hungry for it then, take a slice home. He only bakes one or the other and there's no schedule (that I know of). You may have seen his restaurant in a Tyler Perry movie. Seriously, like walking back in time to good food made by one of the nicest men on this earth.

Address: 1145 Washington St SW, Covington, GA 30014

Phone:(770) 787-2788

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3. Re: lunch for day trip to Holy Spirit Monastery and Fox Vineyard

Thanks!

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4. Re: lunch for day trip to Holy Spirit Monastery and Fox Vineyard

Wow. Great post!!

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5. Re: lunch for day trip to Holy Spirit Monastery and Fox Vineyard

The Town House Café sounded great. We called before driving over as it was the day after Christmas. No one answered so we assumed it was closed. Second choice was Blue Willow, but their last seating was at 2:30 and we weren't able to get over there in time, so we ended up at Hot Rod's, the diner you referred to behind the Blue Willow, but no longer owned by them. It was a good choice, done up as a 1950's style diner with a rock n roll theme and a live juke box where the selections are free. They serve burgers, hot dogs, great malts and milkshakes and it was less than 10 minutes from Fox Vineyards.

You're right about FV. It's in a small,nondescript building just off the road. Although they specialize in growing native Georgia grapes like muscadines and scuppernongs , they also make rieslings, merlots, cabernets and other wines. There's a tasting area, where samples are free to groups smaller than 8. We met with the vintner, Brian, who was not only very knowledgeable, but entertaining in his descriptions of the various wines they produce. Generous, too, as we sampled as many as 7 or 8 different products. It was definitely worth the effort to drive out there and because of Brian's presentation, we left with several bottles of both their sweet and dry wines.

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