It’s likely you’ve planned your weekend trip to Madison to include re-tracing the footsteps of General Sherman’s Union Soldiers. That, or you will surely work up an appetite if hours of antiquing and boutique-ing in Madison’s downtown shops is on your agenda. Whatever the case, we have just the meal for you! This town has no shortage of unique eateries and charming restaurants, so take a peek at our “foodie finds” itinerary to get some ideas on where to enjoy some of the plates our locals love!
Breakfast: Farmview Market
As you roll into town, stopping at Farmview Market is an absolute must. Our recommendation on the menu: the strawberry French toast or the summer scramble if you’re looking for something light! Serving as both a grocery store and an amazing farm-to-table café, make sure you take some time to shop around for Georgia grown goods and locally crafted products after your breakfast.
Note: After driving into downtown and admiring all of the gorgeous antebellum homes along the way, swing by the welcome center (located here) to chat with a Madison expert and create a game plan for your weekend. Here you will find information about places to stay, a free audio walking tour app, and all of the countless museums and attractions Madison has to offer.
Lunch: Amici Livery
A long-time local favorite in a new location, Amici Livery serves up amazing ambience and some killer pizza. If the weather is nice, snag a seat on the patio and try out some craft beer brewed on site and the seared ahi tuna flat bread. For that perfect ‘pizza and beer’ combo, the margherita pizza never disappoints!
A trip to Madison wouldn’t be complete without a pit-stop at Scoops! A double scoop of Pralines and Cream or Raspberry chip will do the trick to cool you off. If you’re lucky, you might be able to get your treat off of the ice cream truck. Listen for the music!
Dinner: Mint Juleps Kitchen
After an adventurous day of touring historic homes and exploring the downtown shops, make your way to Mint Juleps Kitchen, an eclectic eatery with a lounge-y feel. Everything on the menu is phenomenal, but the roasted duck breast is the perfect compliment to the obligatory mint julep.
Breakfast: Perk Avenue
Start your Saturday off right by paying a visit to our go-to coffee shop in Madison: Jolene’s Perk Avenue Café located on the corner on Main and Washington. Order a beverage and blend right in as you link up to the free wifi and watch the Madisonians mingle! We highly recommend pairing one of Jolene’s homemade cinnamon buns or other sweets with your cup of Joe.
Lunch: Madison Produce Co.
Head on over to Madison Produce Company for lunch, which houses an expansive array of locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey, and more as well as a tasty deli. Grab a Burnin’ Sherman sandwich, a vintage-style soda, and a fresh peach to go and walk a block over to Town Park to dine alfresco!
Dinner: Town 220 Restaurant
You cannot miss Town 220 Restaurant for your Saturday dinner, located directly behind the James Madison Inn. With a little more of an upscale vibe, the ambience here is impeccable as you dine amongst beautiful artwork in an industrial style building. Anything you choose off of their menu will be delicious, but people usually rave about the wild mushroom soup and the fresh seafood dishes.
Brunch: The Caboose
On your last day, adventure a little further to our neighboring (and just as charming!) town of Rutledge. Here you can enjoy a delicious Sunday, southern brunch at The Caboose (that’s right…an old train car), or dine in an old bank at Yesterday’s Cafe where the biscuits and gravy are sure to hit the spot. Wander past the infamous ‘stop barrel’ into the park, the charming shops around the square, and explore the historic homes. While there, be sure not to miss out on Hard Labor Creek State Park for hiking, fishing, boating, and more!
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