Restaurant Report Card: On the road to Rutledge, Madison, Athens - CBS46 News

Restaurant Report Card: On the road to Rutledge, Madison, Athens

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If you're looking for a quick, in-state getaway where you can enjoy some amazing food here's something that will whet your appetite.

CBS46 took its exclusive Restaurant Report Card on the road and headed east towards some of Georgia's best bed and breakfast communities. There we visited Hard Labor Creek State Park in the small city of Rutledge. Its historic section hasn't changed since the railroad days of the 1800s.

For lunch we dropped by The Caboose at 102 West Main Street, a unique restaurant inside a 1910 cable car that was converted into a caboose for World War II and now it's a great deli. Plus, they got an "A" on their health inspection.

Back on the road, our travels took us to Madison, a city filled with antebellum homes and museums.

It also has Town 220, run by a French chef. The restaurant is at located at 220 West Washington Street inside an old cotton gin warehouse and has been remodeled to perfection. It's open five days a week serving delicious steaks, seafood and pasta. Plus, it scored an "A" on a recent health inspection.

Even if you're not a University of Georgia Bulldog fan the fifth largest city in Georgia is still worth visiting. Athens has preserved many of its historic neighborhoods and landmarks and has a thriving night and music scene. REM and the B-52s are from Athens.

Plus, the classic city has one of the best sandwich shops in the state. Groucho's Deli at 396 Baxter Street serves hot sandwiches with their famous formula 45 dipping sauce. The STP-Dipper is by far the most popular sandwich for just under $7. It comes with fresh roast beef, turkey, melted cheese and tasty bacon bits.  Groucho's also scored an "A" on their health inspection. 

Just up the road in Athens, we found another local favorite. Last Resort Grill in Downtown Athens at 174-184 West Clayton Street has been around for 22 years. There you can enjoy the tuna salad, fried green tomato sandwich, vegetable grilled pasta and BLT salad. Plus, all of the items are under $10.

Click here to find out how your favorite restaurant scored and be sure to watch the Restaurant Report Card every Thursday at 11 p.m.

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