The National Junior Swine Association kicks off the new year with the Southeast Regional in Perry, Georgia this week. With a record number of entries, an abundance of trailers will be making their way to the peach state. Luckily if you are looking for places to check out beyond the barn, our team has you covered.
Lickin Good Donuts
We suggest stopping at Lickin Good Donuts in the morning on your way to the fairgrounds. Their donuts are made from scratch daily. With a variety of flavors, you are certain to find one (or ten) to satisfy your tastebuds.
Stock show families run on caffeine. Bodega Brew can help with that! Delicious coffee sourced from a local roaster and baked goods to pair with it! On top of that, Bodega Brew is open late—fueling you for a long night in the show ring. If you visit after 5 pm they have a dinner menu and craft beer and wine, for those over 21 to enjoy.
Yum! If you have been to Perry and haven’t tried The Swanson—what are you waiting for? Comfort food at a reasonable price in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. The restaurant is located in the middle of downtown Perry in a house over 200 years old. As for what to order, The Swanson is known for white tablecloths, charming ambience, fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, and delicious little biscuits.” We also recommend the bread pudding for dessert!
Historic Downtown Perry
After your belly is full from The Swanson, walk over to the main downtown Perry strip. There are tons of locally owned shops. You will find everything from handmade soap to your new favorite outfit.
Yoder’s Sandwich Shoppe
Yoder’s Sandwich Shoppe is a delectable, local lunch spot. With an abundance of sandwich options, you are sure to find a new favorite!
The Oil Lamp
Cafeteria-style. Daily Specials. Delicious pie. Swing by the Oil Lamp Restaurant for a taste of hometown goodness. Follow their Facebook page to see what they are serving all week!
Props Steak and Seafood
Just a short 15-minute drive from Perry you will find Props Steak and Seafood! Great food with a neat atmosphere. Food for kids and adults. Seafood, steak, pasta, they have it all. Just looking at the menu will make your mouth water.
We’re not a fan of listing chain restaurants in our Beyond the Barn blogs because they are focused on finding hidden gems. BUT we are making an exception for Chick-Fil-A because their headquarters are just outside Atlanta, meaning there is a Chick-Fil-A in every corner of Georgia, and if you haven’t tried it yet—you need to. Lather any of their dishes in their specialty Chick-Fil-A sauce and it tastes like heaven.