I followed Georgia’s Northside on social media long before I ever had the chance to eat there. Their relentless Facebook updates, full of gorgeous looking fresh food, and an ever changing series of daily specials made me seek them out on my very next opportunity to get up to Concord. Chef Alan has a very obvious passion for fresh comfort food with a bit of a zing of southern flavors. The menu feels energetic and comforting at the same time.
On any given day you might discover some Southern tastes like Nashville hot fried chicken, or a Louisiana Po Boy, or Texas brisket. Other times there are New York classics like pastrami, reubens or NY Chopped Cheese. And yet other times it goes international with Bahn Mi sandwiches, or a Cuban, or something Italian like prosciutto and burrata. It really kind of feels like a stream of consciousness menu from the Chef. Whatever he feels like makes the daily menu, and it’s always interesting!
We visited in April 2021, at a time when Georgia’s was doing outdoor pickup only. They have a great online ordering system, and it’s easy to place your order right from your phone. Which we did, right in their parking lot. As we sat there we realized that Dave’s grandmother lived in the house just a couple of doors down from Georgia’s on North State Street, and where his dad grew up.
The wait was about 30 minutes before we could approach the front door which was blocked off from entering the restaurant. Right on time, our order appeared in a bag on the bench out front. We headed back to the car where my husband and I ate. It’s a long way back home to Goffstown, and everything would have been nearly cold by the time we got home.
Please forgive the car photos. It’s hard to style the food like I normally would while trying to fit things between the steering wheel and the gear shift.
Dave and I ordered two items from the every day sandwich menu. These come with your choice of side: pasta salad, potato salad, coleslaw, mixed greens, or fries.
Big Smack Burger
I ordered the Big Smack which is their classic double cheeseburger. It’s a good one! Everything is on point and perfectly cooked. The patties are a handmade blend of brisket, sirloin and short rib, and it comes with special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame bun. But you know what was even better? The potato salad! Now that was excellent. It’s pretty hard to find good potato salad in New England (i.e. that’s not drowned in mayo) and they nailed it.
My eyes were bigger than my stomach in this case, and this is a very large burger. I have a pretty big appetite, and I have to say I would have been completely satisfied with just the “Lil Smack” version of this. Wear your stretchy pants for this one!
Fried Chicken Sandwich
Dave tried the Classic Fried Chicken sandwich as a good baseline for comparison. He ordered fries for his side, which were good and fresh, but he was really jealous of my potato salad which he also loved! Luckily I had ordered the Creole Remoulade to try, and it was perfect for fry dippin’. I highly recommend trying one or two of the optional homemade sauces for additional cost. They are fantastic! I mentioned the creole, but there’s also things like Secret Sauce, Parmesan Peppercorn Ranch, Maple Mustard, Smoked Jalapeno Mustard, etc. Fun flavors!
Desserts at Georgia’s Northside are offered but they’re definitely only an accompaniment to the main courses. The dessert changes daily and may include some good southern recipes like a red velvet cake or a peanut butter pie, but very frequently the chocolate pudding is what’s offered so I gave it a try. Delicious! It has a very light chocolatey taste kind of like a Wendy’s Frosty, but way better. It’s almost like a mousse, and at $6.00, it’s a very large portion. To share! Or not…..
394 State Street
Concord, NH 03301
11am-7pm, closed Mon and Tues
I believe they are takeout only at this time.
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