ATLANTA - “Hidden Gems” Week: Good Day Explores Georgia’s State Parks : It’s the 85th anniversary of the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites system – and to celebrate, Good Day Atlanta is going on a week-long tour of some of our area’s most beautiful and unique attractions.
Right now, Georgia State Parks is encouraging visitors to go on a “treasure hunt” – searching for the Hidden Gems of Georgia. There’s a complete list of the “hidden gems” on the Georgia State Parks website, and it includes the Prohibition-era moonshine truck at Amicalola Falls State Park (in Dawsonville), the little-known cemeteries at Panola Mountain State Park (in Stockbridge), and the hidden homesteads at Red Top Mountain State Park (in Acworth). Many of these “gems” are unknown to even frequent State Park visitors, and some exist on little-traveled trails that are easy to overlook.
Good Day Atlanta’s Paul Milliken is spending the entire week searching for some of these Hidden Gems of Georgia. Be sure to follow along on Good Day Atlanta, and on his Facebook and Twitter pages! And here’s a list of Paul’s stops for the week:
Monday: Amicalola Falls State Park
Tuesday: Panola Mountain State Park
Wednesday: Indian Springs State Park
Thursday: Red Top Mountain State Park
Friday: New Echota Historic Site
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Burgers With Buck : In a cool brick building on the corner of Roswell and Atlanta Streets on the Historic Marietta Square you'll find the best fried chicken in town, according to the Taste of Marietta. For the last two years, The Marietta Local has received the "Big Chicken" award which goes to the restaurant that serves the best fried chicken in Marietta. Now that's high praise in this part of town. Trust me, they don't take an award named after the iconic Cobb County landmark, lightly.
It would be easy to go to the restaurant affectionately known as simply 'the Local', and feature the award fried chicken, but that would be a different segment (I'm thinking #BirdWithBuck or #CluckWithBuck). At #BurgersWithBuck, burgers is what we do. And The Marietta Local does a pretty good one.
It is a spinoff of their popular Meatloaf Sandwich, and it's called quite simply, the Meatloaf Burger. It is made with Certified Angus beef, and topped with fried green tomatoes, mixed greens, house made jalapeno pimento cheese, and their top secret tangy tomato sauce.
It's probably not easy to be a burger in a restaurant so well known for its fried chicken, but the Meatloaf Burger has the moxie to pull off the feat. With the jalapeno pimento cheese, there's a kick to it, but it's not too much. When you combine it with the crunch of the fried green tomatoes, the flavor of the meatloaf, and the top secret tangy sauce, you get another great menu option. I mean the fried chicken is great, but it's been said that variety is the spice of life. Although I think I could make the case that the top secret, tangy tomato sauce is actually the spice of life.
Anyway, they are open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. And they also cater for events big and small (don't get me started on their biscuit bar). For more information on The Marietta Local go to their website, http://www.themariettalocal.com/home.html.
And, as always, if you have a favorite burger that you would like to see featured on, tell me about it on https://www.facebook.com/BuckFOX5 or https://twitter.com/BuckFOX5, and don't forget to use the hashtag #BurgersWithBuck and/or #BWB.