The other day I came into the office to find two lovely brochures on my desk for the South Eden Plantation, which is conveniently located just down the road in the town of Thomasville, GA. I was, of course, curious about this lovely little place that I had never heard of as well as to who put the information for said place on my desk. Some minor detective work later, I found out it was my boss. He figured, correctly, that I’d have the most interest and would likely be interested in checking it out to see if it would be something we could host company events at. So course, diligent employee that I am, I checked the place out online and then dragged Andy with me to try out one of the three restaurants they have on site.
Of the three, Cream of the Crop was the most casual and well…inexpensive option. Not that I am opposed to spending a little more occasionally for an amazing meal, but I rarely go into those situations without a little research or a recommendation from a friend. Located just off the winding drive, as you can see they were starting to set up for their 4th of July event.
Plenty of outdoor seating so patrons can enjoy the live music they have on Saturday nights as well as bask in the southern charm of the main house and the plantation grounds. If you look to the back, past the tables, you can see the some of the stables, part of which is being converted into a yoga studio.There are two other sets of stables around the property, and they house both Gypsy Horses and Shetland Ponies.
The inside of the restaurant was lovely with exposed beams and lots of brickwork. It also was blessedly cool, which was a much needed relief from the humid summer day outside. They were just opening as we got there, and the staff was friendly and welcoming, setting us up with beverage,s and getting us seated while they finished getting prepped for the day.
We started off with salmon crustini and house made hummus. Both were delicious and perfect for the weather. The hummus was my favorite, perfectly smooth with a hint of cumin, paired with grilled bread? So good!
We went a little further down the carb-tastic rabbit hole and opted for paninis. Four cheese for me and the Turkey Trot (turkey, smoked gouda and apple butter) for Andy. I also got the broccoli salad, and I could eat that stuff for the rest of the summer and be a very happy girl.
Since they were running tours of the property that day Andy and I decided to hang out until the next one started. We chatted with the staff and found out about all of the wonderful desserts they made on the premises. Everything from gelato and tiramisu to southern classics like pecan pie and red velvet cake. We were feeling a little stuffed at this point, even more so after they gave us some gelato samples, so we opted for dessert to go.
Truly a wonderful place. The food was good, the restaurant was charming and rustic, and the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We will, without a doubt be coming back to this little gem with friends and family in tow.