Georgia's beautiful and varying landscape of mountains, beaches and cities have long been used as backdrops for many popular films and TV shows. As the characters go through their plot lines, many beloved Georgia eateries also have made their debuts on screen.
Here are some places to eat in Georgia that have famous movie and TV connections. Pick your favorite and relive scenes with your "culinary love interest."
Whistle Stop Café, Juliette
The Whistle Stop Café is known for the major role it played in the 1991 film "Fried Green Tomatoes." After filming the movie, the building in Juliette was transformed into a real café and is popular for serving up the best Southern cooking in the town of Juliette. The most popular dish ordered by movie fans and locals alike: fried green tomatoes from the "Original Whistle Stop Cafe."
The Waking Dead Café, Senoia
This is a "must-visit" for all fans of "The Walking Dead" TV series. Modeled after the fictitious Woodbury Shoppe, The Waking Dead Café in Senoia contains cell doors, a re-creation of the prison buildings in Season 3, and hints of the road to Terminus. Enjoy a signature cup of coffee while reliving the zombie apocalypse.
Mystic Grill, Covington
Aficionados of the hit TV series "The Vampire Diaries" will be happy to learn that Mystic Grill, the main hangout for the show’s characters in the fictional Mystic Falls, is real. The popularity of the television show inspired the onscreen restaurant to come to life in Covington.
The Celtic Tavern, Conyers
The Celtic Tavern, located in the heart of Olde Town Conyers, serves as the home of Gillespie's Pub featured on The CW's "The Originals." Reminisce over the numerous scenes that have been filmed at the Irish Pub establishment while grabbing a quick "bite" or enjoying some nightly entertainment with a full bar selection.
Celebrity Favorites in Atlanta
While you’re visiting your favorite film-inspired restaurants, take a trip to Atlanta for some "A-List" star sightings.
Giovanni Di Palma’s adjacent restaurants Antico Pizza and Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano have drawn such celebrities as Drew Barrymore, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Chris Rock, Ryan Reynolds and Being Mary Jane’s Gabrielle Union.
If you’re interested in dining with Academy Award winners like Denzel Washington, then STK is the place for you. This steakhouse is also popular with action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger and reality stars Kim Kardashian and Atlanta Housewives alum NeNe Leakes.
South City Kitchen Midtown is famous for its buttermilk fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and being a favorite hangout for stars like Cameron Diaz, Charles Barkley, Usher, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Paul Rudd, Clint Eastwood, Warrick Dunn, Jazze Pha, Tom Hanks and comedian Wanda Sykes.