Memphis is a long way to go for lunch.
When I say Memphis it really means Madison, and when I say lunch it really means a Mahi sandwich. Madison feels so far away that you may as well be going to Memphis. (I may be exaggerating.) Two friends had been raving about this particular sandwich at Georgia Blue for so long, I needed to get my hands on it as soon as possible.
My friends and I broke free for lunch one day, jumped on I-55 north and veered off on highway 463. Georgia Blue is in a strip mall which conjured up images of glorified bar food, heavy on the burgers. Instead it’s a fairly laid back, comfortable atmosphere serving a range of dishes with a Southern twist.
We stepped into a bustling dining room and slid into a booth near the stage (on the weekends they have live music). Although I didn’t need to look at the menu, I surveyed the options and was nearly distracted from my mission by a plate of Chicken and Dumplings passing by.
Keeping in Southern tradition, they offer blue plate specials every day except Saturday which includes a meat, three vegetables, bread and drink for $10 during the week, $15 on Sundays.
Sticking to the task at hand, I ordered the Mahi sandwich with home-style french fries. My friends got the same thing but choose the hand cut sweet potato fries and the house made potato chips. Thankfully they were willing to share, so I got to taste all three starchy sides.
The sandwiches were delivered in baskets molded out of license plates, laid on Georgia Blue liners and we ate on a Georgia Blue branded table. The mahi was thick and nicely grilled. It was a tad dry which was masked by the creamy avocado and remoulade sauce, I asked for extra on the side. The french fries were nothing new, the sweet potato fries (similar to Walker’s) were great, and the real winner were the thick, crispy chips.
I’d like to try one of those blue plates, the Gorgonzola Chips or their version of Shrimp and Grits. Between the variety of options, drink specials and entertainment on the weekends, it would be easy to make Georgia Blue your regular neighborhood haunt. This was no ordinary bar food and a whole heck of a lot closer than Georgia, or Memphis for that matter.