The Perfect Bainbridge Day

Posted on 01 May 2019

You’ve already explored all the finest dining and entertaining in Tallahassee and Thomasville, but have you ever taken the time to settle in and explore the historic town of Bainbridge? If you haven’t, don’t worry. We’ve already created an itinerary for all the must do’s and sees, even if you’re only here for 24 hours.

9 a.m.- It’s your first morning here and your stomach is craving a good Southern breakfast. Our go to is Betty’s Cafeteria or The Bean Café. If you plan to go to Betty’s Cafeteria, be prepared to see all the movers and shakers of the town, as it’s been open since 5 a.m. You’re bound to run into someone who dines there daily and enjoys every minute of it. My personal recommendation is the bacon biscuit with a side of cheese grits and toast. But, I’ve heard great things about the breakfast Betty Burger, which is ham, egg and cheese on a grilled bun. If you’re looking for something a bit different, check out the Bean Café on the square. The Bean is our version of Starbucks, complete with croissants and muffins and hand-roasted coffee. My recommendation is the Mona Lisa, it’s a chilled drink, but it always does the trick and gets me energized for my day. On your way out, don’t pass up the made from scratch fudge. I prefer the original, but the cookies and cream is undeniably excellent.

10 a.m.- Head on over to downtown’s historic Willis Park. If you’re lucky, it’ll be a brown bag lunch series and you can see the high school band perform a song, while you sit down and take it all in. You can check out the historic cannon and some of the monuments that commemorate our governor, Samuel Marvin Griffin. You can also view our Veteran’s Memorial and leave flowers for our men of service we have lost. After viewing some of our history, feel free to feed the fish, take pictures in front of the historic live oak tree or even grab a book from the Rotary library mailbox at the edge of the square. The box allows residents to place some of their favorite reads in there in exchange for a book they haven’t read yet. You may just find a new must- read. Keeping with the history, visit our historical museum right there on the square. You can find old Bainbridge High School dance line uniforms, pictures, letters, and reconstructed memorabilia from any time period.

12 p.m.- Your stomach is grumbling again, but not for long with lunch choices like these. If you want to stay in the square, check out Isaac’s Bakery. It’s locally owned and has a soup of the day that is sure to suit your fancy. The chicken melt sandwich is to die for; it must be the Boar’s Head honey mustard. If you’re in the mood to venture off from downtown, Bonnie Blue House is just a short drive down the road. Another locally owned gem, they have everything from fish to hamburgers. Start off with the buffalo chicken dip and then dive into my favorite the Southern Burger. It’s a hamburger filled with BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon and crisp onion straws.  If you’re not in the mood for a burger, the firecracker shrimp tacos are highly recommended. Every dinner date I’ve ever been on, someone is guaranteed to order them and not a bite will be left in sight.

1 p.m.- Feeling full of energy after a great meal, you’re ready to hit the shops. If you’re already in the square, you’re surrounded by some awesome locally owned businesses. Reeve’s is a great place to start. You can find home décor, baby gifts or graduation gifts and everything in between. Right across the street is Bella’s Boutique, where you can find the latest trends for men and women. However, if you’re more interested in the outdoor lifestyle, make sure you check out Flint River Outfitters. They have everything imaginable for the outdoorsman from camo to fishing rods. If you opted for Bonnie Blue House, you’re in luck. Right next-door is Vivie Kat. They have clothing and accessories for women and toddlers and all the ages in between. In addition to that, they can monogram anything you have in mind.

3 p.m.- After shopping and enjoying the finer things life has to offer, check out the artwork in the Firehouse Arts Gallery. The artwork is constantly changing; it ranges from student work to exhibits from traveling artists or local artists who are members of the artists’ guild. The talent that can be seen in the various galleries is unmatched and there’s no doubt you’ll be amazed by the creativity and imagination behind all the pieces inside.

7 p.m.- You’ve had a long day of exploring, so hopefully you’ve been able to rest and are now ready to enjoy a meal that’ll blow you away right in the heart of downtown. The American is one of Bainbridge’s newest additions and offers new spins on old classics. They are known for their heirloom tomato pie, which has been named in various magazines as dishes locals love. It’s one you can’t miss out on. However, there is nothing you can go wrong with. The Hungry Goat is a very popular salad, complete with fried goat cheese. It makes me think I could go vegetarian, if I knew salads were this good. I also personally recommend the cornbread-fried chicken with the Parmesan potatoes and a glass of Frisk Prickly to pair with it. If you’re stomach isn’t bursting, make sure to try the goat cheesecake for dessert. You won’t regret it.

9 p.m.- It’s the final hours of the Bainbridge bucket list day, you’ve dined, shopped, seen the history and now it’s time to let your hair down. Right around the corner from the square is Clay Street Sports Bar. It’s one of our only watering holes, but not for long. Southern Philosophy Brewing is set to open soon, but until then this is the hangout for all the locals. You can settle in with them and play a game of pool or darts. If you’re just looking to kick back and reminisce on the day, they have a covered patio strung with lights outside that makes for a great place to talk and just take in the activities of the day one last time.

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