If you are not familiar with Thomasville, Georgia, you should definitely do something about that. Thomasville is a designated Main Street USA community that boasts a historical past, beautiful Victorian homes, and an adorable downtown. Everyone is friendly and the town grows on you in no time. For me, Jonah’s Fish & Grits makes it even more desirable.
Jonah’s Fish & Grits
One of the best-known names in Thomasville is also one of my favorite restaurants in the South: Jonah’s Fish & Grits. I first encountered it after hopping off the interstate for food while traveling from Nashville to Florida. My meal, the service, and overall experience were so great that four years later, Jonah’s Fish & Grits took me back to vacation in Thomasville. That is the power of food—I’ve now been there five times!
(this article was originally published May 2017, but updated April 2020)
Sinking My Teeth Into Southern Delights
My daughter (Taylor) and I ate our first dinner at Jonah’s Fish & Grits a few years ago. The restaurant was quite busy for a weekday evening, but that seems to be the norm here. We studied the menu while munching on the hush puppies that are complementary to each table.
Jonah’s Fish & Grits hush puppies are not your typical “throw a ball of fried dough on the plate” kind of side item, but a well thought out puffy and airy creation of deep-fried goodness. They pair wonderfully with the house-made honey butter. While they wouldn’t share the recipe, trust me in saying they are amazing.
Taylor and I polished off an order of Jonah’s Cyclone Shrimp before dinner. The big, fat shrimp are slathered with a spicy citrus aioli sauce and taste better than other variations I’ve had other places. I also had a cup of Jonah’s Grouper Chowder, full of chunky fish pieces with bacon and potatoes bathed in a rich cream sherry base. It was superb!
Picture Perfect Plates from Jonah’s Fish & Grits
Our entrees arrived looking picture-perfect, with Taylor’s Fried Jumbo Shrimp cooked to a beautiful golden brown color, and not one bit greasy. Jonah’s remoulade and pineapple-infused traditional cocktail dipping sauces were the perfect accompaniment. She chose French fries and grilled Parmesan vegetables for her side items and loved every bite.
I picked Jonah’s special-of-the-day, Cajun Shrimp & Grits, served with vegetables. The cajun-dusted shrimp atop ooey-gooey white cheddar grits and a buttery, creamy sauce did not disappoint. It was one of the best shrimp dishes that I had ever eaten. Half-moon slices of roasted zucchini and squash gave the sauce a unique touch. I am convinced that Georgia has the best shrimp and grits in the whole country, and Jonah’s Fish & Grits is on top of the leaderboard.
Save room for dessert because you will not want to miss Jonah’s Creme Brûlée and Key Lime Pie. They are the right size to satisfy your sweet tooth.
On other visits to Jonah’s, I’ve tried the Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken (10/10 yummy!), the Harvest Salad (with fruit and praline pecans), the Blackened Grouper Tasso (prepare yourself for a pure deliciousness), and Crab Cakes (done just right). I even made a Midwesterner friend a grits fan with Jonah’s white cheddar cheese grits, not an easy task. You won’t want to miss the Fried Green Tomatoes appetizer, either.
Sample It for Yourself
People across the country are talking about Jonah’s Shrimp & Grits after it was featured on Georgia’s 100 Plates Locals Love list for the second year in a row. I can attest that Jonah’s serves incredible Shrimp & Grits, but don’t take my word for it. Visit Thomasville, Georgia, and try Jonah’s Fish & Grits for yourself!
Jonah’s Fish & Grits
109 E Jackson Street, Thomasville, GA
Thank you to Jonah’s Fish and Grits and the Thomasville CVB for hosting our dinner. As with all reviews, opinions are 100% our own and unbiased.
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