When One Fabulous Mama sent out an all call to her friends for good eats in McDonough last Friday night, they responded with a list about a mile long of their favorite places to belly up and chow down. I was most intrigued by the sound of Chevy's Diner which sits just off the square in historic downtown McDonough. I'm a big fan of historic downtown anywhere, so I was already sold before we even got there, y'all. Really, my favorite part about living in Georgia these past ten years has been getting to know communities by how they treat their squares. McDonough is doing just fine, I'm happy to report.
A word about Chevy's on Facebook...
Let me stop right here and tell y'all that Chevy's has a command of using social marketing to bring folks into their restaurant. I went straight to their Facebook page on Friday afternoon where they were interacting with their 3,000 plus fans and running a giveaway for FREE desserts and TWO FREE ENTREES! The owners, Neil and Erica Daniell, just get how people love, love, love a giveaway. I know I thought they were awesome sauce before I even looked at the menu which is also on their Facebook page. Seriously. These folks got it goin' on.
Do you remember when, we used to sing?
We drove up Macon Street where Chevy's is located and couldn't find a parking spot anywhere. I could see that the place was hoppin', with the band already cranked up and playing my song. My song is really any number of tunes, but at that moment it was "Brown Eyed Girl." Yeah, I know I have witchy green eyes and all, but Mr. OFM used to rock out "Brown Eyed Girl" with his band in college and he'd always look over at me and mouth, "And you my green eyed girl" during the sets. See? Isn't that romantic? Sha la la, la la,la la, la la, l-la te da... Anyway, we parked clear across the square which wasn't a bad little walk at all and then, had about a 15 minute wait once we walked in the door. The wait staff offered drinks and kept us posted on the wait time. Meanwhile, the band was playing in the next room and we got to really check out the menu and the awesome sauce decor. I am failing as a parent because the little-Little kept asking who the people in the pictures were. Chevy's is just filled with stars from bygone days, the really cool bygone days of the 50s.
"So, all of these people are dead? What kind of place is this?"
We were seated in what I think is the front dining room by the ice cream bar. The music was going on in the next room and was plenty loud enough to enjoy. I knew we'd end up checking out the band before we left though. The Teenager is all about some live music and the owner told us that the bass player was from Collective Soul, so I knew we'd have to sit awhile a listen. It's worth mentioning here that once we got seated, everyone was able to connect to Chevy's wi-fi with no problems. The Teenager had Georgia Honors Program the very next morning, so we were all in help mode with that, going over information that made my head hurt. I was thankful Chevy's had wi-fi for us.We started off with fried pickle spears and chili cheese fries. The chili cheese fries were totally for the kids. I mean, I won't say no to them, but I knew I wanted to try fried pickle spears. I'm kinda a connoisseur of fried pickles, y'all, but I've only ever had fried pickle slices. Frank's Seafood Restaurant does those up right (and by right, I mean, they're the very best in town), but a spear? How on earth could a fried pickle spear be as yummy-ness as a fried pickle slice?
Um, yeah. Turns out, fried pickle spears are a different kind of yummy-ness altogether. Crispy, tart, dipped in ranch dressing and totally flippin' delicious. This is what happened after about 3 minutes...
Despite having a packed house, our food arrived quickly and just as it should. No mistakes and everything looked good. The Littles had chicken strips (one tossed in buffalo sauce) and the kids' hot dog. Mr. OFM had a chili cheese dog and he was super happy with it. The older Littles couldn't finish their generous portions. The little-Little was so happy with the yummy fries. Neil says that the only other place that serves those fries is a Red Robin way on the other side of the ATL, so I think he's on to something there.
I had Old Blue Eyes. Now, let me tell you something about me and stinky cheeseburgers. I stinkin' love them. Give me some feta, some gorgonzola, or bleu cheese and I'm happy. Old Blue Eyes was a gigantic, homemade burger with two pieces of thick sliced bacon, and a mess of melted bleu cheese crumbles. When I say this is the best stinky cheeseburger I've ever had, I mean it and, y'all, that's saying something. I could only get through half of the burger, but anticipated having the rest of it for lunch the next day. I also tried the homemade chips in place of the fries. Score on that. Those things are ah-may-zing. None of us had room for dessert, but I did enjoy a root beer float with dinner. Hand dipped Blue Bell ice cream made that sucker a real treat. Yes, I shared with the Littles, but I did so begrudgingly, I assure you.
We spent $66.26 with tax and before tip. We had an awesome server named Caroline who works hard for the money at three jobs, y'all. While I suspect all the servers are efficient, friendly, and fabulous, y'all ask for Caroline when you go into Chevy's. She'll treat you right. We ordered two appetizers, five drinks (one of which was that root beer float), four adult entrees, and one child's entree. It was a very fair price for great food. A value, that's for sure. What I liked more than the food (and seriously, y'all, the food rocks) was the awesome decor, the friendly owner, and the overall feel of the place. Chevy's is a fun place for families, a hip place for friends, a cool date night- I just can't think of a better place to eat, drink, and be merry. You can see, feel, hear, and taste that a ton of thought and love went into making Chevy's what it is. McDonough is lucky to have this restaurant and my family will be going back for more. I mean, I need to be able to tell y'all about the pie and beer floats, right? Peace, B.
A parting word about the band...
I love when a restaurant provides live music and the band playing at Chevy's Diner was just wonderful. They are Shoulderbone Creek Orchestra and we heard plenty of awesome covers that made us want to sit awhile and have a beer or two. Y'all check these talented guys out every Friday night at Chevy's.
Chevy's Diner is located at 45 Macon Street, McDonough, GA, 30253. Their phone number is 678.583.8777.
Their hours are
Mon - Thu:11:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat:11:00 am-10:00 pm
Sun:11:00 am-3:00 pm
Casual dining, entrees range under $10.
The 50s Never Tasted Better at this Top 5 Burger place!
Neil and Erica Daniell, owners and Pam Mehaffey, general manager
Be sure to tell them One Fabulous Mama sent you!