the old clayton inn restaurant is located in the lobby of the old clayton inn in downtown clayton. they offer southern cuisine at moderate prices. for lunch you can order off the menu or try their buffet. a good dining value in clayton.
the dillard house is a famous north georgia restaurant and inn. the original dillard house dates back to 1910. many famous people have dined at the dillard house including thomas edison, henry ford, walt disney, and president jimmy carter. the dillard house offers southern and appalachain cuisine served family style. the lunch and diner menu is prix fixe and lunch runs about $ 16 excluding beer and wine. when in the clayton area the dillard house is well worth a visit.
Out in back of the restaurant there is a hillside pasture with goats and horses in it. Children are allowed to feed the animals, (after they have eaten their own vegetables, of course!)
The restaurant also has a garden to the side. There are many blooming plants and statues and a pond with running water. Hummingbird feeders are hung all over, and they get plenty of visitors.
We always manage to show up right at sunset, when the mountain air is just beginning to get chilled, and the critters are settling down for the night. It is a magical time!
Favorite Dish: The menu varies from day to day, but on the weekend they always have fried chicken and fried quail. The waitress brings a basket of rolls and cornbread with butter and jelly to the table, along with the drinks (served in mason jars). A few minutes later, the food comes...bowl after bowl of fresh cooked vegetables and the fried chicken and quail.