Named conveniently after its prime location in downtown Valdosta, 306 North offers a casual dining experience with a nice selection of locally influenced fare. 306 North is on North Patterson Street in downtown Valdosta and shares a parking lot with its sister restaurant Covingtons Dining and Catering.
Often touted to as the best restaurant in town, locals often favor it for anniversaries and other special occasions. The restaurant promotes itself as southern sophistication meets casual dining. Executive Chef Lee Haney is a well-known local resident born and raised down the road in Quitman who expertly puts an upscale spin on old southern favorites. His sumptuous creations are evocative of fine dinning establishments only found in Atlanta and Jacksonville and include items such as: Herb-crusted prime rib, red wine braised rabbit, cornmeal crusted oysters, trufffled crispy sweet potato fries, watermelon-mint margaritas, and local strawberry goat cheese tart.
306 North is certainly a fine dining experience but tries hard to attract a wider customer base through special events, live music nights, and specially priced meals. The restaurant hosts wine tastings every second Tuesday of the month between 5-7pm. $10 buys you tastings from the 306 North wine collection and specially prepared hor d’ourves prepared by Chef Haney.
Although the evening menu is a bit pricy you can still enjoy a great meal for a great price by taking advantage of the lunch menu and early bird specials. The lunch menu has items ranging from $6-$12. Visit for lunch Monday-Friday 11am-2pm and dinner Monday-Saturday 5-10pm. The early bird dinner specials are served from 5-7pm. The early bird selection is a bit smaller, but for $13.95 you can enjoy a 4oz filet with salad and two sides. Other early bird specials range from $8.95 to $11.95. For a full list of menu items you can visit their website: http://www.306north.com/ or look for weekly specials on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/306-North/129744660375583.
On the day we went, the nicely dressed lunch crowd at 306 North seemed to be made up of patrons from the surrounding businesses. Several women and men in office attire crowded around a large table next to us and seemed to be truly enjoying their meal. The restaurant is elegantly decorated and felt much more casual than we expected. The table settings were more modern than upscale and the atmosphere had a relaxed vibe like a local neighborhood haunt.
The lunch menu had a large variety of options from Pan Seared Ahi Tuna, to Buttermilk Pork Chops, to Bacon Mac and Cheese. Also available were items with a truly southern spirit; Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Pickles, Fried Okra, Pimento Cheese and Crackers, a Southern Club sandwich and Carolina Style BBQ Pork. We selected the Fried Oyster Po’Boy and the Teriyaki Glazed Pork Chop Special. Upon arrival, we noticed the portions were extremely generous for a lunch offering. The Teriyaki Glazed Pork Chop was served with steamed asparagus and creamy mashed potatoes. The teriyaki glaze had a bit of a kick but perfectly complemented the pork. The Fried Oyster Po’Boy came on a toasted bun overloaded with fresh-cut veggies and a side salad. The ranch dressing drizzled on the salad was creamy and fresh. Together, both meals came in under $20 in the final bill, which is a quality deal in comparison to most sit down lunch places in town.
Don’t wait for a special occasion to give 306 North a whirl. Treat that special someone to a memorable southern sophisticated meal this weekend and embraced South Georgia culture. You can experience a fine dining local favorite without the big price tag by hitting the lunch or early bird specials. 306 North was voted 2012 Best of South Georgia Fine Dining for a reason so make sure you give it a try!