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Matthews Cafeteria

2299 Main St. (Lawrenceville Hwy.) Send to Phone
770-491-9577 | Menu
Southern fare is offered at Matthews Cafeteria, the oldest restaurant in DeKalb County.

Breakfast & Dinner Mon.-Fri., Lunch Sun.-Fri.

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Matthews Cafeteria Restaurant Review

: Remaining true to its blue collar constituency, which has sustained it from the moment of its inception in 1955, Matthews Cafeteria has a solid customer base. Yet, we remember seeing a Rolls Royce parked in front some years ago. Respectably worn in all the right places, the restaurant hasn't been renovated in decades. Tables proudly bear red-and-white checkered cloths. The menu rotates daily and is served cafeteria-style. Barbecue ribs, corned beef, Salisbury steak, pork loin, salmon croquettes, meatloaf, pot roast and chicken and dumplings appear regularly. Fried chicken stars on Friday along with crispy fried fish. We're told that some 400 pounds of potatoes get peeled every day to feed the 1,500 or so patrons who snake their way along the serving line. Turnip greens, sweet potato soufflé and fried okra are classics, while the peas and beans are cooked without salt pork or meat stock. Desserts to target include the house-made lemon ice box pie. No alcohol is served. The generous kids’ menu (12 and under) is just $4.


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