Walls are adorned with photographs and posters of period film stars and antique cars. Old music records surround a 50s-styled soda counter. Our visit to KirbyG’s Diner felt like a trip to the 1950s.

What’s on the menu: You’ll find a wide selection of a la carte items, with a creative twist. Each has a fun title, such as “Ike’s ‘I Like Cheese’ Burger”, “Slammin’ Sammy’s Slaw Dog” and “Ava’s Gardener Salad.” Menu selections are $3-12. My children loved their “Lil Toots Turkey Sliders” ($4.49) and their sides of french fries and “Sugar Ray’s Sweet Potato Tots” topped with cinnamon and sugar ($2.99).

My meal, “The James Dean ‘Giant’” burger topped with sautéed mushrooms, bacon and Monterey Jack cheese ($7.09), did not disappoint. My husband loved “Clark Kent’s Turkey Club” on wheat ($6.99).

The dessert menu offers ’50s style selections including shakes, soda floats, malts and banana splits. The red velvet cake ice cream ($2.59) was the best I have ever had. The Blue Bell ice cream flavors change daily. Some of the most popular flavors are chocolate peanut butter, cotton candy and banana pudding. Call ahead or check out KirbyG’s Facebook page for daily offerings.

Why parents like it: The atmosphere is casual and so child-friendly that our 1-year-old and 5-year-old were presented with crayons and a hamburger picture to color before even sitting down! We were especially pleased that our children ate their vegetables in the form of the delicious “Mr. Green Jean’s Beans,” lightly seasoned deep fried green beans served with homemade ranch dressing. KirbyG’s offered plenty of options for each of us.

Why kids will like it: The staff treats kids like the special people they are, from the moment they greet them with crayons and coloring sheets. The sliders are just right for little hands and appetites. Kids can sit at the lunch counter for a photo op.

Insider Tips: Families with older children or no children will enjoy a dining area in the back of the restaurant that includes a bar and flat-screen televisions. A separate section of the restaurant offers live music on Friday and Saturday nights, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.


45 Macon St., McDonough
678-583-8777; kirbygs.com
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.;
Fri.-Sat, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

– Katrina Rucker


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