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Rick Tanner's Grille & Bar meal named among best in state
Listed on Georgia Tourism’s 100 Plates Locals Love
Rick Tanner's salad

A Vickery Village restaurant’s American, Southern-inspired salad has been named to a list of the top bites in Georgia.

The market salad with chicken fingers from Rick Tanner’s Grille and Bar, located at 5810 Bond St. in west Forsyth, is on the 100 Plates Locals Love list, an annual guide that explores all of the state’s culinary regions. The list is part of the third annual Georgia Eats released by the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division.

Restaurants previously covered by the Forsyth County News and nearby eateries made the list

  • Lobster Roll at Kathleen’s Catch, Johns Creek
  • Chicken at Osteria Mattone, Roswell
  • Fried Scallops at Gainesville Seafood Market, Gainesville
  • Meat Lovers Skillet at Papa’s Place, Dawsonville

“Our chicken fingers are our No. 1 item sold overall,” said Nick Tanner, who owns the restaurant and conjoining brewpub, Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative, after his father, Rick, created the concept and brand. “Whether it’s the platters, to-go or the salads.”

Tanner said most people top the salad with the Tanners’ homemade “semi-world famous” honey mustard or balsamic vinaigrette.

“I personally like the balsamic vinaigrette the best,” Tanner said.

He said all salads are made with a mix of iceburg, romaine and spring mix lettuce and topped with fresh cucumber, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, croutons, bacon bits and cheese.

More than 750 menu items were nominated for this year’s 100 Plates Locals Love. After being evaluated by a panel of judges, the list and complete Georgia Eats guide, which also features 10 flavor tours, feature stories, recipes and information about local food festivals, is available at the state’s 12 Visitor Information Centers across Georgia and online at ExploreGeorgia.org.

Rick Tanner’s has been serving the greater Atlanta area for more than 30 years, with the last eight being in Vickery Village.

The brewpub was added almost five years ago and completed an expansion in March that doubled their space, allowing for more beer to be brewed for distribution.

The review featured for the chicken fingers salad says the meal is a “great locally brewed craft beer and chicken finger salad. The juicy, deep fried, golden brown fresh chicken fingers are piled high on a bed of fresh greens and tasty toppings.”

“They’re just,” Tanner said, “really, really good salads.”