We Eat Here: Pearly’s Famous Country Cooking


From A First-Timer

Pearly’s Famous Country Cooking is an Albany icon. There’s no question about it. This fast-casual place to eat is one where anybody can feel right at home. This was my experience as a first-time visitor.

As soon as you walk in the door, a common description is immediately evident: this place is bustling. Orders are being placed, food is cooking, plates are being made, coffee is being poured, and tables are being bussed. And all of this his happening constantly.

Even for a late breakfast around 10 a.m. when the restaurant wasn’t full, Pearly’s was moving at a quick pace. Guests can walk in and order at the counter or stay in their car and order at the restaurant’s drive-thru.

A view of the front ordering counter at Pearly’s.

It was my first time, so I went inside and got in line. At the counter, I ordered a breakfast platter with two eggs (over easy), sausage patties, home fries, and a biscuit with coffee and water. Then I chose to pay a little extra for some gravy with my biscuit.

I got a tray with my coffee, water, and a table number right after I paid at the counter, then went and found a seat in a booth and waited on my cooked-to-order food.

Coffee and an order number at my table at Pearly’s Famous Country Cooking.

Now don’t forget: you won’t get your silverware with your food or at the table. Be sure to stop by the small counter just outside the seating area to pick up forks, spoons, and knives. You can also pick up chilled coffee creamer and honey.

Plenty of items are available at the silverware and condiments counter inside Pearly’s.

A friendly staff member brought out my order a few minutes after I sat down. It was fresh and hot. During the rest of my time eating, various restaurant staff members stopped by occasionally to make sure my coffee was filled and that I was satisfied. And I was.

A view of my made to order breakfast including eggs, sausage, a biscuit, and gravy at Pearly’s.

The Atmosphere

The inside of Pearly’s Famous Country Cookin’ feels like something between home and your grandma. The food is good, the place is clean, and the employees are nice.

Established in 1962 by Carey “Pearly” and Ruth Gates, the restaurant has existed in a few different forms. But in 1991 the owners moved to a new concept and Pearly’s was born.
Their website says Pearly’s is Albany’s oldest family-owned and operated restaurant offering country cooking, breakfast and lunch. They say it’s a “little taste of heaven at the Pearly Gates.”

Plan Your Visit

Pearly’s Famous Country Cookin’ is located at 814 N. Slappey Blvd in Albany. They are open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

You can see more about Pearly’s on their website. Are you a Pearly’s regular? What’s your go-to dish? Share your thoughts with us in the comments or join the conversation on Facebook.

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Christian is the founder of 229 Life, a community hub for South Georgia. He likes exploring, eating new foods, and beach vacations. Say hello on Twitter at @tellmckinney.


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