Rice House

Bold takes on Dixie delicacies
Rice House in Adairsville is just more than 60 miles from Atlanta, but it feels a world away. Long, narrow roads pass baseball fields on one side and cow pastures on the other. Adairsville is the sort of town you’d envision an outdoorsy type settling in if he wanted to live simply off the fat of the land with his family. That’s precisely what Englishman Godfrey Barnsley did in the 1820s with the construction of the original manor at this location.

Reconfigured as Barnsley Gardens Resort (now Barnsley Resort) in the 1990s, the 3,300-acre property is almost like its own village, with elegant rooms and cottages, a spa, a Jim Fazio-designed 18-hole golf course and three dining venues — Rice House being its signature establishment — that thrive off of ingredients from the land.

Rice House’s feel is quaint yet sophisticated. Its menu is smart but unabashedly Southern. It’s the sort of tucked-away place you’d want to have dinner in if you were in the mood for pork chops and polished service without the pretense.
Our Inspector's Highlights
•After you’ve placed your order, someone from the attentive waitstaff graciously brings out an amuse-bouche — during our visit, we tried the cherry tomato, caviar and crouton bite — as a preview of the deliciousness to come.

•The kitchen staff uses local, farm-grazed cattle and produce straight from the property's garden to produced its modern farmhouse cuisine.

•With starters that range from an elaborate grilled watermelon salad to a peach-tea-brined Carolina quail more succulent than the fowl you’ll have at Thanksgiving, to brilliantly prepared mains such as Florida striped bass and chicken ballotine, Rice House’s menu is abundant without being overbearing.
Things to Know
•If you’re driving up to Barnsley Resort solely for dinner, keep your eyes peeled because the building is somewhat hidden. After a bit of winding — you’ll pass golf carts and spot the occasional swan — you’ll get to the restaurant’s parking lot. Merely follow the signs from there to the building. However, if you’re an overnight guest, walk along the delightful north lawn; the walkway essentially ends at Rice House.

•The restaurant’s name serves as a wink to an actual rice plantation in nearby Rome, Georgia, where the house stood around the time of the Civil War. As a bonus, the structure has the external bullet holes to prove it.

•When making your reservation, ask for a table on the sun porch — the view out to the pasture takes the mind to a carefree place.
The Food
•Helming the kitchen is chef Joseph Elliott, who came onto the resort's team in the summer of 2017. He brings 20 years of experience in cooking, and his last kitchen was at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia.

•Dishes such as tempura-fried okra with hot pepper mayo; cornbread-crawfish crusted trout with Faroe Island caviar lemon butter; roasted pork chops with mustard gravy and sorghum-glazed turnips; and fried oysters really speak to the restaurant's Southern roots.

•If you’re vegetarian, the chef will round up asparagus, fingerling potatoes confit and other garden-fresh goodies for your own arrangement.
Getting There
597 Barnsley Gardens Road, Adairsville, Georgia 30103
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