Bites Nearby: Still Waters Restaurant

In Snellville for just two weeks, this barbecue restaurant aims to be the local go-to spot.

Each week Patch stops by a local restaurant to find a great place to grab a bite. Check out this week's pick. This week we chose: Still Water's Restaurant.

Carlyn and Anthony Butts recently moved their restaurant from Grayson to Snellville. , which also had been home to the old Grayson House Restaurant, was too small, and too old. The 1890s Victorian-style home needed a lot of improvements, Carlyn Butts said. So, two weeks ago, the Butts Family moved their business to Snellville.

Getting There:

If you don't travel beyond Snellville's gateway intersection at Main Street and Scenic Highway, or you spend all your time shopping closer to Ronald Reagan Parkway (, , , etc.), then you will miss Still Waters Restaurant. It's not near any of those places. It's down East Main Street in the Snellville Oaks Shopping Center -- where Gold's Gym and are.

On the day when Patch went, it was almost 12:30 p.m., and Still Waters Restaurant had opened for lunch at 11 a.m. There were only a few people in there at the time, but that's to be expected at a brand-new spot. Carolyn Butts wants that to change. She said that's the one thing they don't like. That few people know where they are. Their name is on the marquee, but if you don't know what you're looking for, you might miss it. (We almost did.)

What We Ate:

But, once you get there, the people and the food should keep you coming back. We had Brunswick stew ($4), the pulled-pork sandwich special with fries ($6), potato salad ($3), iced tea ($2), and drum roll please....something called Fried Pound Cake ($8). (We will get back to that.)

The Staff:

The people were especially nice. Our waitress Keyanna Johnson, who's been with Still Waters Restaurant for about two months, was super attentive and always had a smile. She even posed for a picture, three times until we got it right.

Carlyn and hubbie Anthony were also very nice. We learned that the couple has been married 15 years and has a 13-year-old son, Kyle, who sounds like he's the yin to his parents yang, good in school and loves to write. Sounds like I need to meet this kid. What we really noticed at the restaurant was how friendly all the staff were to everyone who came in. EVERYONE. Cool points for that.

The Food Verdict:

The food, well, I don't have any major complaints. (Carlyn had not made her famous banana pudding for the day, so we couldn't eat any. Bummer) But, the stew, I finished lickety-split. The sandwich and lightly peppered fries, loved it! And, the potato salad, I do have to admit was pretty tasty. As everyone knows, some will say they can make this Southern favorite, but many fail.

Another thing people fail on is iced tea. Either it's too sweet or taste like something that was bottled up and then served. Gross. This sweet tea was pretty close to perfection. Our Fried Pound Cake sounded a little weird -- read, a lot weird, but it came out and looked so sophisticated. With a dollop of ice cream, strawberries, and sauteed in butter until golden brown this dessert was a nice surprise. (A little on the sweet side, but still very good, and unexpected.)

So, as everyone can see Patch had a great time at Still Waters Restaurant. We will definitely be going back. (Yes, you can get dinner. There's lots of barbecue choices, fish and sides.)

Still Waters Restaurant is located at 2133 East Main Street, Snellville. Hours: Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (lunch) and 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. (dinner); Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. The menu, which include children's items, varies in prices with the most expensive items being the $29 full-rack dinner barbecue rib meal. However, there are many other items for less than that, and at lunch you can find good specials.

P.S. You can also find Still Waters Restaurant on Facebook and Twitter!

Joy L. Woodson November 05, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Want to know more about the menu, their website is pretty good. But, no there is not a full bar at the moment. Lemonade, tea, soda, etc.
Darla Dixon November 06, 2011 at 08:12 PM
I really want them to be successful there. I would hate to see such a good restaurant fail just because the location isn't so great. There is a very real possibility that Still Waters will be part of the revitalization of the Snellville Oaks shopping center. A Christian school called integrity Christian Academy is going to go in the old Gold's Gym spot (the Golds Gym sign is still up, but it's been closed for some time). So go get your car washed at AutoBell (they do a great job) then go over to Still Waters for a great lunch. I agree with you, Joy, the Brunswick Stew is great! I could make my lunch out of just that, and you can't beat lunch for 4 bucks!
Joy L. Woodson November 06, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Yep, Darla!
Roy Whitehead November 07, 2011 at 12:45 PM
The food is excellent and the portions are generous. The owners and staff are friendly and ready to serve.
John Ulmer September 05, 2012 at 10:28 PM
As of Sept 1, 2012 Stillwaters is closed and the space is 'for rent.'


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