The Swanson is a home-style restaurant in downtown Perry, Georgia. The restaurant operates in a historical Southern home off Carroll Street, and is appropriately charming and quaint within its walls. I had high hopes for a delicious home-style meal here, but I came away from the table disappointed.
We started our meal with the appetizer trio. The chicken fingers were good, the fried green tomatoes were OK, but the sweet & spicy BBQ shrimp were not palatable. Between the overcooked, tasteless shrimp and the weird flavor of the sauce, I could not eat but one of these. Matt did not seem to find it so disagreeable and ate a few, but we still left a few shrimp untouched on the plate.
We had already placed our orders prior to receiving our appetizer, but if we’d waited, I’d have picked something besides seafood, given my distaste for the shrimp. On this seafood sampler plate, I have some fried shrimp, catfish, oysters, and a salmon croquette. The shrimp were not peeled well so I had a bit of extra crunch with those. The breading overall for fried goods was bland, to my dismay. I didn’t find the catfish very good and the oysters were so-so. The salmon croquette was probably the best offering of the four meats. For my sides, the fried okra was decent and the sweet potato souffle was delicious.
Matt went with a terrestrial dish, the country-fried steak with gravy. He liked the gravy, but the steak was thin and overcooked. He also enjoyed the sweet potato souffle, but felt like the green beans were not that good.
We were full from the appetizer and entrees, so we ordered a couple desserts to take home with us. Matt picked the 10 layer caramel cake which was very good, but both of us thought they could have been a little more generous in the serving size.
Overall, I wasn’t too keen on The Swanson. I found out from a friend that our server never provided us with the complimentary “little biscuits” which he says are outstanding. Bummer for us! I don’t like to completely write off a restaurant based on one visit, however. Maybe others could let us know what they think. I’d be willing to return and try different offerings.