My mother-in-law agreed to watch little man and honey badger, and this meant Becky and I had a night to ourselves! We decided to go out for a grow-up dinner at a place where the menu was devoid of pictures.  After some thought we decided to try Richard's Evening Grill in Thomasville, Georgia.  During the daytime it is Henderson's, but when the sun goes down it swaps its casual American diner fare for something a bit more refined.  As we pulled into the parking lot the Henderson's sign was dark.  Instead a green, blue and red neon sign announced Richard's Evening Grill was open for business.  I thought the profile of the person, who I assume is Richard, was a nice touch.

We walked in and we immediately greeted by a smiling hostess.  She seated us at a table next to one of the front windows.  Coincidentally, it was the table where we normally sit with the kids.  She took our drink order and I surveyed the interior's transformation. The large menu board was closed. Strings of lights that would be home at a cocktail party cross-crossed the dining room.  They lent a casual air to the restaurant.  Becky remarked it felt like a place that would be comfortable at the beach, and I agreed with her.

The waitress returned with our drinks. We decided to order an appetizer of fried green tomatoes and I opted for the blackened redfish with cheese grits and collards.  The fried green tomatoes arrived shortly after the order was placed. Sitting on top of a white rectangular dish three nicely fried thick cut green tomatoes were served on a Romaine lettuce leaf.  They were accompanied by Richard's blue cheese guacamole.  The tomatoes still had some firmness and their tanginess went well with the coolness of the guacamole.

While we enjoyed the appetizer and a couple of drinks the entrees appeared.  A blackened redfish fillet was set on top of a bowl full of cheese grits.  A pile of greens was set next to the fish.  Green onions were sprinkled over both for a dash of color.  The fish was perfectly cooked.  It was moist and the blackening season gave it a bit of heat.  The cheese grits were creamy.  By their color I knew a good deal of butter and cheese was added to the white corn base.  The collards were also nice and flavorful.  By the end of the meal my plate was bare.

Another positive was Richard's is very reasonably priced.  The total bill for our meal including drinks (beers and wine), an appetizer, two entrees, and tip was a shade over $50.  The service throughout our meal was also attentive without being overbearing.  Both the hostess and the waitress were very friendly and chatted with us about the restaurant.  They were happy we had decided to give it a try, and I look forward to going back the next time we have a night to ourselves.

Sweet Tea & Bourbon’s Rating:
Atmosphere: B+
Taste: A
Presentation: B+
Service: A
Cleanliness: A
Price: $$