Inside OEA: D. Dial Foodie Edition

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Hey guys, it’s me Daja! Ok, in case you have no idea who I am, let me give you a little background. I currently serve as the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Oconee Economic Alliance. In case you finished that sentence and said to yourself, “who?”  We are the parents, the brain children, the masterminds if you will behind Think Oconee. In an effort to get a little more personal and add a little individual touch to our site, we decided to do a little staff feature. The Inside the OEA series, dun dun duuunnnn! I am the guinea pig in this scenario and I’m up first to share my three favorite foodie spots in the OC. Now, I am what I consider an expert FOODIE. Like, I love it. Food is like my family. (In case you don’t know the joke, just YouTube “King Curtis.” It’s worth it!) So anyway, as someone with a dream job of being a food critic, I’m bringing you my three favorite places and meals in Oconee. Ok, enough talking let’s do this!

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1.      Starting out with the most important meal of the day, breakfast. If you skip breakfast, shame on you! When I’m in the mood for something light, fresh and makes me feel good inside about not going overboard, I head to 313 Café for their Granola Parfait. This parfait is made from magical unicorn fairy dust featuring: vanilla greek yogurt, market fruit, toasted coconut (I get mine without the coconut because I just can’t), mt. gilead granola, and vanilla orange. Talk about delicious! Let me tell you it will make you want to lick the bowl. Just don’t lick the screen while viewing the photos, because that’s weird!

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2.      Ok, we made it to mid-day, yay! At lunch time I’m normally hangry and need food ASAP or it’s basically Godzilla gone wild. Can anyone relate? For lunch I decided to give a new place a try and oh boy did that pay off. I made a stop by cult favorite Spot on the Alley for a good ‘ol cheeseburger and tater tots. Let me tell you, those tater tots are something to write home about. I loaded mine down with lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, mushrooms, chili, and bacon. Because everything is better with bacon. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

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3.      Not sure if this is against the rules or not (shrugs shoulders) but I’m going back to 313 Café for dinner/night-time eats. I LOVE to go to 313 for 3 things: the charcuterie boards, the shrimp tacos, and the music. Bonus: the drinks are also amazing. I live for an amazing charcuterie board (is this a millennial thing?), but the shrimp tacos are my absolute favorite. I have a thing for super fresh food and these tacos featuring: two tortillas with shrimp, baja cole slaw, onions, cilantro, avocado and creamy salsa verde are the bees knees. It’s a major plus that they feature live music on select nights and it makes their super cool, hipster vibe, concrete table location that much more inviting.

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These are a few of my favorite things (que Julie Andrews) and I triple dog dare you to go give them a try! If you do, take a photo and post to social media using the hashtag #ThinkOconee, so we know that you’re the real MVP. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the latest and greatest from our team. We will see you next time with another staff feature from ‘Inside the OEA’! Shop local, eat local, buy local, #ThinkOconee!

-DD