Voted 100 Plates Locals Love in 2016!

Ask a local where to eat, and they are likely to point you to these favorite places. We covered every region of Georgia to find the best local dishes from tasters all over the state.  “Old Blue Eyes” Black & Blue Burger, KirbyG’s Diner & Pub, McDonough. Best burger I have ever had! —Rebecca H. 

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2016 Winner of Atlanta Burger Wars

2016 Atlanta Burger Wars

The battle was fought and the winners emerged victorious during the Atlanta Burger Wars held Saturday in McDonough.

Teams and individuals vying for the opportunity to compete for the title of having the Best Burger descended on Heritage Park for the chance to compete on a national scale at the World Food Championship. Proceeds from the event also benefited two local organizations, McDonough Arts and Kensley Grace charities.

The winners from this year’s 2016 Atlanta Burger Wars were Kirby G’s Diner & Pub, who emerged victorious as the Judge’s Choice. Manna Cafe and Eatery were voted as the People’s Choice and Alexis Hicks was the Judges Choice for the individual who created the best burger.

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Looking ‪#‎DONATIONS‬?? Need help ‪#‎fundraising‬ for your little league program? Then, ‪#‎BeCreative‬ and submit your entry into our Adopt-A-Scarecrow program! KirbyG’s is hosting an Adopt-A-Scarecrow program designed to help non-profits, ‪#‎schools‬ and charitiable organizations raise funds. Here is a little bit on how our Adopt-A-Scarecrow program works:

• If the selected Adopt-A-Scarecrow(s) wins any of contest awards in McDonough’s Annual Scarecrow Contest , KirbyG’s will match the dollar amount won. For example, if the scarecrow wins “Best in Show (a $500 value), the school or charitable organization will receive the $500 prize money plus a matching donation of $500 from KirbyG’s Diner.

• And, to make sure everyone doesn’t go home empty handed, KirbyG’s Diner will donate another $500 to each school or charitable organization even it their Adopt-A-Scarecrow doesn’t win.

• So, the minimum amount a charitable organization or school would take home is $500. The maximum amount is $1,500 if you win the annual scarecrow contest.

Lastly, we will provide a maximum design budget of $75 for each of the selected Adopt-A-Scarecrows. KirbyG’s Diner will also pay the entry fees and be responsible for any entry forms for the selected Adopt-A-Scarecrows. The entry will be registered in the name of the school, charity, or KirbyG’s Diner.

So, head over to the diner and pick up the full details of our Adopt-A-Scarecrow program! ‪#‎WhatAreYouWaiting4‬

Granny’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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From Humble Beginnings

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We often get asked, “Why did we settle on a Fifties theme or where does the name KirbyG come from?” Well, today, we thought we would share a bit of our family with your family. “KirbyG” is Raleigh Kirby Godsey, born in 1936, the youngest of three sons. Growing up in relative poverty with barely money to afford shoes, Kirby learned from an early age about the necessity of hard work. Kirby wrote about his early years:

My mother, Chloe, worked for a living before working moms were the social norm. My most unyielding impressions of her, even at a young age, were fortitude and resolve. I didn’t know what to call it. Perhaps I called it determination. Chloe had three sons: Jack, the brightest; Max, the kindest; and me. I was conceived in joy but was born in the shadows of her sorrow. Her husband and my father, Spearman, was killed in an accident at work, leaving her pregnant and scared. She found work and raised three sons. She did it the hard way. She labored long hours in the school lunchroom and on World War II assembly lines. Not well-educated herself, she wanted to assure that we were well-fed, well-churched, and well-educated. At the time, it never occurred to me that we were poor. We were nurtured with good faith, strict discipline, and lots of up close lessons about self-reliance.*

At the age of 18, Kirby landed a job at the Alabama Cigar & Soda Co. (pictured) in Birmingham, Alabama as a “soda jerk.” About his time there, Kirby wrote:

I learned my first lessons … behind a soda fountain where work after school provided far more than a little spending money. This fountain was my window onto a world of theatre and commerce, a world of discord and celebration, a world of trading and profits. … My brother, Jack, had worked there as a college student, and I could think of nothing grander than to follow his steps into the calling of being a “soda jerk.” That’s what we were called because that’s what we did. In that day and time a person “jerked” sodas, spewing high pressured carbonated water into tall glasses of ice cream, foaming our way toward a soda to be topped with a mountain of whipped cream and a syrupy red cherry.*

One afternoon at the Alabama Cigar & Soda Co, the owner told Kirby that he was leaving for the day and asked him if he would lock up the joint. Kirby obliged. Every night after that during his tenure as a soda jerk, and without another word from the owner, Kirby was responsible for closing up. The managerial skills Kirby learned in this first professional endeavor served him well. He worked his way through school, ultimately earning two doctoral degrees. Kirby then immersed himself in academia, serving as a professor of philosophy and religion, department chair, college dean, and finally, university president. Kirby’s academic career culminated in his 27-year tenure as president of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Under Kirby’s leadership, Mercer was transformed from a small, liberal arts college to a comprehensive university.

But Kirby never lost his love of his days as a soda jerk. So it is fitting that he partnered with his oldest daughter, Erica, to open this diner in April 2008. (Erica and her husband, Neil, get credit for all the sweat equity!!). It is their hope is that KirbyG’s will continue to stand as a symbol of the simpler days of ice cream sodas, cheeseburgers and sock hops. Of a time when telephones were rotary, and throngs of people lined up to see a movie at the Alabama Theatre. So, take a few moments to enjoy the simplicity …and, hopefully, a milkshake (or an ice cream soda). But, don’t be surprised if, when “Kirby G is in the house,” your tab is on him…

*Excerpts from: When We talk about God . . . Let’s by honest, by R. Kirby Godsey

About KirbyG’s

Welcome to KirbyG’s,® a cook-to-order family owned diner that began in 2008 as Chevy’s Diner and Ice Cream Parlor.  In 2012, the owners trademarked a new name, KirbyG’s®, in honor of Dr. R. Kirby Godsey.  Kirby is the former president of Mercer University and a soda jerk during the 1950s,  Some of you may recognize him for the Kirby Kraut Dog, but we know him best is best as a mentor, father, grandfather, and father-in law for those of us at KirbyG’s®.  He is the inspiration behind KirbyG’s and the reason the diner is a tribute to the golden age of the 1950s.

So, take the Pit Crew challenge and stroll down memory lane. Put a name to a face, a quote to a star & a character to a movie. For the very brave, you may even attempt to find them on our walls. Patrons are treated to handpattied burgers such as Ike‘s “I Like Cheese” Burger, Ole Blue Eyes and The Duke. And, if a hamburger isn’t for you, diners will find mouth-watering delectables such Desi’s Fried Dill Pickles, Rock-a-Billy’s Grilled Chicken, and the Whiz Kids Philly Cheesesteak. Topped off with a hand-spun shake or a cold microbrew, patrons will find that “The 50’s Never Tasted Better.

Awards and Honors
2013 World Food Championships | World Burger Competition
(aired on July 10, 2014 on AE FYI Network)
2013 Best of the Big A | Best Burger in Atlanta (;
2012* Best of the Big A | Best Burger in Atlanta (;
2008* Top 5 Burger Place on Southside I-285 (;

*The 2012 and 2008 awards were won prior to trademarking the new name, KirbyG’s. However, we are still the same owners, managers and staff.

45 Macon St · McDonough, GA
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“Without Hard Work, Nothing Grows But Weeds”

Gordon B Hinckley once said, “Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.”   Sort of reminds me of growing up on a farm.  Not the weeds, though I saw plenty as a kid growing up on a south Georgia farm, but the hard work.  We always had chores to be done, and they were done come rain, sleet, or shine.  Some days it was plowing a dusty field, or others it was laying scorching hot irrigation pipe.  To this day, I can still remember the sights and sounds of tending to pigs at the “Hog Barn.”  It’s work you just don’t forget!!

In those days, I couldn’t wait to get time off from the farm.  I really didn’t grasp the magnitude of picking vegetables in the garden for the wonderful home cooked meals made by mom.  Meals that I can still taste to this day….the speckled peas, the yummy butter beans, the itchy okra, and the bright red tomatoes for tomato sandwiches.   It was hard work that one doesn’t completely appreciate or understand until you have a family of your own.  Yet, looking back, I can honestly say that I miss the simplicity of sitting on that hot tractor and hearing the droning noise while plowing a 40 acre field.  It was hard work, but it truly gave me an understand of  “Happy Labor Day.”

For those of you old enough to remember, the musical group Alabama  put out a popular song in 1985 called Forty-Hour Week.  The song was a huge success because most Americans could relate to its lyrics:

There are people in this country
Who work hard every day
Not for fame or fortune do they strive
But the fruits of their labor
Are worth more than their pay
And it’s time a few of them were recognized.

Hello Detroit auto workers,
Let me thank you for your time
You work a forty hour week for a livin’,
Just to send it on down the line
Hello Pittsburgh steel mill workers,
Let me thank you for your time
You work a forty hour week for a livin’,
Just to send it on down the line.

This is for the one who swings the hammer,
Driving home the nail
Or the one behind the counter,
Ringing up the sale
Or the one who fights the fires,
The one who brings the mail
For everyone who works behind the scenes.

You can see them every morning
In the factories and the fields
In the city streets and the quiet country towns
Working together like spokes inside a wheel
They keep this country turning around.

Hello Kansas wheat field farmer,
Let me thank you for your time
You work a forty hour week for a livin’,
Just to send it on down the line
Hello West Virginia coal miner,
Let me thank you for your time
You work a forty hour week for a livin’,
Just to send it on down the line.

This is for the one who drives the big rig,
Up and down the road
Or the one out in the warehouse,
Bringing in the load
Or the waitress, the mechanic,
The policeman on patrol
For everyone who works behind the scenes.

With a spirit you can’t replace with no machine
Hello America, let me thank you for your time…


Happy Labor Day, fans!  Whether you’re working “in the factory” or spending time with your families, the Pit Crew wishes you the very best.


Neil, Erica, and the Pit Crew

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Food for Thought: A Desire, A Dream, Or A Vision

WFC Decal

World Food Championship decal adorning the window of Kirby’s Diner.

It was really great to see the World Food Championships from the from the other side of the camera.  The adrenaline started pumping just watching the intensity and imagination of the competitors.  I sort of felt like I was in a sequel to the movie Groundhog Day!

For those of you that missed it, the World Food Championships | World Burger Competition finally aired on A+E FYI Network.  The Pit Crew of KirbyG’s competed in the Las Vegas event after receiving an exclusive invitation as Atlanta’s Best of the Big A | Best Burger in Atlanta.  We competed against some of the best burger chefs, home cooks, restaurateurs, and professional competitors from around the world.  Some were even legendary.

As I told a physically and mentally drained Pit Crew afterwards, I was very proud of them.  Although we did not win the event, it’s quite an honor to be considered one of the best.   Your boundaries are pushed beyond their limits while your creativity is literally stuck in overdrive.  It’s like riding a roller coaster while flipping one behemoth burger.  It is extremely hard.   Yet, in the process, we made some great friends, learned valuable lessons, and we had a lot of fun. 

Muhammad Ali once said, “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.”   Six years ago, Erica and I never dreamed of being at the World Food Championships.  For that matter, we never envision championship caliber burgers.  Our dreams were far more simple.  We just wanted to open a family diner that had great food and a great fifties experience.  Then, the financial world came crashing down , and we were hanging on for dear life.  Miraculously, our family diner  survived the crash thanks to family, friends, fans, and of course God’s grace.  Looking back now, I realize that sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees.  We were pursuing some of the same qualities that lead us to the World Food Championships.  We were willing to take a risk, fall on our face, then get up and do it all over again.  #VegasOrBust2014!

About KirbyG’s Diner & Pub
2013 World Food Championships | World Burger Competitor 
(aired on July 10, 2014 on AE FYI Network; formerly Bio./Biography)

2013 Best of the Big A | Best Burger in Atlanta (;
2012* Best of the Big A | Best Burger in Atlanta (;
2008* Top 5 Burger Place on Southside I-285 (;

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