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From The Vampire Diaries to reality - The Mystic Grill is now open

The house specialty "Shrimp & Grits"
The house specialty "Shrimp & Grits"
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The Mystic Grill


The small town square of Covington, GA may be known as the Hollywood of the South, but fans of the CW Network hit show The Vampire Diaries, know it as "Mystic Falls." Though Mystic Falls may be a fantasy town full of vampires and werewolves, one aspect from the show has just become a reality...The Mystic Grill.

Getting ready for "fangtastic" filming

Serving only dinner for now, the Mystic Grill offers up "other-worldly" delights courtesy of award-winning Chef Boyd Rose. Combining his love of the foods from his southern upbringing with his culinary passion for blending flavors and textures, Chef Boyd has created a menu that he describes as "Southern cuisine with bold and accented flavors, using local products and produce as much as possible and doing it with a twist.”

For a starter, the Sweet Potato Shrimp Fritters are sweet, yet savory puffs of deliciousness and are served up crispy on the outside, and perfectly cooked on the inside. Served with a Red Chili Syrup they are a great beginning to any meal. Chef Boyd's She-Crab soup is quite possibly the best She-Crab you will ever taste. Rich and creamy, and made with just the right amount of roe, this soup can easily be a meal on its own. The Shrimp & Grits, topped with smoked bacon and a cilantro-lime drizzle, is among one of the highlights at the Grill.

Entrees range from the $10 Mystic Burger to a 13-ounce Ribeye at $25, with several dishes in between, including Grilled Espresso Rubbed Apple Brined Pork Chop, Grilled or Fried meatloaf, and Corn Flour-Dusted Catfish among the options. Salads and desserts are all $6 apiece.

There bar is fully stocked and the bartenders know how to make a drink. Whether it be a drink from yester-year (Old-Fashioned, Manhattan) or a popular cocktail of today, (Pomegranate Martini, Lemondrop Martini), these mixologists know their craft. The full bar is accentuated by the restaurant’s signature drink, “The Vampire Bite,” a mixture of PBR and Strongbow Cider, drizzled with black raspberry cordial.

The restaurant is open from 4-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and from 4-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, but look for it to be opening for lunch in the near future. The bar, which replicates the one in the show, from the tiling to the taps, is open longer, from 4-11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and from 4 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

Parking is available on the square, but also in the parking lot behind the building.

For more info visit them on facebook.