Southern Pacific

Tucked away upriver on the Ocmulgee, in the heart of the Piedmont forests of middle Georgia, sits the town of Juliette, somewhat revived after a long slumber because of its Whistle Stop Café (443 McCrackin St., 478/992-8886). The café, town, and river were the backdrop for the 1991 film Fried Green Tomatoes, based on Fannie Flagg’s novel. (The novel, it should be said, was based on the Irondale Café outside Birmingham, Alabama.) You can taste Whistle Stop barbecue, along with a plate of fried green tomatoes, every day of the week. Juliette is due north of Macon along US-23, or 10 miles east of the I-75 town of Forsyth via Juliette Road.