Georgia’s Restaurant

Owner Nika Shoemaker-Machado joins Neil to talk about the history of Georgia's Restaurant and the love behind the food. Take a listen to the full interview below.

Georgia’s Restaurant is based out of the suburb of Philadelphia, where high school sweethearts Gretchen and George Shoemaker decided to leave the Keystone State and head settle in Lake Forest, CA. This is where George and Gretchen raised their three daughters, that Gretchen began her successful catering business built on family recipes that delivered a true home-cooked experience.

After the untimely passing of George Shoemaker in the early 1990s, everything came to an abrupt halt as the Shoemaker family rallied around one another and Gretchen’s catering business was put on hold. Twenty years later, with all three daughters grown, second daughter Nika Shoemaker-Machado and her husband Marlon Machado approached Gretchen to all come together and fulfill her lifelong dream of sharing her food on a much grander scale than ever before and they introduced Georgia's Restaurant, a Southern Restaurant that celebrates authentic Soul Food, while sharing Nana Gretchen and the Shoemaker family’s story of survival, community and love.

Georgia’s Restaurant at the Anaheim Packing District

440 South Anaheim Boulevard, #209a

Anaheim, CA 92805


Anaheim Packing House

Georgia’s Restaurant at the Long Beach Exchange

4101 McGowen St #155

Long Beach, CA 90808


Long Beach Exchange

Georgia’s Restaurant Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday” Specials

  • Gretchen’s Jambalaya ($14.95)
  • Hurricanes For Two ($15)
  • Re-Opening for Outdoor Dine-in, Takeout & Delivery during COVID-19

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