Welcome, Cherry Blossom Festival visitors! Youve come to the right city if youre looking for a variety of great food at incredibly good prices. If you have trouble finding any of these, just stop a friendly Maconite on the street and theyre sure to help you out.
For famous eats, weve got H&H Restaurant, Nu-Way Weiners, Harpins and Finchers Barbecue.
H&H was the original haunt of the Allman Brothers Band, and Mama Louise will serve you the same kind of soul food she brought out for Greg and the boys. Nu-Way has been featured on the Food Network numerous times for its famously red hot dogs, available with chili, onions, slaw or nekkid. Harpins is owned by Mick Jaggers former personal chef; and Finchers boasts the only barbecue thats ever been into space.
If youre sticking close to downtown, try out the Rookery, Roasted Cafe and Lounge, Jeneanes Cafe, Mollys Cafe, Lemongrass Thai Bistro, Ginger Stir-fry & Grill, Dolce Vita and Tokyo Alley.
Actor Harrison Ford loved the Rookery burgers so much that he left his signature on one of the quaint wooden booths (it has great outdoor seating, too, if the weathers good). Roasted has a Mediterranean flair, with a fantastic spicy feta dip served with pita, cucumbers and tomatoes. Jeneanes is always full of local business people eating biscuits for breakfast and meatloaf for lunch.
Mollys is our best kept secret; absolutely everything is fantastic. The Monte Gristo, named for our local Mark Twain, is a melt-in-your-mouth concoction. Lemongrass, Ginger and Tokyo Alley are each masters of Asian cooking and you should really try them all. Finally, Dolce Vita is a great coffee shop and dessert hangout that has recently added a larger menu to serve all their hungry clientele.
For finer dining, we have the luxurious Natalias, Marco Ristorante, Tic Toc Room and Dovetail. Natalias is where we take our famous visitors for flawless food served by the charming Ilir; and Marco has the handsome Nazario. Downtown, Tic Toc is where all the young beautiful people dine; and Dovetail is where all the rich, beautiful people dine (maitre d Tim will make you feel beautiful even if you dont come by it naturally).
To get a good feel for our cozy neighborhoods, try Ingleside Village Pizza on Ingleside Avenue. In addition to the hand-tossed pizza and great beverage selection, you can search for the geocache in their backyard. On the other end of the street is the Backburner, where every dish is one of the best youve ever had.
Another great neighborhood is Mercer Village in the College Hill Corridor (adjacent to Mercer University), where you can hang with college kids and have Mexican at Margaritas Mexican Bar & Grill, fancy sandwiches at Fountain of Juice, or drink chai at Jittery Joes Coffee.
Out a little further is the under-appreciated Mirko Pasta, with homemade bread, combine-your-own pasta and excellent prices.
Theres just not enough room to mention all that Macon has to offer: theres still Good to Go, Pho Saigon, Georgia Bobs Barbecue Co., Papoulis Mediterranean Cafe, Greek Corner Deli, Downtown Grill, Michaels on Mulberry and Satterfields.
Because I know you cant possible eat it all during the Cherry Blossom Festival, Ill see you in July for Bragg Jam and in August for the Macon Beer Festival!