Right up front, I am not a snout-to-tail connoisseur. I admire the resourcefulness of using the whole animal and the ability to make it taste good, but I can’t think of one animal whose feet I could stomach.
That being said, Silly Lilly’s Home Cooked Meals is the real deal. These aren’t hipsters riding the latest trendy wave, these are folks in a tiny little concrete block house who have perfected this kind of cooking for generations.
Half the fun is finding the place off of Broadway and Eisenhower Parkway and being greeted by the friendly guys on the front porch.
Their sign says “Take-Out and Delivery,” but they have a few places to sit if you don’t mind not having air conditioning and maybe moving a few toys out of the way. Place your order at the front counter and watch television while you wait.
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The fish and pork chops are fried when you place your order, but otherwise the day’s offerings are ready to be boxed up and served.
We came on a Wednesday, so we chose fried chicken, fried pork chops and what was supposed to be fried turkey wings. The chicken and pork chops were just what home-cooked chicken and pork chops should be, but I think I got something other than a wing. It was scalloped, had holes at regular intervals, was most likely boiled, and I have never seen anything like it before -- but I digress.
Sunday they serve up oxtails, chitterlings and pigs feet along with the fried chicken, baked chicken and fried pork chops. Tuesday has beef tips and chicken and dumplings in addition to the usual chicken and chops; Thursday is beef tips and pigs feet. Friday is a great day, with ribs or Salisbury steak and occasionally they have chicken sandwiches.
All dinners come with two sides, usually butter beans, rice and gravy, and macaroni and cheese and sometimes turnip greens. A corn bread muffin comes with your meal and desserts are usually available.
If you want to try the real deal, take a trip to the east side and give Silly Lilly’s a spin. Look for the sign that says its “300% Good” and make sure to try those pigs feet.
Address: 327 Pittman St., Macon
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 12:30-6 p.m. Sunday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: No
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 94
Price range: $6.50-$7.50
Rating: 2.5 stars