I hope you brought your appetites to the table. This edition of Monday Morning Trivia is devoted to former Macon eating establishments.
None of these restaurants are still with us. They’ve gone on to greater glory at that great drive-thru window in the sky.
Thanks to Spyros Dermatas, co-owner of Nu-Way, the oldest restaurant in the city, for giving me the idea and providing extra helpings of information.
I realize folks outside the city or those Maconites who have not lived here as long are going to be put to the test. I encourage everyone to take the quiz anyway. You might learn something. I know I did.
1. Which legendary local singer, now the subject of a new movie, put his name on a pair of “Gold Platter Soul Food” restaurants in south and east Macon in 1969?
(A) Little Richard. (B) Otis Redding. (C) James Brown. (D) Pearly Brown.
2. When Henry May owned M&H Sandwich Shop on Cotton Avenue, what did he usually display in the front window?
(A) Cotton candy. (B) Onion rings. (C) Pickles. (D) A ham.
3. Following tradition, how did customers at Len Berg’s restaurant in the Post Office Alley let the cooks know they enjoyed their meal?
(A) Raised their ice tea glasses and made a toast. (B) Rang the bell next to the front door as they were leaving. (C) Let all their friends tweet on “Twitter.” (D) Left a $100 bill next to their bowl of H.M.F.P.I.C. (Home Made Fresh Peach Ice Cream).
4. Sid’s Sandwich Shop on Forsyth Street, which is named after Macon poet Sidney Lanier, is located in the former building of what iconic diner?
(A) The Varsity. (B) Shoney’s Big Boy. (C) Cag’s. (D) Lee & Eddie’s BBQ.
5. What downtown seafood restaurant was located inside a landmark sea vessel on Riverside Drive?
(A) Shrimp Boat. (B) Corky Bell’s. (C) Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips. (D) Skipper’s.
6. What cafeteria was located in the upper level of the Macon Mall near J.C. Penney?
(A) Picadilly. (B) Morrison’s. (C) S&S. (D) Spamalot.
7. In 1958, Anjette Lyles was convicted of poisoning four family members and became the first white woman in Georgia to be sentenced to die in the electric chair. She was the owner of Lyles Restaurant, which was located on what downtown street?
(A) Hemlock. (B) Bay. (C) Poplar. (D) Mulberry.
8. Which celebrity couple got engaged while dining in a booth at the Le Bistro (now the Downtown Grill in Mulberry Street Lane)?
(A) Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe. (B) Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. (C) Greg Allman and Cher. (D) Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.
9. Little Richard once worked as a curb hop at which popular hang-out on Georgia Avenue?
(A) Pig ‘N Whistle. (B) Blimpie’s Subs. (C) Burger Chef. (D) Minnie Pearl’s Fried Chicken.
10. Which downtown restaurant had a reputation for its steaks and chargrilled burgers and boasted Pete Rose and Jack Nicklaus as among the celebrities who once dined there? [Hint: The answer is not what you might think.]
(A) The Green Jacket. (B) The Saratoga. (C) McCullough’s Cafe. (D) Western Sizzlin’.
ANSWERS: (1) C. (2) D. (3) B. (4) A. (5) A. (6) B. (7) D. (8) C. (9) A. (10) B.
REPORT CARD: (9-10) Fine dining. (7-8) Chef’s choice. (5-6) House salad. (3-4) KP duty. (0-2) No soup for you.
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