Fish N’ Pig is one of our true treasures here in Macon. It’s a vacation within minutes of your house, a change of pace to your hectic life. There’s a cozy locals bar tucked away inside, a large dining room with panoramic views of the boats on the lake, a side dining room that feels like a beach dive, a private area for large parties, and now there’s even a tiki bar on the weekends, with live music and beach chairs outside.
We started with a low country boil, loaded with boiled shrimp, corn on the cob, new potatoes, sausage and hush puppies for $15.95. The price sounds a bit steep, but it really is a generous helping of everything, probably enough to share. You can add a pound and a half of crab legs for another six dollars when they’re available.
Our favorite item was the fried shrimp. A full plate with fried, grilled, blackened, or broiled shrimp with two sides and hush puppies is a steep $17.95, but the sides are more interesting than usual. We chose the squash casserole and the sweet potato soufflé, both of which were seemingly puréed but delicious. Other sides include the usual cole slaw, cheese grits, Brunswick stew, baked potato or French fries, plus the more unusual (for a fish place) fried okra, macaroni and cheese, broccoli or collard greens.
To save a few bucks, we got a combo of chicken fingers with alligator, for $17.95. In retrospect, it’s a no-brainier not to order chicken at a fish and barbecue joint, and I don’t recommend it. The alligator was great, though, in little bite-sized pieces.
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Though our surroundings said “Fish,” we thought we should try the “Pig” part, too. We got an a la carte quarter pound of hickory smoked barbecued pork for just $2.75 and two buns to make sandwiches. It’s definitely a strong vinegar-based sauce (my favorite) and not very sweet. Other a la carte items include a whole catfish for $2.95, two catfish filets for $5.95, a half slab of St. Louis style ribs for $11.50 or a whole slab for $19.95, a half smoked chicken for $6.95, or their delicious smoked turkey salad for $5.95.
Other items that we didn’t have belly room for include the Big Ole Burger, their shrimp or oyster Po Boys, Caribbean fish tacos with chipotle tartar sauce and numerous salads. We did, however, find room for their homemade Key Lime pie and chocolate walnut pies. The chocolate walnut pie, served warm with vanilla bean ice cream, has a secret recipe that makes an interesting top crust, but the Key Lime was the runaway favorite.
Whether you’re looking for seafood or pork, Fish N Pig has the relaxing atmosphere, personal service and great food of a casual beachside resort.
Address: 6420 Moseley Dixon Road
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: Yes
Noise Level: Low
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Health Rating: 100
Price range: $7.95-$20.95
Rating: 3.5 stars