Satterfield’s is one of those places that everyone who lives here or visits should go to at least once in their lives. The food is delicious, but the ambience is unmatched.
It’s a low-ceiling and little place, with pig paraphernalia hanging everywhere and a wood-burning stove going on the screened-in porch in the cold months. It’s your wacky relative’s hunting cabin with a side of boiled peanuts.
If I could, I’d go to Satterfield’s all the time, but unfortunately they’re only open for lunch on weekdays, probably adding to its allure. I’ve found my favorite -- the turkey goblets -- and order it all the time, but I made myself branch out for this review.
We always start with a big bowl of boiled peanuts, which somehow soak up that wood smoky smell. The food comes out pretty fast, so a small bowl would work as well.
We had the hickory smoked pulled pork plate with two sides for $9.50 and the smoked chicken half with two sides for $8.95. I had forgotten how much I like their smoked meats -- the barbecue was smoky and sauced with a vinegar base and the chicken fell off the bone.
The sides we had were the squash casserole and the macaroni and cheese and both were generous and delicious. Other sides -- and I’ve had them all -- include cole slaw, green beans, baked beans, collard greens, Brunswick stew and fresh fruit. You can also get a salad for $5.25 and add $1.25 to get pulled pork, smoked turkey or smoked turkey salad on top.
Speaking of their smoked turkey salad, it’s delicious. It’s a great item to get by the pound and keep in the fridge for impromptu picnics and hungry teenagers. Barbecue, angus brisket, maple ham, pimento cheese, ribs and even quail is available by the pound as well.
Their daily lunch specials for $7.95 are a barbecue plate on Monday, half a chicken or turkey on Tuesday, wild card Wednesday, and hamburger steak with hand-cut fries on Thursday. Friday’s special of catfish filets, hush puppies, slaw and fries is a little more at $8.75.
If you still have room, get dessert with your lunch. We love the homemade banana pudding for $1.50, with apple or peach cobbler at the same price. Key lime pie or pecan is a little more at $2.25, but well worth it.
If you find yourself downtown around lunchtime, make a trip over to Satterfield’s and enjoy a piece of history. They’ve been around for more than 30 years now -- they definitely know what they’re doing.
Address: 120 New St., Macon
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: No
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 93
Price range: $5.25-$10.50
Rating: 3.5 stars