"I have to make this place special because there's nothing special about it."
That's from Mike, the owner of Biscuits, Burgers & More on Millerfield Road. He's right -- and he's done it. After trying a home-cooking menu, like the dozens of others in town, he decided to create a line of burgers named for famous local musicians -- and he's been flying high ever since.
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As Southern rock plays on the dinky speaker in this four-table dive, Mike and one helper sling burgers, eggs, grits and biscuits as fast as they can make them. Charging customers for their meals seems almost an afterthought.
"Tell me where you're from. I've either been there or I'll make up a story about it."
Mike definitely holds court here, but at least he lets you eat while he does it. We started with a $5.50 Dickey Betts burger, a quarter-pound of black Angus beef topped with sautéed onions, blue cheese, Swiss cheese, thick dill pickles, bacon and the jus it all made on the grill. It's about six inches tall and makes a complete mess of the table and your face.
We had to try a biscuit, too. For just $3.50, the bacon, egg and cheese biscuit is barely related to the sad little things you get at fast food places. The bacon is cut from a slab smoked with oak, hickory, pecan, brown sugar and pink salt by Mike himself for a week. The egg is more of an omelette stuffed with Green Mountain extra sharp cheddar from Vermont. The biscuit itself is made by the dozen in a large pan and is about six inches in diameter.
He's also got 8-inch cinnamon rolls, but come early for those. Mike gets there at 3 a.m., gets the cinnamon rolls ready, and wraps up some biscuits for the in-a-rush early birds. When he's sold out, he's sold out.
We came late morning on a Saturday, so we didn't get to try some of the other fantastic-sounding items, like all-beef black angus hot dogs and the Pegasus pork chop sandwich. The breakfast burritos looked pretty good, too.
BB&M has several new burgers named for local musicians. The Gregg is a single bacon cheeseburger for $5.50; a double version for $7 is called the Dwayne. A Swiss version is the Berry Oakley and a bleu cheese version is the Jaimoe. A plain cheeseburger is the $4.75 Butch. The Warren comes as a chili, cheese and slaw dog for $2.75 or in burger form for $5.25.
I haven't even mentioned the pancakes, French toast and fantastic cheese grits made with that extra sharp cheddar. You're going to have to go for yourself -- just make sure you go early.
Biscuits Burgers and More
Address: 3497 Millerfield Road, Macon
Hours: 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7-11 a.m. Saturday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: No
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 95
Price range: $2.79-$6.99
Rating: 3 stars