Sometimes it only takes a few people to make an impact and support a movement. That's exactly what these two well-known "mamas" did.
Mama Louise and Mama Hill, co-owners of the legendary H&H Restaurant, played a big part in Macon's rock 'n' roll movement in the late '60s, and they dished out some pretty unforgettable food while they were at it.
Family and first names are the main focus of the place. The laid-back feel along with the down-to-earth vibe makes everyone feel at home. Something a little different about the restaurant is the way you pay - you go into the kitchen and pay in the back, another way to bring everyone closer. The dining room is mostly basic. It has a low-maintenance look with a flair you can't resist. There are a fair amount of tables in the room, and each came with four chairs and a tablecloth straight from the South. Plastic, brightly colored and decorated with flowers, the tablecloths bring personality to each sitting.
What I found most impressive was H&H's Deep South breakfast. Eggs, grits, bacon - it came with it all. This breakfast is the perfect remedy to any Saturday morning hunger.
I came in and seated myself, and while I was waiting for my early bird pal I ordered a much-needed coffee. Breakfast was an easy order. Every morning it's the same: eggs, with or without cheese, choice of meat, grits and biscuits. I enjoy the basic breakfast you can never grow out of.
While waiting for our food we chatted and took notice of all the pictures and posters adorning the walls. Bands like the Allman Brothers, Stillwater and many others left their mark on H&H, or should we say H&H left their mark on them.
Shortly after we ordered our food came. My breakfast was great; I got eggs with cheese, bacon and grits for $5. The eggs were cooked well, and the bacon was thick and crispy. And for the grits, add a little salt and pepper, and they were the best on the plate.
Lunch runs a little differently at the place. Each day they serve certain foods, and you have your choice of three vegetables, choice of meat and cornbread. I ordered collard greens, black-eyed peas, beans and fried chicken, all for $7.80.
The lunch crowd was moderately large, and there were a few large parties eating in. The main attraction during lunch was the jukebox they had in the room - it was always getting attention.
It took the food a little longer to arrive at lunch, but the service was still quick. My food was again appetizing; the chicken was cooked just right. The collards were cooked like traditional Southern collards would be, and the beans were flavored ideally. My favorite from lunch was the cornbread. I have a weakness for good cornbread, and "good" is an understatement for theirs.
H&H serves up soul food, along with a lot of soul. True Southern soul - the food captures your stomach while the people capture your heart; and remember, just call 'em mama.
807 Forsyth St.
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Kids menu: No
Vegetarian menu: No
Handicapped accessible: Yes
Health code rating: 93