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Food and atmosphere are smokin' at Cheers

Jack Daniels barbecue wings with a Goose Burger, fries and beer are some of the choices at Cheers.
Jack Daniels barbecue wings with a Goose Burger, fries and beer are some of the choices at Cheers. Jason Vorhees/The Telegraph

Cheers looks a little rough from the outside, but inside are friendly people and some of the better bar food in town.

It has an association with the Grey Goose Player’s Club on Forsyth Road, and serves the “Original Goose Burger,” which is really just a hamburger, as I imagine you guessed. They have all the standard bar fare, a few fancier entrees, and crab legs on Saturday night.

You can smoke inside, so no kids allowed. But I wouldn’t say it’s unbearably smoky inside. There’s a porch where you can get some fresh air.

There’s a lot of country music on the radio. The twangy kind about family and Sept. 11. The walls are decorated with a lot of sports memorabilia, including actual golf bags.

Happy Hour starts at 11 a.m. They’re quick to remember your beverage of choice. You single gents should know that Tuesday and Thursday are ladies night, when wine is two for one.

The nachos are average, which of course means they’re pretty good. The Goose Burger is very good. It’s a half-pound beef patty with cheddar or swiss cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, etc., served on an excellent bun.

The fries are nothing special. They’re thick and krinkle cut.

The chicken wings are big and meaty, and they come in three varieties: Buffalo, barbecue and refried. I like the refried wings best. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on there, but the extra crunchiness and the zing make a difference.

Basically, it’s pretty top flight bar food, plus shrimp, steak and a couple of fish dishes. One of my co-workers says the fried shrimp basket is “wonderful.”

As for healthy food, they’ve got peel-and-eat shrimp (that’s healthy, right?) and salads. I had the Greek salad and it was fine. But I’m pretty sure it’s made with the same shredded lettuce they use on the nachos.

I was there one crowded night, waiting for a takeout order. And, in a first for me, some guy sent me a beer from across the room. That was a little awkward, but he was nice enough and said “Welcome to Cheers.”

And as I looked at another table of guys talking business over drinks, men with mustaches drinking Budweiser long necks at the bar, and the 40-something women in the corner sipping on red wine, I thought to myself: This is a place for many types of people.

CHEERS

3 stars

Address: 3852 Northside Drive, Macon

Phone: (478) 474-5006

Hours: Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Sunday

Price range: Most menu items from $6 to $11

Payment: Cash and major credit cards

Smoking: Yes

Alcohol: Full bar

Kids Menu: No

Noise Level: Medium to high

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Health Rating: 100

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