Creamy grits, crispy bacon, cheesy eggs, flaky biscuits, gooey grilled pimento cheese sandwiches — my mouth waters just thinking about Macon's new brunch spot, J. Christopher's.
Just off of Bass Road, around the corner from Pig In A Pit, the restaurant is a little hidden if you don’t know it’s there. I was concerned when it first opened that the location might effect its business, but since I found out my friend’s mom drives all the way from Barnesville — sometimes twice a week — just to eat at J. Christopher’s, I’m not too worried because it means the word is getting out about just how good this place is.
I’ve visited J. Christopher’s on several occasions, and though the menu includes just as many lunch options as breakfast options, I’ve tended to stick with the breakfast fare because it’s my favorite.
My favorite menu item has to be the Pantry Feast, which I got with a slice of Maple French Toast, scrambled eggs, grits, sausage and fruit. You can also get this meal with other options of two Blueberry Crunchcakes, (pancakes, which I hear are great), oven-roasted potatoes and bacon. The French toast was delicious! It was soft and moist, and not a bit dry. The grits were creamy and buttery, and tasted lighter than grits usually do, while the sausage links were plump and flavorful.
My friend ordered the Just Bubba, a buttermilk biscuit covered in sausage gravy and served with sausage links, cheddar scrambled eggs, oven-roasted potatoes and fruit. She said her biscuit was flaky and the potatoes crispy, and she liked the big chunks of sausage in the gravy as well as the fact that her scrambled eggs were loaded with cheese.
She also commented that she thinks the coffee is the best in town as far as any restaurant in Macon goes. She said the flavor is strong in comparison to most restaurant coffee that tastes watered down.
As far as lunch items go, I tried the Waldorf (fancy schmancy) Salad while another friend of mine had the Down Home Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich. He said the sandwich was very buttery and cheesy, and the slices of bacon, which had a smoky flavor, made the sandwich.
My salad was called fancy schmancy and it definitely fit that category. It came topped with the house-made chicken salad, sweet and spicy pecans, and loaded with fruit such as strawberries, cranberries, apples and grapes. While the chicken salad was sweet, the whole salad had a sort of spicy kick to it that all worked together.
On other visits I’ve also tried the Shrimp and Grits Signature Skillet and Traditional Breakfast, and have been happily satisfied with both, but there are still so, so many more dishes I can’t wait to try!
Address: 220 Starcadia Circle, Macon
Phone: (478) 476-0220
Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily
Price range: $1.49-$12.79
Vegetarian selections: Yes
Children’s menu: Yes
Noise level: Moderate
Handicapped accessible: Yes
Latest health code rating: 94