There are nearly as many “meat and twos” in this area as there are churches, but Miss Hattie’s Kitchen & Bakery stands out as one of the best. Everything we had was as delicious as anything we’ve had elsewhere and their desserts are out of this world.
But let’s slow down and start with how to get there. Bolingbroke is one of the prettiest little towns on the outskirts of Macon, just off of both Interstate 75 and Interstate 475. There’s one main road that parallels the railroad tracks, and Alexander Avenue is just off of that.
The restaurant is in a small house with an ADA ramp, outdoor seating and three medium-sized, low-ceiling dining rooms. My guest said it felt like grandma’s house, with its mismatched chairs and tables, framed quotes on the walls and antique furniture.
Just after we were seated, our server brought us two corn muffins and cherry butter (cherry preserves blended with butter). She handed us two sheets of paper, which served as both our menu and our order form. We chose between chicken fingers, hamburger steak or spaghetti for the meat, and 10 choices for our two sides. We also ordered the classic hamburger with fries to eat later. (The hand-pattied Angus beef was good hours later, even cold.)
I chose the chicken fingers with cucumber salad and deviled eggs. My friend, from Colorado, had not had much of either one and she particularly liked the cucumber, tomato and vinegar concoction. The chicken fingers and deviled eggs were solidly good but nothing to swoon over.
My mostly-vegetarian friend got the four veggie plate, with fried green tomatoes, a side salad, corn casserole and sautéed mushrooms. She liked it all, but the corn casserole and fried green tomatoes really stood out as special. In fact, the fried green tomatoes, with their thin but consistent crust and tangy tomatoes, were some of the best I’ve ever had.
We also tried the mac and cheese, made with tender pasta and old-fashioned béchamel. Again, this was one of the best I’ve had. The green beans and butter beans were basic but good.
If it stopped there, Miss Hattie’s would rate a strong three stars, but the desserts knock it up another half star. We chose from at least 10 different homemade goodies, from cookies and whoopie pies to layer cakes and bars. Our favorites were the chocolate cookies sandwiched around a green mint filling; the peanut butter brownie (perfection!); and the chocolate cake with raspberry filling, fluffy white frosting and fresh berries on top.
Miss Hattie’s also has 99-cent meals for children age 10 and younger all day on Wednesdays and catfish and steak on weekend nights. Check their Facebook page for their daily menu and definitely check them out for Sunday brunch and holiday orders.
Address: 7248 Alexander Ave., Bolingbroke
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: Yes
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 96
Price range: $8-$10
Rating: 3.5 stars