If you haven’t been by Parish on Cherry yet, you’re missing a great experience. We walked in for an early dinner and were greeted as if we were the best guests they had ever had.
The outside patio frequently holds live music under the copper penny sign, which matches the hand-made bar inside. Creative decor, like a New Orleans-style street lamp and antiqued murals, lend a festive air to Parish’s vibe.
Once we looked at the menu, we were immediately seduced by the Chef’s Daily Charcuterie for $15.50, a plateful of salami, soppressata, capicola, ham, cheeses, olive tapenade and French bread.
We enjoyed it, but wished we had looked over the menu first, as we had to pass up several items we would have rather tried, like Macon’s Bacon and the NOLA Seafood Dip. The bacon is smoked, candied and served with peach preserves. The cheesy seafood dip comes with coconut-infused baguette slices.
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Miss Susan’s Fried Green Tomatoes for $5.75 were smaller and thinner than ones I have had before, but the flavor was excellent with an enjoyable crunch. Other starters include boudin empanadas, gator bites and crab cakes.
Our shrimp basket included perfectly fried shrimp and intriguingly seasoned crescent fries, plus Vidalia onion slaw and hush puppies for $8.95. Chicken, oysters and grouper also come in baskets, or any of them can come in a po’ boy (fried) or po’ girl (grilled) for less than $9.
The NOLA Shrimp and Georgia Grits for $14.75 lacked a little something and were topped with raw chopped tomatoes and onion, which we weren’t fond of. At $17.95, the Low Country Boil was fun and tasty, but a bit pricey.
There were so many other entrees we would like to try next time, from the Monday Night Red Beans and Rice and the Bayou Burger to the muffuletta sandwich. There’s also a French Quarter Dip, a Shrimp Salad BLT, and, of course, etouffée and jambalaya.
For dessert, we tried the Bananas Foster and the beignets. For $5.50, you get a large bowl of basic vanilla ice cream topped with lovely caramelized bananas in butter and rum sauce. The beignets were harder and not as fluffy as beignets we’ve enjoyed before -- available with powdered sugar or cinnamon for $5.25.
Parish had a few snafus when its doors first opened, so if you tried it earlier, it’s time to go again. It’s in a great location, with great food and great service. The prices might be a little high for some items, but you can always order a few plates for the table and share the flavors of New Orleans with your friends.
Parish on Cherry
Address: 580 Cherry St., Macon
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: No
Noise Level: Medium
Health Rating: 99
Price range: $6.85-$21.55
Rating: 3 stars