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Suggestions for Macon/Warner Robins area?

OK GA chowhounds! - Come on out and fill a gal in on what's what in your neck of the woods. I'm moving from Chain-Restaurant Central (oops, Tampa Bay) to Warner Robins in the next few weeks, and want to know good places to grub at. I think I'm chain-immune at this point, so if you all have some good down-home suggestions (read: non-chain!), please holler up. :)

(I'm also looking for good alternatives to Wild Oats and/or Whole Foods. I'm a carnivore, but I do love tofu and organic stuff. So, if you know of any natural foods stores in those areas, post up!)

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  1. If you like hot dogs, Macon's main claim to fame may be Nu-way, which has several locations around the area but is local. Good dogs, very cheap. You can Google them to get specifics on locations, but I'm pretty sure they have one or two near WR.

    1. It's a little outside Macon but Buckners Family Restaurant! It's family style dining, all you can eat for around $12. You sit around a table with people you don't know and the biggest lazy susan you'll ever see. Fried chicken is always on the menu and they alternate the second meat option. I always go on bbq day. Check their hours though, they aren't open daily. Here's a link with more info and pictures.


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      1. re: jcreasy

        Thanks to both of you. :) I was in Warner Robins over the weekend to sign the lease on our new home, and was pretty impressed with the number of mom-and-pop places there. (And the fact that Publix was there, also!) Looks like I'm going to have a good ol' time chow-hounding my way through Warner Robins. lol

      2. OK, here's the skinny on Warner Robins. I was just there for a week and I sampled different restaurants every day.
        Near Robins AFB, you have:
        "The Boarding House" where for $7.49 you sit at long picnic tables and they place platters of ribs and fried chicken; bowls of greens, corn, macaroni/cheese, cabbage, potato salad, and black eyed peas; biscuits and cornbread; and banana pudding. Sweet tea is no extra charge. This lunch only hog troph is one of a kind and I did not need to eat dinner that night. 5 stars on the full belly-ometer.
        "When Pigs Fly" is an a la carte mom&pop BBQ nearby. That was pretty good.
        A better BBQ is at Russell & Houston Lake Rd called "Georgia Bob's." The pretty girl behind the counter offered me a sample plate while I tried to decide what I was eating for dinner. She gave me a plate with a rib, a glob of pulled pork, brunswick stew, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, and chicken salad. I was half full before I ordered. I got the ribs & pork special with 2 sides, bread, and sweet tea for under $10. Good clean seating area & mgmt makes sure you are happy. 2 thumbs up.
        "Carino's" (may be a chain) on Watson is one of the best Italian meals I have ever had. For $12-13 I had gorgonzola penne pasta (incredibly good) and soup or caesar salad is unlimited. Put this one on your list.
        "Buffalo's" has trivia contests Tuesdays and Thursdays. The wings are good, but the guys with me rated everything else other than wings "lousy".
        "Tacito's" (sp) is a Mexican restaurant in a strip mall 4 or 5 miles from the base. My super nachos had a pool of liquid cheese underneath and I had to eat it with a fork. It sucked, but my friend's burrito looked good. Enter at your own risk.
        "Ichiban" got bad reviews from my friends. Locals said "Zen" is the best Japanese.
        Bon Appetit & Good Luck.

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        1. re: hammerhead7

          Hammerhead, you rock. :) I finally made the move here to WR and had the displeasure of eating at a place on Watson that called itself a country buffet - the food was really lousy and had left me thinking there had to be SOMETHING that wasn't a chain and that was a lot better.

          Funny that I'm running into this post tonight, as we're looking for a place to have some dinner. Carino's is a chain, but you know something... I'll be there if it means good food! lol

          Thanks, Hammerhead. You're a wealth of information. :)

        2. For fine dining, try Marco's italian in north Macon, Tic Toc Room downtown on MLK for as NY-esque as Macon gets, Luigi's is great Italian downtown, Bert's downtown for a good lunch, the Downtown Grille for a pub-like atmosphere. All of these are owned by locals (somehow, lots of Italian locals no joke!).

          As for Nu-Way, beware! They're really good, but hot pink (I'm sure that's natural, right?!).

          For tofu etc, try Annie's Natural Foods downtown. good luck!


          1. All good suggestions on this thread, but your forgetting what GA is famouse for ... PEACHES. Lanes Package Company on hwy 96W. They have a great salad bar, awesome home made soups, and great desserts. Try it out you'll love the PEACH COBBLER with homemade peach ice cream!

            1. If you like Thai, try Thai Kitchen, a little hole in the wall on Watson Blvd across from civic center. The Panang Curry pork or chicken dish and Tom Kha soup (with chicken) are the best that I tasted anywhere including Atlanta, California, etc.

              1. There is also the White Diamond Grill in Bonaire. Bonaire is maybe five miles or so from Warner-Robins Air Force Base. Good BBQ here. www.choppedonion.com

                1. In Birmingham, on Ingleside Drive, is a great pizza/beer joint called Ingleside Village Pizza. It's run by an old friend of mine from back in the day when I lived there. They hand-toss their pizzas and it's a funky atmosphere. Here's a link: http://www.inglesidevillagepizza.com/
                  If you go, tell Tina, the owner, that Big Daddy sent you.

                  1. OK, well, it's been a year since I posted that, and almost that since I moved here. Chow-hounding through Houston County has been a riot, for sure.

                    Some observations:

                    - For Italian food - Johnny Carino's (yes, it's a chain) was a huge, huge disappointment. I did try Santina's on Russell Parkway very recently, and that was outstanding.

                    - Tried local favorite Nu-Way once. Neon pink hot dogs, frankly, scare the blue hell out of me. lol Their patty melts are wonderful, though.

                    - Someone suggested Lane Packing on 96... I make it a point to stop there regularly. Thanks for the tip. :) (And if they're out of peach muffins at any given time, I probably bought the last of them.... *whistles*)

                    - White Diamond (Bonaire), Georgia Bob's (WR) and Grillmaster (Perry) BBQs - I absolutely can't stand liver, but if any of those places had that as the only thing they have left - I'd probably buy it. Hell, I'd probably buy the rest of it out.

                    - Indian food: Brindavan in Macon (off I-475 and Eisenhower) - never again. Shahenshah in Warner Robins? Again. And again. And again. You get the idea. I haven't tried the latest offering - Ali Baba - but ohhh, I will...

                    - My Sister's Cafe (Perry, off Sam Nunn) - kick-butt breakfasts (take a friend and a wheelbarrow so they can take you outta there), but lunch?.... not so much.

                    - Edenz Vegetarian Restaurant opened on Russell Parkway here in WR, and closed not very long afterwards. Damn shame too. They had some wonderful veggie burgers, and the whole menu looked promising.

                    - Incidentally - out of all the places here in Houston County - Warner Robins is murder on new restaurants. If you're not the 'hot thang' right off the bat - there's a heck of a chance of flatlining before a review or a blurb has been mentioned in the Macon Telegraph.

                    I still haven't been very satisfied with grocery-store replacements for Wild Oats/Whole Foods - but both Kroger and Publix has been wonderful with ordering the tofu I was getting in Tampa, as well as other vegetarian items. And at the rate Warner Robins is expanding, it's going to be Box-Store Central around here - so a Wild Oats/Whole Foods thingamajig can't be too far off...

                    So thanks again to everyone that's left suggestions - I aim to try more and of course, report back here... but here's hoping that a closet Chow-hounder might be moving to the area, and looking for just such a post... :)

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                    1. re: miznic

                      Ali Baba's is awesome. It's one of our favorite places to eat in WR. The food is always delicious, though the service can be hit or miss. We've tried pretty much everything on the menu and would give rave reviews on everything. The only thing that I'm not crazy about is the french fries that accompany all the sandwiches, but you can add a greek salad instead that is perfect!

                      Another new favorite is Thai Pepper on Russell, near Corder road.

                    2. I am fond of Miss Piggy Bar-B-Que, which is just east of Fort Valley on Ga. 49. But I have never tried the bbq there. A Cuban couple from Florida bought the place and added Cuban plates and sandwiches to the menu. It is very good home-style Cuban cooking, as one of the Latinos who was eating there told me that it was “real” Cuban food.

                      I also like Emilio’s Cuban Café, which is just south of the Air Force base on Hwy. 247.

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                      1. re: Blue Eagle

                        Doggone it, I KNEW I meant to add a few places to my "to-chow" list... lol! Thanks for reminding me!! (Oh, Saigon House in the same strip mall where Emilio's is at? Wonderful place. Yummy yummy yummy...)

                      2. For some fantastic meat and three, head to H&H in downtown Macon. Best fried chicken I have ever tasted and darn good fried pork chops too. Be aware though, you will leave smelling like grease.

                        Another spot in Macon is Jeanette's and as someone mentioned earlier, Buckner's doth rock!