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Jun 4, 2009 05:47 PM

Good Eats in Macon, Georgia??

As a foodie, I'm convinced that there is good food in every city, it's just that you have to find it. I will be there for 2 weeks for work and am searching for excellent local food. (At this point, I'll also settle for half-way decent too.) Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and will add to my summer culinary experience in Macon. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Nu-Way at 430 Cotton Ave downtown is pure Macon, a local hotdogs and burgers place that dates back to 1916. I'm not sure I completely "get it," but locals raised on the chili dogs and fries are extremely fond of Nu-Way in the same sense that a crack ho is fond of, well, crack. You've gotta go for lunch at least once and check it out.

    Len Berg's at 240 Post Office Alley is another local Macon joint that's been around since forever. They are in a rather Labyrinthian building or series of buildings - who knows?? - and this is the meat and three home-cooking sort of place that many of the folks who work downtown patronize. I always recall their portions being pretty modest, but good. Can't recall if they're open for dinner or not....

    For BBQ, try Fincher's at 3947 Houston Ave. This is, again, a local's favorite in the original location dating back to the 1930s.

    Finally, whenever I'm driving through Macon and want to grab sonmething good to go, I get off on Arkwright Road Exit, turn south, and pass by McDonalds and Krystal and all those other places and stop at Papouli's, off on the left just past Northside Drive. It's in a little strip center along with Starbucks, Papa Johns, and Dunkin' Donuts, They have very decent made to order gyros and felafel wraps, and you can also get a sides like a small Greek salad, a serving of baba ganoush, or an order of stuffed grape leaves. They're not as good as the little Mediterranean place on the ground floor of my sister's Greenwich Village apartment building, but then again, what is?

    I know there's gotta be other good places there, but those are the places a drive-by guy likes to frequent when passing through.

    1. If you are on an expense account, Marco’s Ristorante Italiano or Natalia’s are two of the best restaurants in Macon.

      For lunch or breakfast in downtown Macon, the Market City Café is a good choice.

      Ingleside Village Pizza has the best pizza in Macon.

      On the north side of Macon, J. Christopher's is a good place for breakfast or lunch. I love their grilled Pimento Cheese sandwich for lunch. Another good choice in this area is Pig in a Pit BBQ.

      Len Berg’s went out of business a few years ago, so it is not an option.

      And June is peach season in Georgia, so be sure and go to Lane Southern Orchard near Fort Valley or Dickey Farms near Musella for peaches, ice cream and other treats.

      You didn’t really say what you were looking for. If you have any other questions, I will try to answer.

      1. Here is a link to some places around the Macon area: