A Macon staple since 1935, Fincher’s savory smoked fare and signature sauce is the first of its kind to leave orbit, traveling on two separate space missions at the request of an astronaut. Topping the streamlined menu is the barbecue pig, a classic chopped-pork sandwich ($2.28), which pairs perfectly with french fries ($1.59) or a cup of brunswick stew ($1.10). The chicken plate ($6.85) unites a half pound of the prized protein with fries, slaw, and buns. For fall-off-the-bone goodness, sample the slow-cooked St. Louis rib plate ($7.99), accompanied by three sides and a succession of satisfied lip smacks.
Fresh Air Bar-B-Que's owners, David and George Barber, preserve family recipes passed down by their grandfather and continue to slow-cook barbecue pork, Brunswick stew, and a menu steeped in traditional Southern flavor harking back to the restaurant’s 1929 founding.
Memphis BBQ Grill's head chef channels the barbecuing traditions of his native Memphis as he pilots a culinary team in crafting a menu dappled with smoked turkey, pulled pork, and Texas-style beef brisket. Meal-prefacing portions of barbecue baked potatoes ($5.99) arrive cradling barbecued pork, beef, or chicken in a starchy satchel. Sandwiches bridge bun halves with pulled pork ($5.99 for large), chicken ($6.49 for large), and suspension cables. Gastronomic gurus baste smoked turkey slices ($8.99) before suspending them over open flames, and beef brisket ($11.79 for a large order) lounges for 18 hours over immolating hickory wood.
Armed with an array of more than 20 fresh ingredients, the cheerful culinary wranglers at Moe's create scrumptious Southwestern food for carnivores and vegetarians alike. After perusing the menu, grab tasty tortilla canvases then watch as your edibles are crafted into burritos, tacos, quesadillas and nachos. Crunch on the chips and salsa included with every meal, or kick crisps up a notch with selections such as the Overacheiver tacos bedecked with your choice of meat (grilled sirloin steak, chicken, ground beef, tofu, or pulled pork), beans, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce, sour cream and guacamole ($3.89). Hefty handhelds include eats such as the Joey Bag of Donuts—a burrito filled with a choice of meat along with beans, rice, shredded cheese and pico de gallo ($6.69). The veggie-friendly Art Vandalay offers the same delectable insides without the meat ($5.59).
The Southern cooking sages at Café Le Rue hearken to the bayous of Louisiana while conjuring up the robust dishes that adorn their menu of authentic Cajun delicacies. Appetizers roust slumbering appetites more efficiently than donning a belly shirt in a blizzard, with selections such as sweet corn and jalapeño hush puppies ($6.99), or fried oysters sidled up next to a spicy rémoulade sauce ($11.99). Po boys and wraps ($9.99) extinguish hand-held hunger pangs, while shrimp and crawfish étouffe snuggles together two types of shellfish on a bed of rice ($10.99). Sautéed sausage anoints the hot n spicy red beans and rice ($10.99), affording diners the privilege of sampling the flavors of the Gulf without robbing a museum of Louis Armstrong's lunch pail.
Buckhead Bar and Grill is an old-fashioned steakhouse, serving up delicious USDA prime beef, fresh seafood, all-natural poultry, and creative culinary twists on classic southern staples. The chef relies on locally grown organic produce, all-natural grass-fed beef, and free-range lamb to prepare the multifaceted meats and vivacious vittles featured on the menu. Whet a rasping appetite with the fried fresh calamari ($13) or jumbo-lump crab cake ($13) before moving on to more substantial fishy fare, such as the panko-encrusted Norwegian salmon ($26). Carnivorous cravings get speared with Buckhead’s savory selection of steaks, made with USDA prime Black Angus beef, including the maytag blue cheese 8-ounce filet mignon ($38) or the pepper-encrusted 10-ounce sirloin ($29). Green-eating grazers can choose from the wedge or caesar salads ($10 each) or the fire-roasted vegetable medley ($12). A selection of homespun sides, including whipped garlic mashed potatoes, stone-ground grits, and lobster bisque create the perfect complement to any flattery-loving meal. Indulge squealing sweet teeth with desserts like crème brûlée ($6) or homemade red-velvet cake ($6) plucked fresh from the February red-velvet fields.