My parents have lived in Macon, Georgia for a few years now, so with this visit they were able to show us around and take us to some of their favorite places.
First stop: Macon Beer Company. They only open their doors every Saturday and third Thursday of the month, so I’m happy we were able to go! On their website, they describe themselves best:
“Macon Beer Company is a production brewery located in historic downtown Macon, GA. We have a unique perspective on brewing that comes from our Brew Master, who happens to also be a Professional Chemical Engineer. Our innovative recipes and techniques result in beer quality beyond industry standards. We have wild ideas and overly technical methods, but that’s simply a manifestation of our passion to make your mouth happy.“
We also headed to Just Tap’d to fill a few growlers with local beer to take back home. With so much beer available in Belgium, I’d love a place like this to refill and try new beer.
For dinner one night we headed to The Rookery for burgers and milkshakes, a classic combination that I wish would be popular here! I also discovered that alcoholic milkshakes are a thing!
Another evening we went to Jim Shaw’s Seafood Grill for some southern-style seafood with my grandparents. I had the surprise of dipping my sweet potato fries into a white sauce only to find out it was marshmallow cream!
One day for lunch, Grandma took all of the girls out to Brasserie Circa. This was one of my favorite meals while in Macon. The food and drinks were delicious! Brasserie Circa an American meats French style bistro. There are a lot of classics – both in sandwiches and cocktails!
For Valentine’s Day, Koen and I went on a double date to Natalia’s with my brother Grayson and my sister-in-law Tamar. Natalia’s is well-known Italian restaurant in Macon. I don’t recommend going on a special day like we did, because the restaurant was packed and we had a set menu (we had look ahead of time and nothing I originally wanted was on the menu that night). At least the ambience was cozy!
One more lunch out in Macon at The Mandarin, a self-proclaimed Chinese bistro. The food reminded me of the Chinese food I grew up eating. It’s funny how reference points change over time. In Belgium and the Netherlands, Chinese food has more of an Indonesian influence. But of course, Chinese food anywhere adapts to the tastes of the country it’s in. As my dad will happily tell you, when you order lunch at The Mandarin you receive a ton of food!