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Bear Bites: J. Christopher’s

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The buffalo chicken quesadilla is served with a side of black beans. Photo by Peter Garcia.

The buffalo chicken quesadilla is served with a side of black beans. Photo by Peter Garcia.

The buffalo chicken quesadilla is served with a side of black beans. Photo by Peter Garcia.

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J. Christopher’s is a small chain based out of Atlanta with a location just off Bass Road here in Macon, Ga.

Serving only breakfast and lunch, J. Christopher’s strikes a unique balance between cheap diner breakfast and a pricy brunch meal.

The Good:

The Food

Though their menu is huge, everything at J. Christopher’s is tasty. I tried the sausage and gravy skillet, which came piled on a small cast iron skillet. It was hearty and filling.

Junior Elizabeth Daniels tried something from the lunch side of the menu, a buffalo chicken quesadilla.

“That was a really, really good quesadilla,” Daniels said.

Photographer Peter Garcia tried something on the sweeter side and had banana nut bread french toast. The french toast was sweet without being overly sugary, and the texture of nuts came through with each bite, he said.

The Atmosphere

J. Christopher’s is lined from wall to wall with portraits of famous actors, Andy Warhol re-creations and more. Each table is set with multi-colored, mismatched mugs.

“It feels homey, with the eclectic mugs and artwork,” Garcia said. The comfortable feeling is enhanced by good service and constant refills on coffee.

The Questionable:

The Price

Most items on the menu are around $10, give or take depending on how hungry you are. The portions of the items vary greatly.

My skillet and Daniel’s quesadilla were big enough to take home leftovers, but Garcia’s french toast was closer to the size of a large dessert, even though they were all around the same price.

The Bad:

Location

As is the case with many of North Macon’s great dining options, J. Christopher’s is out of the way for most Mercer students.

Despite its distance away, J. Christopher’s is well worth the drive. Once you get there, it is easy to spend a little while sitting and talking with friends while enjoying mug after mug of coffee.

The food is all around good, and the menu is large enough to please anyone. J. Christopher’s is just a great weekend brunch spot to relax and enjoy without paying too much.

Rating:

Will 4/5

Peter 4/5

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