The freshman’s survival guide to Macon

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La Berry Frozen Yogurt
4646 Forsyth Road
This frozen yogurt shop on Forsyth Road recently opened in 2011. As frozen yogurt continues to become more and more popular, the Macon community and Mercer students cannot get enough La Berry! This frozen yogurt shop has eight different flavors to choose from and the flavors change daily. Once you have chosen your yogurt, do not forget to stop by the topping bar and take advantage of the wide variety of toppings that you can add to your yogurt. Yogurt is sold by the ounce and punch cards are available for frequent customers. With the punch card, for every six yogurts you purchase at La Berry, your next six-ounce yogurt is free! Be sure to check out their Facebook page to stay updated with any offers that they may have and to find out what different flavors they are offering daily. La Berry is an inexpensive and healthier way to tackle your sweet tooth. If you’re craving something sweet, make your way to this frozen yogurt shop!

The Rookery
543 Cherry Street
The Rookery is a popular hang out for many college students. Whether they’re in the mood for lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, or just to stop by the bar for a drink, The Rookery is the place to go. The Rookery serves a wide variety of American-style food, including appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and burgers. Every Wednesday night around 8 p.m., this downtown joint hosts a trivia night and anyone is welcome to participate. The trivia teams compete for prizes such as gift certificates and tickets to local attractions. Whether you want to get a team together to participate in trivia night, or if you just want to come and try some of their famous burgers, make your way downtown to this popular hang out!

Moe’s Southwest Grill
3111 Vineville Avenue
Moe’s Southwest Grill, located on Vineville Avenue, is quite a popular choice for college students. Especially on a Monday. On Mondays, Moe’s hosts their famous ‘Moe Monday’ where customers can purchase a burrito, chips, and a drink all for only five dollars. Many Mercer students choose to take advantage of this special offer. If you want to get a lot of food for only five dollars, check out Moe’s Southwestern Grill on a Monday! Moes is also quite a popular choice for students on Tuesdays through Sundays as well. Also, don’t forget that you can use your Bear Bucks at this local restaurant. Add some cash to your bear card and head over to Moe’s Southewestern Grill!

Bear’s Den
1191 Oglethorpe Street
The Bear’s Den, located just a few short blocks from campus, is known for their famous southern style cookin’. Their menu features a wide variety of what is known as, ‘southern soul food’ such as: fried chicken, green beans, biscuits, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, and of course, sweet tea. Their menu items change daily. The Bear’s Den is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. unil 3 p.m.  Since this popular southern style restaurant is only opened for lunch,  stop by in between classes to grab a quick meal! If youre craving some southern style cookin’ after 3 p.m., remember that they still cook take out orders until 6 p.m. Come in and try this restuarant that has been popular since 1989!

Lemongrass
442 Cherry Street
Lemongrass is a sushi and Thai bistro that is located downtown. They serve lunch and dinner daily and they serve brunch on Sundays. Lemongrass chef, Saravudh “Tom” Sarrtsud, is a Bangkok-native  who brings his native cooking skills to the table. With the use of fresh ingredients and with a hint of Asian flare, this restaurant serves and prepares bright and flavorful dishes that have continued to please the Macon community. This Thai cuisine is known for its balance of 5 flavors: spicy, sour, sweet, salty, and bitter. Lemongrass offers traditional Thai dishes,  Thai Fusion, and they even offer non-Thai specialties. If you’re in the mood for some fresh sushi and Thai cuisine, this local restaurant is a must!

Bearfoot Tavern
401 Cherry Street
This local tavern was the new addition to the downtown area in November of 2011; so far it has been a hit! This restaurant is decked out with Mercer spirit and has a sporty atmosphere. They capture the atmosphere of a sports bar by having a total of 16 flat screen televisions covering the walls and having a personal 24 inch screen television in each booth. Owner Ceasare Mammarella says to The Telegraph, “I want this to be Mercer’s sports bar.  They are our hometown college and it is important that as their programs continue to expand we support them as a community.” If you’re looking for a place to eat some good food while watching sporting events with friends, Bearfoot Tavern is the place to be!

Greek Corner Deli
587 Cherry Street
Greek Corner Deli is located in downtown Macon and is famous for their hummus, sandwiches, and gyros. This is a very popular lunch joint for many Mercer students. The quick service and low priced food draws in many graduate and undergraduate students. Owners Arty and Desi Passias have recently opened another location on Forsyth Streeth. This new addition serves the same Greek cuisine as Greek Corner Deli. However, they also serve pizza. Both restaurants also serve a wide variety of pastries if you’re in the mood to tackle your sweet tooth. If you’re craving a Greek-style meal, then Greek Corner Deli is definitely the way to go!