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Bear Bites: Ocmulgee Brewpub

Bear Bites: Ocmulgee Brewpub

Will Darragh, Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Bear Bites, Lifestyle

Downtown Macon is home to some classic local favorites that serve burgers and other American food, so do they really need another burger place? This is the question I asked myself as I entered the Ocmulgee Brewpub located on 2nd Street right next to Bearfoot Tavern, which is an already established place...

Bear Bites: LaDDa Bistro

Bear Bites: LaDDa Bistro

Will Darragh, Staff Writer

February 21, 2017


Filed under Bear Bites, Lifestyle, Showcase

Self-proclaimed as “the next best trend to hit downtown Macon,” LaDDa Bistro on Cherry Street breaks outside the normal barriers of Asian food, offering a huge menu full of both Thai dishes and Southern specialties.

Bear Bites: Ingleside Village Pizza

Bear Bites: Ingleside Village Pizza

Marianna Bacallao, Staff Writer

February 3, 2017


Filed under Bear Bites, Lifestyle, Showcase

"It honest-to-god looks like the set of an ISpy Book, if the theme was 'inside the mind of an indie filmmaker.'"

Bear Bites: Fish N’ Pig

Bear Bites: Fish N’ Pig

Will Darragh, Staff Writer

December 14, 2016


Filed under Bear Bites

Near the shores of Lake Tobesofkee sits a restaurant made through the combined effort of two Macon staples: Jim Shaw’s Seafood Restaurant and Scatterfield BBQ. I guess the name just made sense — Fish N’ Pig. The eatery is just a 15-minute trip down Mercer University Drive, plus a couple of turns. ...

Bear Bites: Bluetick Mercantile Co.

Bear Bites: Bluetick Mercantile Co.

Will Darragh, Staff Writer

November 17, 2016


Filed under Bear Bites, Lifestyle, Showcase

Normally, I don’t feel the need to travel outside the circle of great food selections in the city of Macon, but when I heard about a newly-opened European style cafe serving up farm to table soups, salads and sandwiches, I had to drive a little extra to see what this place was all about. Visitin...

Bear Bites: Tropical Flava

Bear Bites: Tropical Flava

Will Darragh, Staff Writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under Bear Bites, Lifestyle, Showcase

Tropical Flava might sound like some curbside snowcone stand, but don’t let the name fool you; Tropical Flava is an authentic Jamaican restaurant serving an array of Caribbean food as good as it gets. Located on the corner of Ingleside and Corbin Avenues, it is an experience well worth the seven minute dri...

Bear Bites on the map

Bear Bites on the map

Sarah Pounds, Online Editor

October 30, 2016


Filed under Bear Bites, Multimedia

Looking for a new restaurant to try? The Cluster has done the taste tests for you -- and we have all the juicy details. Explore Macon's local restaurants through the map below as well as our Bear Bites column. ...

Bear Bites: Jim Shaw’s Seafood Grill

Bear Bites: Jim Shaw’s Seafood Grill

Will Darragh, Staff Writer

October 16, 2016


Filed under Bear Bites, Lifestyle, Showcase

Tucked in between two gravel parking lots is an inconspicuous-looking building with an old sign reading, “Jim Shaw’s Seafood Restaurant.” The inside was just what one might expect from any old seafood joint. Marianna Bacallao, another Cluster writer who came with me, described the small dining ar...

Bear Bites: Grey Goose Players Club

Bear Bites: Grey Goose Players Club

Will Darragh, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2016


Filed under Bear Bites, Lifestyle, Showcase

It’s not easy to find a restaurant that can please everyone, but Grey Goose Players Club has a menu that can satisfy anyone from the everyday chicken finger lover to an exciting flavor seeker. Just a quick 10-minute drive from Mercer’s campus, this tavern may appear to be a country club serving po...

Bear Bites: Laniers

Bear Bites: Laniers

Will Darragh, Contributing Writer

September 28, 2016


Filed under Bear Bites, Lifestyle

When we arrived at Laniers Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., we expected to find another crowded downtown restaurant, bustling with servers and patrons. The tale of Laniers is accurately told with what we actually found: an empty restaurant, save for a waiter and a cook watching the football game and chatting ...

Bear Bites: Kudzu Seafood Company

Bear Bites: Kudzu Seafood Company

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Bear Bites, Lifestyle

While Macon may be landlocked, you can still find good seafood downtown in the form of southern coastal inspired Kudzu Seafood Company. The restaurant opened in January of 2015 and has become a lunch spot for those searching for a quick bite of fresh seafood.   The Good: Fried Crawfi...

Bear Bites: Grow

Bear Bites: Grow

Katie Atkinson, News Editor

August 28, 2016


Filed under Bear Bites

  Nestled on Riverside Drive is a culinary jewel that doesn’t disappoint. Locally sourced and served, the cuisine at Grow is a cut above. The restaurant has one simple tagline: “fresh local food,” and the owners intend to live up to that. A quick chat with owner Saralyn Harvey told ...

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