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Bear Bites: Pho Saigon

The Pho Tai is vietnamese noodle soup with eye round steak. With a little sriracha and hoisin sauce, it has just the right amount of sweet and heat.

Nick Wooten, Managing Editor

March 30, 2016

Any pun I can make here isn’t fit for print, so I’ll keep it simple: Pho is delicious. I’ve had few encounters with the wonderful Vietnamese noodle soup, but I’ve loved every one. The mint and basil flavors poking through the meaty broth with hints of just a little bit of sriracha and hoisin...

Bear Bites: Joy’s Home Cooking Buffet

Joy’s Home Cooking Buffet fails to impress Managing Editor Nick Wooten and Sports Editor Justin Baxley

Nick Wooten, Managing Editor

March 16, 2016

All-you-can-eat buffets exemplify everything exceptional and abhorrent about being American. The bright hotlamps, staggering variety and snot-nosed children who don’t understand the concept of tongs are ever-present working cogs in America’s most nauseating capitalistic ventures. They resul...

Bear Bites: Bearfoot Tavern

The J.L. Dagg Burger at Barefoot Tavern is one of the items from the restaurant's new menu.

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor

February 24, 2016

Bearfoot Tavern is back from an extensive facelift. I’m probably not the first person to say this, but it's about time. In the past, when a friend suggested a meal at Bearfoot, I felt my taste buds protest in disgust. Now, with a new menu, a new location and a pub-esque façade, the recently ...

Bear Bites: Biscuits, Burgers & More

The Dickey Betts' burger is blackened and topped with bacon, blue cheese, Swiss cheese, mushrooms and onions. Biscuit Burgers and more wow taste buds with so many flavors packed into their burgers.

Nick Wooten, Managing Editor

February 14, 2016

Justin and Nick cross the Jones County line and their taste buds are thrown into a 'wild party'

Bear Bites: Molly’s Red Rooster Café

Molly's Red Rooster Cafe serves its sandwiches The sandwiches in cutout sheets meant to resemble a page of the Telegraph, the daily British newspaper.

Nick Wooten, Managing Editor

December 2, 2015

Molly's Red Rooster Cafe dishes out great food with a side of southern hospitality.

Bear Bites: Cox Cafe

Cox Cafe has been serving cafeteria-style since 1996.

Nick Wooten, Managing Editor

October 28, 2015

I had an existential crisis at 694 Lower Poplar St. The small white brick building along that potholed road seemed like it had been pumping out collard greens and mac and cheese well before my time. But the bright red sign read “since 1996.” The cafeteria-style service, old round tables an...

Bear Bites: Maggio’s Italian Grill gets almost perfect marks

Maggio’s located at 1693 Bass Road offers up great Italian food with phenomenal service.

Nick Wooten, Managing Editor

September 10, 2015

When you're here, you're special. Unlike its larger Italian counterparts, the simplicity of Maggio’s is refreshing. You won't find tacky ornamental work or stereotypical prints of the Tuscan countryside. There are no frills, but Maggio's doesn't need to use cheap tricks. Any trip to this Italian gem will b...

Bear Bites: Harp and Bowl La Bistro

All natural Angus Beef, pickled in house, thin shaved and topped with sauerkraut, 1000 Island dressing and imported swiss cheese all on Rye.

Nick Wooten, Managing Editor

August 27, 2015

In a city known for artery-clogging and processed fried foods, Harp & Bowl La Bistro brings a different kind of spiritual vibe and tune to the “Song and Soul of the South.” Located at 520 Mulberry St. next to the iconic Jeneane’s location, the establishment opened its doors in mid-August....

Bear Bites: Parish on Cherry

Shrimp and Cajun Crawfish Pasta

August 13, 2015

Fielding a New Orleans-inspired menu beyond the charms of the French Quarter is a tall order. The city’s unique taste profile has been delicately crafted and influenced by Africans, French, Spanish and a host of others that came through the city’s ports. The recently opened Parish on Cherry offers...

Bear Bites: Taki

Bear Bites: Taki

April 19, 2015

Taki Japanese Steakhouse provides customers with quality food in an intimate and cozy environment. We walked through the doors and were greeted by the cheerful staff. Our names were taken and we were taken to our seats shortly after. As we walked towards the table, we noticed the restaurant’s near pe...

Bear Bites: The Back Burner is 'the best meal we'd had for a long time'

Bear Bites: The Back Burner is 'the best meal we'd had for a long time'

April 6, 2015

On Ingleside Avenue is one of Macon’s most interesting and less talked about eateries: The Back Burner. The restaurant is casual, yet elegant. The staff was welcoming and our server, Elliot West, knew every nook and cranny of the menu. Our meal was adventurous and amazing. Once the food started...

Bear Bites: Dawson's Kitchen

Bear Bites: Dawson's Kitchen

Nicholas Wooten

November 13, 2014

Dawson’s Kitchen at Milltown Market is a small, charming soul food establishment located in Payne City, the small milltown encircled by Macon. While I was reviewing H&H last week, a customer sitting at the table next to said that Dawson’s Kitchen was the better restaurant. Naturally, I wanted...

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