Best of Top 5 Dining

Let the countdowns begin!  Here are the #1 winner’s for the top 5 dining lists in 2014:

Worth The Drive

French Market and Tavern - Locust Grove, Georgia

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Restaurants Worth The Drive French Market and Tavern


Just a short drive up I-75 North is the French Market and Tavern Located in historic Locust Grove, Ga. The owner of this establishment pays homage to the original French Market in New Orleans with a great menu served in a truly historic setting. The market aspect of this restaurant takes up the front portion of the building and offers a unique selection of gifts and notions perfect for the kitchen and dining room. Once you get past the shopping experience the dining experience is sure to please. New Orleans cuisine is The French Market's specialty with favorites like Brown Butter Gumbo, Craw-fish Etouffee and Creole Shrimp and Grits. Leave room for desert because they feature a desert case packed with homemade cakes and pies. 

Location: 3840 Hwy 42  Locust Grove, GA
Phone: 770-914-9312

Place to get a slice of Pizza

Ingleside Village Pizza

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Slice Of Pizza Ingleside Village Pizza

IVP is a Macon institution of high quality pizza. They have been putting out a consistently great product for over a decade and regardless of location changes and closing their Mercer Village location, they undoubtably deserve the distinction of being named numero uno on our Top 5 List for best slice of Pizza in Macon, Ga.

It is worth noting that  in our research we found that Ingleside Village Pizza ranks #2 at Trip Advisor for best restaurant in Macon, Ga., They also have baked up a solid 92% positive rating on Urban Spoon. And the final Pepperoni on top: they garnered a 4.3 out of 5 stars on Google+. Its not only a crowd favorite in Macon but here at Gatekeer HQ as well!

Congratulations to Ingleside Village Pizza for being selected as #1 on our Top 5 list for best slice of pizza!


Chicken wings

Francar's At Mercer Village

Open since 1993, it is the Granddaddy of wing places in Macon, and is now located in the heart of Mercer Village.  Francar’s has over 40 different wing sauces to choose from, so there is something to please everyone. We hear that Zeus himself had a hand in their level four sauces, so get ready for some fire. Although we love the huge selection of not so spicy sauces. Try our personal favorite sauce, Tangy Peach, which has the perfect amount of sweetness and spice.  


1365 Linden Ave, Macon, GA 31204
(478) 741-3338

Meat and 3

The Bear's Den


For over 25 years, The Bear's Den has been producing the south's best home cooking. Conveniently located near downtown Macon, they offer dine-in, take out, pan pick up, and full catering options. The menu changes daily so check out their website to find out what’s being served today. The food is always fresh, hot and delicious. The take-out is so easy just walk in and let them know what you want, I don’t think we have ever waited more than 5 minutes to just get it and go. So many options every day always make it a difficult decision.

1191 Oglethorpe St, Macon, GA 31201

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Place to eat this summer

Fish N’ Pig Restaurant

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Summer Eats Fish N Pig

Located on a choice piece of real estate along the shores of Lake Tobesofkee the Fish N’ Pig took full advantage of the scenic view by incorporating an expansive wrap-around outdoor porch allowing diners to enjoy the lake life while eating and drinking.
With a menu featuring plenty of seafood options and of course Pork with some Chicken and beef throw in, the Fish N’ Pig has something for your summertime appetite and some great combos that live up to the aptly named restaurant. 
We recommend a late evening meal around 8pm to get the full effect of outdoor lake front dining and with a little luck the lake breeze will keep you cool. The Fish N’ Pig also features live music on Friday and Saturday evenings (See Calendar here)

Place to dine Healthy

Molly's Cafe

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Healthy Dining Molly's Cafe

Molly’s in downtown Macon combines the elegance of fine dining with the casual and friendly atmosphere of a lunch cafe.  Molly’s has rotating specials, including several Southern-style dishes, along with sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and more!

Molly's is named after the Little Richard song "Good Golly, Miss Molly" because we are located at the very corner where Little Richard performed. Open Monday thru Friday for lunch & for special events. 

402 Cherry St., Macon, Ga

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chinese take-out

Ming's Restaurant 

Obviously we are not alone in our love of Ming’s, all you Maconites were voting hard to make sure it topped our top 5 Chinese takeout list! There are a few reasons why Ming’s deserves the top slot in our opinion. The prices are extremely reasonable for both college student budgets and those with tight purse strings and an ardent love of Chinese food. Reason number two: the food is fantastic, ask anyone that’s a regular at Ming’s and they will recommend their favorite dish to you.

Their fried rice might just be the best in Macon and their sweet and sour shrimp is a must try. Ming’s also sets itself apart by offering healthy dishes that are sure to appeal to those looking for more waistline conscious options.  

4650 Forsyth Rd Macon
(478) 405-7885

place to eat vegetarian

Back to Edenz

Back to Edenz - Vegetarian Restaurant in Macon, GA

After re-opening their doors at a new location in August of 2014, this completely vegetarian restaurant made all vegetarians in Macon rejoice collectively! Served buffet style, and priced by the pound, this restaurant is for anyone interested in trying “meatless” meat. Their proprietary family recipe for “meatloaf” is simply out-of-this-world, and make sure to try other southern staples such as “fried chicken” and “sausage” gumbo. They have delectable desserts and home-brewed iced tea as well.

The woman who worked the counter was super-friendly and very knowledgeable about vegetarian cuisine.  She was happy to answer any questions I had about the food, and made me feel right at home from the moment I walked through the door! Highly recommended and absolutely delicious!

3348 Vineville Ave.
Macon, Georgia

worth the drive part 2

Thai Pepper

1806 Russell Pkwy #1100
Warner Robins, GA 31088
(478) 255-2609

Thai Pepper has a little of everything, Japanese, Sushi and Thai. We are particularly fond of the Red Curry which maybe the best in the area. The Thai stir fry with garlic sauce is excellent as well.  If you’re looking for some serious heat order “Fire Starter”,  the name basically says it all. A perfect medium is two peppers, It’s plenty of heat and I can still taste the actual food. Everything always comes out of the kitchen fresh, almost like they have a garden and they just plucked the veggies from it. The rice is always cooked perfect and the wait staff is friendly and efficient. You are never kept waiting long and they always come back often to refill drinks and check to make sure everything is up to par. It’s not a huge restaurant, which adds to its charm and personality. If you love Thai, Japanese or Sushi and you haven’t tried Thai Pepper…. You’re missing out!

bowl of soup

Joe D's

We are always impressed with Joe D’s Selection of Soups! It always seems to be a wet and cold day when I wheel into Joe D’s with my mouth set on a cup of steaming soup. Served out of huge black pots perched on the counter, they are impossible to miss. An all-time favorite of mine is the chili, but their vegetable soup is a close second to grandma’s. The Brunswick stew is excellent as well!  They always have daily soups, so stop on by and see what’s on special. You won’t be disappointed!  They are only open for lunch, but once you go once you will find time to stop by again and again! See their enhanced listing>>

2329 Ingleside Ave
(478) 745-4118