Top 5 Places To Eat This Summer

Summertime dinning in Macon presents some unique opportunities to enjoy great food and in some summertime settings. Everyone knows It’s Hotter Here in Macon, Georgia during the summer, so finding the right meal in the right location is a challenge. Our Gatekeepers have put together a list of our Top 5 places to eat during the lazy, hazy days of August.

1.  Fish N’ Pig restaurant

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Summer Eats Fish N Pig

Combining the talents of two successful restaurateurs the Fish N’ Pig came into being when John S. McCord, owner of Satterfield's Restaurant and Catering, and Skipper Zimmerman, owner of Jim Shaw's Seafood Restaurant, joined forces in October of 2005. 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. Our favorite for a summer time meal is the Low Country Boil that comes with the option to include crab legs (when available).
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), but you will have to check our Top 5 list for live music for more about that.

2.  Dovetail Restaurant

GatewayMacon Ga Top 5 Summer Eats Dovetail

Part of the Moon Hanger restaurant group, Dovetail restaurant in downtown Macon, Ga. is a farm-to-table southern dinning concept that always has unique entree options on the menu. Branded as Novo American Southern, Dovetail’s executive chef Doug Sanneman takes great pride in offering the perfect gastronomical creations ideally suited for a hot day in Macon, Georgia. Dovetail is located smack dap in the middle of the heart of downtown Macon so you won’t have to break a sweat finding it. After dinner, walk downstairs to the Rookery for a ice cold beer, but more about that in our Top 5 places for a cold beer in Macon (coming soon). If you follow Dovetail on Facebook they are always posting great pictures of their creative and appetizing entrees.  More details of this summertime favorite of your local Gatekeepers can be found here.

3.  Fresh Air Bar-B-Que

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Summer Eats Fresh Air BBQ

Everyone knows that the summertime is the right time for BBQ and all the fixings! That is why Fresh Air Bar-B-Que made our top 5 list of the best places to eat in Macon, Ga. during the heat of the summertime. The menu is simple and strait to the point:  BBQ pork, chicken and ribs with some of the best Brunswick stew, cole slaw and baked beans you ever put to your lips. The original Fresh Air Barbecue establishment in 1929 in Jackson, Georgia, is the oldest pit-cooked barbecue restaurant in Georgia still in its original location. So for a rustic taste of old time Georgia summer dining, feel free to head to the Jackson, Georgia location. We prefer the Macon, Georgia location for ease and convenience.  They even have a drive-thru window so you don’t have to get out of your air conditioned car in the heat of summer.
If you prefer you BBQ eaten in the comfort of your own backyard (or around the pool to beat the summer heat) then you are in luck because Fresh Air provides bulk order quantities on all their popular dishes.  For the ultimate in comfort let Fresh Air cater your next summertime backyard blast with their complete catering services.
Check out Fresh Air’s website which provides a great amount of easy to find info about this summertime dinning classic along with historical info and a detailed photo gallery. Or follow them on Facebook to keep updated on specials.


4.  Mikata Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Restaurant

We've always heard "fight fire with fire," so what better place to beat Middle Georgia's firey heat than Mikata Japanese Steakhouse?  When they "fire up the grill," they really mean it!  (and right in front of you!)

Family owned and operated for over 22 years, Mikata Japanese Steakhouse has been the go-to place for many families and groups.  This teppanyaki style restaurant gives you dinner and a show as the skilled chefs cook your meal in front of you while displaying their knife skills, flipping an egg into their hat and later splitting it with a spatula, and arranging onion rings into fire-shooting volcano.  Keep up with them on their Facebook or their webpage.


5.  Miss Hattie's Kitchen and Bakery

Just outside of Macon in Monroe County, you'll find Miss Hattie's Kitchen and Bakery.  It's a classic "meat and three" sort of southern home-cookin' restaurant.  The menu changes daily, and you can keep up with it on their Facebook page.  With entres like fried chicken, Hamburger Steak, and and Parmesan Crusted Salmon Filet, served with an array of southern vegetables and fresh cookies, cakes, and pies, you'll find something for everyone in your party.  Miss Hattie's is not hard to find:  it's behind the Monroe County Bank located in Bolingbroke.  The restaurant is inside a converted farmhouse, and you can eat inside or outside on their large veranda.  It's a great place to take an out-of-towner for some traditional southern home-cookin'.


-Your Gatekeepers


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