Korean fusion has arrived in Macon with Chico and Chang

Chico Chang Decor
Digital menus give Chico and Chang a modern look. Photo by Doug Deal.

Asian cuisine is plentiful in Macon, but Korean has mostly been off the menu with a few exceptions. That all changed a couple of months ago with the opening of Chico and Chang.

Occupying part of the space vacated by the old Shoki Japanese restaurant, Chico and Chang has a bold modern feel with digital menus and an ergonomic prep station where you can watch your food being prepared in front of you. Everything is made to order, so take a seat and they will bring it out to you as you wait. Drinks are served in the bottle, so keep that in mind.

Chico Chang Food
Spicy pork bowl and egg rolls. A very filling and delicious meal. Photo by Doug Deal.

On my first visit, I went for lunch and had a spicy pork bowl. You can order it in a burrito with rice, or opt like I did for a lower carb option. The bowl comes with an egg on top that you can specify to be more authentically and deliciously running or well done like I suspect most people would prefer. The pork was awesome and I could not stop myself from saying how delicious it was. The mixture of rice, egg, mushrooms and vegetables blended perfectly and I could not help but finish it.

 

Chico Chang Boba
What is a Boba? Delicious. Photo by Doug Deal

If by chance I could stop eating my entree, I would have been in luck, as they serve their bowls in easily sealable containers that make good tableware, but also are a snap to turn your meal into a takeout. Modern technology is wonderful with what it can do with disposable containers.

I paired my meal with an order of egg rolls which were also outstanding. Next time I am going to opt for the pot stickers and maybe get a taco or burrito option to try how it changes the character of the dish.

If you aren’t much for pork, they also have chicken, tofu and beef options.

Being hooked, I had to bring my wife back for dinner that same night. We had our kids along, so they made my daughter an egg to go with her cheese quesadilla (not on the menu) and she absolutely adored the strawberry smoothie. For an interesting experience try one of the drinks with boba.

On this visit, I went for the burrito option and chose spicy chicken coupled with the fried pot stickers (dumplings). The burrito was good, but I think the bowl is so much better that it is worth the extra dollar or so. The pot stickers were eaten and shared by all of us and we all enjoyed them, but I also think that I prefer the egg rolls.

The service was top notch and the owner as well as the other staff are extremely friendly and give you the impression that they want you there. Their dedication to their food comes through in every bite.

The restaurant is located at 3850 Riverside Dr, Macon, where the Shoki sign still stands.

Hours are 11A-10P Tuesday through Sunday.

It was so good, we are going back for dinner.

Chico Chang Menu2
Page one of Chico and Chang’s menu. Photo by Doug Deal.
Chico Chang Menu1
Page 2 of Chico and Chang’s menu. Photo by Doug Deal.

Georgia Bob’s Barbecue offers family-friendly variety

Georgia Bobs Entrance
The entrance to Georgia Bob’s Barbecue Company. There is ample parking and rocking chairs to relax. Photo by Doug Deal.

Today, my husband and I got the opportunity to try Georgia Bob’s BBQ in Byron. We’ve been going out to eat a fair amount lately, and have had a craving for barbecue. We’ve not had a chance to try Georgia Bob’s, but since we were in the neighborhood for a kids birthday part at Party Playground, we stopped by for lunch.

The atmosphere was laid-back country comfort but with large-screen tvs playing a variety of sports competitions. Several rooms give patrons the opportunity to sit away from the television for good ol’ family time, but free Wi-Fi was available everywhere.

Georgia Bob's Chicken Salad
Georgia Bob’s chicken salad with sweet potato tots and Brunswick stew. Photo by Doug Deal.

The menu has a lot of variety beyond your standard barbecue fare, including sandwiches, burgers, and a number of different salads.

I tried the chicken salad sandwich plate, with a cup of Brunswick stew and sweet potato tots. The meat portion was generous, as were the side portions. Chicken salad is highly subject to personal taste, and I truly enjoyed Georgia Bob’s combination.

Georgia Bob's Pulled Pork Plate
Georgia Bob’s pulled port plate with enough meat for a good sized sandwich and leftovers to eat plain. Photo by Doug Deal.

The meat takes center stage, with a conservative amount of mayonnaise and other ingredients. There are nuts mixed in, which I am guessing are pecans but could have been walnuts.

The sweet potato tots were a fun, new taste for me, and a nice alternative to french fries or potato salad.

My husband chose a barbecue sandwich plate, which he paired with baked beans and Brunswick stew. There were three sauces on the table: mild, sweet, and saucy, and all three were delicious. After making a sandwich, he had ample meat leftover. The barbecue had a smoky flavor, but not overly so.

Georgia Bob's Sauces
Georgia Bob’s offers three choices for sauces, hot, mild and sweet. All are delicious and there is also Tabasco on the table. Photo by Doug Deal.

The beans were hearty and flavorful, and the Brunswick stew was well-balanced. Both complimented the barbecue nicely.

Georgia Bob’s BBQ was a good dining experience, and a nice place to relax and enjoy a meal. They also offer family packs, party packs, and tailgating platters; seasonally, they have holiday packs, such as ham dinners at Christmas time.

Georgia Bob's Decor
Georgia Bob’s interior is a country music/rock theme. Photo by Doug Deal.
Georgia Bob's Menu Part 1
Part 1 of Georgia Bob’s Menu. Photo by Doug Deal.
Georgia Bob's Menu Part 2
Part 2 of Georgia Bob’s Menu. Photo by Doug Deal.

 

Twang in old Payne City gives food a southern accent

Twang's exterior
Exterior shot of Twang Southern Tastes and Sounds. Photo by Doug Deal.

My wife and I are often on the lookout for new places to eat or for places that we might have missed in our 10 plus years living in Macon. It is always exciting to find another place to eat that has something deliciously different to offer, and Twang is such a place.

As the name suggests, the restaurant puts a southern accent on its menu and comfort food abounds. While deciding, we ordered and split the three appetizer sampler, which came with deep fried mac and cheese balls, friend green tomatoes and catfish fingers. This was served with three different sauces to match the nature of each app.

Twangs Finger Pickin' Trio
Twangs Finger Pickin’ Trio appetizer, fried green tomatoes, catfish fingers and mac and cheese balls. $10. Photo by Doug Deal.

As for my meal, I had trouble deciding, but went with the chicken and waffles which I have not had since I lived in Atlanta over 12 years ago. The waffle reminded me of a slightly less sweet Belgian waffle than you might make at home. This was paired with fried chicken strips and a tasty syrup that I poured over the pile of food.

The entree was served with a side and I chose to load up the carbs with smokey macaroni and cheese.  The plate was way too much for me to eat, so I took approximately half of it home in a box for later.

Twang's Chicken and Waffle
Twang’s Chicken and Waffle, served with one side and syrup. $14. Photo by Doug Deal.

My wife got the catfish and paired it with beans and Gouda grits.  My wife’s commentary was that they were “very Gouda”. She loved her catfish fingers and complained that she ate too much because they were too delicious to stop eating.

The kids had the kid plates and at $5.50, it’s a pretty good deal. My son had the cheese quesadilla and my daughter had the hot dog. My son paired his with french fries and my daughter paired hers with the Gouda grits that she also thoroughly enjoyed.

For the kids, the best part was the scoop of ice cream that comes with the kids meals. Both children finished every last bite.

Twang Mac and Cheese
Twang’s Mac and Cheese. Photo by Doug Deal.

Twang is an excellent restaurant, hidden in Payne City at 342 Rose Ave. It is worth the effort to find and if you go, be sure to check-in on Facebook. We had a wonderful welcome by the staff for doing so.

Twang is open every day except Monday for lunch and dinner, closing at 9PM most days but open later on the weekends.  More information can be found at their website.

Twang Gator
The country and southern decor are plentiful at Twang. Photo by Doug Deal.
Twang's Menu page 1
Page one of Twang’s menu. Photo by Doug Deal.
Twang's Menu page 2
Page two of Twang’s menu. Photo by Doug Deal.
Twang's Menu page 3
Page three of Twang’s menu. Photo by Doug Deal.

Macon Beer Company now in bottles

Macon Progress and Macon Love bottles
Macon Beer Company now offers two popular brews, Macon Love and Macon Progress in amber bottles at Kroger. Photo by Doug Deal

Macon Progress and Macon Love are now available at your local Kroger and other locations in the state. The large sized bottles are sold at prices set by your local vendor. Congratulations to Jeremy Knowles and the Macon Beer Company for this major step into the marketplace.

The Macon Beer Company will always have a special place with us because they were the first front page story the Macon Community News had ever run. Founded close to the same time, we were tentative and unsure and somewhat overwhelmed with the daunting task of publishing a 12 page broadsheet newspaper as a two person team. As we toured the facility, that would be their brewery which was very much under construction, our tasks seemed much less challenging.

It has been exciting to see the success of the Macon Beer Company, and we look forward to kicking back and enjoying these two bottles.

 

Hudson’s Barbecue is a delicious choice in Byron

Hudson's Barbecue in Byron outside
Hudson’s Barbecue resembles and old Waffle House or Huddle House. Photo by Doug Deal.

Recently, my wife and I had a couple of chances to stop into Hudson’s Barbecue right off the interstate on the Byron exit at 252 GA-49. The place reminds you of the familiar comfort food giants like the Waffle House or Huddle House, but with a cafeteria style layout in the middle offering various choices of country and southern classics.

Inside Hudson's Barbecue
Inside of Hudson’s Barbecue and Homecooking in Byron. Photo by Doug Deal.

On our first visit, my wife had the fried chicken and she was impressed by the portions, the price and the quality. Her meal came with two sides, as I believe come standards with all plates and she chose the Brunswick stew and macaroni and cheese. The stew was precisely what you’d expect and the mac and cheese was the kind you crave on holidays like thanksgiving or a family pot-luck. It was not too dry, loaded with cheese and was baked just enough. Her chicken was a huge filling portion and the golden brown skin was flavorful and the meat was moist and delicious.

Hudson's Barbecue pulled pork plate
Barbecue pulled pork plate with Brunswick stew and banana pudding. Photo by Doug Deal.

On both visits, I stuck with the signature pulled pork barbecue. My sides were the banana pudding and the stew and with bbq, you have a choice of bread or a bun. The barbecue was well smoked and perfectly sauced to bring out the flavor. I am partial to spicy food, so I loaded it up with some hot sauce, but the flavor is good on its own. The restaurant is obviously not fine dining fair, but for barbecue, I prefer a more rustic feel and definitely like the small individual stores to large mass produced places.

I cannot award a favorite part of the meal, as I enjoyed all of it.  In fact I have developed a bit of a craving and look forward to my next visit. However, I wanted to give special mention of the banana pudding. It is as close to the pudding I remember from holidays of my youth as one could hope for. Nothing fancy, just a simple pleasure.

For the kids, they got hamburgers and they were too large for them to eat, so they made two meals. It is hard to beat Hudson’s on value and they have something for everyone.

They are open 11 AM to 8 PM every day and have another location in Roberta at 86 E Agency St. If you want to support local restaurateurs and have a decent casual meal, give them a try. They also offer bulk products for catering, picnics and events.

Hudson's Barbecue Menu Page 1
Front side of the Hudson’s Barbecue menu. Photo by Doug Deal
Hudsons Barbecue Menu Page 1
Back side of the Hudson’s Barbecue menu. Photo by Doug Deal