Chili dogs at Nu-Way Weiners in Macon; crispy flounder in Darien at Skipper’s Fish Camp; peach ice cream from Dickey’s Peach Farm in Musella — these are three of the 100 Plates Locals Love, a new feature on Georgia’s tourism department website. It’s not all regional specific food, by any means — you’ll find listings for things like great poutine, tacos, and cannoli — but so what? Those are plenty interesting and useful too. Continue reading
New York has its Dr. Brown’s and pastrami, Philadelphia enjoys a hoagie with a wishniak, and the south? Well, you haven’t really experienced southern living until you’ve savored an RC and a Moon Pie, that sugary pick-me-up of cola, marshmallow, and graham crackers. RC Cola was born in Georgia, and Moon Pies come from Tennessee, so it’s only natural that this southern duo would be honored with an annual celebration in Bell Buckle, TN. The 22nd edition of the RC & Moon Pie Festival will be Saturday, June 18th. Continue reading
Ponce City Market is rapidly evolving into one of Atlanta’s major culinary destinations. Opening tomorrow: The Mercury, “inspired by the culture of the 1960s.” Chef Mike Blydenstein will be offering “perfectly executed classic American entrees.” (Lobster fritters with cheddar cheese and tarragon mayo? Grilled asparagus béarnaise? He’s got our attention!) Atlanta’s Bartender of the Year for 2015 (says Eater), Julian Goglia, is heading up a bar program “inspired by the relaxed glamour of mid-century cocktail culture featuring house made ingredients.” Dinner only this first week; lunch will be added next week.
Sidney’s Salons is a series of talks and walking tours related to the history of Macon, Georgia. On July 14th, they will host Ed Grisamore, author of There Is More Than One Way to Spell Wiener: The Story of Nu-Way at the Sidney Lanier Cottage House Museum. Reception is at 5:30 p.m. and the talk is from 6 until 7 p.m. Nu-Way weiners will be served! For more information, see the Historic Macon website.
It began in 2009 with Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. When the stadium opened, Shake Shack was there, and it instantly became a huge hit. In 2011, Shake Shack traveled down I-95 to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. where, despite its New York origins, the Shackburger and Nats fans have become fast friends. Latest word is that, when the Atlanta Braves open in the new SunTrust Park in 2017, Shake Shack will be there for the first pitch. At least, that’s what they’re hoping for, as the two parties are still in negotiations. All that’s left in the National League East would be Philadelphia and Miami. There are already Shake Shacks in both cities but our money is on Marlins Park, as Citizens Bank Park just added Wayback Burgers this year.
We learned over the winter that Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken planned to open in Atlanta this year, as part of their big national rollout, and we learned exactly where. The latest news is that the good people of Atlanta will be tearing into Gus’s thighs and breasts by the end of the summer. It’s an eagerly anticipated opening in these parts, though it’s not as if there’s any shortage of great fried chicken in the ATL.
Msn.com’s getting in on the act – everyone wants to present their list of America’s best fried chickens! From #50 Hill Country Fried Chicken of New York City to #1 Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken of Tennessee (and currently expanding nationally), they present all the usual, and worthy, suspects interspersed with a goodly number of out-of-the-box picks. Have a look!
When you’re in Blakely, not far from Georgia’s southwestern borders with Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, you’re in peanut country. You’ll see peanut farms all over the region, and it’s those hard-working farmers who are honored each year at the annual Peanut Proud Festival, which takes place this year on Saturday, March 28th. Continue reading
The fire that gutted the original Nu-Way Weiners of Macon, Georgia last Friday also damaged 100 years of memorabilia representing the restaurant’s, and a piece of Macon’s, history. Elizabeth Maffeo, and her gallery Ocmulgee Arts, is storing and helping to restore items damaged by water and smoke until Nu-Way rebuilds. See more in this video.
Nu-Way, which has served chili- and slaw-topped weiners to Macon, Georgia residents for 99 years, was destroyed by fire Friday morning. The inside and roof were totally destroyed, but the shell and facade may be salvageable. Greek immigrant James Mallis started Nu-Way in 1916 and, since then, the weiner joint has expanded to nine Nu-Ways in and around Macon. The original is said to be the second oldest hot dog restaurant in the country. Nu-Way’s owners say they intend to rebuild.
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Publican Sausage On Shake Shack Chicago Menu
When Shake Shack enters a new market they always select some quality local ingredients for their menu. We noted previously how, in Chicago, they are offering concretes made with Chicago’s Bang Bang Pie and Glazed & Infused doughnuts, and they are also offering Vienna Beef hot dogs. There are two other local twists on the menu. Another concrete incorporates a chocolate bar made with Hawaiian black sea salt, burnt sugar caramel, and 70% cacao dark chocolate, from Chicago’s high-end chocolatier Vosges Haut-Chocolat. And there’s a Publican Pork Sausage, made by Chicago’s Publican Quality Meats, a high-quality butcher and lunch spot. The sausage is topped with Shack’s cheese sauce and crispy-fried, ale-marinated shallots. The Chicago Shack opened yesterday. Continue reading
Gold and Fried Chicken
The Smith House in Dahlonega, Georgia is an inn with a history. The house was built atop a vein of gold that remained unmined because the 19th-century town fathers did not want the noise and disturbance to the town that mining would bring. Today, The Smith House is famous for the generous feasts they put out daily. You might want to give some thought to spending your Thanksgiving here, when The Smith House pulls out all the stops. Here’s what will be on this year’s Thanksgiving menu: Continue reading
The ATL may not quite know what they’re in for, but they’ll be hooked soon enough, as Danny Meyer will be opening his first Atlanta Shake Shack next week. As is the Shack’s practice, there will be some locally themed shakes on the menu, including (OMG!) custard blended with a slice of pecan pie. How much is airfare to Atlanta these days?