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Wednesday, Mar 29, 2023

Bear Bites: Four road trip worthy restaurants near Macon

Although there are plenty of great places to eat in Macon, the surrounding Middle Georgia area features some amazing food of its own. There are some off-the-beaten-path locations just outside Macon whose restaurants pack a punch above their weight class.

Whether you are a student traveling home for a weekend, or just want to get out of town, here are some restaurants that are worth taking a pit-stop for. North, south, east or west, we have you covered with these road trip worthy restaurants.


Bluetick Mercantile

12 W Main St, Forsyth, GA 31029

In the small downtown square of Forsyth, just off I-75, there is a coffee shop and European bakery called Bluetick Mercantile. They have everything one could want to refuel on a trip: specialty coffee, house-made sweets and even salads and sandwiches.

It’s well worth it to stop by Bluetick for a delicious snack, but you can also enjoy the small market full of locally made crafts and food-related gifts inside. Bluetick is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday - Saturday.


The Taco Shed

100 GA-247, Warner Robins, GA 31088

Right next to the Museum of Aviation, Taco Shed has everything you need in a road-trip restaurant. Along with dozens of taco options, they offer hearty breakfast burritos for those early mornings on the road.

Tacos range in price from $3.59 to $5.29, but Taco Shed offers a daily special that comes with two tacos, chips and salsa and a drink for just $10.50. Taco Shed is open every day except Sunday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Kai Thai Restaurant

2600 N Columbia St # C2, Milledgeville, GA 31061

Don’t be fooled by its location. Although located in a Walmart shopping center off US-441, Kai Thai serves seriously good Thai food and sushi. Kai Thai is a small restaurant that may seem underwhelming based on appearances, but the flavor is anything but tiny.

The pad thai can be ordered as spicy as you want it, and they do not skimp on portions. The sushi is extremely high-quality for sushi in Middle Georgia. They are open every day except Sunday, but they do close from 2:30-4:30 p.m. between lunch and dinner service.


Tommy’s Bakery and Cafe

5580 Thomaston Rd #10, Macon, GA 31220

Technically, this is a Macon restaurant, but it is far out from the center of the city and located near where Mercer University Dr. crosses over I-475, which is a convenient location for traveling west of Macon. Tommy’s is a quaint, home-style cafe with antique decor.

Whether you want some food like mom used to make, or are eager to try their maple-bacon donuts, Tommy’s is sure to provide a pleasant experience. They are open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with shortened hours on Sunday.

Just like you never need a reason to travel, you never need a reason to eat good food. Sometimes it may take just a little extra time, but going a bit out of the way can lead to delicious food and a good time.


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