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Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021

Bear Bites: Bearfoot Tavern

Bearfoot Tavern is back from an extensive facelift. I’m probably not the first person to say this, but it's about time.

In the past, when a friend suggested a meal at Bearfoot, I felt my taste buds protest in disgust.

Now, with a new menu, a new location and a pub-esque façade, the recently re-opened Bearfoot could be downtown’s preeminent casual restaurant.

Justin Baxley
The J.L. Dagg Burger at Barefoot Tavern is one of the items from the restaurant's new menu.


The J.L. Dagg

This puts any burger I’ve had at the Rookery to shame. The spicy tomato jam, aged cheddar and candied bacon coupled with their perfectly cooked patty and buttery brioche bun was the perfect melding of sweet and salty. At times, there was too much jam, but this is my recommendation and go-to meal at Bearfoot.

Parmesan Truffle Fries

They were crispy and rich. I didn't want to put them down. Please be aware that these fries were drizzled with Truffle oil, not garnished with shaved truffle. They don't need ketchup, so please don't use it. I'm not going to lie; I was slightly worried after the Parmesan cheese/wood pulp news broke recently. Then again, I'm sure I’ve consumed worse.


Justin Baxley
The Barefoot Tavern moved to 468 Second St. and recently reopened.


I’m a sucker for lamp posts and ornate signs with bear heads on them. The large windows facing the streets are inviting, and the oak bars and close tables make any meal intimate.


Wait time

It wasn't terribly busy, but Justin and I waited for about half an hour for lunch. Granted, it’s reopening and busy. But we felt the need to mention it.

The BAD:

420 Fish and Chips

Justin felt this belonged in the QUESTIONABLE section, but I disagreed. The cod itself was great, but the batter was terrible. The Sweetwater 420 batter was flavorless and made the fish sponge. If you’re going to market yourself as a gastropub, your fish and chips should be a staple. I almost ordered this. I'm glad I didn't. Poor Justin.

The Rookery should be looking over its shoulder. Bearfoot Tavern will soon be downtown Macon’s hottest eatery.


Justin: 4/5

Nick: 4/5


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