By Guest Contributor Lani Furbank
In Chevy Chase, the southern hospitality of Macon, Georgia meets the classy bistro atmosphere of MÃ¢con, France atÂ Macon Bistro & Larder.
OwnerÂ Tony Brown, a Macon, Georgia native who has lived in Chevy Chase for 15 years,Â opened MaconÂ in May of last year after a successful Kickstarter campaign.Â Brownâ€™s philosophy for the restaurant is that food shouldnâ€™t be about showing off your talents, but about bringing people together and creating community. And they do just that, withÂ their elevated comfort food that marriesÂ the best of the Southâ€™s culinary heritage with the refined traditions of French cooking.Â Their hearty dishes feature locally sourced seasonal ingredients.
The setting is an elegant, full-windowed spaceÂ in the Chevy Chase Arcade (very Parisian) with beautiful vintage fixtures and flatware with personality. Open-airÂ seating is available in the arcade or on the patio.Â They also have aÂ larderÂ where diners can purchase house-made sweets and treats.
In July, Macon launched theirÂ lunch menu, and I had a chance to sample some of the offerings.
We started with a side of Essieâ€™s Biscuits, served with honey butter and pepper jelly. Classic buttery flavor, and dense in the best way.
Then came the appetizer â€“ classic fried green tomatoes amped up with deviled crab (!!!) and smashed herbs. I was so sad when this was over.
When our feast arrived, there was hardly enough room on the table to fit all of the deliciousness!
I had the Bistro Steak, which was topped with blistered green tomatoes and accompanied by a bush bean and wheat berry salad with olives. The meat was perfectly cooked, and the intensity of the tomato topping really brought out the umami flavors of the steak.
Zach ordered the Market Fish, which was Mahi Mahi. It was served on a bed of shaved fennel, filet beans, citrus vinaigrette and picked herbs. The bite I had was quite flaky andÂ full of light, fresh flavors.
Lani Furbank is a freelance writer and photographer who covers the intersection of food, farming and the environment. She is based in the DC area and loves cooking, hiking and crafting. Read about her adventures atÂ www.LanisCupOfTea.com.