Oui! Oui! A Taste of the South on Macon Bistro & Larder’s New Lunch Menu

By Guest Contributor Lani Furbank

In Chevy Chase, the southern hospitality of Macon, Georgia meets the classy bistro atmosphere of Mâcon, France at Macon Bistro & Larder.

Owner Tony Brown, a Macon, Georgia native who has lived in Chevy Chase for 15 years, opened Macon in May of last year after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Brown’s philosophy for the restaurant is that food shouldn’t be about showing off your talents, but about bringing people together and creating community. And they do just that, with their elevated comfort food that marries the best of the South’s culinary heritage with the refined traditions of French cooking. Their hearty dishes feature locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

The setting is an elegant, full-windowed space in the Chevy Chase Arcade (very Parisian) with beautiful vintage fixtures and flatware with personality. Open-air seating is available in the arcade or on the patio. They also have a larder where diners can purchase house-made sweets and treats.

In July, Macon launched their lunch menu, and I had a chance to sample some of the offerings.

We started with a side of Essie’s Biscuits, served with honey butter and pepper jelly. Classic buttery flavor, and dense in the best way.

Then came the appetizer – 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 and full of light, fresh flavors.

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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 at www.LanisCupOfTea.com.

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