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Restaurants


H & H Restaurant 807 Forsyth Street


Macon, Georgia (478) 742-9810


(Hours 6:30 - 4:00, Mon - Sat)


The H&H Restaurant, open since the late 1960s, is nothing short of legendary within the southern music community. By now everyone has heard about how a young, hungry Allman Brothers Band was repeatedly fed by Mama Louise during a time when they had hardly any money whatsoever. Of course, that is just the tip of the iceberg. That was at the beginning of this fine eating establishment that has spanned four decades plus - so far.


First opened at Hayes and Third streets in Macon, then moved to Cotton Avenue, "Mama Louise" Hudson finally settled in at 807 Forsyth Street and has been happily feeding folks at that location ever since.And feeding them some mighty good food at that. If you are up early (doors open at 6:30), be sure to get some of Mama’s fine breakfast. Grits (of course), eggs (cheese optional), ham, bacon or sausage, toast or home made biscuits,coffee, milk or orange Juice.


Lunchtime brings out some of the tastiest soul food you ever ate, from collard greens and corn


SOUL FOOD - Fried chicken, collards, corn and snaps, Mama Louise style.


bread to blackeye peas, mac and cheese, squash,and lima beans, to name a few. The menu changes daily, with entrees available that include some juicy fried chicken, available every day, as well as other meats that change out on given days. Things like roast beef, barbeque ribs, fried pork chops, fried fish, baked ham, stew beef, and smothered chicken. Actually, I challenge anyone to say they had a bad meal at the H & H. It just doesn’t happen.


Oh yeah, the deserts are mighty fine too. Sweet potato pie is my favorite. They also alternate banana pudding, bread pudding, peach cobbler or apple cobbler on various days. The prices are not on the menu, but they are very affordable. And worth every dime. While you are waiting to eat, check out the memorabilia that adorns the walls of Mama’s place. Posters of bands, Gov’t Mule, Molly Hatchet, autographed pictures, and plenty of Allman Brothers swag. There’s even an At Fillmore East platinum album award that was presented to her by the brothers. And of course you can feed the juke box and listen to some of the old Capricorn Records tunes, or some fine Otis Redding.


FRIENDS - Mama Louise Hudson and one of her many admirers, Bonnie Bramlett. (Photo by John Charles Griffin)


If you are passing through, or visiting Macon, I highly recommend a meal at the H & H. It’s food that feeds the soul.


- Michael Buffalo Smith 48


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