First, I want to thank the people seated around us and our server, Kerri, for being patient with our mostly cranky little one. She is like her mooma and does not do well in the heat. I ordered the Andouille-crusted Catfish with cayenne butter sauce and chive aioli. Kerri brought out the cornbread immediately, and it was wonderful and sweet. In a blind taste test, I would have said it made for a mighty fine cake. The catfish had a great flavor and not too much spice. It was some of the best I have had. I think the atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxed and pleasant. It wasn't packed, but it was busy. With a happier baby girl, I think it would have been even more relaxing. The desserts everyone around had gotten looked wonderful, but we decided to get the little one to bed. Boatwright's is Southern without trying too hard. Yes, there are grits and greens and pecan pie, but there is so much more to the menu. We will go back.
After a little bit of a Christmas break, I decided to make a Southern classic. Pralines sounded like a really good idea. It appears as though I wasted $6 worth of pecans. Don't get me wrong; the taste was fine. My husband wanted to eat it over ice cream. He said they were gooey perfection. I think he's being nice to me, since I am carrying what will become his giant baby. I believe that I didn't cook the candy mixture long enough. What I made was pecan pie filling. Like I said, still good. I like a pecan pie; I just wasn't planning on pecan pie. Here is what I would recommend if you get a hankering for pralines. Go to the Praline Connection in New Orleans. Order the fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. Yes, that is the only thing I eat everywhere I go. Then, get the classic Bread Pudding with Praline Sauce, and then pick up some pralines in their store as you leave. These folks know what they are doing.
Take a look at my review of Tony's Steak Barn on the restaurant page.
Thinking only of my husband and not possible summer clearance items, I suggested that we stop to shop around at the Bass Pro Shop in Macon, GA. It seems to be a distribution center attached to the store, which means a large number of sale items. After we had shopped for a while and found nothing, we decided to get some lunch. At the same exit was a place we just could not pass up. It was called Pig in a Pit. I mean come on. What I liked most were the names of the sandwiches. There was the Piglet, the Piggy, and the Big Pig. I'm not sure why my husband couldn't order the Piglet. I guess Big Pig sounded more masculine. Along the same lines, I refused to order anything called Potato Logs. It was my style BBQ. I had to put quite a bit of the vinegar-based sauce on it, but that combined with the hot sauce had a lot of flavor. The sweet tea was very acceptable, and the sweet potato was excellent. If you somehow find yourself in Macon for who knows what reason, it wouldn't hurt to stop at the Pig in a Pit.
I've added a new restaurant favorite. If you can find it, you will enjoy Sageberry.