Okay, here's the [probably uninteresting] report on my recent trip to Macon/Savannah. [for those playing at home, I expected to go to Atlanta, but plans changed].
Best food in Macon was at H&H. The gravy on the rice had it's own unique flavor. Well, actually it was the flavor of the stew beef. But that's the first time I've been to a soul food place where the gravy tasted like much other than brown.
I wanted to try Len Berg's, but my conference provided lunch.
Also had decent food at Fresh Air Barbecue and Daisy's Diner. My main complaint with Fresh Air was that everything was made with sugar, so by the time I finished a platter of ribs, brunswick stew, beans & slaw, I thought I'd go into insulin shock. Or maybe that's the way it's supposed to be. In any event, I apologize in advance.
Jim Shaw's on Vineville Road seemed to have nice seafood. I had the grilled trout, which had more spices and was cooked a bit harder than I would have liked. Although I admit to a bias in favor of the place because it serves alligator [I had the fried gator appetizer]. I just like eating large predators. I know, bioaccumulation. But still. I also felt that their breaded fries went a bit overboard on the breading. Or maybe this is like my complaint above.
I think most other Macon meals were extremely forgettable. I was particularly aggrieved by the Acapulco Restaurant, which allegedly served Mexican food. Downtown Grill wasn't outstandingly bad, but it did seem like a waste of a meal since I'd travelled all the way to Macon, and could get similarly mediocre genericisms anywhere in the U.S.
In Savannah I ate at Belford's in City Market for lunch, which was an nice fried grouper sandwich. And have a strong suspicion that I ate at one of the larger tourist traps in the city. Oh well. I'm glad I avoided the red rice there.
Thanks for all the guidance, and I'm sorry I didn't get to use the advice about Lawrenceville.