—The French almost helped out the South during the Civil War.
—The Allman Brothers played a few shows in Paris.
And... that’s about it. Until this place showed up.
Say bonjour (or hey, y’all) to Macon Bistro & Larder, a cool new mashup on Connecticut Avenue that takes from both the town in France and the town in Georgia, now accepting reservations for a Saturday opening.
This is an airy, no-pressure date spot. Especially if said date is from Dixie. Or the French Embassy. There isn’t really a bad seat in the small dining room. But some seats are a bit better than others.
Among them: the stools at the big, mirror-backed bar in the middle of everything. That’s where to get familiar over Southern microbrews, cocktails made with moonshine and snacks like deviled eggs, pimento cheese and blackberry cobbler in a mason jar.
If you’re in it for the long haul, grab a table with a view out the front window and get to sampling the Southern-influenced French fare. Like brussels sprouts with blackstrap molasses, braised short ribs over grits, and mac and cheese with gruyère, cheddar and... Velveeta.
You know: the big three.