Georgia Plays Musical-
Article and Photos by Kathleen Walls
There are lots of restaurants with musical ties but Georgia seems to have more than her share. Here are a few of my all-time Peach State favorites.
Weaver D's in Athens
R.E.M. began their career in a converted church where they lived at the time. The church has since been torn down and all that remains is the steeple but it is noted on a self-guided walking tour put together by the Athens/ Welcome Center and Flagpole Magazine.
If the B-52’s had turned the music world on to a new kind of sound, R.E.M. brought it to its peak. When they won a Grammy for their 1992 release of “Automatic for the People.” Athens added another shrine to the R.E.M. legend.
Weaver D’s was a popular soul food restaurant frequented by R.E.M, the B-52’s and many other bands in the late 1980’s. It was, and is, a small unpretentious restaurant. The tables are communal and covered with checkered oilcloth tablecloths. The food is Southern Soul Food at its best, fried chicken, greens, and homemade mashed potatoes and squash casserole, Weaver’s signature dish. When the boys from R.E.M. came to Dexter Weaver with a request to use his “Automatic for the People” slogan on their album, is suddenly became a part of the R.E.M. legend. Dexter was suddenly besieged with television crews and starstruck fans wanting a glimpse into the everyday life of these music phenomena. He was offered a contract to write a book, "Automatic Y'all — Weaver D's Guide to the Soul." Weaver D’s now serves over 300 people a day. (No matter how long the line, his food is worth any wait.)
Molly's in Macon
Betty Mock, owner. Felt there was a lot of Little Richard feeling in the corner where she was, just across from the Visitors Center where Little Richard is the "Goodwill Ambassador" and near another Little Richard hot spot, the Tick Tock Room. It was only natural she named her cafe for one of her favorite songs, "Good Golly Miss Molly."
The decor takes you back to the heyday of Rock and Roll. It's Shabby Chic. The food is anything but shabby. It will have you "Keep a Knockin' at Molly's door." Her Chicken Salad Wrap, Crab Bisque and Spinach Quiche always "Call My Name." There are daily rotating specials that will turn you into "Short Fat Fanny" if you indulge too much but they are well worth a little extra exercise. Her desserts are a lot more than just "Tutti Frutti." You can even have an old-fashioned Root Beer Float. When it comes to ice cream "There's a Whole Lot of Shaking Going on."
If you visit Macon and don't stop at Molly's all I can say is "Ain't That a Shame."
Tic Toc Room in Macon
Back in the 50s it was Anne's Tic Toc Room and a struggling young would-be-singer worked that as a dishwasher. The place was not as upscale as it is today and when business was slow, the owner, Anne, let him sing. I am sure the few patrons who appreciated hearing the explosive styling of Little Richard had no idea he would go on to become one of the biggest names in Rock and Roll music.
Today, the Tic Tock Room is one of Macon's most stylish dinner spots. The food runs the gamut from sushi to steak to seafood. It's all superbly prepared under the watchful eye of Chef Julio Roses. A specialty of the house are the fancy martinis of any style and color. Even if you are not a martini lover, you just have to sample one of these beautiful concoctions. They have a great wine selection as well.
One thing I really love about the Tick Tock Room is the TAPAS, small plates that let you try our several choices without ordering a full-scale meal. Desserts are special here too. Classic Cr�me Brule or Camp Fire S'Mors are my favorites but there are several other choices that will make your mouth water.
Zeppelin's Pasta House in Clayton
It is a trip back to the days of old Rock and Roll legends at Zeppelin's Pasta House. Owner Cappy Taylor and her husband Mark specialize in the freshest food mostly all organic. Cappy describes her restaurant as "A Buckhead style, all natural, Rock and Roll restaurant that is possibly the best spot in the north Georgia mountains."
If you are a fan of Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and their elk, you will love their pictures decorating all the walls.
Don't let the "pasta house" fool you. You will find great steaks and seafood as well as the best pasta around and some really original pizzas. Their She Crab Soup is fantastic. Desserts are unique. the Banana Zango and Cr�me Brule Cheesecake are just two examples.
They have one of the most extensive beer menus in the state and some pretty innovative martinis. The service will leave you feeling as if you are getting "A Whole Lot of Loving."
For more info:
Weaver D's https://www.facebook.com/pages/Weaver-Ds/89436926297
Tic Toc Room: https://www.facebook.com/TicTocRoom
Georgia Plays Musical Restaurants