When we started hearing rumblings about Georgia Mac’s (1440 E. Republic Rd., Springfield, MO 65804, 417-319-5770) being a growing southside hotspot, we knew we needed to add them to our review list and share the love with our readers. But just a week or two after we slated them for a story, they made an announcement that confirmed that this spot is a quickly growing hotspot: They were planning to take over the now-empty restaurant space next door to expand their restaurant and make room for even more hungry customers.
So what’s all the fuss about? Well, besides being a comfy and casual spot to relax and visit with friends with a beer in hand, Georgia Mac’s also serves a menu of Southern-inspired comfort food items that are perfect for those days when you want to dig into an indulgent meal.
The day we visited for this review, Georgia Mac’s hadn’t yet expanded into the space next door, and their dining room and bar were packed with customers. We ordered a variety of items from the menu so we could get a taste of several of their offerings.
First up, we knew we had to taste the catfish platter. Everybody in my family loves fish—grilled, baked and of course fried. So we were onboard for this crispy delight. The cornmeal crust was perfectly crisp and crunchy, but it wasn’t too heavy or too oily. We loved eating it alongside the restaurant’s tasty take on hushpuppies. They are filled with itty bitty bits of jalapeño, which added a delightful flavor to those fried balls of goodness. My husband, Eli, was the one who ordered this dish—but I stole a bite, and our son, Oliver, stole an entire fillet.
Oliver’s dish was pretty darn tasty too. Always a fan of spice, he ordered the Georgia Hot Chicken Sandwich. It features a fried chicken breast doused in hot sauce and topped with cole slaw and pickles. I thought the chicken was perfectly cooked (because, of course, I stole a nibble), tender and juicy. But both Oliver and I wished the hot sauce was spicier and packed a bit more heat.