List: Macon Burger Week 2021 menu, options

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Macon Burger Week, an annual celebration of burgers pitting against some of the best local restaurants, kicks off today and runs through November 7.

Starting Wednesday, Maconites can start voting for their favorite burger. In years past, the first crown has gone to Ocmulgee Brewpub and, more recently, to Macon Beer Company.

This year, the Georgia Beef Board and Visit Macon added two new categories: Cleverly Created, which will go to the most creative burger, and an award for the restaurant that sells the most beef by the pound.

Customers who participate can bring a “Burger Passport” to all 15 restaurants and get a stamp from each location, then send in their stamped passports to win Georgia Beef Board prizes. They can also participate using the hashtag #MaconBurgerWeek on social media.

Each of the 15 burgers costs $ 10, and patrons are encouraged to purchase sides, drinks, and desserts to support the restaurants.

Lori Smithberger is the general manager of Parish, one of the participating restaurants, and she said her staff are ready to welcome customers for their version of Burger Week. Parish offers Bleu Bayou Bites, a trio of sliders topped with ham, provolone, and spicy mustard on sweet Hawaiian buns with a toothpick on top holding a pickle and fries.

“Last year we made a burger, but this year we decided to make sliders,” Smithberger said. “For many customers, if they want to try two or three burgers during the day, they can get an order of sliders and split and still have room to try other burgers.”

Smithberger said that in addition to allowing patrons to come and try the various burgers, Macon Burger Week is also an opportunity to showcase some of the other things that each restaurant does well.

“It’s good luck for all the restaurants here that aren’t franchises to have a good week,” Smithberger said. “This introduces us to new customers because if they come for a burger, they can try one of our drinks or maybe a dessert or some sides so they can see what else we have on the menu.”

Here is a list of the 15 restaurants and their burgers:

Justin Baxley is the Fan Life reporter at The Telegraph and writes entertainment, food and sports-centric stories in the Macon community. Justin joined the Telegraph staff after graduating from Mercer University in May 2017 with a degree in criminal justice and journalism. While at Mercer, he was a sports writer for The Cluster.

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