Restaurant Report Card: Tucker’s Barbecue

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Driving ten minutes south of Macon down Broadway you cannot miss Tucker’s BBQ. After all, it’s been around for 70 years. Two things they pride themselves on, good people and good food, and of course the added perk of a perfect health inspection score.

“My mamma and daddy started it after World War II,” Tommy Tucker, the owner said. “I’ve got people I’ve been knowing all my life.”

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It’s 70 years of consistency, both in people and in food, that keeps customers coming back.

“Almost now six generations of people, when they had kids, and they had kids, and they have kids, we have a lot of proliferation in Macon, Georgia,” Tucker said.

Other scores this week:



China Gourmet on Arkwright Road – 94

Doughboy Pizza on Cherry Street – 96

H&H Restaurant on Forsyth Street – 87

Ingleside Village Pizza on Ingleside Avenue – 94

Kings Deli & Seafood on Northside Drive – 90

LaDDa Bistro on Cherry Street – 100

Margaritas Mexican Grill on Zebulon Road – 96

Ming’s Restaurant on Forsyth Road – 96

Northside Cheers on Northside Drive – 92

Spud Dogs on Cherry Street – 82

Taj Indian Restaurant on Brookhave Drive – 82

Goodie Gallery on North Columbia Street – 90

Metropolis Cafe on North Wayne Street – 97

El Bronco on Watson Boulevard – 100

Here’s a restaurant that needs to step it up:

J & J Country Buffet on Cherry Street – 74

– Buttermilk in fridge past the expiration date
– Food at wrong temperatures

What Tucker’s may lack in attractiveness, it sure gains in charm.

“This is picture of what kids have sent me, and when they come back in here, they want to see what they’ve done,” Tucker said.

And when they come back, they’re coming for some of that good food.

“Barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, and steaks and rib plates and chicken plates,” Tucker said. “We’ll fix anything you want it if we can.”

And it’s certainly not the first time Tucker’s has scored a 100 on the health inspection, and by the looks of it, won’t be the last.

Tucker’s Barbecue is making the grade this week.