Restaurant Report Card: Dab’s Cafe

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Dab’s Cafe is giving people a reason to visit the Middle Georgia Regional Airport, and not get on a plane. It’s serving up some good home cooking from inside the airport.

“We truly love what we do,” Earlene “Dab” Appling said.

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Love is as love does, that’s Appling’s motto.

“Try to live that everyday and instill that within the restaurant,” she said.

Appling got a degree in food and nutrition – she’s worked around food her entire professional career so she knows what she’s doing.



“It’s instilled within me that’s where those recipes come from,” Appling said with a laugh. “We specialize in fried chicken, fried pork chops, we do meatloaf and homemade mac and cheese and collard greens.”

Appling says the food is good for the soul!

Here are your scores this week:

China Inn Restaurant on Vineville Ave. – 92

Mellow Mushroom on Lake Joy Rd. – 96

Nu-Way Weiners on Watson Blvd. – 91

Ga Bob’s BBQ on Perimeter Rd. – 96

Long John Silvers on Watson Blvd. – 100

Ann’s Deli on Johnston St. – 94

Paula’s Fried Chicken on MLK Blvd. – 85

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

Ruby Tuesday on Highway 441 S scored a 73.

  • ribs and buttermilk past expiration date
  • dishwasher leak, broken floor tiles.

For a person whose dedicated so much time to learn how to run a restaurant, you better believe Dab’s Cafe has a perfect health inspection score.

“We try to practice doing that on a daily basis and when you do it on a daily basis it’s not real hard when the health inspection walks up,” Appling said.

Dab’s Cafe is making the grade this week.