FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Bluetick Mercantile Co. might just have some of the freshest food in all of Monroe County. The breakfast and lunch restaurant in downtown Forysth is cooking up all kinds of good, organic foods in an historic building that was build in the 1800’s.
“The building itself goes back a long way, it’s been a bank, it’s been an opera house upstairs,” Bluetick’s co-owner, Alicia Record said. “Something like this you can’t build anymore so to be able to preserve everything you can and make it something now and new it’s pretty exciting so it was important.”
Record owns and runs it with her friend and head chef, Shawn Mentzer. He’ll tell you cooking is more than a day job.
“It’s the one thing that I always came back home to so when Alicia and I had the opportunity to open up a place I had to take it,” Mentzer said.
Mentzer and Record both play an important role in the kitchen, handling much of the cooking, baking and desserts. They both put a big emphasis on freshness.
“We wanted to be able to feed people that way, without all the chemicals and pesticides, we seek out farmers and try to stay local,” Record said.
First let’s take a look at your scores this week:
Carrabba’s Italian Grill on Riverplace Dr – 92
Grow on Riverside Dr – 95
Ladda Bistro on Cherry St – 99
Longhorn on Riverside Dr – 85
Cook Out on Russell Pkwy – 100
Hibachi Buffet Sushi & Grill – 99
Grits Cafe on W Johnston St – 95
Buffalo Wild Wings on N Columbia St – 100
China Wing on S Wayne St – 94
Bluetick Mercantile Co. is big on accountability – there’s a reason its kitchen is see-through.
“Your sandwich today is made 100 percent in house except for the lettuce which is grown at AF Farms in Macon,” Mentzer said. “The green bean casserole was made all from scratch and the green beans are from the Little Farm in Gray.”
And with its shop, coffee, sandwiches, casseroles, homemade bread and desserts, Bluetick has a perfect health inspection score!
“Nobody wants to eat at a place where you see stuff all over the place,”Record.
Bluetick Mercantile Co. in downtown Forsyth is making the grade this week!