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The Back Burner Restaurant Continues A Tradition Of Fine Dining

By S. Mathur

The Back Burner has been around for 20 years, and is considered a landmark in Macon GA. It changed hands in 2015, and the owners, Julio and Karen Rosas, have kept not only the name but the tradition of fine dining without the pretentiousness.

"Don't let the white table linens fool you; we strive to be a sort of neighborhood place where people can come to meet up and have a nice meal without feeling like they have to get all dressed up," Karen Rosas said.

Chef Losito, who opened the restaurant in a 1930s home in 1997, is a long time friend of the Rosas' and they have kept his traditions alive while adding new menu items. One such tradition is Lobster Thursday. Fresh Maine lobsters are delivered every Thursday and served up with Chef Rosas' own Avocado Crab Salad. New items like the Eggs Benedict and strawberry cake can move even seasoned food critics to poetry.

Another crowd pleaser is the seafood trio, with rainbow trout, Georgia shrimp and jumbo lump crab cake.

"And I can't leave out his Traditional Spanish Seafood Paella, which is a pound and a half of Georgia Shrimp, Clams, Black Mussels, Chorizo Sausage, Grouper, and Petit Lobster Tail served over a bed of Saffron Rice and fresh green English Peas with a hard-boiled egg," Rosas said. "The Paella is not on the regular menu, so be sure to like us on Facebook for our daily and weekly specials so you don't miss it!"

The Back Burner also features art from the Ocmulgee Arts gallery next door. All artwork is for sale at the gallery.

"My favorite piece in the restaurant is the Vase of Roses in the main dining room," Rosas said. "Since our last name means "roses", this is the first piece we picked out for our restaurant, and it has become special to us. There are also some lovely pieces scattered throughout the restaurant as well as in the private banquet room where there is various artwork of cherry blossoms."

Guests can choose to eat in the main dining room with its warm and comforting decor, or in the Cove for more intimate dining. There's outdoor seating and an enclosed patio, as well as a private dining room that can seat up to eight guests. The banquet hall can seat up to 50 people or serve a buffet meal for up to 60. For everything from a quiet anniversary celebration to a family night out, the Back Burner offers the right ambience and delicious food to mark the occasion.

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