As part of the Macon Food Story, we’re taking a closer look at some of the comfort foods that help feed our spirits and our stomachs on a cold winter’s day. 

Through our partnership with Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism, Amyre Makupson went to a Macon restaurant known for its hot meals.

PART ONE: Cold weather comfort foods: Joe D's chili

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Hearty, home-cooked tastes and often deep-fried comfort food can be a lot of things to different people, but for customers of Dawson’s Kitchen in Macon, it’s all about eating the food that warms their bodies and their souls.

“It’s always good to have a hot meal when it’s good and cold outside," said customer Jeremy Davis.

Davis is a weekly regular at Dawson’s Kitchen in Macon and he says when the temperature drops he prefers something hearty.

“That cold sandwich doesn't do it for me," he said. “I consider comfort food [to be] good old fashioned country cooking. Everything in this kitchen is pretty much comfort food in my opinion."

“We have mashed potatoes and roast beef, spaghetti, chicken and dumplings," said owner Susan Moore. "I think people really like those in the winter time."

She says during the colder season, customers tend to like heartier meals like their family used to make.

“We were young people and our parents fed us, our mothers fed us this food and that brings us comfort, I think," she said. “We can warm your heart, your soul and your stomach."

Dawson’s Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner six days a week, closing only on Sundays. They're located at 3360 Brookdale Ave in Macon.