January 14, 2005
It’s an old-fashioned restaurant with the best hospitality around. The wrap-around porch has rocking chairs in every size from little bums to big bums to two-people-in-one-chair bums. They have wine barrels that have been converted into checker boards, as well. When you enter the restaurant, you are transported back to the good ol’ days. The country store greets you with wonderful treasures of your youth, from clothes to knick-knacks to foods. They also have a great book-on-tape lending library for your road trip. You pick it up at one restaurant and you drop it off at the next. And if you forget and take it home with you, you can just mail it back. It is probably one of the very few trusting places around. The staff here was more than helpful. The country store staff will actually look for something if you can’t find it.
The waitstaff, I think, has eaten everything on the menu, and they know it all. The restaurant consists of large booths and tables that could probably hold about eight but only seat four. We have had breakfast and lunch here, and both meals warrant trying dinner next time. For breakfast, I had the Sunrise Sampler. It consisted of two eggs, grits (which I substituted off), gravy (also a 'no' in my book), homemade biscuits, real butter, and preserves, plus fried apples or hashbrown casserole and a choice of sausage, country ham, or bacon. It's enough for really about three people. My husband loved the Country Boy Breakfast, which had your choice of ham, pork chops, or steak, plus all of the above and an extra egg. He loved the biscuits and gravy.
For lunch, I had the Chicken 'n' Dumplin's Platter. It comes with three sides, so I chose the country green beans, which were done just right, the macaroni and cheese, not your normal at-home Kraft but the real stuff, and fried apples, which I didn’t care for, but everyone else did. All this, along with biscuits or corn muffins. Again, my husband loved the chicken fried chicken or just the fried chicken. The desserts looked wonderful, but we never had room. You can’t go wrong with the food here, or the prices. And the best part is that there is no rushing you here. If you are in the South and you have never been, now is your time to go.
P.S. Try the caramels behind the pay counter.
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