After living in Lumberton for nearly a year we finally decided to try Candy Sue's. We had heard the great reviews and had several recommendations, but never really made the effort to go seek it out. Now we are sorry we didn't try it sooner. We will definitely be back.
Today was a stressful day, we were near downtown so we decided to treat ourselves to something new. First off, the place is a little hard to find, but definitely worth the effort. Upon arriving the hostess asked if we wanted a high top table near the bar or a more quiet table in the dining room. We chose a high top. The servers were there to greet us with a smile and upon learning that we lived in Lumberton for nearly a year, but it was our first time in the restaurant, they went out of their way to make us feel right at home.
In the evening, after 5:00pm there is a regular menu, not the cafeteria-style buffet offered during the day. The menu has some great offerings, but the specials board had some great offerings at a reasonable price, so we went with the specials. I chose the grilled scallops, my husband opted for the Jambalaya. The servers suggested the "Butt Skins" (potato skins topped with their famous grilled pork) as an appetizer and after their enthusiastic recommendations, we decided to try those as well. We were not disappointed. They are basically deep friend potato skins topped with Candy Sue's famous bbq butt and amazing blueberry barbeque sauce, served with homemade Ranch dressing for dipping. They were amazing. I will never again crave traditional bacon/cheese potato skins after tasting these potato skins.
My grilled scallops came with three large scallops and two jumbo grilled shrimp, offered with two sides or a side and salad for about $11 it was worth every penny. The scallops and shrimp were cooked and seasoned perfectly, and paired perfectly with the homemade remoulade sauce. I chose Sweet Vidalia Onion Cobbler as my side dish and a side salad. The Onion Cobbler was amazing, kind of like a loose corn cake with nice chunks of sweet onion. The only complaint was that the salad was a bit "uninspired" just some basic romaine lettuce with a few grated carrots, cucumber slices, a tomato wedge and exactly three small slices from 1/4 of a red onion. The homemade dressing was delicious, but I prefer to have more variety in the lettuce used in my salad. At least it was nice and fresh and crispy.
My husband had the jambalaya, which was also on the special board. He had green beans and a side salad. The beans were nice and fresh, the salad good, but uninspired. The jambalaya was really truly delicious, served over penne pasta rather than the traditional rice, Both of our dinners also came with nice large fluffy homemade biscuits.
It was also "wine Wednesday" which means 1/2 price on a bottle of wine. We left very happy, relaxed, content, and with enough jambalaya for my husband's lunch tomorrow.
Great value, atmosphere, decor, service. We will definitely be back.
Just a side note, my husband and I both have traveled a lot and business and thought this would be a great place if you were traveling and eating alone for dinner. There is a nice comfortable bar and a few small high top tables in the bar area were people eating alone would find a friendly, comfortable place to enjoy a rather gourmet meal.
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