This is more than just a great place, it is sort of like visiting with new friends in their restaurant.
First make sure you get to the right location, at 111 West 3rd. Our GPS lists their old address, they moved last June.
We were welcomed by the owner. Then the young but very competent waiter explaine the specials and menu. He was terrific, explaining all the specials, how they were prepared and various alternative side dishes.
Make sure you try the valdalia onion cobbler regardless of what else you order. I had the butt, which is not something you find on menus in Chicago or New York. It was superb, the barbecue sauce was perfection. My wife had the mahi mahi, which she reported was also excellent. We had a terrific dinner. They have a full bar, reasonably priced.
The owner's son, Kevin, came by to talk and wanted to both get to know us better and tell us about himself and the history of the great old building. The owner also came by to talk. They were genuinely. Interested in being friendly and warm, well beyond southern hospitality.
After dinner Kevin took us for a tour of the banquet rooms and the kitchen. We were also introduced to the kitchen staff.
At lunch they have cafeteria type service and I understand a big crowd from the courthouse.
Don't pass Lumberton, North Carolina without stopping here for lunch or dinner, even if you are just "passing through." You won't be disappointed.
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