Barbara's is a hidden gem, located off the beaten path and a little hard to find. The first time I went there, I was convinced I was lost and at the wrong place. Barbara's is in an old house.
The food reminds me of my childhood. It's not gourmet but simple food, made fresh. The menu is limited but with the basics; fried chicken, meatloaf and poppy seed casserole that's just like one my mom used to make. On Fridays, catfish and gumbo is added. The catfish is big and very well fried in a thick cornbread coating. The gumbo is very meaty and makes a meal by itself, like all of the soups I've had there. It all comes with yeast rolls which are as good as the cobblers. Everything tastes freshly made from scratch.
I think of Barbara's as an authentic alternative to the Loveless Cafe without the commercial appeal and with a more limited menu. It's a great choice for people who look for good food, not fancy places, and for a true hometown mom and pop experience.