Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Homeplace


Exactly one week ago I had dinner at The Homeplace, a restaurant situated amidst the Blue Ridge Mountains in Catawba, Virginia. This wonderful old country house has a big porch with porch swing, a gazebo in a yard among beautiful shade trees, and sprawling land with a big creek, massive hills and valleys, all dotted with cattle. Once inside, you’re treated like family. In one room a group of older folks played country bluegrassy jazz. From there, expect to be led past the staircase to one of the other rooms where you’ll be seated for dinner.

It’s family style, here. That means pitchers, platters and bowls of food and drink placed on the table for you and the other members of your party to dive into. This is country-style home cooking. Everyone gets fried chicken, the second meat is then chosen, (we had country ham) and all the sides are the same: coleslaw, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, pinto beans, homemade biscuits, out-of-this-world apple butter, pitchers of the sweetest lemonade, and unsweetened iced tea. Each night a different fruit cobbler with vanilla ice cream is served for dessert. Ours was blueberry, and as with everything that is served, it’s all-you-can-eat. Yes. Oh, and all that can be had for little more than the price of a NYC movie ticket. I recommend it to everyone.

(Pictured here is a photo [I played around with in Photoshop] which I took after dinner as we headed back to our car.)

12 comments:

Sandy Mastroni said...

that is a beautiful photo
I clicked on it to enlarge and wished I could be there [ with some blueberry cobbler and icecream ]
you didn't take a photo of THAT ?
and .... you're still skinny

Jul said...

mmmmMMMMMMmmmmm . . . Fried Chicken!!! Oh and Sue . . . that's an awesome picture!

Jul

sMacThoughts said...

Sandy .... hahaaha! Well, I was temporarily looking 6 months pregnant after that meal. We were all laughing at my shadow outside on the way to the car. :)

Jul!! mmmm-MMM-mmm is right!! And Thank you so very much!

Danita said...

Thank you so much for your comment on my blog!
Your work is beautiful too!!!
Danita

FancyPants-design said...

beautiful photo! Sounds amazing!! I am definately in need of a vacation away from this crazy concrete jungle....ho hum...

sMacThoughts said...

danita .... thank you!
fancy-pants ..... do it, I swear you won't be disappointed!

Sandy Mastroni said...

Thank you for visiting me,
Sincerely,
Pointy hair

sMacThoughts said...

hahahaa!!

Jenna P said...

sound beautiful (and delicious!)... and i love your photoshop effects on this pictures- looks great!

Diana said...

Jeepers. I am certainly glad I'm reading this after dinner. Otherwise I couldn't be held responsible for what would have occurred.

I would LOVE to eat at The Homeplace. They might have had to revise their all you can eat policy afterwards, though.

Sounds like a wonderful time, and I'm so glad you went and shared with us! Beautiful photo, too.

sMacThoughts said...

Thank you, Jenna...yes, I really went to town with my textures in Photoshop!

And Diana, hope all is continuing to go well with the pregnancy. The Homeplace seems like they'd love to have someone eat several rounds all by themselves, and they'd welcome you back afterwards, too!

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