Tag Archives: Lunch

Country Strong-Tammy’s Country Kitchen

Ashley says…

You know those little hometown restaurants like you see on tv where the owners and waitresses know all the customers and they chat about family, the farm, etc.? Tammy’s Country Kitchen is just like that. It’s not unusual to hear, “Hey, Earl. How’s Betty?” or “How’s the grandbaby?” or a laugh being shared as you are sitting there having your meal. You get a real family feel at Tammy’s. Tammy herself is the one you’ll usually hear. She not only owns the restaurant, but she’s one of the three servers. Her daughter and her mother are the other two. If you get there on one of the days her mother is serving, once you meet her, you’ll feel like you’ve known her for years. She’s a sweetie. They all are, actually.

Located on State Route 817 (old US Route 35) in Frazier’s Bottom, across the river from Buffalo, Tammy’s is the only restaurant within several miles. Obviously the customers are mostly regulars and I figure most probably live in the area or over in Buffalo. I guess you could say my husband and I are regulars. We have been eating there about four times a month for the last six years. My husband loves to give Tammy a hard time and she’s not shy to give it right back to him.

Tammy’s specializes in, as you might have guessed, country cooking. Every day there are a couple of dinner specials in addition to the full menu. Some of the specials include salmon cakes and meatloaf. And there’s always a list of daily side dish specials like broccoli casserole, sweet potato casserole and macaroni salad, to name a few. Regular menu items range from a pinto bean dinner with fried potatoes and cornbread to spaghetti with meat sauce to soups, salads, burgers and other sandwiches. Breakfast is served all day.

Pinto Bean dinner with fried potatoes and cornbread

My favorite time to visit Tammy’s is for breakfast. It’s where I get the best omelet I’ve ever had. I always order the western omelet. What makes this omelet so good is 1) they use real eggs, not liquid eggs from a carton; 2) it includes big chunks of baked ham instead of little ham pellets; and 3) it contains American cheese. The American cheese is the real kicker for me. There’s just something about an omelet with American cheese that sets if apart from omelets with cheddar cheese. The omelet is huge too. It’s served with either hash browns or home fries. If I’m eating carbs, I get the home fries. They are real potatoes, peeled and cut by hand and fried in a skillet or on a flat top just like you’d have at home.

Western omelet with home fries and wheat toast

I also really like Tammy’s pancakes. But my one complaint is they are too small. You get three cakes that are about the size of a small coffee can lid. I’m sure that’s really all a person should eat, health-wise, but it just leaves me wanting more. The breakfast menu also contains other typical items such as eggs your way, sausage, biscuits and gravy and french toast. I only have one other complaint. They serve “fake butter” or “spread” to customers. I once asked if they had any real butter and was told no by Tammy herself. Surely they aren’t using that crap to cook with. She could have brought me some from the kitchen like other places have done.

On our most recent visit, I opted for a simple grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of Tammy’s taco soup. The soup contains a lot of the components of a taco, ground beef, tomatoes, peppers, black beans and spices. It’s topped with a generous amount of shredded cheese and is served with sour cream and tortilla chips. It’s got good flavor and is pretty filling. The grilled cheese was above average (grilled with REAL BUTTER, I’m sure.) I saved two cheesy bites of it for last.

I’ve had the salmon cakes more than once. They are close to like my mom makes. Same goes with the beans, fried potatoes and cornbread. And the meatloaf is really good too.

 

Meatloaf, broccoli casserole and sweet potato casserole

 

I’ve also had the baked chicken breast with gravy, the ground beef patty with grilled onions and gravy, a Reuben, a Chef’s salad and a Grilled Chicken salad. One of my favorite sides is the sweet potato casserole. It’s super sweet and topped with chopped pecans. It’s really more like dessert. Oh, speaking of dessert, Tammy’s has several homemade options each day such as pig pickin’ cake (a white layer cake with coconut, orange and other flavors), fruit cobblers, butter pecan cake (sold out our recent visit) or if she gets strawberries from The Strawberry Lady, strawberry shortcake (with a homemade yellow sponge cake.) 

Tammy’s food is nothing fancy, just good old-fashioned country cooking that’s served with a smile in a clean, nicely-decorated, homey-feeling place. THREE FORKS.

 

Big Taste at Little India

Susan says…

An Indian restaurant within walking distance of my workplace is a dream come true.  We tried it out the first couple weeks they were open.

Little India is located in the old firehouse location on Washington Street near the Capitol where at least 138 different eateries have called home.  The exterior was spiffed up and adorned with a new sign.  More significant changes were made inside: new booths and tables and new lighting updated the space and made dining more comfortable.  A change I wish they had made is to get rid of that awful ramp from the back seating area to the buffet area.  I feel like I am going to fall over head first when I walk down that ramp in my high-heeled shoes.   If it weren’t for the handrail, I don’t think I could sit in that section.

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The Pita Pit Left an Empty Feeling in the Pit of My Stomach

Susan says…

Daniel talked me into trying the brand new Pita Pit in Kanawha City today for lunch. I really wanted to eat at Aladdin but we think they are closed on Mondays. (Side note: I will get my Aladdin fix sometime this week. We tried to go one day last week and the parking lot was filled almost to capacity. Knowing that it would be a very long lunch with such a big crowd, we passed.) I am not a fan of the wrap and I was worried that these pita sammies would be a lot like a wrap. As you may be guessing, I whined about his choice. Continue reading

Grande Potential – El Patron Mexican Bar and Grill

Susan says…

What was once Chinese is now Mexican.  The location beside Bellacino’s in Kanawha City has been home to a couple incarnations of Chinese restaurants, neither of which excited us here at Fork You.  Now the space has been freshly painted in a cheery palette of yellow, orange and avacado to transform it into a Mexican Bar & Grill.

You might be wondering: does Charleston really need another Mexican joint?  After my first meal at El Patron, I say “yes”. 

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The Charm City Food Tour – Ambassador Dining Room

NOTE:  This is the first in my series of reviews from Baltimore, Maryland.

Susan says…

I had some big decisions to make about where I would eat on this trip since I had only a few days to get as much Baltimore as possible.   The words “Royal Indian Cuisine” grabbed my attention and “lunch buffet” acted as a lighthouse leading this ship safely to shore.  Buffets are attractive for two reasons:   1) A buffet allows me to taste a large assortment of dishes instead of being forced to choose one or two items from the menu and 2) I can sample the aforementioned large assortment of dishes for a lower price than the cost of the chicken tikka masala alone!  Actually three reasons:  3) I can eat as much as my little tummy desires.

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Toto, We’re Not in Poca Anymore – Wellington’s Cafe

Ashley says…

Since I’ve never met any of The Five and I’ve joined their blog as a Forker, Susan and I agreed it was time we met in person.  And what better way to do so than over a meal!  So I met Susan at Wellington’s Café for lunch on Tuesday last week. 

Wellington’s offers a daily special that is the same each week. Tuesday’s special is fried chicken, mashed potatoes and creamed corn.  I heard some others in the place mention that it was homemade creamed corn.  I once had a bad experience with creamed corn so it kind of turns my stomach just thinking about it.  Plus, I wasn’t feeling like having a huge meal for lunch.  But an hour later, I’m feeling like I should have. 

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Delish is Still Delish But Not the Same as Delish

Susan says…

I have just returned from the non-profit Delish.  As usual, I sacrificed myself for the sake of this blog by eating as much as I possibly could.  Never mind that I won’t be fitting into my swimsuit this year.

The first thing you need to know is how the lunch is served. 

1) There is no menu.  They have what they have.  I wanted to ask if the lineup would change daily or weekly but the place was just too busy by the time I thought to ask some questions.  (I was excited about getting that food in my belly.) 

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