REVIEW: Fairview Dairy Bar – Sanford
A few weeks ago, I was down in Sanford on Sunday for business around lunchtime and figured I would check out a local place for a bite to eat even though I knew that I’d probably be run into the after church crowd since it was about 1 p.m. I pulled up Urbanspoon on my phone and checked out the most popular restaurants in Sanford (sorted by distance which is a huge help especially if you are unfamiliar with your surroundings).
The Fairview Dairy Bar (109 Carbonton Road) was ranked the most #1 popular restaurant in Sanford with a whopping 96% of the 91 people who voted on Urbanspoon liked it plus some great comments from locals. I decided I couldn’t go wrong with numbers like that and was definitely reassured when I pulled up and the parking lot was chock full of cars. I checked back today and realized the Fairview Dairy Bar is also ranked #15 and #21 on Urbanspoon because somebody created an extra page for it…twice.
I sat at one of the barstools in the middle of the restaurant so I didn’t have to wait because I was flying solo and I didn’t want to be rude and snag a two top before a couple could. I was glad that I did because I met some great local people that went out of their way to make conversation with me while they ate. They mentioned that they ate at Fairview Dairy Bar about three to four times per week and they were just two of the many locals that frequent the Fairview Dairy Bar regularly. I mentioned to them that I run a food blog and which basically steered the conversation towards food where they brought up Burger Burger in Buxton, NC (near Hatteras) which I am hoping to try soon.
The church crowd was in full swing in the restaurant and I was glad that I was able to sneak in and grab a barstool. I asked the waitress what she normally gets and she said that she loves the Chicken Bistro Wrap (below). I saw a large number of fried chicken and chicken & dumpling orders coming out of the kitchen window that looked absolutely delicious but I didn’t notice them until I had already ordered. Hindsight is 20/20.
I really enjoyed the Chicken Bistro Wrap. It was basically chicken tenders with lettuce, tomato and shredded cheese mixed with onion straws and bistro sauce (basically a remoulaude) and then wrapped in a tortilla. I would have preferred if they had used their fried chicken (off the bone) instead of chicken fingers to give it a little less generic taste. The French fries were sub-par but I’ve pretty much gotten over judging a place by the generic fried items that are dumped out of a freezer bag into the grease. It seems like it is a rare to find a place that actually fries that are actually hot & crispy by the time they make it out in front of you at the table.
Overall, my meal was very tasty and was what I was looking for since I had to be somewhat productive for the next few hours and I doubt fried chicken for lunch or chicken & dumplings would have me wanted to do anything else other than lie on a couch and watch NFL all day long. Next time, I will have to get one of the two plus a milkshake which looked great on someone’s table that I passed by after I had paid my check already.
Fairview Dairy Bar has good home-style food plus a family-oriented atmosphere with a 50’s diner feel that just feels right. It is places like this that make me wonder why people pay to be herded through the national chain restaurant experience when you have good ol’ fashioned places like this.