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Review – The Old Place in Bear Creek

The Old Place in Bear Creek NC

The Old Place is located on a farm in Bear Creek, NC

In the pastoral, rolling hills of western Chatham County is a charming country home that has been converted into a great country restaurant called The Old Place. The first time I ever heard about The Old Place was on UNC-TV when Bob Garner reviewed it many years ago. So, my husband and I went and when we arrived there was a line halfway around the building. We knew it was going to be good.

Since then, we have returned many times and enjoyed the food each time we have eaten there. It’s a place we frequently take out of town guests as we like them to have some Southern cooking while visiting North Carolina.

Paying for our meals at  The Old Place

You pay for your meal, then enter the buffet

When you first enter the building, you’ll be greeting by a friendly staff and will pay for the buffet. Yes, the restaurant is buffet, all you can eat. You will then enter the buffet area and will have a plethora of tempting treats including chicken and dumplings, fried white fish,  country ham and country style steak,  chitterlings, green beans, succotash,  turnip greens, fried okra, yams, pickled beets, mashed potatoes, and much more. I always start off with a piece of either the corn bread of the cracklin’ corn bread. I have to have a piece of the fried chicken, then I then pile on all the veggies I can muster. Of course, I have to come back for dessert.

fried chicken in the buffet line

The fried chicken is one of my favorites.

buffet line at The Old Place in Bear Creek NC

Just a part of the buffet line at The Old Place

That’s because the desserts are wonderful too! From a variety of cobblers, to apple crisps, to banana pudding with a homemade meringue, this is a dessert lover’s delight.

Dining room at The Old Place in Bear Creek NC

The dining room is large, yet cozy

The dining area is comfy and yet large enough to accommodate the folks to come each weekend. Many people know each other, because, after all, you are in the country. Even those of us who are from outside the immediate area, though, are treated like old friends

While on our annual trip to Southern Supreme, my friend and I stopped by The Old Place for Sunday brunch. It was my friend’s first trip there and she loved it. I had a plate full of all my favorites: fried chicken, green beans, yams, turnip greens, macaroni and cheese, a berry cobbler and other goodies as well. I had to have a glass of sweet tea to wash it all down. This is like getting a big Southern hug.  Their chicken breasts are big and meaty, most likely coming from one of the many chicken farmers nearby. The crust is flaky and perfectly browned with just the right amount of seasoning. The beans have the saltiness of the fatback that they were cooked in, but they are not too soggy, as some green beans tend to get at some other southern food restaurants. The succotash is made with tender littler butter beans and kernels of corn. The macaroni and cheese is soft and creamy, and is covered with lots of cheese.  The yams are roasted in some butter and I’m guessing some brown sugar.  I had a big ole’ serving of the berry cobbler, which is warm and has a gold, flaky crust on it. The only thing missing is a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but even without that, it is great.   Good thing we had planned to walk around Siler City for awhile, because I knew I would have to walk off some of all this great food!

my plate of Southern food at The Old Place in Bear Creek NC

Here's my plate of food

One thing is for sure — you won’t leave hungry! I always leave this place stuffed to the gills because it’s so hard to pass up all the great country goodies.

The Moore Family

The Moore Family (Photo courtesy of The Old Place Facebook Page)

The Moore family, who owns The Old Place, know how to cook up a great meal. The interesting thing about this restaurant is that is it only open Friday through Sunday.  Lu Anne and Laura Moore are in charge of the culinary team and do a fantastic job serving  a soul-satisfying meal.

The Old Place is located at 289 Elmer Moore Road  Bear Creek, NC south off Siler City, just off of Highway 421. They are open Friday and Saturday from 4pm- 9pm and Sunday from 11am-6pm. 919-837-5131.

Skillet Fried Chicken Tuesdays at Lucky 32 in Greensboro

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Greensboro has a new Tuesday night special that I think will have foodies coming out for a taste of the South. Every week on Tuesday, they will be cookin’ up some skillet fried chicken (breast, leg and a wing per order) that is pan-fried in Cane Creek’s locally-rendered pork fat served with mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, collard greens and a hunk of dipping cornbread for $17. It is a bit pricey for a fried chicken dinner but the quality of the meal that Lucky 32 will put it front of you will be well worth it.

If that doesn’t make your heart stop, Lucky 32 will also have singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett performing some great Southern music from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. in the restaurant. Dossett has been associated with the North Carolina Symphony, the local music and regional folklore from multiple plays at Triad Stage and her band, Polecat Creek. Levon Helm, one of the original members of The Band, covered her song, “Anna Lee”, on his Grammy-winning album, Dirt Farmer. She has also performed on Prairie Home Companion and at MerleFest.

If you consider good fried chicken to be KFC or Bojangles’ then I implore you to save up some cash and head up to Lucky 32 on a Tuesday to see what real skillet fried chicken tastes like.

Real fried chicken doesn’t come in a bucket!

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