Monday December 1, 2008 cont.
Have you ever spotted something while driving down the road and wonder, "Did I really just see that?" I had one of those moments shortly after getting on the Natchez Trace Parkway headed north.
There was a small dog trotting next to the road and as I drove by, it looked like it had a large number nine painted on it's side. Either that, or it had one really unusual birthmark or coat. Unfortunately, I was talking to my mother on the phone and didn't pull over to take a photo. That would have made a good one!
My next destination was Old Country Store
in Lorman, but my GPS took me in the complete wrong direction after getting off the main road. Eventually, the lady at the laundromat, the only business I could find, pointed me in the right direction.
The Old Country Store
is in a building that is approximately 130 years old and it looks like the outside hasn't been touched since the day it was built. There are rusty, weather-beaten Pepsi signs on both sides.
The outside sign that I really took notice of was the one declaring it the world's best fried chicken.
The inside is shockingly big, since I was expecting a little place. A menu board advertised the buffet.
MMMMMMMM, blackberry cobbler!
The buffet area is on the small side,
but I am always more concerned about quality than quantity. The owner told me to grab a plate and help myself. "Don't feel sorry for the cook," he told me, "Make sure you get enough." Oh, I think I can manage that!
Here is my first plate,
with fried chicken, dirty rice, green beans, greens, macaroni and cheese and a jalapeno corn muffin.
Delicious crunchy skin, along with juicy tender meat, this was excellent fried chicken!
But, I liked the pork infused greens
and green beans even better. The other items were also good, but not on the same level. My only complaint and it is a mild one, is that the food could have been hotter.
And dessert was absolute cobbler perfection!
As good as the food was, the best reason to visit is to meet Arthur Davis, the owner. While I was paying at the register, he broke out into song.
Not just a few lines, but a good five minute long song, apparently titled, Grammy Was a Cornbread Woman
! I know this might sound a little odd, but it was extremely enjoyable. Mr. Davis is a very lively, fun and interesting man. He was still singing to me on my way out the door.
If you are ever in this part of the world, you really need to stop in and visit this wonderful place. Old Country Store
was one of the highlights of my trip. http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=1320&RefID=1320
As I was driving, I saw a sign pointing towards Alcorn State University, so of course, I had to stop in and buy a shirt. I also made a quick stop at the Windsor Ruins. This used to be a beautiful mansion that was destroyed by fire, with only the columns remaining.
Combined with the remote location, this place is a little spooky!
In the quaint little town of Port Gibson, I visited the church with the gold hand pointing towards heaven on the top of a church spire.
Dinner was back in Vicksburg at Goldie's Trail Bar-B-Que
. Again, I had trouble finding it. Casinos are now where the restaurant used to be. A nice lady at Subway gave me pinpoint directions and I was soon pulling into the parking lot.
Unfortunately, I shouldn't have bothered, because the food was not good. The baked beans were straight out of can. The pork bbq was flabby. The only two items worthwhile were the sausage
and the garlic bread.
I drove back to my hotel in Natchez for the night.
Much more to come.....
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