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Nov 2, 2011 03:08 PM

Help remembering the name of an "old timey" restaurant in the Piedmont area

I am trying to remember the name of a certain restaurant in the Winston Salem/Greensboro/Charlotte area that serves traditional southern food in an old fashioned setting. I remember that the place was written about in a travel article. The place has no menu, and you basically get whatever they decided to make on that particular day. It is a very old family run restaurant that is located in a rural area. I understand that this is not much info to go on, but I would also be interested to hear about any similar places.

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  1. If it were a buffet it could be the Old Place. It's in an old house south of Siler City. It's open Friday and Saturday for dinner and Sunday for lunch and dinner. They are also open for Thanksgiving.

    Old Place Restaurant
    289 Elmer Moore Rd, Bear Creek, NC 27207

    1. There was an article in the Greensboro newspaper back in 2007 entitled "Southern Fare Isn't Far from The Triad"

      that listed the following three old-timey places:

      Hillbilly Hideaway in Walnut Cove, NC:

      Snyder Farms Restaurant in Sophia, NC:
      # 2878 Beckerdite Road, Sophia, NC 27350

      The Old Place in Bear Creek, NC (as mentioned above):
      289 Elmer Moore Road, Bear Creek, NC

      I can't vouch for the quality of the first two. I really like The Old Place - especially for the top-flight fried chicken, skillet cornbread (including cracklin' cornbread), chicken&dumplings, yams, and apple crisp.


      In the Charlotte area, the closest thing I've heard of to that flavor of place is the Old School Mill's Fresh House in Locust, NC. An 80-year-old grandma makes chicken&dumplings from scratch there every couple of weeks. Haven't tried it yet (going this Sunday):

      I might as well mention my favorite Southern buffet within a 2-hour radius of Charlotte, which is The Southern Skillet in Columbia, SC. Everything is practically fresh from the garden, and you can get awesomely esoteric sides like rutabagas, along with the more commonplace collards, green beans, field peas, butter beans, yams, creamed corn, squash casserole, etc., and a whole host of meats and homemade desserts.

      Snyder Farms Restaurant
      2880 Beckerdite Rd, Sophia, NC 27350

      Fresh House
      805 Main St W, Locust, NC 28097

      Hillbilly Hideaway Restaurant
      4335 Pine Hall Rd, Walnut Cove, NC 27052

      The Southern Skillet
      1213 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 29169

      1. Hillbilly Hideaway! Wow, thank you so much. I thought this would be a longshot. I will plan to check out Old Place as well.

        Old Place Restaurant
        289 Elmer Moore Rd, Bear Creek, NC 27207

        Hillbilly Hideaway Restaurant
        4335 Pine Hall Rd, Walnut Cove, NC 27052

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        1. re: adobokid

          I knew it! I haven't been there in decades, but my Greensboro friends visit often. They say it
          s what is always was.