Wednesday, January 22, 2014

You Should Be Eating at Crossroads Cafe

Crossroads Cafe is a little joint located in Clarkesville, Georgia. If you're looking for the spot where the locals go to eat the food they've been loving and surviving off of for years, this is it. Named recently by Clarkesville as 'Business of the Month', Crossroads Cafe aptly deserves the title for being a staple in so many diets. It is quite common to see local EMC and contracting crews, city employees, and other men and women who spend their days serving you preparing for their days with breakfast or refueling with lunch. Brett and I are often there for breakfast or lunch but today breakfast was so good we had to go back for lunch. It may have been we timed our breakfast at 10:30 on our trip out of town and lunch was being cooked as we ate. The smell was on our minds the whole time we were gone and by 2:00 we were sitting down again in our favorite booth for lunch.

The best part about eating at Crossroads Cafe is the hot bar designed to mimic the old school 'blue plate special'. There is a set weekly menu that offers a different variety of home cooked goods every day. Pictured here to the left is fried chicken, green beans, onion, salmon patties, mashed potatoes, macaroni, black eye peas, okra, corn and brown gravy... hungry yet? On top of all of that selection, they haven't forgotten the 'taste of home' staples such as tomato and raw onion slices.

For lunch today Brett had country fried steak and gravy, mashed potatoes and gravy, and fried okra:

Guess what?! They don't only have a hot bar. There's also an entire grill menu and a soup and salad menu. If you care for a lighter fare, like I happened to today, there's even a cold plate menu! How could you not find something you love with all of those options? I chose to try the chicken salad {made truly Southern with home roasted chicken, mayo, and sweet relish} on a bed of lettuce and a side of potato salad with tomato slices. I was not disappointed. Next I'm already planning on having the tuna salad with a side of macaroni salad! 

I have to add that in true fashion of a town favorite you feel appreciated from the moment you walk into the door and get your cheery greeting. I greatly appreciate the low fuss service with a smile from someone you feel you have known your whole life. I have only been dining here for a short while compared to their lengthy 10+ years of being in business but every time I walk in I feel like the people I'm with have known me for years. It's nice. When I smile at people, they smile back. People would like you to think that the pleasant caring disposition of Southern Hospitality is just a 'way of the people' but they're wrong. It's a tradition, a state of mind of those who choose to see the good in the day to day living. In my experience lately business owners and employees alike seem to have forgotten to carry it along. Not these people. Jo and her employees obviously care.

If you just gotta know what else they offer or if you are totally indulging yourself, I took the liberty of typing up their daily menu *subject to change:

Fried Chicken, Meatloaf, Beef Livers, Chicken Tenders, Creamed Potatoes, Green Beans, Potato Salad, Slaw, Cream Corn, Steamed Cabbage, Mac & Cheese, Baby Lima Beans, Okra, Banana Pudding, Pineapple Pudding, & Peach Cobbler

Fried Chicken, Salmon, Chicken Pot Pie, Mac & Beef Casserole, Chicken Tenders, Brunswick Stew, Cream Potatoes, Green Beans, Hominy, Slaw, Potato Salad, Black Eye Peas, Mac & Cheese, Turnip Greens, Cabbage Casserole, Banana Pudding, Chocolate Pudding, & Strawberry Cobbler

Fried Chicken, Fried Pork Tenderloin, BBQ Chicken, Chicken Tenders, Cubed Steak & Gravy, Cream Potatoes, Green Beans, Potato Salad, Slaw, Whole Kernel Corn, Rice, Steamed Cabbage, Pinto Beans, Fried Squash, Banana Pudding, Pineapple Pudding, & Blackberry Cobbler

Fried Chicken, Chicken & Dressing, Beef Tips with Gravy, Country Fried Steak, Chicken Tenders, Cream Potatoes, Green Beans, Potato Salad, Slaw, Whole Kernel Corn, English Peas, Rice, Fried Okra, Sweet Potato Souffle, Navy Beans, Banana Pudding

Frie Chicken, Fried Catfish, Hamburger Steak & Onions, Baked Chicken, Chicken Tenders, Cream Potatoes, Green Beans, Potato Salad, Slaw, Whole Kernel Corn, Baked Beans, Mac & Cheese Broccoli Casserole, Soup Beans, Great Northern Beans, Banana Pudding, Coconut Pudding, and Strawberry Cobbler

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