This is home cooking at its best! This old rail stop restaurant still has the old railroad coach lights so look up! Then order the beets, fried okra, country steak, pinto beans and don't forget banana pudding for dessert. Sit at the bar for a quick lunch break or eat at a table for a family dinner away from home. The breakfasts are excellent too. Everyone mom must be back in the kitchen because this is how we all remember mom's cooking used to be! Only drawback, not open on Saturday evenings.
Ed Lewis sees the best in everybody and handles legal claims the same way. He works with you and what your situation is to find the best legal and financial way out of your mess. His answering service is johnny-on-the-spot and he speaks Spanish. As one of his clients told him once, since he was a lawyer, he may be going to H3!!; but he wasn't going nearly as fast as those other lawyers!
This used bookstore/ coffee shop now sells hot dogs, sandwiches and soup! The small rooms are lined with shelves of mostly romance books, but some others. There are comfy chairs and tables and even a small not-wood-burning fireplace. As for the coffee and food, the rickety table by the counter reminded me of our old 1830 homeplace's kitchen in Randolph County - small, serviceable, private and fresh tomato sandwiches. If I could put my family's traditional kitchen into a used bookstore, this would be it. Except there would be a lot more books for children and the steamiest novel would be "crock pot cooking"!
I have been there a few times each time hoping it is better. Once there were two people serving customers. Neither could decide what line the were helping people from and when it was my turn the lady walked off to go help the other worker. Another time the bread was so stale it crumbled and didn't hold my sandwich together. I haven't had the coffee or the display case gourmet appetizers and salads. At least they have variety. It seems busy. I am now under the impression that it's being seen there rather than what you eat there that keeps the place in business.
We have gone to Dr. Bartelt since he began work here. We have been back several times working on some daily medications and he is always willing to talk about side effects and medication interactions. When we've had insurance problems, he's called the company himself to try to work it out. Every time we've called he's had time available that day - except the office isn't open on Fridays. We think he's still working though because he's called to follow up on us during some pretty significant illnesses on Fridays. He was an ER doc before moving to family practice so he can handle sniffles to minor surgery. He is so good we're afraid he'll burn out too quickly! Until then we'll keep going back.
Dr. Bennett has helped me regain my mobility following a broken bone. He worked with me, not just my foot. He asked what I'd be willing to do for therapy. He asked how uncomfortable I'd be willing to feel during rehab. He asked how motivated I was to get healed. All the time he also spent time getting to know me, what I do for a living, my family situation. I felt he saw me as a whole person with a broken bone rather than just a bone that needed mending. I highly recommend him for anyone interested in being an active participant in their own healing process.
When my son was 4 months old he had RSV and was hospitalized. On the way home from the hospital we stopped by Banner Drug to pick up some medicine, both prescription and over-the-counter. The pharmacist didn't know what we'd just been through and we hadn't even asked for our prescriptions but he came out to talk with us about how all the drugs interact, how often we can use all of them and when to call the doctor. He was that concerned about over-the-counter meds and children! If I have to give my kids medicine, I can feel confident about giving them to my children after going to Banner Drug. Only drawback is the hours they're open. It's a small price to pay for our peace of mind.
We had our children at the Child Development Center for close to 3 years. They are wonderful, caring people who took excellent care of our children. At the end of the day they could tell us a funny thing the kids did or said or if they needed an extra hug before buckling in the car. They made sure each child got exercise, nutritious foods and whatever they needed developmentally and emotionally. I still send them Christmas cards. Two years later our kids still talk about their teachers. The staff hold themselves to the standards they set in their handbook. It seemed expensive until we saw the "quality" the same amount would get us elsewhere. There is no price we could put on the individual attention the kids received and the trust and caring the kids feel toward the staff. They are simply the best!
The Shanghai Express up highway 18, not to be confused with the Shanghai Restaurant by Wal-Mart, is our favorite restaurant ever. No huge chunks of broccoli you can't chew through or chunks of bell peppers. The sesame chicken, the chow mei fun, the vegetables with bean curd... all wonderful! For lunch, call ahead and it'll be ready when you get there or get something from the already prepared lunch specials. There's no better place on a rainy day to get the soup and watch the rain fall outside. For poor starving college students, there's no better deal.
My grandparents took my parents there as kids and now I take my kids there at least once a month. If you've been there twice, they know your family history, what you want to do in the future and if your cousin is over his cold. The ice cream doesn't come in less than baseball sized scoops and the ice in the tea is the kind you want to swish around in your mouth just because it sounds good. The secret is to order BBQ and ask for "some dip" or get a "cup of dip" if it's to go. (Dip is the meat juice.) Pour it on your sandwich or use as salad dressing. Yummmmmy! Only drawback is not the smoke-free dining but the 1930's restroom facilities: serviceable but not good enough to rank the 5 stars "world class" that their food deserves!!!