Been There, Eaten There, I’ll Be Back 2017-07-28T01:56:44+00:00

Been There, Eaten There,
I’ll Be Back

Have you ever eaten at a restaurant or eatery of any type and said to yourself and/or friends, “that was good, I’d eat there again.”? One of the pleasures that we have in America is the joy of eating a variety of foods. We have the choice of thousands of restaurants, with an endless array of choices. Many of these restaurants are run by independent owners (Mom & Pop’s) making their living trying to please you and me. When my wife and I travel, we look for the Mom & Pop restaurants. We enjoy giving them our business and seeing new dishes or even some old familiar dishes done well.

I have written this page to share some of my good experiences: places I’ve been at, eaten at, and will be back! As a former restaurant owner, I know

what it’s like to work long hours, creating menus to please my customers and enjoying the satisfaction of a job well done. You will find their addresses listed by states, meal time I have eaten, and a note or two. Next time you travel, take the time to look them up, enjoy something different. Good people doing a great job!!

One last quick note: Remember, everyone has a bad day every once and a while, and so do restaurants. That said, I will not make any negative comments about any restaurant, deserved or not. If I visit a restaurant and have a bad experience or poor service, I’ll give them a second chance if it’s possible to return. My dissatisfaction will be to not list them. Hope to see you at a local Mom & Pops!




Calico County Restaurant


Calico County Restaurant  2401 South 56th Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas When you walk into this place, you just say “WOW!” Home cooking done will, very friendly atmosphere. For Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Catering, Calico County is your choice for Traditional American Food served in an atmosphere full of American [...]





Burger Grind


1405 North 7th Street, West Monroe, Louisiana Visited them on Facebook at "Burger Grind" Putting a creative twist on the classic hamburger! Open for lunch and supper 10:30am  to 9:00pm They offer many house creations listed for you , sch as the "Missing Link", Blue Bomber", Breakfast Burger", A-1 Burger", [...]


Ranch House Café


1110 North 5th Street, Leesville , La 71446 “Home cooking done well” Opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The building was long and somewhat narrow, looked like it cook have been a hardware feed store before becoming a restaurant.  Asked the waitress what was this place before? She said that [...]



Bill’s Hamburgers


310 North Main Street, Amory, MS 38821 Been in business since 1929 Serving breakfast lunch and dinner. Hours: 6:30am – 5:30pm Known for their freshly grilled hamburger, French fries and Onion rings. We stopped for breakfast, they have “chocolate gravy” that you can get served over biscuits.  Now when I [...]


Chicken Nuggets


Hwy 16 East, Carthage, MS 601-267-9133 Local Family restaurant featuring an assortment of freshly breaded chicken nuggets. Don’t let the name fool you, they have a whole lot more that chicken nuggets. A daily fresh salad bar is a favorite of many of the local. They are known for their [...]

North Carolina


Triangle Restaurant


2200 N William St, Goldsboro, NC 27530 (919) 736-2810 Serving Breakfast and lunch: Mon. - Fri. 6am-2pm, Sat breakfast only 6am -12 noon I local diner cooking up local favorites for over 22 years.  Breakfast dishes are many of the classic dishes the southern locals have enjoyed for years.  For [...]


Moore’s BBQ


reenville NC is know for having some great BBQ restaurants, and "Moore's BBQ" can be listed with the best. Two BBQ restaurant families joined together to create this restaurant. With over 100 years experience between these families, that brought their best to the drawing board.


Banner Elk Cafe


324 Shawneehaw Ave S, Banner Elk, NC 28604 (828) 898-4040     Facebook: Banner Elk Cafe Hours:  Sun - Thurs: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm, Fri - Sat: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm They are a cafe, bakery, smoothie bar, espresso bar, and are 2 restaurant combined with outside patios.  You [...]


Anchor’s Away Cafe


110 Reservoir Road, Burnsville, NC 28714 828-678-3474 "Affordable Family Dining" A small seafood restaurant (about 30 + seats) serving fresh seafood for the locals in Burnsville NC. They offer flounder, perch, catfish, whitefish, deviled crab, jumbo and small shrimp and oysters.  Most of the seafood is lightly breaded and fried. [...]


The Pedalin’ Pig


4235 Hwy 105 South, Banner Elk, NC 28604 website:                    like them on Facebook: The pedelin' Pig 828-898-7500 We ate here on our fall "leaf looking" trip.  Let me just say "WHAT A FIND".  This place knows how to cook pork BBQ and all the sides to go with it.    [...]

New Hampshire

New York


Sal’s Pizzeria


110 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY, 13326 Open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. They serve several hundred customers a day that are in town to visit the "Baseball Hall Of Fame" Specializing in New York-style thin crust pizza, calzones, strombolis, lasagna, antipasto, spaghetti, baked ziti, and [...]


The Historic Naples Hotel


  111 South Main Street Naples, NY 14512 An Historic Hotel and restaurant the as built it 1895.  Located in the small quaint township of Naples N.Y. Beautiful dining room keep in the rustic theme of it's historic past. They offer a variety  seafood, steak and pasta, along with [...]


Keuka Restaurant


10 Main Street Penn Yan, NY 14527  Tel: 315-536-5852 Website   Relaxed local restaurant offering steaks, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, burgers and wraps. Very spacious, nice decor, done in a wood accent.   We stopped for lunch, party of five got quick and friendly service. Waitress was very knowledgeable about [...]


Emily’s Diner


9980 Main Street Clarence, NY 14031 716 759-1886 Open 6:30 - 2 pm, 7 days a week, Friday until 8:00pm Cash and check only! Local Diner serving many of the popular local favorites in Clarence, NY  They are know for their breakfast, with a wide variety of items. Some [...]


Parkside Pizza & Subs


We shared a 16 inch pizza and a large steak sub. My daughter said it was the best she has ever had. Prices were great, service was great and as I said earlier pizza was great. Talked with the owner, he said they has owned it for 18 years. The store is an old store front, very clean and well keep.




The Museum Grill ( Inside the National Cowboy and Western Museum, Oklahoma City, OK)


   Locate inside the National Cowboy & Western Museum, Oklahoma City, Ok If you are visiting the museum, this is a must stop.  great for and good prices, all sandwiches made fresh to order. The Museum Grill features the freshest ingredients including wraps, BBQ brisket, loaded potatoes, hamburgers, signature salads [...]



white Horse Diner


5408 Lincoln Hwy W Thomasville, PA 17364 ( 5 Miles out of York, PA on hwy 30) Country diner serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Debbie and I stopped for breakfast on a Sunday Mid June 2018. Very busy for early on a Sunday. They offer seating at the old [...]


Country Cupboard


This a mega operation, must set 300 plus, but don't let the size fool ya! They make most of their meals from scratch, fresh baked goods.Established in 1973 with the goal of serving the local community with good home cooked meals. They have been doing that and have become a large operation with that small mom and pop atmosphere.

South Carolina


Q on Bay


The restaurant overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, in historic Beaufort, SC. You can sit on the back patio and enjoy the beautiful Waterway and park, with its beautiful well keep grounds. The view itself is worth the trip.



Bravo Cafe and Grill


514 N Willow Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501 931-520-1111 All American restaurant with a touch of Greek! Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Offering a variety of sandwiches, entrees, salads, daily soups and homemade soups. They have just opened the Bravo Express at 612 East Spring Street, Cookeville, Tennessee This restaurant [...]



West Station Road House


128 North Main Street, West, Texas 76691 Facebook: West Station Road House Specializing in char-broiled steaks, chicken steaks, fresh pit cooked BBQ.  They have a very popular burger menu, along with their stuffed potatoes entrees. The store has that retro western feel, with the wooded tables and booths, and a [...]



Lisa’s Diner


2844, 236 E Broadway Ave, Hopewell, VA 23860 Mon-Fri 8:30 -3pm, Sat 9:30 - 2pm Quaint diner on Broad street in Hopewell.  Owner Lisa has been in the restaurant businesses most off her life and her passion for quality and homemade cooking is vert evident. Asked why she opens at [...]




"Good Friends & Great Food" Your Home Away From Home" If you are looking for a restaurant cooking home style meals you have found it. They offer a good variety of dishes at breakfast that the locals love.