Tuesday, September 20, 2011

a southern girl meets soul food


there were a few times i thought we'd found it.

there was that little mexican diner on the outskirts of town, with the pineapple pork sopes. that time we ate in the rain after work, pablo waiting in the car. then there was that pizza joint right by the house, with the lotto machine against the dark back wall. the dim lights and the waitress with the ruby lipstick. after a horrendous day at work, the greasy dough went down like manna.

but two weeks ago, we finally found that little hole in the wall we've so desperately sought for so long.

it's called becky's and mary's. there is no sign out front and the only way you wouldn't just drive right past it is by word of mouth. oh, and this article. becky and mary are sisters and together, along with their brother dennis, they have been dishing up soul food in high point since 1961.

the first time we went, we discovered the fried chicken, with its crispy golden crust and buttery meat. there were black-eyed peas and collard greens. homemade potato salad and rice with a deep brown gravy. on saturday, we went back, for candied yams and more rice. moist cornbread. sweet tea with a splash of lemonade. robert tried the juicy porkchop.

the sisters write orders on post-it notes and the food comes out on styrofoam plates with plastic utensils.

it's become a weekend tradition, our new little spot. where people say bless your heart and there's no such thing as an empty cup. i think we found our little soul nook beside the worn out church. it's not fancy, but then again, neither are we.


Blondie's Journal said...

This sounds like a very cool place! We have a ton of restaurants here of course, but I've never had 'Soul food' before! What a treat...nothing fancy!


Cassie said...

I love this. I'm excited that you found such a place! Nothing like the down-home comforts of a town!

Alana said...

Now I'm homesick. What I wouldn't give for some of Gran's cornbread right now!

Claire said...

oh wow! I love that they dont even have a sign. I wish we could find little places like this here x

Amber Blue Bird said...

that sounds like the perfect place to get a homemade meal. Nothing like southern cooking to brighten up a day.

Candy said...

Love it! I'm totally into find similar little gems in my town.

Christina said...

Soul food is one of my favorites! We have a spot like this in Charlotte called Niki's and it is amazing!

chambanachik said...

Mmm, sounds perfect!

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

since 1961??? ohhhhhhhhh, that's the way to go most def then!! we have NOTHING so splendid in our city, the big businesses seem to have rolled over a bunch of specials like this and it's very sad indeed. home cooked meals from Swiss Chalet or the latest tapas spot....i think not ; )

you scored all aces big time with this sweet spot Courtney! it sounds full of good lovin' - rare and wonderful. and the dishes, good gosh, they look great and make my mouth water. i'd love to hang out with those ladies, now that's the right stuff! xoox ♥

Holli said...

Oh that sounds good.... makes me miss my grandma's southern cookin'

kate said...

this is wonderful. nothing like delicious food that warms you from the inside out and good company. its all about the heart and these ladies seem to cook with theirs <3

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