On this edition of Southern Food Junkie, we head out to Richburg, SC to visit a place that has been doing it right since the 80’s. They are located near the intersection of Highway 9 and Interstate I-77. Right next to a truck stop, they are serving up some of the finest food . The owner, Scott Hill, once a Waffle House manager is doing things the right way with fresh food and ingredients. This is the Country Omelet in Richburg, SC.
I was wanting to showcase not only the great food that they serve here but that the Country Omelet is not just a breakfast place.
We stopped by The Country Omelet around 11:00 am. I was trying to beat the crowds so we could get a good seat. Nevertheless, my plan did not work. When I got there it was already crowded with customers taking in a late breakfast, some customers were locals that appeared to have been hunting, others were travelers. I was here for lunch. I was wanting to showcase not only the great food that they serve here but that the Country Omelet is not just a breakfast place. I think about other restaurants trying to serve breakfast and dinner when their main feature is breakfast. Sometimes those restaurants miss the mark, I am looking at you waffle house, but not the Country Omelet. I may argue that the lunch and dinner might even be better.
The first bite left juices running down my hand.
On this occasion, I ordered a Cheeseburger with hand cut fries. It was everything that I had hoped it would be. The first bite left juices running down my hand. The flavor of that patty (hand formed patty not frozen) was simply amazing. As I am writing this I am wishing I had one in my hand right now. It was that good. I hear they serve frog legs and quail on their menu on certain nights, I got to go back to try those out.
Next time you are traveling through South Carolina on I-77, make sure you stop off in Richburg and give the Country Omelet a try. I think you will agree that it is awesome too. Make sure to watch our visit by clicking on the video below.
Making the perfect Omelet can be a struggle for a lot of people. Eggs can be very delicate and tear when trying to flip. Often times they stick to the pan and it can be very frustrating.
Tips and Techniques for How To Make The Perfect Omelet
Making the perfect Omelet can be a struggle for a lot of people. Eggs can be very delicate and tear when trying to flip. Often times they stick to the pan and it can be very frustrating. I have been making Omelets as long as I can remember. I am going to share with you the tips and techniques that I use to Make The Perfect Omelet.
I not only eat them for breakfast but for dinner too.
Omelets are one of my favorite foods. Most people eat them for breakfast because they pack a powerful punch. Combine them with a little cheese, your favorite veggies, and some whole grain toast and you have yourself a healthy meal pack with protein. I not only eat them for breakfast but for dinner too.
They are quick to make if you know how to make them the right way. Be sure to check out our other recipes here. We not only post ours but also have some contributors as well.
Join us for this recipe as we show you How to Make The Perfect Omelet. Comment below and let us know if you think these tips will help you out. We enjoy eating and cooking and love sharing our passions with you. Make sure you watch the video below for a demonstrations on how to prepare this dish and scroll down for the recipe.
Add in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter.
While that is heating up grab a small bowl and crack your three eggs into the bowl.
At this time add in your Salt and Pepper to taste.
Beat the eggs until they are all mixed up. You could also put them in a blender to mixed them. This will incorporate lots of air and make them very fluffy.
Now go back to your pan the by now the butter should have meleted by now. You want to coat the pan and the sides with the butter and oil mixture before adding in your eggs.
Add your eggs in.
Take your spatula and lift the edges up. You want this to cook slow and on medium to medium low heat for best results.
Once the top has set now its time to flip. Grab your pan and shake the omelet loose so it is not stuck to the pan and with a quick flip of the wrist, your going to flip it over.
After flipping add remaining ingredients and fold over.
Plate your omelet and top with the salsa and enjoy with a side of buttered toast.
For the spatula, I like to use something flexible like a delicate spatula or in my case I use a silicone spatula. Instead of flipping the omelet with the pan you could also use a spatula to flip it. Another option is to leave it like it is and add the remaining ingredients. This will result in an Omelet with a wet center which some people prefer.
Many times I have stated that Western North Carolina is one of my favorite places to visit. There is something about that part of the Smokey Mountains that has a special place in my heart. It could be the childhood memories that I have experienced there. Or like a close friend of mine said when talking about a restaurant we both have been going to since childhood and now the food has gone down,”It is not really about the food for me anymore but about the atmosphere and tradition.” Either way, food and places we visit as a child hold special places in people’s heart. It is a way of connecting those memories with the past. Even if the food or place is not as good, you still like to visit it for the memories. Each time I have visited Maggie Valley, NC, we also visited nearby Waynesville. Waynesville is similar in style to Asheville, NC, but on a smaller scale. There are many really cool and unique shops located in downtown Waynesville. There just as many awesome restaurants throughout the town too. This is my list of 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC.
#7 Ammons Drive-In & Dairy Bar
Located at the intersection of Hwy 19 (Dellwood Rd) and Hwy 276, Ammons Drive-In is serving up your classic Drive in meals. The last time I visited I ordered the Hamburger Steak and it was awesome. You can come in and sit down or pull up for the curb service. They serve all your classic drive-in meals like cheeseburgers, hamburgers, hotdogs, fish sandwich, and chicken strips. After your meal, you can opt for a milkshake or a banana split. Ammons has to be included in our list of 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC.
Ammons Drive-In and Dairy Bar
1451 Dellwood Rd
#6 Fat Buddies Ribs and BBQ
Fat Buddies is your typical southern BBQ restaurant. They actually have two locations, one in Franklin, NC and one in Waynesville, NC. It is located in the Waynesville Plaza right off of Hwy 276. They are serving up some of Western NC best BBQ and ribs. They have all your normal BBQ offerings and a few unique ones like fried pickles and fried green beans. Fat buddies are certainly worth being on the list of 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC.
Fat Buddies Ribs and BBQ
193 Waynesville Plaza
#5 Frog’s Leap Public House
Frog’s Leap Public House is a unique restaurant on its on. They are Located in Downtown Waynesville in one of the old historical buildings. They did an awesome job dressing the building up and showcasing the buildings natural and unique features.It has that industrial-modern feel on the inside of the
building with really high ceilings and lots of exposed brick. I really like what they have done with it. The food there is just as great. When I stopped in I had a hamburger and it had a home made sauce that was out of this world. They have a very eclectic menu that matches their style. Many of their dishes look as they were cooked in a fancy New York City restaurant. The kicker is that you don’t pay the New York City Prices. Most of their ingredients are local sourced and are extremely fresh. Try it out, I think you will love it too. We had to include Frogs Leap on our 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC.
Frogs Leap Public House
44 Church St.
#4 Jukebox Junction Canton, NC
Jukebox Junction is located off the beaten path but it is not that far from downtown Waynesville. We love this restaurant and thought why not include it in the 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville. We found this place on accident one year while visiting a pumpkin patch just around the corner from Jukebox Junction. Jukebox Junction made our list of 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC for the awesome food and staff that run the place. The food is great and the people working there are extremely nice. I recommend the club sandwich here. It is awesome. Stop by and check them out just remember to bring your GPS because you may need it to find them. It is definitely off the beaten path and one of the locals favorite places.
6306 Pigeon Rd
#3 Clyde’s Restaurant
We just visited Clyde’s Restaurant a few weeks back. You can view our post from my visit here. I love the way Clyde’s looks. It has that old dinner feel to it. They have it decorated to a tee for the fall season and I imagine they continue that theme throughout the different seasons. I also love their sign. Few places have their original sign left but this appears to be one of them. It has that iconic dinner shape and design to it. The food there was really good. I had the open face sandwich and that gravy on it was to die for. I also want to mention those homemade rolls, mmm mmm good. My kids had chicken tenders and you could tell they were hand cut and breaded. It is worth the trip to stop by Clyde’s Restaurant. We simply had to include it in our 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC.
2107 S Maint St
#2 Sweet Onion
Sweet Onion is located in downtown Waynesville just on the opposite block from Frog’s Leap. Every time I go downtown, park, and walk around, I can smell the fumes wafting from the kitchen of Sweet Onion. It makes my mouth water every time. It always has a high score on trip advisor sometimes being number 1. The food here is simply amazing. Every time I mention going to Waynesville, people always say try out Sweet Onion. We did and we loved it. We ate here for lunch and like I mentioned above it was amazing. This is why Sweet Onion is number 2 on our 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC.
Drum Roll, please…We love Bogarts. We have eaten here a few times and it has always been right on cue. Most of the time this is a dinner place we eat so we have steaks. They are always flavorful, tender, and juicy. Just the way a steak should be. On trip advisor, they are always near the top like Sweet Onion’s and are sometimes number 1 too. I have never had a bad meal here and would recommend this to anyone. Bogart’s is one restaurant you must try and that is why we made it number 1 on our 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC.
303 S Maint St
Ok, so there it is our list of 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC. I hope you will try these out and let us know what you think is your favorite. Did we get it wrong? I know when it comes to food it can be very subjective but this is our list of our favorite ones. There is more that we love and like so if you did not make it keep an eye out for our updated list next year.
This week we stopped by a restaurant in Waynesville, NC. According to the menu located in the restaurant, this is “where the home folks eat. These are the places we love going to. Clyde’s Dinner looked like an awesome place to try out and they made us feel like home folks too.
“It has that 70’s dinner feel to it when you pull up in the parking lot.”
Clyde’s restaurant is located in the downtown portion of Waynesville, NC right across the street from Wal-mart and best buy. It is surrounded by the beautiful mountains as a backdrop. Clyde’s Dinner has that nostalgia 70’s dinner feel to it when you pull up in the parking lot. It just looks like it would have good food. Decorated to a tee for fall, I could not wait to get inside to try it out.
“I am actually excited about eating there again the next time we visit.”
Trying out a new restaurant brings out a lot of mixed emotions. It can make you excited and nervous at the same time. You never know if it will be good or bad. In this case, though, Clyde’s Dinner was really good. I am actually excited about eating there again the next time we visit. Make sure you watch our video below to see our experience once we were inside
“I am sure you will agree with me that it is delicious too!”
If you are in the area of Waynesville, NC, be sure to stop by Clyde’s Dinner to check out where the local people eat. I am sure you will agree with me that it is delicious too! While you are there grab you one of their shirts, I hear they are popular, I know I grabbed one.
Joey’s Pancake House offers the best breakfast in Maggie Valley
Every year we make the trip up to Maggie Valley in the fall. It has become an annual tradition in our family. One of the main reason we love going there is because the area is so low key. Most of the businesses there are owned by locals. This includes the restaurants. There simply are no franchise restaurant to be seen. Every year we see new attendants in the old buildings. They come and go. There is one, though, that has stood the test of time, Joey’s Pancake House.
“They have a huge following and this can be seen on any morning you are in Maggie Valley by the wait of the line to get into the place.”
Joey’s Pancake house has been doing things right since 1966. They have a huge following and this can be seen on any morning your in Maggie Valley by the wait of the line to get into the place. It stands true, though, like I have said before, that if you are on vacation get there before 8:00 AM. You stand a good chance of walking in and sitting down to eat. Joey’s has been around a while even in a town that has passed its heyday. Maggie Valley is still a great place to visit even though it does not have the attractions of nearby Pigeon Forge. What it does have are locals that treat you right. Joey’s is a fine example of that.
“Trip Advisor has them ranked at number 1 in Maggie Valley and I tend to agree with that ranking.”
Next time you are in the area make sure you stop in to try some of the best breakfast served up in Western North Carolina. Trip Advisor has them ranked at number 1 in Maggie Valley and I tend to agree with that ranking. When you walk in the door you are greeted by the nicest lady you will ever meet and you will be offered coffee while you wait. You simply can not beat that!
Joey’s Pancake House
4309 Soco Rd. (Hwy 19)
Maggie Valley, NC
Thanksgiving is more than just spending time with family and friends
As we draw closer to the end of Thanksgiving week, it ushers in a lot of emotions. It can be happy for some, and a very sad time for others. There are people traveling all over to meet with family and friends they may not have seen in a while. This is the start to the busiest time of the year. In the midst of summer we was all wishing for fall to get here, now fall is almost over and it is about time for Winter. I have to say that this is my favorite time of the year. It starts with College Football season and one of my favorite things to do, Hunting. Then we continue on to Thanksgiving then Christmas. We have to remember, though, that Thanksgiving is more than just spending time with family and friends, it is about being thankful for what you have.
“The first Thanksgiving was about being thankful for what you have.”
The first Thanksgiving was about
friends and family gathering together to share a successful harvest. It was about prayer and being thankful that God provided for them for another year. Making peace with one another and bonding. Letting the other know you have their back. Helping people less fortunate than themselves. The first Thanksgiving was about being thankful for what you have.
“This Thanksgiving I have something new to be thankful for, all of you reading this post.”
This year I am thankful for God for watching over me this year. I am thankful for My wife and kids for always loving me the for who I am. I am thankful for my dad, mom, brothers and sister for always accepting me and being there when I needed them. I am also grateful to live in this country where I am free to be able to do the things I love to do. I am indebted to all of the servicemen and women that have fought to give me that right, past and present. Finally, this Thanksgiving I have something new to be thankful for, all of you reading this post!
“I am not sure where it is heading or where it will go but it has been fun so far..”
I appreciate all of the love and support I have received as I started this journey. I am not sure where it is heading or where it will go but it has been fun so far. I always had a love of food and trying out new places so it just seems fitting to put the two together. I wanted to share those experiences with others. One thing is for sure, though, without an audience to read, watch, and hear, there would be no point in this. So to all of you out there reading this post, Thankyou!
Hey, Y’all! Southern Food Junkie was kind enough to ask me to stop by to share a favorite Thanksgiving side dish….Southern Cornbread dressing. Southern Cornbread Dressing is a comforting, classic dish for the holidays.
I’m not only going to give you my dressing recipe, I’m going to give you three just in time for Thanksgiving! My regular recipe, a shortcut version, and a version in case you don’t have to feed a crowd.
8 Slices White Bread – Cubed and Toasted lightly
1 Sleeve Butter Crackers – crumbled (optional)
1 Cake of Cornbread (recipe follows)
2 Cups of Chopped Celery
1 Large Onion – Chopped
2 Boiled Eggs – Diced
1 Stick of Butter
7-8 Cups of Chicken Stock (NOT Broth)
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Sage
1 tbs poultry seasoning
6 Eggs Beaten Lightly
Start by cubing and toasting 8 slices of white bread. Add to a large mixing bowl and crumble in 1 sleeve of butter crackers (optional).
Cut the cornbread into cubes and add to the bowl. (Make the cornbread the day before to use when needed to save yourself some time)
Dice celery and onion and add to a skillet with 1 stick of butter and cook over medium heat until the vegetables are soft and translucent. Pour over the bread in the mixing bowl.
Add half of the chicken stock and stir to combine. This will begin to break down the bread cubes.
Add the cubed boiled eggs, and the beaten eggs. Stir to combine well adding the remaining chicken broth.
Add seasonings and continue to stir until everything is combined.
Bake 350 degrees 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on desired firmness. Some people like a moist loose dressing and others prefer it baked a bit firmer.
I always make up the dressing batter the day before and store it in the refrigerator. On turkey day, give the batter a stir, pour into your baking dish and bake. This saves you a lot of time on Thanksgiving Day.
Bona Fide Southern Cornbread Recipe:
2 Cups of Self-Rising Cornmeal (I prefer stone ground, white cornmeal)
1 Cup of Plain Flour
2 Eggs Beaten Lightly
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Cup Buttermilk, plus more if needed
Combine all ingredients well, pour batter into an oven heated cast iron skillet or baking pan and Bake cornbread at 400 degrees until browned ~ 20-25 minutes
1 Cake of Cornbread
1 pkg Savory Herb Stove Top Stuffing
2 Cups of Chopped Celery
1 Large Onion – Chopped
1 Stick of Butter
4 Cups of Turkey or Chicken Stock (NOT Broth)
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Sage
1 tbs Poultry Seasoning
5 Eggs Beaten Lightly
Dice celery and onion and add to a skillet with 1 stick of butter and cook over medium heat until the vegetables are soft and translucent.
Add to a mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Mix well to combine. Pour into a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour until desired firmness.
“I call these Stuffin’ Muffins….cause dressing muffins didn’t sound right!”
Ok, this last one is for those who may not have a crowd to cook for. Maybe there are just two of you and you don’t need all that food. I call these Stuffin’ Muffins….cause dressing muffins didn’t sound right!
1 tbs Butter
1/4 c Celery, diced (2 stalks)
1/4 c Onion, diced (half large onion)
1 box Stove Top Stuffing (any flavor)
1 c Chicken Stock
1 large Egg, lightly beaten
Dash Salt and Black Pepper
In a small skillet add 1 tbs butter, diced celery and onions, salt and pepper and sauté until translucent. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a small mixing bowl add contents of 1 box of Stove Top Stuffing, add the sautéed vegetables and butter, chicken stock, and egg. Mix well to combine. Spray 6 trays of a muffin tin and add stuffing mic, about 4 tbs to each section. Recipe makes 6 muffins. Cook 350 degrees 13-15 minutes or a little longer if you prefer more of a crunch.