Crossroads Cafe

Cafeteria | Meat-and-Three
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It looks like a rag-tag truck stop (90% of vehicles in the parking lot are pickup trucks), but Crossroads Cafe is all about hospitality. Not that there’s anything frilly or foppish about the experience of eating here — it is a proletarian place and proud to be. It feels so welcoming thanks to the downhome warmth of proprietors Sarah and Paul Sharpton and their helpmade Sharon. Sarah plates the food; Paul tends the cash register; Sharon does some of everything. All of them are easy to chat with. The meals they offer are comfort food with a distinct southern accent.

Service is cafeteria-style. Grab a tray and tell Sarah what you’d like on your unbreakable partitioned plate. Among the several entrees offered every day, expect fried as well as barbecued chicken, hamburger steak, pork chops, salmon patties, or chicken and dumplings. The lunchtime line is especially long on Friday because that is whole-catfish day. Side-dish highlights include rich and chewy mac ‘n’ cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, collard greens, snap beans, boiled okra, deviled eggs, etc. Being a vegetarian, Sarah cooks her vegetables without pork. Thus, greens lack their more typical oinky luxury; but they deliver delicious tonic punch that Popeye would have loved. Baby lima beans are smooth and earthy without a jot of fattiness.

Clientele appear to be mostly locals, a mix of blue collar ladies and gents along with more scientific types from the nearby SRS nuclear reservation. If you are just passing through, Crossroads Cafe is a propitious opportunity to have an unpretentious taste of the area in the single-digit dollar range, including tea and dessert.

Note that Crossroads Cafe is open only Monday through Friday.

What to Eat
Crossroads Cafe, Macaroni ‘n’ Cheese
Macaroni ‘n’ Cheese
Must-Try
Mac & cheese: tender in places, crunchy in others, buttery everywhere
Crossroads Cafe, Turnip Greens
Turnip Greens
Must-Try
Pork-free turnip greens are powerful-good health food!
Crossroads Cafe, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
Must-Try
Dark meat: breading, skin & meat are supremely succulent.
Crossroads Cafe, Chicken & Dumplings
Chicken & Dumplings
Must-Try
Chicken 'n' dumplings: as tender as a dish can be
Crossroads Cafe, Cabbage
Cabbage
Must-Try
At once peppery and buttery, this is not boring cabbage!
Crossroads Cafe, Catfish
Catfish
Must-Try
Whole catfish are the Friday special.
Crossroads Cafe, Greens +
Greens +
Must-Try
Mix of turnip & collard greens are joined by cabbage.
Crossroads Cafe, BBQ Chicken
BBQ Chicken
Dark-meat chicken bathed in BBQ sauce
Crossroads Cafe, Banana Pudding
Banana Pudding
Fundamental banana pudding: no leavener, not even bananas!
Crossroads Cafe, Fried Okra
Fried Okra
The disintegration of okra and its crust means fun on the tongue.
Crossroads Cafe, Hoecakes
Hoecakes
Hoecake quartet: a frequent bread option
Crossroads Cafe, Deviled Egg
Deviled Egg
Dixie-classic deviled egg has a tiny twist of sweet pickle zest.
Crossroads Cafe, Baby Lima Beans
Baby Lima Beans
Butter-rich, silk-textured baby lima beans
Crossroads Cafe, Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet Cake
Red velvet cake: so oven-fresh, I swear it was still warm.
Crossroads Cafe, Apple Cobbler
Apple Cobbler
Apple cobbler is a good balance of fruit and pastry.
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No

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