A big storefront clattering with noise from the grill and stove in the open kitchen behind the counter, Foley Coffee Shop is the locals’ favorite. Men and women gather over copious breakfasts every workday and chatter table to table as a radio blasts news, sports and weather. Pictures of town high school teams adorn the wall, and the menu is well-fixed with advertisements from nearby businesses, the automotive sector especially well-represented: glass repairers, alignment specialists, insurance agents, truck supply shops, and pawn dealers eager to trade cash for titles.
The breakfast choices are nice southern ones, including broad biscuits topped with sausage or tomato gravy and tasty grits on the side of eggs. We like lunch, too, for that is always built around an appetizing array of downhome vegetables. Pick one meat – a hamburger steak or pork cutlet for example – and side it with three such amenable companions as buttered cabbage, blackeyed peas, rice and gravy, squash, okra, or whatever the markets have that week. Meals are served on unbreakable partitioned plates that keep the various vegetable juices from mixing inappropriately.