Old Country Store

Review by: Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

Built in the late 19th century, Old Country Store was, in fact, an old country store. Today, it is a country restaurant serving a classic Southern buffet for very little money. Pull off Highway 61 in the tiny town of Lorman, north of Natchez, and park in front of what you would swear is part of a movie set depicting Mississippi circa 1920. Yet this is no movie set, or modernized, made-to-look-old theme restaurant. Walk up the steps to the creaky wood porch, while admiring the ancient Pepsi ad rusting on the building’s side. Enter to a surprisingly large dining room, sans buffet. That’s in the room to the back and left.

It’s not a large buffet, but the food is well-prepared and satisfying. The deep-fried chicken is juicy and deep-down flavorful. There are ribs, unsauced (there is a tub of sauce to apply, if you want it), and these have a pure essence of pig that’s hard to resist. Greens sitting in their pot likker with hunks of smoked meat, dirty rice, candied yams, and cornbread are also likely to be found on the buffet. Pay at the cash register, and head on your way. What could be bad?

Directions & Hours

18801 Highway 61 South, Lorman, MS , (Get Directions)

What To Eat

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fried chicken

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Blackberry Cobbler & Vanilla Ice Cream

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One Response to “Old Country Store”

Jane & Michael Stern
Jane & Michael Stern

May 4th, 2009

Old Country Store is worth the 100+ miles we traveled to get to it. Everything is delicious and well-prepared. “Mr. D,” as he is affectionately known, is a gracious host. He really loves to sing about his grandmother; he sang several times while we were there.

His chicken truly is flavorful. It is the second best I have ever had. The taste is unique, not overly seasoned. It is crispy outside and moist and juicy inside. I can’t see why he doesn’t travel and promote his bird to many convenience stores like the Hunts Pizza people did. He could probably patent his recipe and preparation.

My wife and I actually joked about relocating to Port Gibson, MS just to be closer to the “Best Fried Chicken” ever. Continued success Mr. D.

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