Leona General Store
The door to the rural Leona General Store is unlocked at 5:30 p.m., but those in the know line up long before to score a spot in the prized first seating. There’s no time wasted lingering over the menu: it’s fried catfish on Thursday evenings, and either steak or chicken on Fridays and Saturdays (and we’ve never seen anyone order the chicken). On steak night, vegetables consist of a minimalist salad bar, plus a hearty helping of house-made mashed potatoes and rolls. In other words, if you are a vegetarian, this is not the restaurant for you. If, however, you are a dyed-in-the-wool carnivore, you will be in hog—or rather cow—heaven. Patience is a virtue, as the hand-cut, skillfully seasoned ribeyes might take awhile to get to your table. In the meantime, a look around the century-old store is a must, as is a visit to the adjacent drugstore, where an old-fashioned soda fountain awaits.
Cuisine: Home Cooking