This column offers a sampling of dining experiences in the area. It is not intended as a review of the restaurant other than to provide the reader with one diner's experience. It also appears in The Herald's Friday entertainment section, "Ticket."
Having seen advertisements for Clover Family Restaurant for several months, I decided to take them up on their "Good home cooking."
Just north of downtown on Main Street (U.S. 321) is the stand-alone restaurant with plenty of parking spaces. Inside is a wide-open, clean dinner room, where during this afternoon lunch hour we decided to grab a booth table by the front window.
The waitress quickly welcomed us with menus and told us the daily specials.
The three-page menu offers appetizers ($2.99-$5.25) including dill chips with ranch and garlic bread, and the usuals such as cheese sticks, chicken strips, onion rings and chicken wings. Salad and soups ($1.85-$5.95) include a Clover House with chicken strips, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, peppers and onions (but I didn't see any soups).
The main dishes include cold plates ($5.65) with choices of chicken or tuna salad, ham or roastbeef served with sides, 15 sandwiches ($3.50-$5.95), nine hot oven subs ($6.55-$7.75), as well as Italian dinners, steaks and seafood. Even the vegetable list runs long with 13 choices including peaches, pickled beets and fried squash.
But it was the daily special that tickled our fancy -- pork tenderloin with two veggies. For my sides, I had a salad, served only with tomato, dressing and crackers (add cheese or 40 cents more), and the fried okra -- crunchy and warm, just the way I like it.
The two pork loins covered in gravy were moist and tender. I could picture mom mom serving such a dinner for my family. It was flavorful and hit the spot.
Naturally, Clover Family Restaurant offers a children's menu and serves home-cooked breakfast, too. And what family meal is complete without dessert, specifically pie? This Clover family serves fresh pie desserts ($1.95) with choices of pecan, apple, lemon, chocolate and more.
Clover Family Restaurant lives up to its good home cooking, and with its laid back atmosphere, it's a great place to have dinner and catch up with friends and, of course, the family.
CLOVER FAMILY RESTAURANT
LOCATION: 889 N. Main St., Clover
HOURS: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
AMBIANCE: Laid back family-friendly restaurant