Down-home din­ing is on the menu at th­ese coun­try restau­rants.

Pull up a chair and bring your ap­petite. Home-style cook­ing com­ing right up! Th­ese small-town restau­rants are the lo­cal gath­er­ing places where neigh­bors come to­gether for food and fel­low­ship. Our read­ers told us about the tasty eats and friendly ser­vice t

Country - - CONTENTS - Visit tas­te­ofhome.com/down­home­din­ing to see a list of small-town restau­rants in all 50 states!

DELEKTA’S CORNER STORE War­ren, Rhode Is­land delek­tas.com

The charm­ing spot has a tra­di­tional soda foun­tain and orig­i­nal phar­macy fur­nish­ings. Stop in for the state’s best ver­sion of the lo­cal spe­cialty, a cof­fee cabi­net, which is what Rhode Is­lan­ders call a milk­shake. The se­cret in­gre­di­ent is a spe­cial fam­ily recipe for cof­fee syrup. When my hus­band, Mark, and I lived here, we made reg­u­lar trips to Delekta’s. MARY-LIZ SHAW Fox Point, Wis­con­sin

DAS DUTCH HAUS Columbiana, Ohio das­dutchvil­lage.com

The home-cooked Penn­syl­va­nia Dutch-style meals are equal to or bet­ter than any­thing your taste buds have ever met. One of my fa­vorite din­ners is the had­dock, which you can also get as a sand­wich. And the ap­ple dumplings are the great­est in the area. You will also ex­pe­ri­ence the best of our friendly lo­cal cul­ture. It is not un­usual to see owner Ray Horst help with host­ing. GER­ALD MULLEN Lee­to­nia, Ohio

CAMP 18 Elsie, Ore­gon cam­p18restau­rant.com

My hus­band, Ben, and I love to eat here on our way to the coast. It’s a beau­ti­ful log cabin filled with old log­ging pho­tos and equip­ment. My fa­vorite meals are the French toast, fresh pan-fried clams and cin­na­mon rolls as large as a loaf of bread—no joke! Out­side you can check out an­tique trac­tors, a me­mo­rial to log­gers, log-carved an­i­mals (in­clud­ing Sasquatch) and a cute gift shop. All the tim­ber used to build the cabin was logged by owner Gor­don Smith. TAWNY NEL­SON North Plains, Ore­gon

CHEYENNE CROSS­ING Lead, South Dakota cheyen­necross­ing.org

This Black Hills land­mark was a stage­coach stop in the late 1800s along the route be­tween Dead­wood, South Dakota, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. To­day it in­cludes a lodge, a gen­eral store and the Stage Stop Cafe, which serves the hearti­est break­fast around. The restau­rant’s spe­cialty dish is the In­dian taco, a South Dakota sta­ple that is served with fry bread in­stead of a tor­tilla. KATHLEEN UNGERER Rapid City, South Dakota

DUBLIN GEN­ERAL STORE Dublin, New Hamp­shire (603) 563-8401

This place has won­der­ful cook­ies and sand­wiches— there’s noth­ing bet­ter af­ter hik­ing through the moun­tains and swim­ming in lo­cal ponds. The store is the cen­ter of ac­tiv­ity for this re­mote town of 2,000; it’s the place to catch up with friends and neigh­bors. My fam­ily used to live in the area and we miss it! JUDITH MARCHESSAULT Green­dale, Wis­con­sin

NICK’S OLD FASH­ION HAM­BURGER HOUSE Wel­come, North Carolina nick­soldfash­ion­ham­burg­ers.com

Nick’s is a tiny joint with the most amaz­ing burg­ers that are cooked fresh to or­der. The chili and ranch salad dress­ing are made from scratch, too. Ralph Brauser named Nick’s af­ter his son. Ralph is al­ways friendly and rec­og­nizes his cus­tomers. He’s helped me carry or­ders to the car and he has brought my or­der to me if I’m sit­ting out­side. You will not leave hun­gry, that is for sure! JULIE OMAN High Point, North Carolina

DAS DUTCH HAUS

DELEK­TAS CORNER STORE

DUBLIN GEN­ERAL STORE

CHEYENNE CROSS­ING

NICK’S OLD FASH­ION HAM­BURGER HOUSE

CAMP 18

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