South­ern charm

Buck­eyes dishes up old-fash­ioned coun­try cook­ing

The Covington News - - Business - By Rachel Oswald

Serv­ing tra­di­tional coun­try cook­ing, Buck­eyes Restau­rant, open since Novem­ber, has al­ready made a name for it­self as the des­ti­na­tion in Jer­sey.

Named in me­mory of the late Dr. William McGar­ity, who was known for hand­ing out buck­eyes to his stu­dents and pa­tients, the restau­rant is owned and man­aged to­day by his son and daugh­ter- in­law, Tom and Angie McGar­ity. Com­plet­ing the fam­ily op­er­a­tion are the cou­ple’s three daugh­ters who also work in the hunt­ing- lodge themed restau­rant.

The hunt­ing lodge theme is em­pha­sized through­out the restau­rant with mounted deer heads, antler chan­de­liers and hunt­ing para­pher­na­lia on the walls. Sev­eral of the restau­rant walls are also de­voted to the his­tory of Jer­sey and to the life of William McGar­ity, who was a well known sur­geon, and are adorned with old pho­to­graphs, bank checks and news­pa­per ar­ti­cles.

“ We just wanted a place where peo­ple would come and hang out and peo­ple do. They come and hang out for hours,” said Angie of the restau­rant.

While the restau­rant was orig­i­nally in­tended to serve the many hunters who pass through Jer­sey on their way to the McGar­ity quail hunt­ing re­serve, Angie said she and her hus­band de­cided to make Buck­eyes open to the pub­lic be­cause they saw a need for a restau­rant in the area.

“ It’s just a nice place to come and have some good food,” Tom said. “ There’s re­ally not any­where to eat within 10 miles.”

Buck­eyes of­fers a full break­fast buf­fet from 6 a. m. — 11 a. m. for $ 5.99. Egg plat­ters, served with the choice of grits or gravy and a bis­cuit or toast cost any­where from $ 2.75 to $ 4.75 de­pend­ing on the choice of ac­com­pa­ny­ing meat. Break­fast bis­cuit sand­wiches are also avail­able as are pan­cakes.

Lunch is served from 11 a. m. — 2 p. m. Cus­tomers can choose be­tween a vari- ety of lunch plat­ters which range in price from $ 4.25 to $ 6.99 and in­clude such com­bi­na­tions as one meat and three veg­eta­bles or four veg­eta­bles.

Lunch items vary daily but are all well- known South­ern cook­ing sta­ples and in­clude mac­a­roni and cheese, fried chicken, meat­loaf, chicken casse­role, squash casse­role, chicken and dumplings and steak and gravy.

Sand­wiches, soups and sal­ads are all also of­fered. Homemade bar­be­cue, grilled chicken, fried chicken, BLTs and tuna salad sand­wiches are all served as are Cae­sar sal­ads, gar­den sal­ads and Brunswick stew. On Fri­days, a seafood lunch is served with cat­fish, shrimp and floun­der.

Buck­eyes is open for din­ner from 6 p. m. — 9 p. m. on Fri­day and Satur­day. Angie de­scribed the din­ner at­mos­phere as slightly more up­scale than the lunch at­mos­phere. For din­ner, a chef is on staff to pre­pare the menu items which in­clude prime rib, steak, chicken and seafood and are served with baked pota­toes and a side salad.

Din­ner en­trees range in price from $ 12 to $ 18. Satur­day night is also seafood night with all- you- can- eat cat­fish and quail for $ 13.99. Scal­lop din­ners are also of­fered.

Grill items, in­clud­ing chicken fin­gers and ham­burg­ers are also of­fered on Fri­day and Satur­day night. Buck­eyes is open on Sun­days when the restau­rant fea­tures an all- you- can- eat lunch buf­fet for $ 9.99.

Buck­eyes fea­tures a driv­ethrough win­dow which is open dur­ing restau­rant hours. Car­ry­out and cater­ing or­ders are avail­able as well.

Hand crafted walk­ing sticks and Buck­eyes T- shirts are on sale at the restau­rant. Angie says the restau­rant plans to be­gin car­ry­ing a line of Buck­eyes jams, jel­lies, salad dress­ings, pep­per sauces and old fash­ioned can­dies.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Dish up: Buck­eyes Restau­rant lunch plate fea­tures meat­loaf, mac­a­roni and cheese, green beans, mashed pota­toes, corn bread, but­ter­milk pie and a homemade bis­cuit with sweet tea.

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