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March 2, 2009

Food Critic

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Renfro Valley Lodge

I-75, Exit #62

Renfro Valley, Ky.

Category: Dining Out

My meal: Country-fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and a roll.

My mom and brother had joined us for my birthday last month at the Renfro Valley The Lodge. We’d heard about the Lodge ever since we moved into the area and we’d just never made the drive over. This seemed to be a good time and the wife and our party had worked up quite an appetite.

We pulled in at around 2 in the afternoon and were pleased that there were plenty of parking spots available. The handicapped friendly entrance and plenty of tables for diners make this eatery a pretty popular stop for folks in the Renfro Valley area. We arrived around 2 p.m., entered past the gift shop and found a nice table in the non-smoking dining room.

Our waitress, Anna, gave us menus then took our drink orders and she was back with those drinks in a flash. The menus had the family-style fare that you would expect to find in a good southern restaurant but it lacked variety. I did find a country-fried steak item with mashed potatoes that sounded good and requested it with a side of corn and an unsweetened tea.

Back to the menus for a moment: although limited, the dinner menus did have fried chicken and pot roast entrees available after 4 p.m., so diners may want to take this into account.

We sat around and chatted on world events, what a good child I’d been and how well I’d retained my hair and, before you know it, smiling Anna had our food on our table. Everything looked good and my potatoes were steaming hot. My wife had ordered the meatloaf and fried apples and she was ready to sample as were we all. Thanks was given and the dining started ... my country-fried steak was pretty good as were the mashed potatoes and gravy. Everyone seemed to be cleaning their plates and quiet at the table ensued. I did try one of the dinner rolls with that fake butter stuff that I detest, it was cold and the butter wouldn’t melt on my corn so there was no chance with the roll.

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