Friday Lunch: Carver’s Grocery

There’s nothing quite like comfort food on a cold, blustery day like today. I have been threatening to take my wife to Carver’s Grocery on Marietta Street for months and I finally had my chance this afternoon.

Nestled on a very unassuming street corner on Marietta Street, between Howell Station and King Plow Arts Center, is the facade of an old, local grocery store. Inside is a classic, Southern “meat and 3” (meat and 2, actually) owned and operated by a husband and wife team. They’re open Tuesday through Friday from 11am until 3pm and I promise you that you’ll never leave hungry. I had the Beef Stew with Broccoli Casserole and Green Beans and my wife had Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans.

As we sat at our communal table in our plastic lawn furniture, with paper towels for napkins, I thought the place reminded me of Fat Matt’s. Simple, authentic – a lot like someone’s home kitchen. Our fellow diners were a mix of the suit set, colorful locals in bib overalls and cubicle escapees like me and my wife. We shared a funny conversation about the phallic nature of Boo Bah with the folks at our table and discussed at length how unhealthy all the “healthy” vegetable options are (it’s amazing how many varieties of greens you can cook in bacon fat).

At the end of the meal we paid, left our tip and ventured back out into the cool, January air. My wife is already planning our return visit, but we both agree we’ll have to work out immediately afterwords to combat the effects of our delicious meals. That or take a nap; whichever comes first.

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