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Gray Brothers Cafeteria

May 16, 2016 - General -

Gray Brothers Cafeteria Food As I'm passing through the food line at Gray Brothers Cafeteria and tempted to grab way more than I should, I can hear my Mom say "It looks like your eyes were bigger than your stomach". I try not to overindulge these days, but once in awhile you have to put on your best stretchy pants and go for it. There are healthy options for those with dietary restrictions, but lets face it, thats not why I go to Gray Brothers. I want a good old-fashioned, mid-western, Sunday-dinner, home-cooked meal with all the fixings, and a slice of pie for dessert.

Forth generation and family-owned, Gray Brothers has been around since 1944 and is an institution in Mooresville. You'll find there's something for everyone, as they offer a large variety of homemade entrees, sides and desserts daily. On my visit I had the fried chicken, green beans cooked with ham, mashed potatoes and white gravy (we called it milk gravy at home) and a piece of chocolate crème pie. The fried chicken was crispy and flavorful, the green beans were well-seasoned, the mashed potatoes and gravy were creamy and yummy, and the chocolate pie had a flaky crust, light merengue, and rich chocolate taste. They don't call it comfort food for nothing!

There is no reservation policy at Gray Brothers, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Prepare to stand in line on the weekends, but the line moves quickly. They can accommodate large parties, and often do, and it's a great place for family get-togethers. They also offer catering and delivery service if you prefer to eat off-site. There is a separate entrance and food line for carry-out only, including desserts and whole pies to go, which makes it an easy stop to pick up dinner on your way home. There's also a gift shop inside the restaurant, but unfortunately it was closed when I was there. The restaurant is open every day from 11:00am  8:30pm, and only closed on Christmas Day.

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