Home Style Country Kitchen opens in West Point

Published 8:59 pm Thursday, December 21, 2017

By Wayne Clark

WEST POINT — A ribbon cutting was held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Home Style Country Kitchen in downtown West Point. It’s located in the former Heart of the South building on North 2nd Avenue.

Having a home-style restaurant in West Point is something co-owner Stephanie Stewart Patterson of Opelika has wanted to do for some time now. On a visit to West Point a number of years ago, she looked for a local home-style restaurant to eat when she got hungry and couldn’t find one. She wound up eating a snack from a can she purchased at a Dollar General.

There’s got to be a better way, she thought.

“Everything we have is old fashioned home-style country cooking like your mama used to make,” she said. “The only food we have from cans is green beans and peaches.”

Patterson became an expert cook by preparing meals for a big family.

“We all love to eat,” she said. “So many times when they’d ask  ‘Who’s cooking?’ all eyes would fall on me.”

The Home Style Country Kitchen is truly a family affair. Mrs. Patterson has the assistance of her mother, Catherine Hutchinson; daughters Mesheika, Meteisha and LaTonia; and Nikki Wallace, a cousin.

The restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. EST on Tuesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. It’s closed on Mondays and Saturdays. Lunch specials are $6.99. Daily meats include fried chicken, baked chicken, hamburger steak, chicken liver and pork chops. Veggies include mashed potatoes, green beans, field peas, lima beans, mac and cheese, cabbage, corn, yams, potato salad, cole slaw, fired okra and rutabaga.

Specialties include meat loaf, served on Tuesdays; country fried steak, served on Wednesdays; barbecue, served on Wednesdays; catfish on Fridays; and  ox tail, collard greens and dressing on Sundays. Broccoli casserole and squash casserole are the chef’s choice items. Desserts such as peach cobbler and banana pudding are $2.49 each.

“We are so glad to have a new business in West Point,” said Ashley Crane, executive director of the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. “We welcome you and wish you the best. When you join the chamber, you are part of the family.”

West Point Mayor Steve Tramell congratulated Mrs. Patterson on having a new business and thanked her for having it in West Point.

“I love challenges,” Patterson said.