When a lot of people are raving about a restaurant in a small town, and driving the distance to eat there, it’s time to check this place out. The raves are deserved – Country Fixins’ is a good restaurant for the Under $10 Diner!
On Friday, you can smell the day’s special in the parking lot – hot fresh deep-fried catfish. Although this entree isn’t under $10.00, it may be worth coming up with the extra if you like catfish. You get 2 huge ones! However, call ahead about that catfish – high prices may be forcing the owner to do some readjusting. But there’s other specials during the week that might be interesting to try, and are probably as good as the catfish. There’s been a lot of enthusiasm over Enchiladas Night on Tuesday – homemade, delicious and only $6.95. Otherwise, there’s fried chicken on Monday for $7.95, pot roast on Wednesday for $8.95, ribs for $11.95 on Thursday, and Ham at $7.25 on Saturday. These all include 1 trip through the salad bar.
This was also a great touch – the salad bar is small, but everything is fresh, and tasted homemade. Besides the usual toss salad and add-ons, there is delicious pasta, potatoe, green pea and spaghetti salads, and wonderful cole slaw. You get unlimited trips through the salad bar with your non-special entrees.
The dinner menu isn’t large, which always seem reassuring – it smacks of homemade and careful attention to each order. There’s a number of the usual appetizers, from $4.95 to $6.50. And a surprisingly large kids’ menu, catering to all the families who dine here. These meals run from $2.75 to $5.25, and include a choice of potatoe and small beverage.
The rest of the small dinner menu, Fixins’ Favorites and Country Dinners, offers just 10 entrees, running from $7.95 to $14.95, and it’s a pretty good bet that they’re all good. For the most part, a lot of attention is paid to the small details – as one diner pointed out, you can tell how good the food will be by how good the gravy is – and here, the gravy on the mashed potatoes was excellent. Besides the fresh homemade taste of the salad bar, the tomatoe basil soup was excellent and when the fried chicken was ordered, the waitress was glad to make the order all dark or all white, and at no extra charge. The 1/2 chicken dinner is only $1.00 more than the 1/4 dinner, with twice as much chicken and is clearly the better deal. The grilled pork chop dinner, at $10.50, was tender and good, although a little small for the price. The only letdown to the meals was the canned green beans, although they were sparked up with diced onion. Some of the desserts, all displayed in a case by the door, are homemade and it’d be worth finding out which ones – surely they would be delicious. Also on the Country Dinners menu are Country Pit Ham, Turkey, roast beef or pork, and meatloaf, all for $7.95.
The restaurant was clean, bright and friendly, with quite a few large family groups eating there, a big birthday party going on in the back room, and everyone seemed to know each other. It really symbolizes what small town dining is all about. The restaurant also serves a large breakfast and lunch menu, and is located at 1356 Cleveland Rd., in Colona, Ill, and their phone number is 309-792-2685.