I haven’t been to my hometown in over a year. I was feeling really homesick and when I learned that I would have a 4 day weekend this past weekend, I knew that I wanted to go home. I grew up in a small town in North Carolina and lived in the same house my entire childhood. Both of my parents have passed away, but I still like to go home and visit my family. Being there just feels right.
My husband and I had a hell of a day trying to get out of town on Friday, but around 2:00am, we were finally home.
On Saturday morning, our lovely Unicorn Nikki came over – bringing me Starbucks AND Biscuitville. Talk about a gem of a friend. If you’re unfamiliar with Biscuitville, you are missing out. The chain is only in North Carolina and a few places in Virginia. I really wish they would come to Georgia! Actually, maybe I don’t because I would eat there all the time and gain 100 pounds. Ain’t nobody got time…
After breakfast, Nikki stayed for a few hours so that we could catch up and chat about life. I have missed my girl terribly! Husband and I walked around my father’s property for awhile and I was showing him my favorite places and telling him stories from my childhood. Isn’t it serene?
Fast forward to Sunday morning and I’m with Nikki again. Can’t stay away from my bestie! She told me about a place near her side of town that had great reviews on the food, so we decided to give it a go for brunch. What a treat! I introduce to you, the Saxapahaw General Store. From the outside, it really doesn’t look like much to be honest, but the inside was grocery store meets farm to table cafe. I knew I liked it as soon as I walked in.
They were super busy, so I also took that as a good sign. We ordered from the brunch menu, which didn’t disappoint. I had chorizo sausage and gravy biscuits. I mean, what’s not to like about that? It was DELICIOUS.
My husband went for the shrimp and grits.
Nikki had the banana bread french toast. I sampled hers and it was sooooo good. I can still taste it. It looks slightly burned, but it was perfectly soft and delicious.
After brunch, we strolled around the store and picked up some nut butter, citrus sea salt, and NC wines. I knew we were having a cookout later, so we walked down to the end of the shopping center to a placed called Left Bank Butchery. This amazing little butchery was a hop, skip, and a jump from where I grew up. I was so happy to see my hometown really moving up in the world and supporting local farming and agriculture. I was impressed to see that one of the places they get beef from is Braeburn Farms. Nikki and I both went to school with the daughter of this family and I used to ride horses there as a young child when I would have play dates with her. There was no doubt in my mind that the practices of the farm were top notch.
The weekends I spend at home are never long enough, but so rejuvenating for the soul. If you’re ever in the area, check out these awesome places.