Pickett's New Market Family Restaurant continues the tradition of good quality food and service that has caused this restaurant to be part of the community since the 1930s. The restaurant, located in the historic downtown area of New Market, serves customers for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, and for dinner six days a week.
History comes alive at the restaurant
New Market Family Restaurant opened in the 1930s. It has been owned by Betty and Phillip Pickett since 2010. The first customer at the restaurant in the 1930s was Esslinger Pickett, who was a regular customer until his death at age 94. Mr. McCrary, another of the original customers, continues to be a regular customer at age 101. The decor inside the building is from an old local barn that was over 100 years old. At one time, the restaurant had a walk up window where people could place orders; however, that window is no longer available.
"Cooking from the heart"
Betty Pickett explained in a recent interview that what the restaurant does is "cooking from the heart...as if for my own family." Everything served at the restaurant is made fresh. The staff at the restaurant, from the moment food is cooked until it is served, are all family members. The menu is full of excellent choices. Breakfast features biscuits, pancakes, omelets, and a wide variety of breakfast meats. Lunch features plate lunches, hamburgers, grilled sandwiches, and salads. Dinner features ribeye steaks, catfish, and other specialties.
Country fried steak cooked to perfection
The plate lunch sampled on the visit to the restaurant had country fried steak with gravy, mashed potatoes and gravy, whole kernel corn, macaroni and cheese, and cornbread with a glass of sweet tea for beverage. The country fried steak was cooked to perfection, with a crust that was flaky and crunchy and a steak that was tender enough to be cut by the fork. The mashed potatoes tasted fluffy and buttery, the way that they taste if homemade. The gravy was brown gravy that was of the right consistency to be the perfect complement to the steak and potatoes. The corn was buttery and sweet. The mac and cheese featured freshly cooked noodles and a cheese sauce that coated the noodles just right. The cornbread was not the sweet kind one gets from a mix, but was instead the type of bread that highlighted the great taste of the cornmeal and the buttermilk made in it. The sweet tea was sweet and ice cold.
Pickett's New Market Family Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It also opens for supper from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on six days a week (Monday through Saturday). It is located at 1737 New Market Road in historic downtown New Market, Alabama. Betty Pickett wants to thank all their customers for their business and loyalty.
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