The Pickett House brings back memories of the old home place

Pickett House dinner

When I think of my MawMaw, I think of fried chicken. I have lots of memories of her, but the best have always been of when I was young and Sunday dinner after church. She had seven children and every one of them, along with their families, came to Sunday dinner. She would cook this huge meal, and the centerpiece was her fried chicken. I swear she made the best fried chicken in the whole state. There would be bowls of vegetables from the garden, mashed potatoes, and a huge platter of that chicken. Everyone helped themselves, family style. Well, we were a family after all. After that great meal, everyone helped clean the table. It was wonderful. I sometimes wish I could go back and relive those times again. When I have that wish, I pack up my family and we head to Woodville to The Pickett House Restaurant.

The Pickett House has been offering an all-you-can-eat menu of fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, three fresh seasonal vegetables, fresh baked biscuits, cornbread and peach cobbler – all served up family style – since 1965. Their chicken is southern style, fried fresh, and served piping hot, right out of the cast-iron skillet. Just like my MawMaw used to make. Oh, the memories.

When you enter this historic farmhouse you are met with the aroma of homestyle cooking wafting from the kitchen. Farmhouse tables covered in checkered tablecloths are plentiful and the walls are decorated with framed vintage circus posters. Step up to the counter and tell them how many is in your party. The prices are more than reasonable, and the portions are perfect. After paying and getting your table number, grab a glass of iced tea, homemade lemonade, some picked beets or coleslaw, and have a seat. Once you are seated, a waitress delivers platters of chicken and bowls of veggies, and the feast begins.

My family and I try to make the drive to Woodville once a month, and it is more than worth the drive. The Pickett House is open Monday-Friday for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 pm.

The Pickett House Restaurant consistently delivers great tasting county style cuisine with family atmosphere. The wait staff are friendly and attentive, and the mood is relaxed. Once you have stuffed yourself on this meal just like your MawMaw made and cleared the table (you take your things to the dishwasher’s window, just like in school), the rocking chairs on the porch are waiting for you.

— Kristi Dodd