Campbell Station Offers Fill Up and Home Cookin’

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Photo of Ribeye at Campbell Station from their Facebook page.

Campbell Station Country Store Restaurant is a true old-time general store located on the edge of Maury County in Culleoka, Tennessee. It is a place where there are no strangers, only new friends. 

Culleoka is a true small Southern town where everyone knows everyone, and many residents can be found on the front porch of Campbell Station solving the world’s problems and checking up on neighbors. The restaurant is located near the train tracks on a lazy road that meanders through the countryside, where some visitors have gotten lost looking for the place and others have happily stumbled upon it while taking a weekend drive through the countryside.

To city folk, the place might look like a dive, but it is well cared for beyond the weathered exterior. It is a quaint step back in time, where you can fill your car up with gasoline, buy some groceries, and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. They are open Fridays and Saturdays for lunch and dinner from 11:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., and Sunday for lunch from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

“My husband and I … just went for a ride, [googling] a new place to eat and this place came up,” said one visitor on Facebook. “It was a great atmosphere, friendly service and awesome food! … [The] cool part is we also got to catch a local blackberry festival and caught up with some old friends. We definitely recommend this place and can’t wait for our next visit. 

Originally a real general store, it was the vision of Charlene Landers to turn it into a restaurant. Inside, the décor is rustic from a simpler time. There are family-style tables and booths that evoke diners of yesteryear. There are old photos and bits of kitsch on the walls. A room paneled in cedar is available for large parties. 

While the menu offers handmade burgers, a grilled chicken sandwich and hot chicken wings, they get raves for their hand-cut ribeye steaks that are char grilled. Specials are always available, like meatloaf and country-fried steak. Everything has a great homemade flavor. 

“Excellent Rib-eye,” said another diner. “Steaks [are] big as the platter they are served on. Also, they serve a County Ham slice that [is] large, too. They have fish on Fridays and Saturdays … and you can [eat] frog-legs, which are heaping if you get the large order.”

Appetizers include fried pickle spears, mozzarella cheese sticks and Shrimp Jammers. There is also an assortment of sides, including their well-loved white beans. 

Fried pies are their specialty, which are served plain or with ice cream. They also have daily special desserts like Key Lime Pie, bread pudding, banana pudding and cobbler. 

[It is a super] friendly place, even with complete strangers speaking to you and asking “Where you from.” The owner will visit each table, ask “How’s things…”

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