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Country Junction

Posted by MEZ 17 Jan 2011 8 Comments

I have passed Country Junction on the road a great many times. Getting my car repaired at AAA allowed for me to walk over and try it out for breakfast. I believe the building may have housed fast food seafood in its last incarnation; many of the windows are portholes in the kitchen area and there are framed seashells on the walls of what looks like a typical fast food interior, though very clean and with a nice row of potted plants above the warmer case. I asked the owner, who was working the register and super nice, if it was related to the Country Junction in Carrboro, and he said yes, his friend owns that store, but they aren’t technically linked. They serve almost all the same menu, though, he said.

That menu is written in chalk on a blackboard and rather extensive in its combinations of meats, breads, and eggs. The breakfast plate is typical: 2 eggs; choice of hash browns or grits; choice of homemade biscuit, croissant, english muffin, or toast; and choice of meat, which is the only part that affects the price with salmon cakes and chicken fillets on the upper end of pricing ($4.55) and red hots, fatback, bacon, sausage, and bologna at the low end ($3.49). Chicken fried steak and country ham fell somewhere in the middle.

I opted for the egg sandwich option, which starts at $2.55 for just bacon and bread and only popped up about $0.50 to add on egg and cheese. A side of hash browns cost me $1.15.

As you can see, it’s simple fare, but at a great price, so I was happy. Yes, the hash browns are obviously prepackaged, but what made me happier than the price was that they weren’t greasy, either. Neither was the sandwich. Crisp bacon, well-toasted white bread, and fried egg wrapped around a slice of American cheese, and I had no complaints whatsoever. If you’re in the area and craving such food, I would definitely recommend getting it at Country Junction. For that price, why not?

They are also open for lunch with the main option being a drink, the vegetable bar, and your choice of meat starting at $6.49. The vegetable bar looked to hold six different sides, and I think it’d be nice not have to choose just one but to take a little bit of all of them—I love my sides. Anyone know what they normally offer for veggies? The meat options change from breakfast with the addition of chopped barbecue pork, liver and onions, fried chicken and fish, chuckwagon beef, and fried shrimp. Sandwiches made with hamburger, barbecue, or chuckwagon beef start at $3.39 on their own and come with fries for $5.60. There are also daily specials of beef tips, meatloaf, and chicken and dumplings.

If you have an opinion on their lunch, I’d love to hear it!

Country Junction
4823 NC Highway 55
Crossroads of Hwys. 55 & 54
Durham
Breakfast: $2.55–$4.55
Lunch: $3.39–$6.99

Reviewed 1.10.11.

8 Comments »

  • aburtch said:

    Thanks for reviewing. I’ve driven by many times and been tempted to try it, but was put off by the low-rent looks. However with the descriptions you gave it looks like a nice inexpensive place for breakfast. I’ll definitely stop by next time.

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  • bcgirl said:

    For the record, the previous owners were related to the owners of the Country Junction in Carrboro so there should be a lot of similarities. Having said that, I’ve eaten the lunch menu at the one in Carrboro many times and I have no complaints. For the price, the amount of food you get is a lot, and I know both places have lots of regulars, which should count for something.

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  • a said:

    I’ve been to the one in carrboro for breakfast. i think they use powdered eggs. pretty terrible.

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    The Gourmez replies on January 19th, 2011 at 1:03 am:

    Interesting. I don’t think I had powdered eggs, but honestly, I didn’t know they existed, so I can’t vouch for that!

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  • w said:

    I was recently taken to country junction by a fellow coworker for lunch. We both had steak tips and rice which were fine. Of note from the veggie bar is the hushpuppies. They are doughnut shaped and taste like a lot of the local bbq hushpuppies. Other items were pretty standard country sides like green beans, cole slaw and cabbage which were also fine.

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  • gobotzoo said:

    If this place is related to the one in Carrboro, I applaud your bravery in even eating there. My brother lived near it in college and ate breakfast occasionally. It was always absolutely filthy, the food was terrible and the price actually, despite being around 2.50-3 dollars, seemed expensive for what you were served.

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    MEZ replies on January 21st, 2011 at 7:57 pm:

    It’s related,and I have no experience with the one in Carrboro, but this one was very clean and bright, too. I wouldn’t let that past experience stop you from giving this one a try, if you’re looking for pretty good, cheap food.

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