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Carver’s Country Kitchen Closing?

Say it isn’t so.

Robert and Sharon Carver (Robert Berry/AJC)

Robert and Sharon Carver (Robert Berry/AJC)

At noon today, Sharon Carver’s voice on the answering machine announced today’s menu, including Brunswick stew, chicken pot pie, and Coca-Cola baked ham.

But Creative Loafing is reporting that according to a sign posted at Carver’s Country Kitchen the beloved Atlanta meat-and-two is closing on March 30.

Sharon Carver and her husband Robert Carver ran Carver’s together until Robert passed away in March 2012.

Here’s a ‘Neighborhood Nosh’ I wrote about Carver’s, AKA Carver’s Grocery, back in 2009:

On a recent visit to Carver’s Grocery on West Marietta Street, the man across the table smiled and remarked, “I’m going to need a nap after this.” He was tying into a thick hunk of ketchup-covered meatloaf, along with some heapin’ helpings of creamy mac-n-cheese and baked broccoli-rice casserole. And like many of the other folks crowded into the old corner store made over into a country cooking mecca, he had the faraway look of someone who’d been transported in a nostalgic reverie.

HOME-STYLE: There’s no doubt that the mix of business and trades people who flock to Carver’s every weekday for lunch come for the homey food. But the kitschy atmosphere and sassy Southern hospitality are also a big part of the attraction. Located in the historically blue collar neighborhood of Howell Station, northwest of downtown Atlanta, Carver’s looks like an abandoned building. At high noon, though, there’s usually a line of hungry people out on the sidewalk. And inside, the swirl of humanity seated at communal tables and the fragrant aromas wafting from the fryers and steam tables evoke a community picnic or potluck. Amid knickknacks, posters of Marilyn Monroe, and hokey signs (“All Men are Idiots and I Married The King”), Sharon Carver keeps the orders rolling from behind the counter, and her husband Robert mans the cash register in front.

MEAT & TWO: The menu at Carver’s is no-nonsense meat-and-two, with eight or nine main offerings every day, plus at least a dozen sides. When you call Carver’s, you’ll get a recorded message from Sharon, listing what’s available that day, and advising listeners to come early for the best selection. On a recent visit, a huge, bone-in ham was sliced to order, and served up in juicy slabs with sweet potatoes and surprisingly sweet turnip greens. No doubt, there’s a lot of sugar in a lot of things here, including the cakey corn bread and, of course, the sweet tea. On the savory side, deep-fried catfish has a thin, crispy coating, and hot and flaky innards. Ample fried chicken breasts, pot roast with carrots and potatoes, and baked turkey and dressing are among the other favorites. On the side, don’t miss the mashed rutabagas, seasonal beans, and collard greens.

SWEET STUFF: For dessert, look for Southern treats such as the famously moist and sugary chocolate Coca-Cola cake or gooey pineapple casserole. And on any given day, there might be carrot cake with cream cheese icing, rich banana pudding or homemade chocolate chip cookies with pecans.

1118 West Marietta Fest NW, Atlanta, 404-794-4410, www.carverscountrykitchen.com

— Bob Townsend, Food and More Blog

12 comments Add your comment

Ron O

February 21st, 2013
1:20 pm

This is very sad!! The absolute best place to eat

Monkey

February 21st, 2013
1:33 pm

Get there while you can. Very good food. I live in the neighborhood there and will miss Carvers.

the FOODIE

February 21st, 2013
2:16 pm

i used to live down the street in columbia estates and yes their food is just as good as K& K Soul Food on Bankhead/Donald Lee Hollowell. Even their quarter fried chicken pieces are crack!!

the FOODIE

February 21st, 2013
2:17 pm

hate to c this historic hole in the wall with, good food, restaurant go. RIP Mr. Carver.

allison

February 21st, 2013
2:21 pm

Does anyone know if there have been any talks in selling the restaurant to another party?

Matt

February 21st, 2013
2:57 pm

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo….

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Jonnymack

February 22nd, 2013
7:07 am

Not much you can do but wish Sharon the best in life and lament the passing of an institution. I’m blessed to have eaten this fine food and will remember the place fondly.

Edward

February 22nd, 2013
10:06 am

So many GT students have fond memories of meals at Carver’s.

Edmund

February 25th, 2013
12:42 pm

As of today, it appears that Carver’s may not be closing after all!!

C C

February 26th, 2013
4:26 pm

I had lunch there today and asked Sharon: She said that they will be changing management…that she will be retiring, they found a buyer, and it will continue the same way as much as possible. They will be using the same recipes and hopefully the same kitchen staff. Yay!

I’ll go there more than usual for at least the next month or so, for good measure.

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