I've always thought of the Lemp Mansion as a murder mystery dinner theater location or somewhere that ghost hunters enjoy visiting. As I was searching for a great place to eat fried chicken at the request of my 8 year-old birthday girl, I discovered that the Lemp Mansion serves a family-style chicken dinner on Sundays. We called ahead and made reservations, and were seating promptly upon our arrival. The waitstaff was dressed nicely in black suits and ties. The historic home is very interesting, and the grounds are beautiful. We were quickly served. I ordered an iced tea, and it was wonderful. Many times restaurant iced tea can taste stale or as though it were made from concentrate. This was NOT the case. The meal is served family style, and our table could barely hold our 4 plates, drinks and all the food. We were served fresh, homemade fried chicken (this stuff was definitely not out of the freezer!), roast beef, ham with a pineapple glaze, mashed potatoes and gravy, hot biscuits and hushpuppies, green beans in a yummy gravy/sauce, corn, cole slaw (wonderful!), a tomato, onion and cucumber salad and stewed cinnamon apples. The apples were like the best pie filling you've ever eaten -so delicious! I told my husband that this is what you imagine your old, Southern Grandma would fix you for Sunday dinner! It was $17 per person, but this was a bargain. It was wonderful, and refills were available, although we couldn't finish what they brought us. You cannot take home any doggie bags (much to my disappointment), so enjoy it while you're there!
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