Julie’s Fresh Kitchen
At Julie’s Fresh Kitchen, co-owner Cynthia Helton hand-tenderizes her revered chicken-fried steak, batters it in breadcrumbs, and ladles from-scratch gravy atop its crispy exterior. Her co-owner and husband Jody and their three children, one of which inspired the restaurant's name, then ushers the sizzling platter through the dining room, pausing to greet customers by name or spirit animal. The restaurant's chefs also smother slow-cooked meats and seafood with from-scratch sauces, and serve them alongside fluffy biscuits and a dozen sides. A children’s menu not only appeases small palates, but breakfast items such as cubed or shredded hash browns are served as early as 6:30 a.m. Monday–Saturday.