The wooden barber poles from the last century still frame the door of this small, homespun café. Chalkboard specials are often the way to go here, whether you are visiting for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Chef Robert Stehling is a Carolina boy who lived in New York; that dichotomy shows in his "uptown" comfort food. Here, you can have the perfect soft-shell-crab sandwich with homemade fries, but leave room for the tangy buttermilk pie or the chocolate peanut butter pie.
The bottom line: whatever Stehling cooks tastes good. Renovations in recent years include a new patio and roomier indoor seating. Both are lovely improvements.