Scratch cooking on the Canton Square.
Buttermilk’s is located on the corner of the Downtown Canton Square, and if the delicious name didn’t make your stomach grumble, then the southern comfort food on their menu will.
“Buttermilk’s is a family restaurant, it’s run by family now. Even our servers who are not blood family, they’re definitely family,” said Jeana Dickerson, one of the owners and General Manager of Buttermilk’s. “We have a family atmosphere, and we love the city of Canton. They’ve all become family. And we’ve just become part of their family and we’re happy to be here with them.”
This restaurant opened it’s doors in 2013, and has been growing ever since. It’s a hot spot for locals and tourists alike, and it’s filled head to toe with southern charm. The motto is “scratch cooking and southern hospitality.”
“When people come to Buttermilk’s I want them to feel like they’ve gone to their grandmother’s house,” said Dickerson. “I want them to feel like they went home and they’re getting traditional country cooking that their grandmother made for them. That’s how I grew up, going to my Mamaw’s house, eating her cooking, and that’s where I learned to cook. And that’s what we try to recreate here.”
Some of the most popular menu items include the Chicken Fried Steak, and the Fried Green Tomatoes and of course their famous Buttermilk Pie. You can view their full menu here.
In the summer of 2017, Buttermilk’s was contacted by the staff of Cooking With Paula Deen to be one of 10 restaurants in the nation selected for a spotlight. The magazine features Buttermilk’s crisp, Southern-style fried green tomatoes in a feature about the tasty treats.
“We use buttermilk in just about everything that we cook,” said Dickerson. “We were doing the math earlier this morning and we go through, probably close to 300 gallons of buttermilk a week.”
“So everybody should visit Buttermilk’s because we do have fantastic food. We’ve got an exceptional staff, we’ve got a wonderful kitchen crew that takes pride in the food that they send out the window. We have an awesome service staff that it wants to make sure that you have fantastic hospitality. When you come in you feel like you’re having dinner at your grandmother’s house. We want to make you feel at home and it just takes you back to a time that is no more. You get good cooking that people just don’t have time to do at home anymore. So come here and let us do it for you and care of you and treat you like family.”
In addition to their regular menu, Buttermilk’s also creates a seasonal menu, inspired by not only the season but by the fresh produce they can get. Everything from their pimento cheese, to their ranch to their chicken salad is made fresh, in-house every day.
“We use fresh produce and we buy it from a local supplier that’s really 7 miles down the road,” said Dickerson. “So you may order your Fried Green Tomatoes and they really could have been on the vine less than three hours ago. It’s super, super fresh.”
Buttermilk’s also added breakfast back to their menu. You can find the traditional Mama’s Breakfast with one egg served with bacon, sausage or ham, potatoes and a buttermilk biscuit (or toast) or The Best Friend which is a buttermilk waffle and a side of bacon, sausage or ham. You’ll find that most of the breakfast menu items are named after family members.
“As we were creating our menu, my mom always wants one egg with meat and potatoes and biscuits and gravy and so we were thinking of names and I’m like, well, that just has to be called the ‘Mama’s,'” said Dickerson. “And so that’s kind of where we took off from that. So there is an item on our menu called The Mamaw, which is my grandmother, her mom, my grandfather. There’s The Papaw, The Best Friend, The Picky Sister and The Cousin.”
Buttermilk’s also caters, whether it’s on-site of off-site.
“We rent either of our dining rooms out and we cater events here in our space. We have an amazing setup that we do, but we also do off-site catering and it’s not just our Buttermilk’s menu,” said Dickerson. “If you want the Chicken Fried Steak we’ll definitely do that, but we do hamburger bars, Italian catering and we do a Fajita Bar that’s become hugely popular.”
Buttermilk’s is located at 100 W. Dallas Street in Canton.
It’s on the northwest corner of the downtown square.
Here are their hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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