McCray's Country Kitchen serves up family food

Mar. 02, 2013 @ 03:27 PM

Family is one word that comes to mind when you enter McCray’s Country Kitchen on Pageland Highway.

Though family run and family owned, it’s not uncommon to see other local families stopping by to socialize and enjoy the many different dishes the restaurant offers.

In addition to actual families, the restaurant in a way has its own family, which consists of employees and a few regular customers who stop by.

“All of the customers, we know by name,” Ann McCray, who owns McCray’s Country kitchen with her husband, Todd McCray said.

In some cases, they all ready know what certain customers will order right when they walk through the door. A lot of local people come to the restaurant, some of which even come two or three times a day for the meals they serve, she said.

McCray’s Country Kitchen opened in 2011 and is not the first restaurant he’s owned, Todd McCray said.

He previously operated similar businesses in Pageland, S.C. and Rock Hill, S.C. and also had a catering service. He chose to open a restaurant in Monroe since it was closer to home, he said.

“I’ve been cooking probably about 25 years,” he said.

He first learned to cook as a teenager from his dad after his mother died. Today, a lot of what he learned from his father is incorporated into the food his restaurant serves, he said.

Casseroles, seafood, chicken, sandwiches, desserts and other menu items can all be found on the restaurant’s menu.

“It’s growing rapidly,” Todd McCray said in reference to the restaurant.

There are no definite plans for future expansion yet but for now, they are working to continue serving their customers. He enjoys working in the restaurant though often he works long hours to make it a success, he said.

“I like fast paced work, I’m very energetic,” he said in reference to why he enjoys working at the business.

Sandy and Joseph Brasington of Lancaster stopped to eat for the first time at McCray’s Country Kitchen Friday with their family.

“It’s actually really nice, I like that it’s kid friendly,” Sandy Brasington said.

They were driving to the area and saw the business’ sign and chose to give it a try. They enjoyed the food and planned to come by again in the future the next time they were in the area, Joseph Brasington said.

“Good food, good coffee,” Steve Aycoth, a regular customer of McCray’s Country Kitchen said.

In addition to the food, he likes the restaurant’s atmosphere and the service it offers, Aycoth said.

“I think they’re good people and as nice as they can be,” he said.

McCray’s Country Kitchen is at 5432 Pageland Highway in Monroe. It is open Sunday from 7 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m.- 9 p.m.

For more information call 704-764-2033.

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