The delightful and matronly Joyce Staton, a ’Quay native, recently relocated her beloved restaurant from downtown to a larger space just up the road. Candidly, some regular customers (Lunchboy included) miss the former buffet accompanied with complimentary dessert. Joyce now offers food off a menu, but at least you have the option to order “family style” (translation: people bring all you care to eat for a fixed price).
At any given time, you’ll find menu selections like chicken and pastry, yams, homemade mashed potatoes, collard greens, pork ribs, baked macaroni and cheese, cabbage, hush puppies and, of course, the quintessential fried chicken. Put it this way: it’s the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted. Period. The sweet tea is also mighty good.
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Fittingly, charming family photos adorn the restaurant’s walls, and the dining room features a simple mix of booths and tables. A friendly, accommodating waitstaff will ensure your drink gets refilled and extra napkins come your way. Be advised, though: The restaurant does get crowded during Sunday lunch, and the servers and kitchen staff sometimes get overwhelmed.
If you still have room after the meal and don’t mind paying a bit extra, house-made desserts ranging from banana pudding and peach cobbler to strawberry cake and sweet potato pie.
Joyce & Family is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner as well as Sunday from lunch until 5 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.