Connie Pennell opened Parkside Cafe and Catering in Pine Level in 2004 and serves many of the recipes she learned from her mother. It’s the kind of country cooking she grew up eating in Johnston County: barbecued chicken, beef tips, fried squash, spaghetti.
So Parkside might seem more like Pennell’s personal dining room than a restaurant. She likes it that way, and so do her most loyal customers, who eat there three times a day, sometimes six days a week.
“I love to work with happy people,” Pennell says. “And most people, when they eat, they’re happy.”
If you go to Parkside
Parkside Cafe and Catering is at 2176 U.S. 70-A in Pine Level, though it has a Selma mailing address. To get there from Raleigh, follow U.S. 70 east to Selma and veer left on U.S. 70-A. 919-965-4100. Open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On the menu:
- Dinner specials, $7.95
- Shrimp plate, $7.95
- Hamburger steak, $6.95
- Fried or grilled pork chops, $7.95
- Slice of pie or cake, $2