Molly's Cafe is just a good little downtown lunch spot. And those are good to know about.
The decor is nothing special. One of my co-workers said it reminds her of her grandmother's house, and I can go with that. Everything is just a little daintier than it seems like it really should be.
But, hey, when the banana pudding is good, who really cares?
I took a bunch of other reporters (and one sports writer) to lunch, so I'm going to let them have their say. But me first. Molly's has rotating specials, including several Southern-style dishes, along with sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups. They're only open for lunch during the week, though the owner said she hopes to start serving dinner soon.
Everything I've had has been pretty good, and they usually have pretty interesting specials that are more-than-reasonably priced, particularly considering that they include dessert.
The biscuits: good but nothing special. Cheese grits: the same. Cole slaw: good, but too heavy on the mayonnaise for my taste.
I've had the salmon cake, special and it was very tasty. Good salmon flavor with just a bit of other flavors to bring it out. I paired it with the slaw. I've also tried the chicken salad wrap, which was excellent and quite large. It was very sweet, heavily chopped and came with Sun Chips on the side. I don't really like Sun Chips and we decided that they're the most female of potato chips.
Now, some brutally edited excerpts from my co-workers:
Jennifer "Loves Sun Chips" Burk: The bistro salad consisted of mixed greens, dried cranberries, chopped almonds and chopped apple pieces. It was topped with a strawberry, slices of kiwi and balsamic vinaigrette. The cranberries and apple pieces were a nice touch.
Jonathan "The Heet" Heeter: "The best Salisbury steak I've ever had in my life."
Matt "I Think Everything is Average" Barnwell: The cornbread muffin was crispy and buttery, if a little small. Some days the grits are better than others, but overall they're pretty solid.
Julie "Agrees Sun Chips are Girlie" Hubbard: I like the ambiance at Molly's just as much as the food. Where else do you get to enjoy eating a special of fried catfish, cheese grits, cole slaw, cornbread and banana pudding --- that comes with a silver baby spoon --- while listening to Christmas music and complete with a Christmas tree? Plus, the special is just $6.25, which is reasonable compared to other downtown restaurants.
So there you go. Give Molly's a try. It never seems to be crowded, but really seems like it ought to be.
402 Cherry St.
Phone: (478) 744-9898
Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday
Kids menu: Not on the menu, but they will accommodate
Wheel chair accessible: Yes
Vegetarian selections: Yes
Reservations: Only for parties of 10 or more
Price range: Most sandwiches, specials and menu items are $6 to $8
Payment: Major credit cards, checks and cash
Health rating: 99