Restaurant Review Roulette: Saxapahaw General Store

Greg Cox will be reviewing the Saxapahaw General Store, the best little convenience store/gas station you’d ever want to visit for dinner.  I’ve heard a lot of great things about this place, but I have not been there.  Frankly, the last time I was in Saxapahaw, I was hunting for chanterelle mushrooms about 20 years ago.  That was as good as dining got in that part of Alamance County (or all of Alamance County, for what it’s worth).  Times have changed, it seems, and now Greg Cox has made it to this place where the tables sit right beside the shelves of potted meat.

I think Greg Cox will like this place.  I think he’ll like it a lot, but he just won’t be able to bring himself to give it more than 4 stars.  But this is one review where I’d be willing to put some of my own money down regarding the final rating the restaurant receives.  This will be 4 stars.  I’m not positive, but I’m damn confident.  And if I’m wrong, I’ll just claim, once again, “I’ve never eaten there.  How the hell should I know?”

Line up and place your bets.

5 stars — 9 to 1

4.5 stars – 3 to 1

4 stars — 2 to 3

3.5 stars — 4 to 1

3 stars — 7 to 1

2.5 stars —  11 to 1

2 stars — 23 to 1

1.5 stars — 35 to 1

1 star — 55 to 1

Tell me about the Saxapahaw General Store.  And how many stars it will get.  And if you really pronounce the second “a.”


Edit — September 10, 2010: Oh, yeah.  Nailed this one!  The Saxapahaw General Store received a 4-star review in this morning’s N&O.    Now how did I know it was going to be a 4 star place?  Because the food is really good, but that food is served in a convenience store.  You combine those two elements, and per Greg Cox’s grading system, you get 4 stars.  If the environment were a little nicer, then it could get 4.5 stars (look at Poole’s Diner for an example).  But Greg Cox loved this place.


8 Responses to Restaurant Review Roulette: Saxapahaw General Store

  1. Tom from Raleigh says:

    I agree. 4 stars is a lock. I see 4 stars lately as Greg’s stamp of approval. I’ve actually eaten at the restaurant. The food was pretty good. Execution lacked, but we were there on a very busy night.

  2. Darah says:

    you do pronouce the second “a”

  3. Clint says:

    I live there and love the store. We eat there once or twice a week (never on Saturday night, to avoid the mob scene Tom found) and buy produce and meat from them.

    None of the folks who have lived here longest seem to pronounce the third a. Most pronounce the second.

  4. sally says:

    So is it pronounced Saxapaw?

  5. Ben says:

    I’ll go with 4 stars. We ate there once and really enjoyed it.

  6. didaniel says:

    It deserves 4.5. I’m on the mailing list but I can’t read the menu because it makes me too hungry. If only I lived closer…

  7. fullsteam says:


    Or Saxapahooha, which was my term of endearment for my former village. I used to hear the Haw River outside my window; now I hear the noise of 15-501. Miss that place.

    Jeff and Cameron are doing the Lord’s work. I’m going with 4.5 stars.

  8. My NYC friends always respond with a huge laugh when I say that one of the best places to eat down here A) in a gas station B) in a town named Saxapahaw. They laugh until they visit, I take them there, and they eat that fantastic food. That food is the heart of what is good about NC cuisine right now.

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