About Us

It all started with one man and an idea... 

In November 1981, Roger Smith founded Country Cookin restaurants on one simple idea... when you go out to eat, you should be able to eat your fill of good food at a reasonable price in comfortable surroundings. Roger was a self-described “country boy” and a fan of country style food... stewed tomatoes, made-from-scratch pinto beans, cornbread, and turnip greens... and he was sure other people were too. He envisioned a place where folks could get a made-to-order entree and as many helpings of country sides as they wanted... at a price reasonable enough to come back tomorrow if they wished.

Roger passed away in 1998, but here at Country Cookin we still follow his guiding principles: treat people right, keep the price point low, and serve all-you-can-eat portions of good country food. From our company president, David Preston (who was Roger’s “right-hand man”) all the way through to our entire staff in all thirteen locations, we are proud to deliver on the promise of "Virginia Traditions, Daily Values." With full meals of cooked-to-order meat, plus potato, sides, and dessert at an average per-person check of less than $10, we believe you won’t find a better value anywhere.

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