You might miss it if you aren’t traveling with locals. Roxboro, N.C., about a half hour due north of Durham on Hwy. 501, only boasts a population of 9000 people. We went because of the movie theater, but found an entertainment complex with much more than a theater — and a nice restaurant nearby as a bonus.
I wish we had a Palace Pointe — or something similar — in North Alabama. Oh my. This is one stop shopping for Cousins Camp or for any set of grandparents wanting to entertain grandchildren of almost any age for a few hours. Check out www.palacepointe.com. This place has it all. First-run movies playing in 8 theaters, a skating rink, a bowling alley, an arcade, bumper cars, meeting rooms for adults and plenty of places for children’s birthday parties. There are even several food options, so you can spend a whole day, if you’d like. Have I given an idea to any entrepreneurs out there?
But, in case you are on a date with your hubby, or on an outing with friends, you can drive about 5 minutes away (to 333 Old Durham Rd.) and have dinner at Brookland Eats after your movie or game of bowling, etc. etc. This restaurant offers a wide variety from soups and salads to burgers, steaks and seafood. And Chef Coleman Norris dreams up daily specials, creative menus for holidays and is available for catering. Pimento cheese is featured prominently. You might find it in and under an order of hushpuppies or on top of burgers or fried green tomatoes. According to our waitress, the pot roast cheese steak with homemade chips is the most popular item on a daily basis. Our group took her suggestion AND ordered the pimento cheese hushpuppies, the southern cobb salad, a chicken wrap with blackened chicken and fruit, and a crab cake sandwich on toasted brioche with potato salad. All choices were tasty and satisfying.
The building itself will take you back to days gone by. The atmosphere is casual and a little loud (because of the brick walls). There is a party/banquet room upstairs that is sure to be hopping from now until the first of the year.
North Carolina friends, I know you have a thousand choices but don’t forget Roxboro! 🙂 Out of the hustle/bustle. Plenty of parking.