COUNCE, Tenn. – Becky’s Kitchen is a true labor of love for owner Rebecca Norwood.
The Ramer native is a veteran of the restaurant business, waitressing and working in several local restaurants before striking out on her own last December with the dream of cooking up favorites in her own special place.
“I like to cook and my mom always made her stuff from scratch. I just thought it would be nice to have a little place and cook for people to come and eat and really enjoy,” she said.
She opened for business on the day after Christmas last year and has stayed busy serving up tasty dishes cooked up with a whole lot of love.
Growing up in Ramer her family had a garden and she fondly recalls cooking with her mother and learning all the family recipes.
The menu at Becky’s Kitchen reflects that history with family favorites along with some of her own creations.
“I make my chicken salad. I make my own tamales with my mother’s recipe, my own spaghetti and chili,” she said. “I don’t measure. It’s just like when you’re in there with your mom and you add a pinch of this and a pinch of that and it comes out really good.”
The restaurant has become known for its fried pies, served up every Tuesday. Norwood said the pies are one thing she still leaves up to her mom.
“She’s always made them. She comes up and makes them and everybody’s waiting there on Tuesday to buy them,” she said.
The owner and cook said she enjoys making spaghetti, chili and especially the tamales which take a lot of work but always draw a crowd.
She also stays busy on Saturdays when she serves up fresh fried catfish coated in her own special batter.
Norwood said she loves the size of her restaurant which only seats 17 people in the former Mr. D’s Barbecue building located near Pickwick Southside School on Highway 57. The late Billy Joe “Mr. D” Davis operated a barbecue restaurant and pit in the location for many years and was also a teacher at the nearby school.
“I didn’t want a big place. When you get a real big place you can’t really put your all into it. When I’m smaller, I can get more involved,” she said.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced her to stick to curbside service only for the time being, but it hasn’t slowed down her business or her love for the work.
She said she loves being her own boss and getting to know her customers and enjoys seeing them enjoy her food.