My visit to Sylvia’s restaurant was at the tail end of lunch and I asked to be seated in the perfect place to get recommendations - at the counter!

I asked the woman to my right what she suggested from the fish offerings and she smiled as she answered,“The catfish and you must try the collard greens side." I took the suggestion and added a side of okra. I wasn’t aware at the time that I asked Sylvia’s granddaughter. When her lunch arrived I saw a preview of mine!

At the counter I saw the care and attention given to service and the trends of what was ordered. I asked diners how they were enjoying their meal. The staff asked the same of me. The corn bread arrived steaming hot and fragrant. I ate it as my dessert.

What meals have you most enjoyed at the counter?