“Where do you want to eat?”
The typical response: “I don’t know.”
Well, now, that answer makes your decision for you. Such a place actually exists.
IDK for short, I Don’t Know Restaurant & Catering in Vinton opened in February, offering buffet-style, homemade Southern staples. When brainstorming for a name, owners Brandy Farley and Richard Ross continued to say “I don’t know,“ says Kristy Mayberry, catering and marketing coordinator for IDK. Thus, because of the ever-popular where-to-eat debate, the name was born.
Farley brings years of experience to the restaurant business. She learned to cook from her grandmother and owned In Style Catering in Vinton until 2007. While catering, Farley was encouraged by customers to open a restaurant one day, Mayberry says. At IDK, Farley prepares the same Southern dishes she used at In Style.
So far, customers have loved the buffet fare, says Mayberry. “There’s not a buffet around here, so it was a good option for us.”
Breakfast, served from 7-11 a.m., typically features sausage gravy, biscuits, bacon, eggs, hashbrown casserole and baked apples. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch items vary, but may include baked chicken, chicken and dumplings, lasagna, green beans, mashed potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, corn and pinto beans. A salad bar is always open during lunch. Take-out options are available.
“Home-cooked, comfort food” makes IDK so appealing, Mayberry says. “I’ve heard rave reviews about lots of the food.”
IDK also offers catering for any event, from business meetings to weddings and everything in between.
IDK Restaurant and Catering Inc.
105 W. Lee Ave., Vinton. 342-0009
Breakfast $5.99, Lunch $6.99: Tuesday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dinner $7.99: Thurs-Sat 5-8 p.m.