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Race Ya To The Barn
1852 St. Rt. 125, Amelia 797-8019
Just outside of Amelia on 125 sits Campbell’s Barn. A huge country restaurant that’s easy to find but difficult to find out about.
Our friends at All Creatures Animal Hospital knew where it was because they frequent it often (it’s almost next door). We never even noticed it before. Campbell’s is not in the phone book, or in any papers and seems to have slipped by un-reviewed by anyone at all. We wondered why so we stopped by.
Campbell’s Barn is sprawling and squeaky clean. The land is beautiful with a parking lot view of a picturesque pond, ducks and all. We arrived around four thirty and were immediately worried we were too late. Cars were streaming in continuously but we snagged a seat in the bar area (good seats & 12 drafts) thus narrowly escaping the wait line piling up in the lobby.
A quick glance at the menu and it was obvious Campbell’s is famous for fried chicken and prime rib. Wanting to see what else they are good at we ordered a Walleye dinner ($12.95), a Pasta Primavera ($9.95) with an added salad ($1.95) with an Arnold Palmer Iced Tea and a lemonade.
My grandpa fished the Great lakes for decades and I thought he was the only one to ever get Walleye filets this size. Now, I see Campbell’s has them too. Big, fat, flaky and breaded in an awesome spicy Southern breading. Paula Dean couldn’t do better. Quite nice. The Cole slaw was obviously homemade and so were the Cheddar jalapeno scalloped potatoes, the latter were a bit stiff but not entirely disappointing. The Pasta was decent but required several shakes of red pepper, salt and Parmesan to make it truly palatable. The side salad was simple but fresh.
The only real complaint was oddly, the lemonade. I’m not sure what brand it was but it had an aspartame aftertaste. All in all the meal was decent and service was excellent. Plus, it’s hospital clean.
The menu is stocked with great sounding options so we’ll head back and try the fried chicken and prime rib. One things for certain, if you want to give it a try for dinner you’d better get there early, it fills up fast. That chicken must really be something special. We’ll see.
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