The bean-and-bacon soup is legendary. The banana splits are delicious. Although only seven restaurants exist in the state now, whittled from 42 nearly a half-century ago, Mayberry still creates simple traditions for its customers.
Perhaps the most important part of the dining experience — the middle step — is the least recognized. The invisible men and women who care for our food before it reaches the restaurant are largely forgotten. For nearly 60 years, Southern Foods in Greensboro has been delivering the best meats, cheeses, and chocolates. And we never knew.