Photo by Mark Davis

You may hear about Michelle’s Homestyle Cooking only by word-of-mouth, but the restaurant has become a mainstay in our neighborhood, serving up comfort food favorites like sweet yams, cabbage and roasted chicken that falls right off the bone. Owner Lindy Rodney says the staff puts its own spin on traditional dishes. “It’s how we use the ingredients,” she says. “I guess I do it differently than the locals.” Rodney opened the restaurant after moving to the United States seven years ago from the Caribbean Islands, and recently moved her business across the street to the east side of Skillman. She knows most of her customers by name. “I love taking care of people. We try to make it like family. You don’t’ know what kind of problems customers have when they walk in.” Michelle’s has a lunch special 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and accepts cash only.

Michelle’s Homestyle Cooking
Skillman & Audelia

Three more spots for feel-good food:

1 Henk’s European Deli & Black Forest Bakery
Nestled behind Half Price Books, this eatery offers an array of German-style franks and smoked meats with German potato salad and sauerkraut.
Greenville & Northwest Highway

2 Highlands Café
This neighborhood staple serves up daily specials like jalapeño mac-n-cheese, meatloaf sandwiches and homemade soups.
Audelia & Walnut Hill

3 Crossroads Diner
Nothing says comfort food like sticky buns, buttermilk pancakes and flakey quiche from this local diner — a step up from your typical greasy spoon. Everything is made from scratch with fresh, sustainable ingredients.
Walnut Hill & Central