Norcross Station Cafe

Open since: 1993

Location: The Norcross Station Cafe is in the heart of downtown Norcross on the railway line.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays

Owner: Ken Weatherford, a resident of Berkeley Lake, worked in corporate restaurants for about 10 to 12 years before opening the Norcross Station Cafe.

Atmosphere: Built in 1901 as a train depot, Weatherford has taken advantage of the historical significance of his building. The walls are adorned with train memorabilia, including photographs and historical documents - Weatherford even got his hands on the original agreement to build the depot.

Trains also pass by the restaurant, but Weatherford said there is no set schedule.

"That's the number one question," Weatherford said. "When does the train come by?"

Table, booth and bar seating are available at the Norcross Station Cafe, and the restaurant boasts two patios, one that accommodates about 100 diners and another more intimate outdoor setting for 25, making the facility an excellent location for private functions.

Menu: Norcross Station opened with about 26 items on its menu and now boasts more that 70 choices.

"We sell a good bit of everything," Weatherford said. "Our chicken salad club has been on the menu for 15 years, people love that." Toasted wheat bread is topped with chicken salad made fresh daily, bacon, lettuce, tomato and Swiss and cheddar cheeses.

Weatherford said the low country shrimp - a generous portion of large butterfly shrimp lightly breaded and fried - is one of his most popular dinner entrees.

For dessert, the Norcross Station Cafe offers an impressive, made-from-scratch double chocolate fudge cake - a warm, rich, dark chocolate cake served with vanilla ice cream, that could easily satisfy three people with just one serving.

Beverages offered include sodas, tea, milk, juices, beer and wine.

Things you might not know: Weatherford built the tables in his restaurant himself.

"We made frames from plywood and laid tiles on them, and they've lasted for 15 years," he said. The benches used for booth seating are church pews cut down to size, Weatherford added.