Located off Interstate 880 in Fremont, CA, The Country Way is a modest, non-descript restaurant. It doesn’t have any flashy lights but the name “The Country Way” caught our eye as we were looking for a place to stop for dinner. We drove east on Mowry Avenue and didn’t find anything as interesting, we turned around and headed back to The Country Way. Even though it was an hour before closing, they still had a decent amount of folks inside the restaurant. The interior reminded me of a log cabin turned ranch house. It just makes you feel at home. The service is relaxed and friendly.
Clam Chowder Cup (Friday Only) is served with bread and butter. The chowder was creamy and had minced carrots in it which was unexpected. There was a decent amount of clams and slightly briny flavor. Rating: 4/5
Mixed Green Salad is served with your choice of French, Italian, ranch, thousand island, Roquefort, or oil & vinegar along with bread and butter. There was a healthy mix of lettuce, radicchio, red onion, garbanzo, and kidney beans. The Roquefort dressing was amazing but really should be called bleu cheese dressing. Huge chunks of bleu cheese were stuffed into the creamy dressing base. Rating: 4.5/5
Fried Chicken is served with soup or salad, vegetables, and your choice of potato (country fried potatoes, steak fries, or baked potato). This was one of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had. The outside was simply seasoned and fried to a perfect crispy golden brown. The meat inside was juicy and tender. It’s a half a chicken (breast, wing, thigh, and drumstick) so you will definitely need a doggie bag, unless you’re totally famished. The vegetables (green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, red bell peppers, and squash) were cooked perfectly keeping their bright color and crisp texture. Baked potato was baked just right with tender interior. Rating: 5/5
Fresh Beef Liver topped with onions or bacon and served with soup or salad, vegetables, and your choice of potato (country fried potatoes, steak fries, or baked potato). The beef liver was perfectly fried with a caramelized exterior and tender inside. I grew up having liver, one of the many tasty dishes prepared by my Dad. It has a flavor all its own with hints of iron and mineral, something you’ll either love or dislike. The huge amount of thick cut bacon slices brought a salty, smoky flavor to the mix which enhanced the liver flavor which I love. The steak fries were perfectly fried to a golden brown, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. I used the leftover Roquefort dressing for dipping. Rating: 5/5
The Country Way is the way to go for country cooking at its finest!
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 4 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars
For more information:
The Country Way Family Restaurant
5325 Mowry Ave
Fremont, CA 94536
Hours: Daily from 6am to 10pm
Parking: Free restaurant lot parking