Feed Your Soul: The Barn Home Cookin' in Columbia, La.

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It may look like a barn but it certainly doesn’t smell like one. The bouquet from the buffet at The Barn Home Cookin’ in Columbia is intoxicating.

The Barn Home Cookin' in Columbia, La.

“And I always said if I owned a restaurant, I want some home cooking, I want to go somewhere where we can have beans and potatoes, rolls, biscuits and gravy,” said Susie Powe, owner of The Barn Home Cookin’ in Columbia.

Susie Powe bought this place from Frances Gregory in 2011. Gregory had been offering classic country cooking in Columbia for as long as people around here can remember. And Powe wanted to continue that tradition.

“And I just took a part of what Miss Francis had what she had built over these years and just added more to it,” said Powe.

It all starts in the kitchen. From scratch-made dumplings and homemade bread to Susie’s chocolate pie.

That pie and all sorts of sweets along with a bevy of veggies and southern style entrees keep the regulars coming. Like Sherman and Susie Jones.

“Their fish is delicious and they have chicken livers on their buffet at times and love chicken livers and it’s hard to find them anymore.
And when you finish eating you can peruse the 8 track tapes or you can play a game of dominoes.

“We love to play it, Tammi. We love to play dominoes. And we'll sit there for three or four hours talk. We even have a few prayer sessions as needed,” said Powe.

One thing Powe is known for is her desire to help those in the community turn their life around. She says she welcomes those with a past who want to get back on the right track. Like Lisa Rogers, who spent several years as meth addict.

“Yes, Susie has. I think really when Susie came and took the restaurant, I think God sent her I really do. I think God sent her to me. Because she's been such a great support system,” said Lisa Rogers.

“Everyone is welcome. There's no exception here, everyone, we don't care who you are. You're welcome. And we have fun at it,” said Powe.
The Barn is located at 239 Martin Luther Street in Columbia, La.

They’re closed Wednesday evenings and all day Sunday.

For Feed Your Soul locations in Louisiana go to www.louisianatravel.com/culinary