White onions, green and red peppers sizzled on the flat top grill Monday at Big Fellaz restaurant in downtown Hopkinsville.

The mouth-watering aroma of the sautéing vegetables filled the small diner, which opened Feb. 1 at 314 E. Ninth St.

"This is somewhere you can stop by -- you can get (food) to go or you can sit in and get that back-in-the-day, home-cooked meal," said Geneva Baker, owner. "A lot of people don't cook anymore. Sundays we get a lot of older people here. Grandma's not even cooking anymore. She's coming to Big Fellaz after church."

After two years driving a food truck to fairs and other community events, the Big Fellaz team started cooking meals in the brick-and-mortar, downtown location.

"More and more people from different places would come and try our food," she said. "We started thinking we need a building. We can seat more people. It's been a blessing since we opened this building, Feb. 1, 2019. People of all kinds come here and they love the food."

With a menu ranging from burgers to salads, Baker said she tries to give customers a taste of home cooking, like her mother used to make.

"We watched our mothers cook great food," she said. "We just love to see the smiles on their faces when they taste really good food."

Big Fellaz is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Harris said Sundays and Wednesday nights are very busy.

"Chicken and dressing on Sunday is very popular. They are (lined up) out the door on Sunday. It's amazing. Just seeing the people lined up that want this food, it just makes me overjoyed," she said. "During the week, catfish and wings are the best sellers."

Baker, a former resident of Philadelphia, recommends the Philly cheeseburgers and cheese fries for first-timers.

"It is a Hoptown cheesesteak. It's made with love. One hundred percent made with love. Everything that comes from our kitchen is," she said. "The Philly cheese fries are a must-try. Those are a big, big hit."

Baker said patrons will get their money's worth with all the entrees on the menu.

"Our cheeseburgers are huge. You can't finish a whole burger. You can spend $5 on a burger right here that you might eat on for three days," she said.

Baker said they love the downtown location.

"This is the best place we could have been," she said. "With the attractions and different (events) that come here every year in this small town, they have to pass by Big Fellaz."

Along with great food, Baker said she wants to provide a friendly place for individuals and families.

"You can come here and eat, have good conversation. People are willing to help you. They greet you when you hit the door," she said. "You don't get that everywhere. I go places and you don't get that everywhere."

Reach Michele Vowell at 270-887-3242 or mvowell@kentuckynewera.com.

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