Short Stop

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Categories: Roadside Grill, Grill (Convenience Store), Breakfast

Contact Information

1280 Hwy 64 W
Columbia, NC 27925

Phone: 252-796-0937

Hours of Operation

Sunday 6:00a.m. - 1:00p.m., Monday - Saturday 4:00a.m. - 7:00p.m.

Closed for the week of Christmas

Meals served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

First time diner: Free tea or coffee with meal

Short Stop in Columbia, NC is a grill, a convenience store and a fuel station. It is fondly known as “The Fried Chicken Place” because people drive for miles to eat the delicious fried chicken that has become legendary in Northeastern North Carolina. Short Stop offers a varied menu, plenty of seating and opens at 4:00 a.m. to serve early risers, truckers, hunters and fishermen. The great food, service, and fellowship at Short Stop has created a following of diners who make it there must stop for a delicious meal.


  • Gift Shop:  Groceries, Hunting and Fishing supplies
  • Credit Cards:  Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
  • Handicap Accessible:  Yes
  • Price:  1.00 - 19.49
  • On Site Parking:  Yes
  • Take Out:  Yes


Short Stop opened in 1981 as a twenty four hour convenience store. Connie and Roger Hudson grew a strong customer base by offering products that were needed at reasonable prices.  In 1989, they renovated the store, and added a grill and seating to meet the demand of customers who wanted a good place to eat. Connie and Roger have adjusted their menu and added items to keep their customers satisfied.

Chef Biography

Short Stop

Several cooks keep their customers happy and well fed at Short Stop. Debbie cooks at Short Stop during the day and learned how to cook from her mother. Peggy has been cooking at Short Stop for twelve years and is well known for the great biscuits she makes. Lena has used her significant culinary skills at Short Sop for fifteen years. She loves putting her special touch to cook the fried chicken.  Hester is the evening cook and has been cooking up delicious dinners at Short Stop for twenty five years.  The long working history of cooks at Short Stop is testimony to the strong fellowship and great match that these cooks are for their chosen occupation.

Owner Biography

Short Stop

Connie and Roger Hudson are the hands on owners of Short Stop. They admit that “business has been good for us”. This is due to them knowing their customers and meeting their customers’ needs. Roger owned a trucking company before opening Short Stop. His time on the road taught him the importance of providing a good meal for travelers and locals. Roger is an avid hunter and is happy to trade hunting stories with his customers. Connie keeps customers coming back with her caring attitude and welcoming personality. You will typically find her in the dining area having fun with her guests. Together Connie and Roger have created a welcoming place with excellent food at service at low prices.

Specialties & Additional Menu Options

  • Course Specialties: 

    World famous fried chicken alongside delictable hot dogs, barbeque, shrimp and breakfast while you wait!


Average Rating for this Restaurant: 5 Stars based on 5 reviews
  1. Short Stop
    Rating: 5 Stars
    Worth the Drive

    When I travel down from Virginia, I make sure to buy the chicken of Short Stop.

  2. Short Stop
    Rating: 5 Stars
    Big Rig Food

    I'm a trucker and I go to Short Stop when ever I'm in the Columbia area.

  3. Short Stop
    Rating: 5 Stars
    Yummy Chicken

    The fried chicken is delicious!

  4. Short Stop
    Rating: 5 Stars
    Good food and great smiles

    The food is good and the friendly people make it nice to be here.

  5. Short Stop
    Rating: 5 Stars
    16 years worthy tea!

    I've been eating at Short Stop for 16 years. I love the biscuits and the tea.

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