When you think of Carthage, you might not think of a trip worth making for drinks, dinner or even brunch on the regular — but at just 5.5 miles from the Pinehurst Traffic Circle, Filly & Colts should be on your radar. Owner Karen Littlefield, a longtime chef, and her husband, Jon, have made the new location at Little River Golf Club a destination for weddings, corporate events and holiday parties; but they also offer everyday diners with daily specials and, yes, a full spread for brunch.

Before we get to what you came here for, let us mention that we made a weekday lunch out of the Sweet Fire Shrimp (a menu favorite, according to Karen), tossed in a sweet Thai chili sauce — and followed it with the Shaved Prime “Filly” Sandwich, because you don’t name a dish after the restaurant if it’s not good, and this lived up to the expectation.

We were almost sold by the time we got our bill, but had to come back the next morning; because a $14.95 brunch on a golf course just sounded too good to be true.


We happened to arrive on German day. Half of the buffet was set up for a classic brunch, with a carving station (Sunday’s meat was ham, but they rotate between brisket, prime rib and more), an omelet station, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy and a hash-brown casserole we may or may not have had three helpings of. The 10-month-old in company was especially impressed with this last dish.

The other half of the buffet consisted of German dishes that tasted surprisingly authentic; but don’t break out the lederhosen, because the theme changes on the chef’s whim. And again, because research, we found you can get popular bar items for $5.50 on Sundays — that’s mimosas, bloody Marys and a Black Cherry Mojito that you actually need in your life.


We finished the meal by sampling each of the desserts, which included a pumpkin bread pudding, apple strudel and chocolate cake — yes, those are ranked in order.


If you try Filly & Colts for lunch, brunch or dinner, let us know what you think at hello@itsthesway.com. And if you need a full menu first, check it here.

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