Monday, January 12, 2009

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Yesterday we had lunch with Ed and Wynell at the Irondale Cafe. It is this cafe that was the inspiration for Fannie Flagg in her lovable novel and equally lovable movie, Fried Green Tomatoes. The place was humming around 12:30 yesterday afternoon. Folks coming from Church, coming by twos coming by tens ... some in overalls, one lady in a fur coat ... all were lined up cafeteria style to pick their "Meat and 3 sides." I chose fried chicken (dark), collard greens, fried okra, and, of course, fried green tomatoes.

Look at this feast for under $40.
There was also peanut butter pie (a bit like eating whipped Reese's Peanut butter cups) ... fried chicken livers, creamed corn and meatloaf, and don't forget the Colbert County sweet potato pie.
The trick to making collard greens taste divine is this little condiment I had never seen before ... tabasco pepper vinegar. This jar of Bruce's is packed with white tabasco peppers. The effect is stunning.

1 comment:

Doctor Mom said...

That's my kind of cooking (and eating)! How's the fried chicken? That's what I miss most up here. I can make my own sweet potato pie (with a splash of bourbon, please) and collards, but good fried chicken . . . lucky you!