#5 Treatin at Heaton- Heaton Pecan Farm, Clanton, Alabama-A Short Megabite
*100 Dishes to eat in Alabama before you die is a compilation of food to chow down on Bama style. Thanks to Tourism Alabama, www.alabama.travel my Alabama bucket list just became a little easier. I am going to have some fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home. Download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbertville and ends in York. From the little old diner to the white cloth joint, it is an opportunity to explore and experience pride in the food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food with some Alabama style.
Heatons Pecan Pie-#5 or 96 on the countdown *****Megastar Pie
I couldn’t decide if I should write about nuts like a 12 year old but this pie was so good, I thought it deserved some class!
I don’t want to lie
Pecan Pie didn’t make me want to die
I had to ask myself why,
Why I wanna be eatin at Heaton?
I am playing my Bama list, Sigh!
So I had to buy me some of that pie
I didn’t worry if it was pee-con or pee-can.
I have to admit, I was a bit shy
But, I didn’t have to drink my rye to try
Heaton’s pie really made me want to die!
Kudos to the folks at Heaton Pecan Farm in Clanton, Alabama. If you are driving on 1-65, do exit at 208. This is a really great roadside stop. Sometimes I wonder why certain foods are on “the 100” list. This pie is a no brainer. “…Pride in the food from restaurateur’s who are dedicated to local food with some Alabama style.”
Truly was the best pecan pie that I have ever eaten. I was not even a fan of pecan pie. The crust is melt in your mouth and unique. With searching on line and a few Alabama cook books, I couldn’t figure out the secret recipe. Maybe pecan meal? Anyway, I could have eaten a pound of crust. The filling was perfectly sweet, not too sweet. Simply above and beyond!
To note, everything that is sold in the small café is made on sight here. It was immaculate, and one can watch the people making the goodies. People were really friendly. If pecan pie isn’t your thing, you may want to taste it anyway. However, they have a nice variety of foods. When I go back, and I will, I am going to try the chicken pecan salad. Some of the other items include; Belgian pecan waffles (RUKM?,) candies, tarts, cookies,fresh pecans and homemade ice cream. The little shop sells jams, spreads and gift shop items.
this pie got an easy 5 MEGASTARS*****
Strange tidbits about pecans;
- I learned the largest importer of pecans is China.
- Heaton Pecan Farm boasts trees from 1900. However, Heaton’s no longer grows pecans, but buys the nuts wholesale from Alabama growers
- Hungry for some sweets? Clanton, Alabama is your place. There are three stops on “The 100” in Clanton, Alabama. All three are hit the damn brakes worthy. Peach Pie at Peach Par and Peach Ice Cream at Durbin Farms market. My personal favorite is the peach pie but all three of these Clanton gems are yummy!
Check out the nuts on this unique grill