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When Life Gives You Lemons, Eat Lemon Pie – 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

Tasty Tuesday lunch with some Lemon Pie at the Downtowner Restaurant in historic Selma. MEGabite #26/#76 counting down.


I visited with a group of four and we all were able to find something delicious from the varied menu.  From classic BLT and chicken salad to the meat and three turkey, stuffing and cornbread, we all enjoyed our meal.  But of course, we came for the star!


Described as an “Alabama Classic”  A home baked melt in your mouth crust with a sweet and tangy lemon filling and topped with whip cream.  This pie was a good time.

With each visit to Selma, I contemplate how I ‘can “be the bridge.”

Be the bridge!

Be the bridge!

I give this visit 3 MEGastars ***

*** Good pie served in a diner in historical Selma downtown with a varied menu at a reasonable price.


  1. This restaurant is CASH only.
  2. Tour the city, Begin at Selma Interpretive Center located in Selma, AL, at the intersection of Water Ave. and Broad St.
  3. Part of The National Park Service, you are able to have your National Park Passport stamped at this location.  Who knew?
  4. Love a small town diner?  Visit Selma and have a slice of pie

This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post. If you are new to my 100 Dishes in Alabama escapade, this may be helpful.  *100 Dishes to eat in Alabama before you die is a compilation of food to chow down on Bama style. Thanks to Tourism Alabama, 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.   You too may pick up the brochure at Alabama Tourism stops or download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbeville 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. From the local BBQ cook to James Beard recipients, you too will take a culinary trip across scenic and historical Alabama.

I use a 5 MEGastar system. I am not a food critic, just Meg, a curious traveler, with an interest in trying different foods and sharing my two cents on my experience. I try to follow my star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes on this list.

  • *meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can. The place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in Alabama.   This has happened to me a few times and it is a difficult write.
  • ** passable – the food was ok and above happened but the place or vice versa
  • *** good but not outstanding or unique
  • **** Very tasty dish AND meets one of the definitions set forth by Alabama Foods/Tourism, of local food and/OR highlights Alabama Pride.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. OR, something is very unique, something you can not get anywhere else.

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