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Meat + Fire = Love. George, where ya been all my life? 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

Tasty Tuesday- MEGabite #32 or #70 on the countdown – Ribeye at George’s Steak Pit in Sheffield, Alabama.

Steak perfection

Steak perfection

I have to admit that I rarely eat meat. Not that a good steak now and then isn’t enjoyed.  After taking  just one bite off the 12 oz of this medium-rare ribeye, it was a bit of a surprise to me that I wanted to savor each and every bite. Holy cow (no pun intended,) this steak was one of the best that I have ever tasted in my life. I mean that. It was the type of steak that yields to your knife. The outside charred, the inside moist and tender. The slight hint of hickory rolls around your tongue, and without an additive or salty taste. Just pure high quality meat cooked in a primeval way; fire, simple and honorable.

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The entrees are served with Tossed Salad or Cup of Soup, Garlic Bread, and choice of Baked Potato, Wild Rice, Steak Fries, Broccoli or Vegetable Medley.  There are extra touches such as homemade dressings.  I can attest to the fact that this blue cheese dressing was excellent. In the end, the steak was the star.

French onion soup and salad with DELISH home-made blue cheese dressing

French onion soup and salad with DELISH home-made blue cheese dressing

I give this steak 5 MEGastars ***** This steak rocked my world.  I would absolutely recommend this dish to any steak enthusiast.

*** Four MEGastars because everything that I ate was perfect.  The service was professional and the atmosphere clean and as described. The beef is Alabama beef and foods on the menu were home-cooked with Alabama ingredients and pride.  George’s menu depicts the finishes of the steak from rare-well done, with an explanation of how the tenderness decreases with a more well done steak.  If I were to run a steak restaurant, I would absolutely use this as a communication tool. Zero room for error.  Well done George’s!

Fifth Coveted MEGastar *****  is given because the hickory smoked open pit and the high quality beef was the best steak that I have ever eaten. Melt in your mouth delicious.

MEGatips;

  1. For the best no smoking atmosphere, do eat in one of the dining rooms.
  2. The steak is that delicious. Order it. Yes, the WHO put out on warning on the link between processed meats and cancer, including red meat. Moderation is key.  Enjoy this steak.
  3. The entire Muscle Shoals area is a fantastic place in this country. With many outdoor recreational activities, historical sights, music history and of course, the food. Allow at least a weekend to poke around.
  4. I only read customer reviews after my visits; I did read many patrons suggestions that the Greek appetizer tray is really great.
  5. I had them make the steak with no salt. It tasted extra fantastic. I also ordered a baked potato and it came with all the fixings.. I have to confess, I split the steak with my husband because I had been visiting too many 100 sites on this weekend. If that is even possible?
  6. Look at the meat guide and order using this tool.

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, 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.   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 cannot get anywhere else.
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