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Orange Whip? 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die-Orange Rolls at The All Steak Restaurant, Cullman, AL

Tasty Tuesday MEGabite #33 and #69 on my countdown of 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die. A short sweet post,

My tires have wear marks from beating the path North to South on I-65. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to stop and try those famous orange rolls, there is always somewhere that I need to be, and in a hurry. During those trips, I saw the billboard on the highway that features the roll and I wondered; Is it like the thrown rolls at the famous Lambert’s Cafe? Can I pop in and get a roll or did I need to order a meal?  Not in as much of a hurry on this trip,  I hit the brakes for a quick lunch at All Steak Restaurant to check out those famous orange rolls.

Great looking restaurant

Great looking restaurant

Spoiler alert, the orange roll comes complimentary after your meal. From the lunch menu, I ordered a small sirloin steak, with a salad and butter beans.

My lunch was perfect, from the homemade dressing on the salad to the delicious dinner rolls. The portions were ample and it was tough to save some room for that orange roll. And yes, the rolls are also available to bring home.

MEGastars:

I give this dish 3 MEGastars

***stars Even though the orange rolls were undercooked, I liked my lunch, the interior, the idea of local foods made with Alabama pride.

MEGatips:

  1. The restaurant is closed on Mondays. Tue-Thursday 10:30-10:00 and Saturday and Sunday 7:30-10:00
  2. Check out the interior. She is a pretty sexy place. The All Steak Restaurant has a really awesome interior. It was bistro style, updated and a cool clean bathroom. The walls held really great artwork. To whoever did the decorating job- well done! I did note that a business who “likes” the Facebook page of All Steak.   The shop is nearby and is called “Interiors.”   I did go on their website and I would suspect this business was involved-just a wild guess. I am putting this store on my list to visit.
  3. Not just a steak place- The story goes that the original owner wanted to name his baby “All Steak Hamburgers,” but did not have enough money for the sign. However, I can attest to the fact that that they do have great steak! Made from choice aged Angus beef. Try them for any meal of the day. There are 5 menus; breakfast, lunch, dinner, desert, drinks.
  4. Arrive hungry; the portion sizes will fill your tummy.
  5. (maybe put this near the salad and rolls photo) These folks go the extra mile. A few examples; The hamburger steak is ground from steak trimmings, and it is the item which made them a Cullman landmark, many house-made touches like crabmeat stuffing for tilapia, house made biscuits, homemade cocktail sauce, hand battered onion rings with creamy horseradish sauce. Black eyed pea dip.
  6. Party it up. There is a full service bar that includes creative drink name that include the word dude. One drink is called “The Hard Orange Roll.” The description from the menu reads, “ The legendary orange roll collides with orange flavored vodka, premium rum, blood-orange liqueur, then blended with FRESHLY SQUEEZED orange juice and orange sherbet. Dude, just dude! Bring that on.
  7. Although it does not compare to the real deal, you can try to make this recipe at home. The recipe was at one time a guarded secret. According to one story that I have read, the second owner (1958-2006) Charles Dobson leaked out his recipe to Bon Appetit Magazine in 1985. Another story suggests that a former cook gave out the recipe.

http://www.food.com/recipe/orange-rolls-376894

http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/bread/sweet-bread/all-steak-restaurant-famous-orange-rolls.html

8. There is an awesome looking Architectural Salvage Shop called Southern Accents Architectural Antiques. Their website states that they hold “the South’s largest collection of architectural antiques.” Yes please, on the list. Open 5 days a week.         http://www.sa1969.com

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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