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They Say You Can’t Have Your Cake And Eat It Too-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

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On my first visit to Fairhope Alabama, I was lucky enough to enjoy the company of my adorable step-cousin who lives in a nearby town. Mostly, I was lucky enough to con her into helping me taste some dishes; selfish, I know, but she was willing to help out.

SAndra’s Triple Chocolate Cake is my 67th dish or , #34th  if I am counting down on Alabama Tourism’s 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.

The day worked out perfectly, we split the Panini at nearby Panini Pete’s

and walked around the corner for our dessert in this quaint downtown.

Sandra’s Place is a small café style restaurant that sits on a corner of beautiful downtown Fairhope Alabama.   We ordered the cake from a glass display cake that had some fine looking desserts and took our cake outside to the large seating area.


Sandra’s Place

The cake was good, we enjoyed having an excuse to have our cake and eat it too. Said to have three types of chocolate. For $3.95, this was a nice sized slice of cake. I have to say that we both agreed that this piece was a bit dry. We wanted to love it but we could not finish the cake between the two of us.  We did, however, have a nice day and caught up on family happenings.


MEGastars- 3 ***


  1. If I were in Fairhope, I would definitely try Sandra’s for lunch. The menu offers “Southern deli style sandwiches,” ie chicken salad, egg salad, pimento cheese, tuna salad as well as hot sandwiches, salads and a few breakfast items. Or, just have some cake.
  2. I have read that Sandra’s might run out of their cakes, get there early!
  3. I did not find a website for Sandra’s. They are located at 218 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL
  4. Do visit beautiful Fairhope Alabama. I look forward to a return
  5. Hours-Monday -Thursday 9:30 AM-3:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 9:30 AM-4:00 PM, Sunday-Closed.


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 information.

ABOUT:  *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 food fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home.   From the little old diner to the white cloth setting, this journey is an opportunity for me to explore my new state and experience pride in food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food, with some Alabama style. From the local BBQ smoker to James Beard recipients, you too will take a culinary trip across scenic and historical Alabama.  From this list, I select stops based upon convenience of location and they are in no particular order (but I already have a few favorites.)  Perhaps when I finish this list, I will rank my favorite dishes. You too may pick up the brochure at Alabama Tourism stops or download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbeville and ends in York.

I use a 5 MEGastar system.  For the most part, I am traveling a distance to try these dishes and these places get one shot at how I view the food and experience.   I will not be taking an average of three visit experiences and I factor this in when I give my star rating. That said, I’m very easy to please, I can overlook quite a bit and have worked in the food service industry.  I am not a paid food critic, just Meg, a curious traveler, with an interest in trying different foods and sharing my two cents on the experience.  I try to follow my own 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? or,  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 is a difficult write.
  • ** passable – the food was “ok” but the place  was not “ok” 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 truly highlights Alabama Pride.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. And/Or, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else.



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