Nice Buns in Alabama, I’m On A Roll-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die
Throwed Rolls at Lambert’s Café’ in Foley Alabama, is the 75th dish that I have tasted on my quest to eat all dishes listed on 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die. (Or 26th on my countdown.)
Lambert’s Café was started in Missouri in 1942 as a small café that struggled through WWII era. Fast forward to 2016, this Mom and Pop café’ is now a chain of three. Known for the “throwed rolls.” yes, I said throwed, this unusual method of food delivery has been occurring since the second generation of Lambert’s threw a roll to a customer that he couldn’t quite reach in the crowded café.
My family had visited the Missouri location many years back but this time, it was about ME and MY buns.
The Foley Alabama location is located about 8 miles north of those beautiful Alabama beaches. Also located near a popular large outlet mall; I bet this place is always busy.
Even with such a large restaurant, I waited first in the long line, over two hours. This was the same experience that I had in Missouri.
After this looooong line, I followed the footprints on the floor in this line. It reminded me of a Disneyland trick, the kind of trick that makes you think that you are there, but was only an illusion.
When I say café, this is no lil diner, I mean this family owned restaurant is huge.
The food is described as Southern home cooking. Served in generous portion sizes and the staff brings carries pots or other containers of fried okra, fried potatoes, macaroni and tomatoes, black-eyed peas, and sorghum and honey. These are called “pass arounds.” Let’s just say “go big or go home.”
Of course, I was there for the rolls.
So, I caught my roll but here is the thing. I have broken my nose playing baseball, not once but three times. I kind of want to duck when things the size of a baseball come through the air. Incidentally, I read that someone has sued this restaurant because they were hit and injured by a “throwed roll.” How stupid is that?
These rolls are made from scratch, baked fresh from opening until the doors close. Have them with plain, with butter, honey, or molasses.
The rolls are really tasty and this is a unique experience. Not quite like the scene in Animal House, but one sure to make people laugh and hype up the kids.
I give these rolls 3 MEGastars. ***
Of course, there is a store. I was tempted to buy the boxers that say nice buns but I held back.
- If you are a grumpy person who doesn’t like to wait for a meal, go elsewhere.
- Plan on a long wait. The restaurant does not take reservations. Call ahead if you want to know how long the wait will be.
- GO hungry. All of the entrees are huge. The chef salad is served in a humongous bread bowl.
- You may order the “pass arounds” as an entrée.
- A roll is going to be thrown to you. It is not an assault when you go to a place that throws rolls. Or, worried about injury? wear a catcher’s facemask. So head’s up.
- They DO NOT take plastic; there is an ATM available. Just why?
- They have a great website with everything you want to know and more. Lambert’s Throwed Rolls
- Watch the rolls flying on You Tube. You Tube of Lambert’s Throwed Rolls
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, www.alabama.travel 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.