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100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die Spring Roll Salad

Spring Roll Salad at Curry’s on Johnston Street in Decatur was the 97th dish that I have tasted on my quest to eat all of the 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.

From my previous blog on Fried Green Tomato BLT at Curry’s

Located in the historic river town of Decatur

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Decatur Alabama sits on the beautiful Tennessee River

this restaurant is located in the lower level of what was once an Opera House.

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Curry’s Restaurant on Johnston Street Decatur, AL

The interior maintains some of the old building’s charm, especially the bright atrium dining room with exposed brick walls. The walls have interesting artwork on display, gourmet food for sale on shelves, and dinner specials that have pre-made for their customers to take home, as well as baked goodies that tempted me.this restaurant is located in the lower level of what was once an Opera House. The interior maintains some of the old building’s charm, especially the bright atrium dining room with exposed brick walls.

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Curry’s Restaurant Decatur Alabama The porch area

The walls have interesting artwork on display, gourmet food for sale on shelves, and dinner specials that have pre-made for their customers to take home, as well as baked sweets that looked really tempting.

 After placing my order at a deli counter, the staff brought the salad to my table. Served with a side of cranberry sauce and grain mustard, the salad comes with a (I think) ginger dressing to compliment the spring rolls.

Curry's Spring Salad

Spring Roll Salad at Curry’s on Johnston Street – Decatur AL

MEGastars: 3 *** for a good salad!

MEGathoughts: My unsolicited thoughts begin with the fact that I simply did not understand the mustard and cranberry pairing with the ginger salad. I would have left the spring roll whole and sliced like a sushi roll or a fried spring roll that is served in Vietnamese Bun Cha Gio Vermicelli dishes so that I could get the crunch and spring roll taste with several bites of my salad.   I did like the fried toppings that were in place.   I would nix on the tomatoes and I might even add slivers of cucumber and possibly sprouts, and serve with a scrumptious ginger dressing.  I would use the cranberry and mustard as a side for a turkey croissant sandwich.

MEGatips:

  1. Curry’s chicken salad looked so delicious. The person at the counter said that this was THE customer favorite. I’m going to taste this dish with my next visit.
  2. Try the Strawberry Pretzel Salad said to be another customer favorite. YUM!
  3. The restaurant is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The restaurant has a catering business and is available to for events. The website for the restaurant holds menus.
  4. DO visit Northwest Alabama and visit the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge. Especially during February when the great whooping cranes migrate.
  5. If you are an Alabamian. Please join in the current movement to better protect Alabama’s rivers. I have had the good fortune of meeting some of the people dedicated to this much-needed cause. I was SHOCKED to learn how under protected and shortsighted the care has been. There is currently a fundraising effort and your donation can be doubled via a grant. This is a cause that is important to me and should be to all Alabamians.

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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.
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