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Never Been Earwormed by Kow-liga before? 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

Tasty Tuesday-My #42 try or #61 on the countdown.

After my first visit to the Kowaliga Restaurant to try The Fried Alabama Shrimp Platter, my curiosity got the best of me and I needed to figure out what Gulf Shrimp, Hank Williams and a lonely wooden statue had in common?

The Kowaliga Restaurant is near Alexander City on the beautiful Lake Martin. Technically, the lake is made from a reservoir and is 44,000-acre lake with 900 acres of shoreline. This is a popular area for weekend homes (some multi-million), outdoor enthusiasts and vacationers alike.

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Wind Creek Stat Park-view from the tower

I visited in the evening just after the New Year, when the restaurant was dressed up for the holidays.  The restaurant sits on a lakefront peninsula with two dining rooms and wonderful outdoor seating areas, all offering picturesque views of the lake.

The Gulf Shrimp Platter is served with your choice of one side dish.  I chose the coleslaw and my Mother had salad.

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I left this photo large so that you might get an idea of shrimp size. The coleslaw was super tasty and check out these warm hushpuppies.  Large and juicy gulf shrimp is delivered every three days to this restaurant. It is fried from simple ingredients of; cornmeal, flour, buttermilk and is said to have just the right amount of salt and pepper.   Always served with fresh warm hushpuppies and your choice of one side.

MEGastars ****4 I am going to give this dish a 4 star.  It is a simple platter,  yet taken up a notch with these perfect Gulf Shrimp.  If you follow my blog, you know that I am a new convert to Gulf Shrimp.  I love the taste!  These shrimp were large enough to taste, (I LOVE that) yet the batter seasoning was not overpowering, and the shrimp sauce was perfect.  Alabama food made with Alabama pride.  I couldn’t find the Kowliga recipe for coleslaw, but it had a little kick to it. Trust me, it was really tasty and crisp.

Other food tried at my table. Check out these ribs, onion rings and Caesar salad! NUM

 

What I learned from this visit.

  1. Kowliga is pronounced kaw-ly-jə
  2. Currently owned by Russell Lands Corporation. (you may have heard of Russell Athletic wear.) This company has taken time to cultivate this area into a top notch Southern destination. Although it is a business, these people seem to truly care about their product. Every aspect for the visitor experience is top notch, from the landscaping to top chefs and clean fresh décor.
  3. This restaurant has been in operation since 1953, built as a cabin in 1946, and rebuilt after a fire as a tribute to Hank Williams and his music.  You will find interesting photos and memorabilia on the walls. kowligashop
  4. Legendary country singer Hank Williams wrote a song called “Kow-liga” at his Lake Martin cabin in 1952. In 1953, this song went to the top of the charts.
  5. Legend has it that Kowaliga was a Creek Native American man, who once lived on Lake Martin. He fell deeply in love with a beautiful maiden and asked her to marry him. However, her father had already promised her to another. She had to leave, never to be seen again. Heartbroken, Kowaliga swore to stand on the edge of this lake and wait faithfully for her return. He stood on that lakeshore so long that his feet finally took root and he turned to wood.  Sad. Arranged marriages suck. kowligastatue
  6. An earworm is defined as: a catchy song or tune that runs continually through a person’s mind. I always thought the word for this state of mind was “jazzbound” and yet I couldn’t find this word in a dictionary. Who knew?

MEGatips:

  1. Bring a friend for that shrimp platter and also try the catfish taco, it was named the “tastiest taco” in Alabama by The Food Network.
  2. The website link will tell you everything that you need to know before your visit.  For hours, location and menus click here. Kowaliga
  3. Prepare to get earwormed.  Check out the song  Kowliga on You Tube

4. You too can visit Hank Williams grave and other sites in Montgomery, Alabama.hankgrave

This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post of 100 Dishes. 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 Alabamawww.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. From this list, I select visits based on convenience of location and they are in no particular order. I already have a few favorites and perhaps when I finish this list, I will rank my favorite dishes.

I use a 5 MEGastar system. I am not a paid food critic, just Meg, a curious traveler, with an interest in trying different foods, finding the story and sharing my two cents on these experiences. 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.

Where The Party Is On-Broadway Street Nashville, Tennessse

I’ve visited this fine city many times but never got my party on. With only a few hours to spare, I checked out a few Nashville’s nightlife spots on Broadway Street.

Nashville has style!

Nashville has style!

Broadway Street is pretty easy to find. Just head for the tall  AT&T building that looks like Sauron’s Tower from Lord of the Rings. I stayed a few miles away and took a cab for $6.00 Easy!

Kinda looks creepy

Kinda looks creepy

Hello Good Times!  it is really easy to stay in this vicinity and catch a cab.

Nice Neon Nashville!

Nice Neon Nashville!

I visited on a weeknight after 10 pm and was blown away by how many live music places threw out great sound.

You can hear the wonderful sounds pouring out into the street.

You can hear the wonderful sounds pouring out into the street.

Legends Corner-Filled to the brim with memorabilia. The walls are covered with such interesting things.   Original Elvis albums and a guitar once owned by Johnny Cash. I love Johnny Cash!

Robert’s Western World-A honky tonk place that is a boot store by day and a party by night.  I really loved this place.  The music was fantastic and they make a great burger!

Some upcoming bands can be seen at The Stage.  This place was packed and had some pretty great music.  A lot of cover but I was also able to hear some new stuff from a younger band. Really fun!

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.  Classic place that has stood the taste of time.  Awesome music and memorabilia.

MEGatip; Don’t forget to go upstairs.  There is a door where so many legends took after performances at The Ryman Theater.

Totsie's Orchid Lounge

Totsie’s Orchid Lounge

So many fantastic places and so little time.  If you do not care for country music, you may want to consider opening your mind to the possibilities of fun.  There is a variety of music to be found and one heck of a good time.  I have my own metaphor that I have used so very often.  “Never rule out a man/woman in cowboy boots.”-MEG    What I mean with this quip is that you may close yourself off to the best experiences and amazing people who could be in your life.  Besides, who doesn’t like Elvis and Johnny Cash?

-A special thanks to my wonderful daughter who not only learned this life lesson but introduced me to this fine MEGastop.

There really is so much to see and do here.  Lucky for me, I pass through this city often.  I am inspired to stop in more often.

MEGastars;  I give this spot 5 of 5 MEGastars *****

MEGatips;

  1. There were no cover charges. These folks apparently live off tips.  Be prepared to get asked at each stop for a contribution and bring some cash.
  2. Plan to spend several hours just wandering around.
  3. Like to dance? you will find a lot of fun places to get your boogie o
  4. Don’t drink and drive.  The cabs are so easy to use.
  5. Unlike I ever do, plan your trip to Broadway Street.  This area is large and there are quite a few sites to see.
  6. Greater Nashville is amazing.
  7. If you are able to stay at The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. DO SO. It really is a do not miss.  I did not stay here on this visit but have stayed there several times.  It is a place all of it’s own.  I could blog about this place-it’s that cool!
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