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Swined and Dined – Hub City Hogfest 2018

I swear to you that while the blue hairs hit the beer and sunshine, I began by hitting the cake.

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100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die – Johnny’s Bar-B-Q

Twas the night before Christmas...Meg was nestled all snug in her bed, while visions of BBQ danced in her head....

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Go Big or Go Home-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

Another thing that I love about this place that is not to be missed is that this business gives back to the community. I had wondered what the large hanging Marlin Fish was all about.

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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.

A Nod To The Five And Dime-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

My second “Two-fer Tuesday”  with two dishes at Carlisle Drug Soda Fountain in Alexander City.

  • MEGabite #39 and 64 counting down and Limeade #40/63 Chicken salad

In the era of Wal-Mart and Target, the five and dime with a soda fountain are much like finding a wheat penny, very few exist. The moment that I stepped into Carlisle Drug to play “My 100,” I had an unexpected visit to my childhood .

My experience with trying these two dishes reminded me of a time when I was a pre-teen living in Appleton, Wisconsin. I would save my allowance and take the bus downtown to the Kresge’s store, sit on the counter stool, and order a sandwich and malt. I would usually be goofing off with a friend, yet we knew our neighbors were present, we behaved. This was my wanderlust in its pre-puberty stage. I had not visited these memories in some time and it makes me smile to know that there is a little girl in Alexander City, Alabama who will someday have the same memory.

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I looked at a wonderful display of artifacts and photos from a by-gone era

In 2014, Carlisle Drug recently celebrated its 100-year anniversary and yet she doesn’t look a day over two

 

 

Inside, I found a gift shop, a boutique and an old-fashioned soda fountain in this Main Street Building.   Reminiscent of those five and dime stores once found throughout the United States, this place is a story of survival. I found a small seating area where people come and go. Alexander City is near the beautiful and popular Lake Martin area.

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Wind Creek Stat Park view from the tower

Local people as well as area guests visit this quaint setting for a wonderful bite and a treat.

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On “The 100” list, the chicken salad may be ordered as a plate or a sandwich and the limeade I ordered the plate and as soon as I ordered this, I wished that I had ordered the sandwich.   The sandwich comes on plain white sandwich bread served with those lays potato chips. Regret.

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YUM!

While poking around, I found a story that the wife of pharmacist. Mrs. Ellie Carlisle used to make this sandwich and send them to work with her husband; and so it began.   It is said that Mrs. Carlisle even made her own mayonnaise. This is a creamy chicken salad and appears to have eggs and pickles in the salad. Tasty indeed. Unpretentious. Why mess with success. And yes it was fantastic with the limeade.

Fresh-squeezed limeade done just right will have that balance between a pucker and a kiss. I can imagine drinking this on a warm summer day before a.c. (air conditioning.) This beverage is said to be among the best in all of Alabama and even has it’s own fan page on Facebook. $2.19 gets you a refreshing and wonderful change from the ordinary.

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MEGastars: 3 *** for each dish

Limeade MEGastars3 *** Far a good tasting limeade and Chicken Salad 3 MEGastars ***

MEGatrip down memory land=Priceless

MEGatips:

  1. Try these two dishes together. They make a cute couple.
  2. Mon-Saturday 9-5
  3. Don’t know what a five and dime store is? In the old days, The Great 5 cents store was opened in 1879 by Mr. Frank Woolworth, later he added 10 cents to the name and items. At one time, you could pick up mascara and a garden shovel and top it off with a grilled cheese sandwich and a milkshake. Check out this page on pinterest-who knew?                                              https://www.pinterest.com/karenk32/s-s-kresge-5-10/
  4. Save some room and bring friends. I was flying solo on this site visit but wish I had a few friends to nibble on other classic diner foods such as; egg and olive sandwich, the pimento cheese sandwich, the macaroni and cheese and of course the malts, sundaes banana splits, hot fudge brownie Sundaes
  5. The boutique had a lot of really nice and reasonably priced items.   I walked out with a bag.
  6. This Alexander City area has 5 Dishes on “The 100.” Visit this gorgeous part of Alabama and stay for a few days.
  7. This area holds many outdoor opportunities. Save time for walking off any extra calories and don’t forget to support beautiful Alabama State Parks.
  8. I did not find the recipe on line. If I had to try to recreate this recipe, I would try this strategy. 12 ozs of chicken, 3 tbsp. of finely chopped onion, 2 tbsp of FINELY chopped celery, 1-2 large hard boiled eggs, chopped, ½ cup Heilemann’s mayonnaise (or homemade) 1 tbsp of sweet pickle relish, ¼ tsp salt and 1/8 tsp white pepper. This salad will not come with the five and dime experience. 

    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. 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 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

 

 

A Fat Bottom Pig And Mile High Pie-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die-#23

Tasty Tuesday and pie at Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama. This dish is MEGabite #23 or 78 on my countdown of “The 100,”

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RIGHT?

The pie is one of TWO featured dishes on “The 100.” Last week on my Tasty Tuesday blog, I wrote a post about the chicken and white sauce at this establishment. Didn’t read? Bob Gibson was the creator of White BBQ sauce. This white sauce became a regional specialty and helped build a successful restaurant business,

A competitive team was put together and competitions were visited.  This team has won numerous state, national and International awards.  It really was fun to check out the articles awards, write up’s and trophies

Numerous awards line all of the walls

Numerous awards line all of the walls

Since the 1950’s, a daily ritual of three pies are homemade from scratch; Coconut Cream, Chocolate and Lemon Icebox. Also on the menu are Peanut Butter and Pecan Pie. The pie making happens each morning. beginning at 5 a.m., and between 100-150 pies are baked fresh every day. From the video on the website, I learned that on Thanksgiving 750 pies are made. Workers come in 8 p.m. and bake until 10 a.m., and they sell out of these delicious pies.

No words needed.

No words needed.

A tough choice after a hearty meal, I wished that I had visited with 5 friends to share each of the choices.  The pie was perfect.

MEGastars;

I award 5 MEGastars *****for the pie.

  • ****For amazing pie crust, pie and meringue pie that is baked with local pride.
  • *****That 5th star because I died and went to heaven eating this pie. This stop also let me try a unique regional food with the award winning white sauce on the BBQ chicken, it is a unique Alabama food stop. Thanks Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q!

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 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 Abbertville 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 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. I try to follow my stars 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 good taste 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 very unique, something you can not get anywhere else.
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