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I Heard It Through The Grapevine-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

The area of the Gulf Coast that spans 100 miles along the Florida-Alabama Coast is called ‘The Emerald Coast” and “The Redneck Riviera. Not joking.

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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.

Go Mooning-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

Tasty Tuesday-Half-moon cookies at Full Moon Bar-B-Que #35 or #67 counting down on Meg’s 100.

Although this restaurant has been known for their hickory smoked meats, it’s slightly less famous sibling draws customers just for it’s made from scratch daily cookies.  Named half moon because half of this cookie is hand-dipped in melted milk chocolate.

A full moon of cookies

A full moon of cookies

This cookie is made with chocolate chips and pecans and is said to have just the right amount of crisp.  They are sold as a single for .72 cents or may be bought by the half dozen or dozen.  Sold in tin’s for the fan’s at a distance or for the nearby fans who who love them this much.

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I would bet that these cookies are so delicious right out of the oven.  Yum!

I give these cookies 4 MEGastars ****

***MEGastars The cookies were a sweet treat.

* This made from scratch daily cookie and dipped in chocolate to honor the name of the restaurant meets the criteria set forth by Alabama tourism for local foods served with Alabama pride. Not only is it named in a clever fashion, I bet this is a treat that kids of all ages love and memories are made having this dish.

MEGatips:

  1. There are actually two dishes from Full Moon Bar-B-Que on the “100 List.”  The other  dish is marinated coleslaw.  Look for this on my next Tasty Tuesday post with more about Full Moon Bar-B-Que 

    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 Sunshine Daydream In A Bite-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die-Orange Pineapple Ice Cream at Trowbridge’s of Florence, AL

Two-fer Tasty Tuesday- Orange pineapple ice cream at Trowbridges MEGabite #34 or #68 on my countdown. Due to my recent schedule, I need to play some catch-up. This is my first ever two-fer Tuesday post and I thought that I should stay with an orange theme.

Trowbridge’s is a wonderful local restaurant located in downtown Florence, the classic soda fountain shop is known as the oldest operating business that is still located in it’s original location in Florence.

Every city on the whole earth should have such a happy place in their downtown!

Every city on the whole earth should have such a happy place in their downtown!

Began as a creamery in 1918, this recipe was developed right here in Alabama. Although the ice cream is no longer made on site due to demand, this dense ice cream filled with flavors of bursts of orange cream and pineapple. Not too chunky, it was deliciously smooth and perfectly blended.

A taste of sunshine in every single bite!

A taste of sunshine in every single bite!

With the classic soda fountain interior, it is a small and bright place that still brings a smile to your face. A place where they are know for quick service with a friendly smile. I found this proclamation to be true.

Awards galore!

Awards galore!

Although I am not originally from this area, nostalgia must be heartfelt for the many generations of people who have passed through these doors. Steps away from the beautiful campus of University of Northern Alabama and with grilled cheese for $1.50 and hot dog’s for $2.00, I can imagine that many locals and students alike have been making memories since 1918.

I give Trowbridge’s 5 MEGastars:

****for a very tasty dish

*The coveted fifth star for a wonderful stop in a place that serves Alabama food, meeting the criteria set forth by Tourism Alabama with Alabama recipes and truly served with a friendly smile. I really enjoyed this stop and I highly recommend a visit for a dish or cone of this ice cream. Who knew that there was a place where you could get a sunshine daydream for $1.20.

MEGatips:

  1. Stop in for a visit. Open daily from 9:00 am -5:30 it is a great place for a bite.
  2. Do not miss this ice cream!
  3. Check out the homemade soups, pimento and cheese sandwich and the olive and egg. Love it!

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.

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 and establishments that have been chosen for 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 always a difficult write for me.
  • ** 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

Sexy Sushi, Kadoma Tuna At Jinsei – 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

Tasty Tuesday and I’m back in Sweet Home Alabama for Kadoma Tuna at Jinsei. MEGabite #30 or 72 counting down.

Located in the SoHo neighborhood of Homewood, Birmingham. A modern and stylish area, full of vogue yet casual clientele, Jinsei already sounded cool and did not disappoint. They describe themselves as Jinsei (LIFE.) A “Sushi eatery featuring traditional rolls and other Japanese fare..”

Swank

Swank

Jinsei is a small Sushi restaurant. It has a well-appointed interior that one might expect in a neighborhood called So-Ho. Although it is small, there is really nice outdoor seating for people like me who love a bit of space. They have a signature cocktail menu and I saw a lot of people ordering the delicious looking cucumber mojito.

Oh those warm evenings.

Oh those warm evenings.

The signature dish is called Kadoma Tuna and this is the dish to try on “The 100.”  All that I can say is that this dish is out of this world delicious.  Of the dishes that I have tried while galavanting about Alabama, it is certainly in the top 3 of  “The 100.”  Perhaps even #1 or #2.

TDF!

TDF!

A dish where quality counts and fresh top-grade fish is flown in daily.  The fresh ingredients are apparent and that with pure genius or idk say sorcery makes this dish unbelievable. It is beautiful on the eye with a crisp and creamy taste explosion. Sexy for sure.

There is a short video on their facebook page that shows how their dish is made. I guess it is pure talent and not sorcery after all. Breaking it down in steps is as follows.

  • The tempura rice cake is fried in a circle. This giving this amazing toasted crunch to the bite.
  • Taken to room temperature, the high-quality tuna is placed artistically on the rice.
  • Topped with thinly sliced avocado (creamy), sliced jalapeno (spicy) and tobiko (which is flying fish roe and here in a natural color, giving it a smoky slightly salty pop.)
  • Picture perfect eel sauce is drizzled over the top and on to the plate. (sweet salty and savory with a beautiful contrast) Super thin slices of green onion pops on top of the red roe and then all is sprinkled with sesame seeds. How is that not sexy baby?

Here are a few other sushi dishes that were tried at my table. Served with amazing wasabi and really fresh ginger. My husband who formerly was not a big sushi fan, was turned on by the dishes at Jinsei. Thank you to Jinsei and AlabamaTourism!

Let me (try) do some translating also in () below.

  • Red dragon rolls – Spicy tuna tartare, (chopped up tuna with oil and maybe spices) tuna tataki, (raw, sometimes seared on the outside) cucumber, sesame ginger dressing.
  • Jarijari-Tempura shrimp, kani, (crab) avocado, cucumber, yamagobo (a pickled burdock root), tempura flakes
  • Spiro – Spicy tuna-tartare, sake, tempura asparagus, salmon, avocado (this was recommended by the staff.)

MEGastars; 5 *****

****star for outstanding, delicious and unique dish AND meets one of the definitions set forth by Alabama Foods/Tourism, of local food and/OR highlights Alabama Pride. (to note my service was only meh-ok but not enough for me to to want to take a star away.)* 5th star for because I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate Kadoma. Oh and my husband loved it so really I should give it another star.

MEGatips;

  1. GO there. As a bonus tip, go on a Monday for $5.00 Mojitos and $8.00 Kadoma Tuna as usually this dish is otherwise $13.00. But just GO and try this.
  2. Not a sushi lover? Don’t worry, they have a wonderful menu.
  3. It is very small so be prepared if you are going out with a group.
  4. Check out the bathroom, it’s pretty sweet.

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.

I use a 5 MEGastar system. I am only a self appointed 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 can not get anywhere else.

If I Ever Have A Dead Coon Dog

A few weeks ago, I spent some time in Northwest Alabama, visiting the Key Underwood Coon Dog Cemetery is now a highlight on my Alabama Bucket List. It turns out that I’m not alone. It is said that over 7,000 people visit this curiosity each year.

Stop in the pavilion, sign the guest book!

Stop in the pavilion, sign the guest book!

I left Tuscumbia and quite literally drove off the beaten path onto a curvy hilly road. It is a beautiful wooded and remote area. You know, the kind of place where there isn’t cell phone reception.

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Because I was alone, I was somewhat questioning my sanity as I pulled into the cemetery; I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw three women visiting.   The women told me that they drove about the country visiting strange and unusual places.   I felt an immediate connection with these kindred spirits, and we exchanged phone numbers. Turns out we live about 40 minutes apart.


Together, we walked around and viewed the sites.

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In 1937 Key Underwood buried his faithful companion “Troop” in this beautiful setting that was a hunting camp.

RIP Troop d. 1937

RIP Troop d. 1937

Key’s brother later buried his dog in this location and it was decided to lease the land from a lumber company so that it may remain sacred.
This one time hunting camp is now a park known as Freedom Hills Wildlife Management. Although the land belongs to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Tennessee Valley Coon Hunters Association cares for the cemetery.

Pulls at your heart strings

Pulls at your heart strings

I lost an elderly hunting dog a few years back. As I walked about, I felt sad and happy at the same time. Thanks to this dedicated group for honoring this group of loved canines; this long and winding road has led them home!

“Lucky”
1998-2013 Forever missed.  German Wirehaired Pointer.

Fun Facts

  • Yes, this one and only Coon Dog Cemetery inspired the scene from the movie Sweet Home Alabama.
  • Only Coon Dog’s are buried in the cemetery.
  • The Coon hunter’s Association has a 3 part process before a dog may be buried in this cemetery.
  • Dogs from throughout the United States are buried in the cemetery.
  • Noted in the book entitled-Alabama Off The Beaten Path Guide To Unique Places.

MEGastars; I loved checking this site visit off of my list. Because it is a one of a kind stop made with love, I give this stop 5 *****MEGastars; If I ever find myself with a dead coon dog, this would be my top choice for a forever place.

MEGatips:

  1. Interested in unique places? This is a great stop. Nearby you may eat lunch in a cave structure, see a shoe tree and covered bridges.
  2. The graveyard is open every day during daylight hours.
  3. There is an outhouse and a water spring on the premises. Plan as such.  Take a picnic!
  4. If you visit, don’t forget to sign the guestbook.
  5. I love Claunch’s Café in Tuscumbia. Open at lunch hours. Check hours first but this place has some really great food.
  6. I visited several restaurants listed as “100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.” These dishes will be upcoming on Tasty Tuesday’s. Next write is a burger in a cave.
  7. This entire Northwest Alabama is gorgeous. There are so many fascinating places to visit and gorgeous natural outdoor activities. Allow at least several days to explore this wonderful area!    http://alabama.travel/places-to-go/the-shoals
  8. Coon Dog Cemetery 7 miles west of Tuscumbia on U.S. Hwy 72. Turn left on Alabama Hwy 247, and travel approximately 12 miles. Then turn right, and follow the signs.  Remember this is a remote area and take precautions as such.

Chicken And Wishes At Martin’s-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

Fried Chicken at Martin’s Restaurant in Montgomery.

MEGabite# 20 or 81 on the countdown of 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.

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Southern fare served in meat and three style, has been serving it up since 1930. The awards lining the wall are a testament to the dedication in sharing this fantastic fare. Frequently named in the ‘best of” category by the local Montgomery Advertiser and National accolades have been given by the likes of Travel and Leisure Magazine and Garden and Gun Magazine loved their biscuits. (yes there is such a magazine.)

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Awards galore

A casual restaurant, with a sign that says no dress code, I noticed a steady flow of people picking up to go bags.

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Casual dining

The menu varies daily with home-style foods such as; catfish, meatloaf, turkey with dressing, beef tips and homemade chicken and dumplings.  MEGabite #20 let me try that fried chicken.The meat is moist; the skin is crispy and lightly seasoned.

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Served with three side choices or one side order and a salad. I went for Southern fare; fried okra, turnip greens and sweet potato casserole. The extensive and interesting side choices rotate on the menu.   This is pure genius because I want to try many of these.

Everything on my plate was exceptional.  Generally, I eat healthy so I can leave sweet potato casserole, but this sweet potato casserole was like none that I have ever tried. Melt in your mouth, like a dessert.

A better look at those biscuits that Gun and Garden loved.

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I was a “pulley bone” virgin and I had lots of fun. An ancient European tradition where two people pull on the ends of the bone and make a wish while pulling on the ends of the bone. The person with the longest portion of the bone, get’s their wish.   Who doesn’t love this tradition?

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Somehow they bread and fry the pulley bone with pieces of meat from both adjacent breasts. This boggles my mind. I brought my pulley bone home and 48 hours the bone was ready to be snapped and I once again remembered how delicious this meal was. Oh, and I got the short end, twice!

MEGastars; 5 *****

*MEGastar for a great and interesting stop.

*** MEGastars for really good food and super friendly service that exceeded my expectations.

*MEGastar because I nearly died when I ate that sweet potato casserole. These dishes meet the criteria of serving local food with great pride.

MEGatips;

  1. Get the chicken. The end
  2. You are able to see the rotating side dish menu on the website.
  3. I took my wishbone home. idk, I was taught as a baby to dry out my wishbone aka pulleybone because it has more snap.
  4. Make a wish!

*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. 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 BBQ to James Beard recipients. I use a 5 MEGastar system. If I give one of these dishes a 5th star, it means, I nearly died and went to heaven eating the dish, Loved it and don’t you miss it!

Hot Damn Bama Brown-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die-#15

Tasty Tuesday in Alabama. This is my 15th dish or 86th on the countdown of 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

Baumhower’s restaurant in Tuscaloosa, was started by a former University Of Alabama and Miami Dolphins player  and the place has a sports bar vibe. On one Sunday, I caught my Packers game on their screen and stuffed my face. The photo is of the menu which speaks to Alabama food and pride.

Nice Touch!

Nice Touch!

This sandwich is pretty hearty to say the least. It consists of; Seasoned turkey served on sourdough bread and topped with Blanco AND Parmesan cheese, mushroom beef gravy, applewood-smoked bacon and just for good health, a fresh slice of tomato.

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Hello big boy, you are a hot mess!

Originated at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1920’s. This place must have been a party place because this sandwich was needed to feed the patrons after a night of dancing.   Turkey was generally for holidays and this special sandwich combination became a huge hit with the guests.

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I liked the sandwich, but could only eat a portion of this monster. I couldn’t find the nutritional information but a quick calculation tells me this sandwich is likely somewhere in the vicinity of 1244 – 1545 calories. 110% of my daily cholesterol, 3298 mg of sodium (way over daily intake) etc…I would have to boogie down for like a week to work off those calories.  However, I can imagine a former college and NFL player serving this to some hungry guys.  And for that, I am jealous, thumbs up!

I give this sandwich 4 MEGastars **** It met the criteria of Alabama pride. It was a unique tasty ***dish in a fun atmosphere. *

About my Tasty Tuesday MEGabite Blog.

*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. 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 BBQ to James Beard recipients

Lovin Lulu’s-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die #12 and #13 L.A. Caviar &Cheeseburger-In Paradise

Knocking two dishes off of my list on this Tasty Tuesday at Lulu’s, Located at The Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores Alabama.

Before I get to the food, Lulu’s is a pretty cool place. It has gone from a burger and a beer place to an entertainment destination. Started by Lulu Buffett, who happens to be the sister of the famous singer, Jimmy Buffet. This place serves 4,000 people/day. Yes, you heard that right. It is located on the beautiful inter-coastal waterway. I’ve never been lucky enough to hit the seating lottery for a coveted waterside table and yet, I have still been able to see the passing boats. With good food and live music, it has that laid-back beach style.

#12 or 89 on the countdown. “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” Of course, Lulu’s sandwich is named for the famous song by Jimmy Buffet. Turns out, there is a story to this cheeseburger. Jimmy was on a long boat ride to the Virgin Islands and had too many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. He was craving a big juicy burger and found one at an American style burger place. History happened. True story.

Cheeseburger in Paradise

Cheeseburger in Paradise

-Huge Thank You to the helpful Lyndsey L. who helped me with this photo.  I lost mine in a phone switch.

So aside from it’s famous links, this burger is really delicious. No short steps for a good burger. It is hand-pattied from all natural, local grass-fed beef, Seasoned with Lulu’s salty-peppa, served with fixings and your choice of cheeses.

Random Facts;

1. May is National Hamburger Month.

2.There are several claims to who/where the first hamburger was invented.  Near my hometown of Appleton, in a village named Seymour, Wisconsin, a man named “Hamburger Charlie” is recorded as selling his invention  (flattened meatball in a bun) at the county fair in 1885, so that folks could walk around and eat. .He named it after the hamburg steak, which many of the residents were familiar with. Wisconsin boasting the highest German population in the U.S.

#13 or #88 on the countdown. Turn’s out #13 is a charm.L.A. Caviar of Black-Eyed Peas-Lower Alabama Caviar. A dip served with chips. black –eyed peas, chopped red, yellow and green bell peppers, quartered cherry tomatoes, parsley and red onion tossed in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, black pepper, salt and sugar. I really liked it. Great for a sharing appetizer.

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This great photo much thanks to Lyndsey L. of Lulu’s. The people at Lulu’s are really nice, professional and attentive.  Thanks Lulu’s!

Lulu’s is known for fresh seafood. I had just been at a few fine dining seafood place and I have to say that my food at Lulu’s was as good if not better than the $$$$ places. Other dishes that I have tried at Lulu’s are; Fresh blue crab, fried green tomatoes, smoked tuna dip, peel-and-eat fresh Gulf Shrimp, fried okra, “Crazy Sista’s” crab toast, fresh Gulf Snapper and Gouda grits, and Lulu’s Fish Sandwich. Last of all I have tasted the Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding, So Good!

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This was Crazy Sista’s  Crab Toast- YUM!

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-Shrimp and Grits with Gouda-This is not on the list (my pamphlet happened to be in the way.) I didn’t think I would like this dish, but OH SO GOOD!

If you have kids, this place is pretty great. The grounds are huge with sandboxes, hula hoops, bean bag games. There is a giant three story area called the Mountain of Youth, that is a huge rope climbing course. And, The Fountain of Youth, where the lil one’s can cool off. Lots and lots of children. Of course, there is a small shop full of anything Lulu’s.

MEGASTARS; I give this place a full 5 stars.***** Why you ask?

**LOVE the food is actually extremely good.  Better than I have had in a 5* on this visit.

***Love The atmosphere. Live Music at times and great tunes the rest of the time. Tiki like bar on the Marina. Yes, It is hectic but if you plan your visit right, you may catch a Lulu’s Moment.  If you have kids. They are going to LOVE it!  Love the staff! (Again, shout out to Lyndsey L for the pic)

**** Because Lulu’s meets the criteria of using local food with pride.Well done!

***** Because I actually wanted to die when I ate some of this food. Like the grits with gouda, crab toast and Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding. would not have wanted to miss this stop.

MEGATIPS;

  1. Be prepared for a long wait. Lulu’s does not take reservations. I have been able to get seated within 30 minutes each time I visited. But they were during off season/weekend times. They cap the wait at two hours, so beware.
  2. Try to get a water side table.
  3. Don’t like kids or Disney Atmosphere-Don’t Go, or go and try to get a place at the bar. After a few Bama Breeze’s you will think the little darlings are alright. They are open til 9 or 10 pm. So maybe go late? (Memorial Day until 11pm.)  It can be loud and hectic.
  4. There is a small dining area called The Sunset Grill, which overlooks the marina and has a smaller menu with what is called “a smaller wait.”
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