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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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Highland Baked Grits-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

So why was this the best restaurant that I have ever visited? I don't know about you but overall, I balk at going to award winning restaurants. Recipe in link.

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What Does A Rattlesnake, A Burger And A Cave Have In Common? 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.

MEGabite # 29 or #73 on the countdown of “The !00”  On Tasty Tuesday

The Duke Rustler burger with apple wood bacon and fried snake eyes (jalapenos) at the Rattlesnake Saloon in Tuscumbia. Folks, this isn’t a burger, this is an outing with a burger served in one heck of a setting.

Leaving Tuscumbia, I turned onto a windy but gorgeous road in the Alabama countryside, I came across signs for The Seven Springs Lodge and Rattlesnake Saloon. The same family has owned this spot of gorgeous land since 1935. The Seven Springs Lodge was built and later, The Rattlesnake Saloon. During the 48 days that the lodge took to build, one of the workers reportedly found a rattlesnake den that housed a mother snake and her 12 babies. In the nicely decorated saloon there are “The thirteen deadly skins” said to be that fanged family who apparently did not live to see the saloon thrive.

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I parked in the parking lot next to a group of folks who had RV’s and horses. To get to the saloon, you may walk, horse or take the “Saloon Taxi. ”DSC_0151

I met people from a few different states, and an excited 8 year old boy who came from Tennessee to have his birthday dinner. We were driven a short distance down a very steep and winding hill. The “taxi” stopped and we climbed out to one of the most unique and interesting dining settings that I have ever visited.

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I met people from a few different states, and an excited 8 year old boy who came from Tennessee to have his birthday dinner. We were driven a short distance down a very steep and winding hill. The “taxi” stopped and we climbed out to one of the most unique and interesting dining settings that I have ever visited.

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This inside of the cave is decorated in a western saloon style. More seating is found across a small road

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There is also an area on top of this rocky outcrop and named Lover’s Lane. Of course, I chose to dine in the cave like area, where there are about 30 tables. At 7 p.m., there is live music or karaoke. After 5 p.m. you may purchase alcohol.

Interior of the saloon

Interior of the saloon

The monster half-pound burger with cheese, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and pickles. Topped with crispy apple wood bacon and fried snake eyes (hot jalapenos) this MEGasandwich comes served on a Kaiser roll, with a fried snake eye on top and a choice of french fries or onion rings. The other food items have creative names such as; snake eyes and tails, skunk rings and bronco bits.

Rattle me

Rattle me

MEGastars; Let’s face it, this is a hamburger The hamburger was a bit above your average burger but the setting was awesome. Because of this unique setting, I give this dish/experience 5 stars.

  • *** for a good burger with a little extra something.
  • *star for highlighting Alabama pride.
  • *star for one heck of a setting that you can not get anywhere else.

More about this burger. Featured recently on Food Network’s “Craziest Restaurants in America “The Rattlesnake website said the Gigantor  — a $45 meal featuring a two-pound beef hamburger, pound of fries, half-pound of onion rings and a beverage pitcher — is free if eaten within 45 minutes. And the wild bill cody wings. Also, featured on AL.com 9 most unusual restaurants.

The lodge has many acres, for recreational activities such as; horse riding trails, fishing, hiking, swimming, ATV trails. There are native American shelters and 8,000 year old burial sites. The lodge offers camping for the refined and the rustic as well as cabins and converted silos for rent.

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MEGatips:

  1. The 6 mile road in is extremely curvy and can test your driving skills on a good day. If you are going to get your party on, don’t drive.
  2. Bring your ID, this is Alabama folks. They will do their job and card you.
  3. I understand it gets busy in the evenings. Want to get a seat? arrive before 5 p.m.
  4. Under 16 must be accompanied with an adult. After 5 p.m., the kids must leave.
  5. There is no bad weather, only bad clothes. Dress right for rocks, cold or hot weather.
  6. I advise visiting website or making a call before you travel.
  7. Closed November-January.

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 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.

Brews-in-N-Cruisin Along The Alabama River, Riverbend Brewsfest and Brewscruise, Montgomery, AL

The third annual Riverbend Brew Fest was held in Montgomery, Alabama on the beautiful Alabama River. The sun gave way to some rain but did not dampen my enthusiasm to learn about micro and craft brews, take in some music, friends and a boat ride on the scenic river.

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Taken from the “Brewcruise” 

The $25.00 entrance fee gained me a keepsake sampling glass.  Welcomed by friendly volunteers, I was handed a bag which included pen and notepaper-Nice touch!

Welcome bag and sampling glass

Welcome bag and sampling glass

From 3-6 p.m, I was able to use that glass to sample craft and seasonal beers,ales and ciders from local, regional and national craft, micro and specialty brewers. Lucky Buddah Enlightened Beer is brewed in Australia. I guess I could say that I tasted at an International event.

This takes the prize for coolest bottle!

This takes the prize for coolest bottle!

Along two levels of riverfront, with the Harriott II docked in the background, it was a fantastic setting.

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Great setting!  Red Hook, Shock Top & Goose Island

A really nice turn out with fun and friendly people.    A great snap of what is on in the Alabama craft world, many wonderful and passionate brewers are dedicating to sharing their craft.

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Black Warrior,Tuscaloosa, AL and Rocket Republic, Madison, AL

It was fun to see how the brewers shared their product.It was so interesting to watch the folks share the love of their craft, and listen to the questions that participants ask.  I also loved looking at the tents.  Sweetwater had a pretty sweet set up.

Sweetwater, you are sweet-Right on!

Sweetwater, you are sweet-Right on!

I learned  few of these brews are from my home state of Wisconsin.  I enjoyed Hinterland  of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and will visit the brewery when I am “home.”

Hinterland, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Hinterland, Green Bay, Wisconsin

I really had no idea that like wine and whiskey, there are extensive descriptions and sophisticated tasting methods. For example, ..”Transatlantique Kiriek is described as; Sprizty, mouthwatering, sweet-tart, candy, chalky, created a full-bodied Belgian golden lager to round out the light-bodied kriek. The cherry nose gives way to a pleasingly sour flash across the palate that rolls gently into a slightly sweet finish. Crisp, effervescent carbonation keeps the mouthfeel bright and delightfully tingly. A lambic style beer with cherry with 8% ABV Clear, ruby red stained glass, fluffy pink cotton candy foam..”

YES PLEASE on the dessert!

YES PLEASE on the dessert!

I had two personal favorites. My top favorite was a seasonal brew from Shock Top called  Spiced Banana Wheat. It is brewed by Anheuser-Busch so I imagine it costs less than the $5.00 per bottle of the English Wells version.   I am learning that I lean towards desserts. Who knew?

Shock Top Bananna Wheat

Shock Top Banana Wheat on right

I also loved Rammer Jammer.  This is a light beer with less calories than Michelob Ultra.  I learned later from my hairdresser that this beer is known to be the beer of a certain football team fans, and that the other team won’t drink it. Let me tell you orange and blue, you are missing out big time. Taste this beer, I mean it! Later, when I googled to try to verify this statement, I learned that this beer was created by two Alabama men and perfected in my home-state of Monroe, Wisconsin. and perfected by a brewmaster at Minhas Craft Brewery. So lighten up other team, literally.  I will buy this to serve friends in my home.

Rammer Jammer-Most delicious light beer ever!

Rammer Jammer-Most delicious light beer ever!

There was not a lot of food vendors available.  This sold out necklace was a huge hit!

Thanks for pic niceyoung man!

Thanks for pic nice young man!

After the Riverbend Brewsfest, a “Brewscruise” aboard “The Harriott II.” is also offered. Not an extension of the tasting, beer was available for purchase.  A band played while cruising the scenic Alabama River.  Upon embarkment, more music was offered at Riverjam Festival in the beautiful Riverwalk Amphitheater at Riverfront Park.  That is a lot of River words!

It was a fun day in Montgomery, Alabama. Full of learning in a scenic spot with fun and adventurous friends.  Everyone had a great time.

MEGastars; I give this event 4 of 5 MEGastars ****

MEGatips;

  1. Plan to get tickets ahead of time. They do sell out.  Because I had so many issues with trying to get the $10.00 “brewscruise” along with my ticket to the Brewfest, I would go in person next time. When I tried on-line without success, and then over the phone, the friendly person did know how to do the combination tickets to get the $10.00 rate. She had someone call me, who although friendly, had someone else call me,that never called me. In the end, my credit card was charged $55.00 for two cruise tickets.   I would go in person or make sure that you get the proper rate. Had this gone smoothe, I would have given Meg’s 5 stars.
  2. Stay overnight or have a sober driver. Those little beers can sneak up on you pretty quickly.
  3. There was not a lot of food available for me. I am not sure which vendors may be there in 2016 but you may want to make sure that you have something in your stomach while you taste.
  4. Visit other Montgomery venues, restaurants and historic interests. I have written a good few blogs on this area. See keyword Montgomery.

Second Chances-Jim’s Place-#2 Visit on 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

On a busy highway that runs between Montgomery and Prattville, is a place where the parking lot is always active and often full. Described as family run since 1958. Jim’s Restaurant made the “100 dish list” for their home-style cooking and a taste of The South.  

On paper, I am actually on #16, with 85 dishes to try.   However, I recently re-visited Jim’s and found many wonderful changes and felt a re-write was necessary.  This was my #2 or 99 on the countdown of “100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.” 

LOOKING GREAT!

LOOKING GREAT!

Stepping into Jim’s today, I was pleasantly surprised to find a clean, bright and cheery surroundings. I had to ask about the cool art work on many of the walls.  I was told that the owner was self-taught and painted all of the pieces.  Great talent-thanks for sharing with your customers!

Wonderful!

Wonderful!

it appears to be very popular with the over 65 set, a great sign, I like wisdom.  

 

From first glance, there are no “Southern” dishes on the main menu.  I found several choices of home-style dishes on the daily specials menu. 

SPECIALS MENU

SPECIALS MENU

I chose the fried chicken from the daily specials “meat and 3.”  Along with mashed potatoes, I picked the only two “Southern” food items of black eyed peas and collard greens.   It came with a roll and a cornbread muffin. I enjoyed my food.  

Yum!

Yum!

My friend ordered breakfast, and this wonderful basket came with the meals.  A cornbread muffin, biscuit and toast for the breakfast. 

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I give Jim’s 3 MEGastars of 5

*Friendly staff, in a nice clean and truly inviting atmosphere. The remodel was a great move!   I will be visiting again.  I have had breakfast on another visit and loved those home cooked eggs and grits or home-made hash browns. 

*One MEGastar for good food at a good value.   My chicken plus 3 sides and a drink was $9.77. 

* one  MEGastar for meeting the Alabama criteria of food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food with some Alabama style.

*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!

MEGatips

  1. For the 100 Dish experience, look to the specials menu for the Southern food items. Grits are served at breakfast.
  2. Enjoy the wonderful art work.
  3. Jim’s has a nice website with a list of special menu’s.
  4. In Prattville, I love to eat BBQ at Fat Boy’s and Jim and Nick’s.
  5. Another restaurant that is worth a visit is called Mick’s Cajun Café in quaint downtown Prattville.

I Threw A Mullett Across State Lines And All I got Was A T-shirt, Flora-Bama Mullett Toss, Gulf Shores, Alabama

I thought a mullet was all about “business in the front-party in the back.” But, it is a fish with no hair.   Apparently, someone got an idea at a big ole beach party to throw a fish across state lines.

Flora-Bama State Line Sate of Mind!

Flora-Bama State Line Sate of Mind!

I wonder how this idea was formed?

Party much?

Party much?

Think this party is not a family friendly place?

1402682199867 Not my bra and “I’m a little bit older and a lot yet bolder than I used to be.”  Flora-Bama actually does accommodate all ages during this event.  It is a beach party after all. I was there to witness my nephews in this epic event.

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Seriously, each year over $20,000 is raised and contributed to local charities, and especially the Youth Organizations. So, it is about the kids, well done folks. There are rules, like no gloves.

Three older women in line, I mean the over 70 set, chatted me up. Apparently, these chicks have been throwing dead fish for many years. They were missing their fourth friend this year. They shamed me into throwing.

Winner fish come to mama

Winner fish come to mama

Don’t worry, they are dead (the fish, not the 70 yr olds.) You put the slimy thing back into the bucket after you are finished. I wonder if those over 70 year olds ever slipped weights into their mouth to get a leg up? Anyway, they are fed to fish once their carcasses have been used up.

MEGathrow

MEGathrow

This is now part of my legend. Yep, I chucked that that fish from Florida to Alabama.  I got 17th place in my age bracket. Whatever.

Bonus*There was some pretty darn good food here.

YUM! MEGASTARS **** Although this bucket list did not culturally, enrich me, I am giving this shindig 4 stars. I am glad I went.  I bonded with family and conquered.  Met some inspiring women, ate some great food and enjoyed the beach. I got a T-shirt and wear it like a badge of honor. Not a bad day. MEGATIPS;

  1. People come from all over the world for this shindig. Get your hotel rooms booked early. If you are not going to party, you can drive from Pensacola or Pensacola Beach.
  2. Drive to a shuttle point. This year it was in Orange Beach. There is paid parking but it is really slim.
  3. Great Low Country Boil on the grounds when I visited. A lot of other food is offered here. You may wait in line.
  4. In this area? I also like Lulu’s for fun and food. See my Tuesday blog.

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.”

Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce at Lek’s Taste Of Thailand in Montgomery, Alabama-#7 or #93 on Meg’s Tasty Tuesday’s MEGABITE countdown.

#*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.I follow 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.  I have no order to trying these dishes and fly around Alabama by the seat of my pants and use my own 1-5 Megastar rating.   Enjoy my take on Alabama’s best. 

When I think of Alabama cuisine, Thai food probably did not come to my mind.  However, Lek’s restaurant has won many Montgomery awards including ‘Best Ethnic Cuisine.”

Wall of fame voted best ethnic cuisine in Montgomery

Lek’s Taste of Thailand is an unassuming restaurant located in an old strip mall in Montgomery. A sister restaurant is located in downtown Montgomery in a great old train station.

Spring Roll -with peanut sauce


This interior has many interesting objects to look at.  Really enjoy the well thought out and neat tablescapes!

Loved by the people, this dish made the Alabama 100 list.  Described as a light crispy spring rolls, served with rich peanut sauce. I could drink this delicious sauce.

I have been to Leks a few times and have had great experiences.  One of my favorite all time foods happens to be Vietnamese Spring Rolls. At Lek’s this version is called a Fresh Roll.  I ordered with shrimp and a cup of soup. Perfect for me!

Fresh Spring Roll

I lekker Lek’s (lekker is Dutch for like or if consulting Urban Dictionary let’s just say REALLY like:). )  I give Lek’s Spring Rolls 4 Megastars **** I love the menu and enjoy an atmosphere where the owner takes pride in their establishment and the community at large! Local produce crafted into something yummy!

Megatips

1. Lunch time is a great time to try a few different things on the menu and get a spring roll included.

The March Continues-Montgomery Alabama Civil Rights Trail

Civil Rights Trail

Civil Rights Trail

Welcome to Montgomery, The Capital of Dreams, where yesterday’s lessons combined with today’s progress and our plans for tomorrow continue to inspire dreams and make them realities.”

Source and Link: http://dreammarcheson.com

This month marks the 50th anniversary of “ Bloody Sunday ” and the 4 day monumental 54 mile march from Selma to Montgomery. I have been so lucky to take in some of the added activities, events and exhibits that highlight the civil rights movement.

New murals and art work grace the downtown area.

New murals and art work grace the downtown area.

During the month of March, there is a special one-hour trolley tour that highlights the civil rights movement, including a trip to the City of St. Jude along the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail.  A new feature added for those doing self-tours by walking or driving, is the rental of an Mp3 player.  Through guided tracts, you follow the key civil rights trail.  This was put together by Alabama Public Television and features voices of folks who were pivotal in this movement. Kudos APT!

Nice ride-great tour!

Nice ride-great tour!

I have to confess that I have been on this tour maybe 10 times. This tour I learned that during the 4-day 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery, there were stops along the way to spend the night.  The last stop was on the 34 acre Catholic campus of The City of St. Jude Campus.

I thought this was an actual city.

I thought this was an actual city.

According to the website of St. Jude’s, the mission has always been to address human rights since it’s founding in 1934.  Hosting the marchers who were fighting for voting rights and equality seemed like the right thing to do.  However, it was even more important as this welcome uplifted the tired people and gave a place for celebrities such as Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Nina Simone and Peter Paul and Mary to perform — this became known as  “Stars To Freedom Rally.”  The following morning, the crowd gathered without incident in front of the Alabama State Capitol. By this time the marchers grew to 25,000 strong. To note, not long after, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.  I thought this part of the story was really interesting.

Rosa rocks!

Rosa rocks!

Rosa Parks Library

Rosa Parks Library

Rosa L. Parks Museum. On December 1, 1955, seamstress Rosa Parks was arrested for not giving up her seat to a white man on the bus.   Her arrest lit a fire that began the 381 day Montgomery Bus boycott. The Supreme Court declared segregation on public transportation illegal.

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Thanks Rosa Parks

Sadly, this did not end stupidity,  and on May 2,1961 twenty one young folks stepped off a Greyhound bus to a waiting crowd of non awakened people, and were viciously attacked. You can visit this museum to learn the story. If you are on the walking tour and decide not to enter, the exterior has great pictorials and quotes from peaceful folks like Gandhi.

Court House Square Fountain is a beautiful artesian spring with an ugly past. Land, livestock and slaves were auctioned from this point.

Ugly

Ugly

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church is where Dr. Martin Luther King began his Ministerial and Civil Rights leadership. It is a functioning congregation and tours are also held in this house of worship.

“On The National Historic Landmark”

“On The National Historic Landmark”

Martin Luther King lived here. Old enough to remember this place in the news? Or, if you went to school that studied American history, you will know this sight.

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“Until Justice Rolls Down Like Waters and Righteousness Like A Mighty Stream” -Martin Luther King  The Civil Rights Museum and Southern Poverty Law Center is my favorite place in Montgomery.  It is peaceful and moving.

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Created by the artist that made The Vietnam Wall Memorial

Created by the artist that made The Vietnam Wall Memorial

This man was one of the original organizers of the march.  Many visitors are returning to Selma and Montgomery.  Great meeting these folks.  Inspiring!

The time line of the movement that spirals clockwise.  Water flows over the names of those who gave their lives.  I love this!

MEGASTARS ***** I give this stop 5 stars.  I wish every person in our country could visit and take in some of these experiences.

MEGATIPS

  1. Check out other photos on my Instagram at kickingthebucketlistwithmeg https://instagram.com/kickingthebucketlistwithmeg/
  2.  Start at The Convention and Visitors Bureau
  3. Do not miss the fountain outside of the Civil Rights Museum
  4. Tour The Civil Rights Museum and sign the wall of tolerance
  5. The trolley tour is really great!
  6. Absolutely eat at some of this area’s fun restaurants.
  7. Practice unity and peace, remember we are ONE people

Tickle Tongue Tuna Napoleon-City Grill, Montgomery, Alabama #5

Tuna Napoleon-City Grill in Montgomery #5 or #95 on the Countdown.

*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.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 50 mile march from Selma to Montgomery. I do not have a profound connection to my experiences on the “Alabama 100” list.  On this Tasty Tuesday, I highlight a Montgomery dish in honor of this historically significant event.

. While not a food critic, I I am Meg, I  know what turns my crank and this dish rocked my world.   I have been on a good streak of great food in Alabama.   Thus far, I would put this dish on the top of my list.  Well, I might have to start categories of favorites. That pecan and peach pie in Clanton were also on top of my list.

English Style-not your average strip mall

English Style-not your average strip mall

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Low lighting, modern, clean – serious food!

The Tuna Napoleon is described as “diced sushi-grade tuna with avocado and miso vinaigrette –is enough to haunt any sushi lovers dream for days.”    I just don’t know how to best describe this dish;  A near religious experience, made my palette juice, haunting?  Why yes, all of those things.  Dedication to local food done right.

And the Angels Sang

And the Angels Sang

Come to Mama

Come to Mama

City Grill is described as $$$$ American, Steakhouse. It is one of Montgomery’s fine dining restaurants. It is modern, clean with professional service. The food menu is A la carte. I was able to have a fine dining experience, and check off a dish on my Alabama 100 list.

Here are some other dishes that I tried and I would shove them in my face again.

Roasted Beet Salad-Small but mighty!

Roasted Beet Salad-Small but mighty!

This Caesar Salad had magic dust in it..YUM!

This Caesar Salad had magic dust in it..YUM!

Fresh baked bread-delish

Fresh baked bread-delish

Fried Eggplant topped with Jumbo Lump Crab Meat & Tarragon-Butter Sauce

Fried Eggplant topped with Jumbo Lump Crab Meat & Tarragon-Butter Sauce

Nightly Specials fresh seafood!

Nightly Specials fresh seafood!

Great balls of ice cream, scotch and mint.  RUKM?

Great balls of ice cream, scotch , espresso and mint. RUKM?

Outstanding  I give this dish 5 MEGASTARS *****

MEGATIPS*****

  1. Do NOT miss this dish.
  2. The fried Eggplant topped with jumbo  lump crab was an appetizer deserving of more MEGASTARS
  3. It is A la carte, and plan on choosing a side dish to compliment your entree.
  4. City Grill has a great reputation. I went on a Tuesday evening and did not make a reservation. Be aware that you may need one.
  5. Bring your wallet and have fun!
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