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Kicking It In Key West On The Cheap

Casual Key West and your fun on the cheap, quirky, colorful and bike friendly town, you had me at hello and cuban coffee.

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Peanut Butter Pie

I was just there for the pie.

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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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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.

#5 Treatin at Heaton- Heaton Pecan Farm, Clanton, Alabama-A Short Megabite

*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.

Heatons Pecan Pie-#5 or 96 on the countdown *****Megastar Pie

Heaton's Pecan Farm, Clanton, Alabama

Heaton’s Pecan Farm, Clanton, Alabama

I couldn’t decide if I should write about nuts like a 12 year old but this pie was so good, I thought it deserved some class!

I don’t want to lie

Pecan Pie didn’t make me want to die

I had to ask myself why,

Why I wanna be eatin at Heaton?

I am playing my Bama list, Sigh!

So I had to buy me some of that pie

I didn’t worry if it was pee-con or pee-can.

I have to admit, I was a bit shy

But, I didn’t have to drink my rye to try

Heaton’s pie really made me want to die!

Deliciousness

Deliciousness

Kudos to the folks at Heaton Pecan Farm in Clanton, Alabama. If you are driving on 1-65, do exit at 208.   This is a really great roadside stop. Sometimes I wonder why certain foods are on “the 100” list. This pie is a no brainer. “…Pride in the food from restaurateur’s who are dedicated to local food with some Alabama style.”

Truly was the best pecan pie that I have ever eaten. I was not even a fan of pecan pie. The crust is melt in your mouth and unique.  With searching on line and a few Alabama cook books, I couldn’t figure out the secret recipe. Maybe pecan meal? Anyway, I could have eaten a pound of crust. The filling was perfectly sweet, not too sweet. Simply above and beyond!

Yum

Yum

To note, everything that is sold in the small café is made on sight here. It was immaculate, and one can watch the people making the goodies.   People were really friendly. If pecan pie isn’t your thing, you may want to taste it anyway. However, they have a nice variety of foods. When I go back, and I will, I am going to try the chicken pecan salad. Some of the other items include; Belgian pecan waffles (RUKM?,) candies, tarts, cookies,fresh pecans and homemade ice cream. The little shop sells jams, spreads and gift shop items.

Prep Kitchen

Prep Kitchen

Found some fun things to bring home!

Found some fun things to bring home!

this pie got  an easy 5 MEGASTARS*****

Strange tidbits about pecans;

  • I learned the largest importer of pecans is China.
  • Heaton Pecan Farm boasts trees from 1900. However, Heaton’s no longer grows pecans, but buys the nuts wholesale from Alabama growers

Megatips

  • Hungry for some sweets?  Clanton, Alabama is your place.  There are three stops on “The 100” in Clanton, Alabama.  All three are hit the damn brakes worthy. Peach Pie at Peach Par and Peach Ice Cream at Durbin Farms market.  My personal favorite is the peach pie but all three of these Clanton gems are yummy!
Nuts!

Nuts!

Check out the nuts on this unique grill

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