Rachel, Elijah and I had lunch at the Irondale Cafe last Friday. (I took a much enjoyed/needed vacation day) You may remember that the Irondale Cafe was the inspiration for Fannie Flagg's book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe which was made into the movie Fried Green Tomatoes in 1991.
Rachel had the fried tomatoes, mac and cheese, stewed squash and turnip greens. I got the country fried steak, mashed potatoes and turnip greens. Elijah had some bites of squash and greens. There was plenty of pepper sauce on the table for the greens. We got the rolls, but the cornbread looked good too. We skipped dessert, but not without regrets.
The train tracks are right across the street, just as Flagg wrote in her book. Elijah got to see his first train...close up. Two trains went through while we were there.
My favorite scene in the movie was when the two hot young things cut Evelyn Couch off in the Winn Dixie parking lot:
Evelyn Couch: Hey! I was waiting for that spot!
Girl #1: Face it, lady, we're younger and faster!
[Evelyn rear-ends the other car six times]
Girl #2: Are you *crazy*?
Evelyn Couch: Face it, girls, I'm older and I have more insurance.
Have you read any of Fannie Flagg's books? I enjoy them for the picture she paints of the South the way it used to be; the sights and sounds and flavors which were unique to this region. Even though you may think we still sound different we are much changed. We're becoming homogenized, 1%. We used to be a buttermilk culture...thick and rich.