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Original WhistleStop Cafe  

Review by Debbie Mazo


Original WhistleStop Cafe  
Fried green tomatoes are a Southern food tradition with variations dating as far back as the late 1700's. A ritual of summer, this seasonal favorite has survived not only because it tastes great, but also because this easy recipe has consistently proven to be the best way to use up tomatoes that just won't ripen. Along with the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, based on Fannie Flagg's best-selling novel, Southern cooking has become fashionable again, and Fried Green Tomatoes has become an immediately recognizable dish. Stop by the Original Whistlestop Cafe website, and relive the myths and magic of Southern down home cooking.

Over sixty years ago, beside the tracks east of Birmingham, the original Irondale Cafe opened its doors as a hot dog stand. Several years later, Miss Bess Fortenberry purchased the cafe and added hamburgers, barbecue, and a variety of sandwiches to the menu. After a brief absence while she contributed to the war effort, Bess returned and joined forces with two others to make the cafe not only one of the most popular places around town but also a thriving sandwich business. Today, current owners Bill and Mary Jo McMicheal are preserving the historic and culinary traditions at the cafe. With their homegrown website, they've provided a way for curious onlookers to relive the area's rich heritage.

No cash for a trip down South? Then, check out Irondale Attractions to get a glimpse of the area visited by flocks of tourists yearly. Originally a mining community, then a railroad community, Irondale is now a diverse and thriving town. Click on the interactive map, and you can walk down the streets leading to the front door of the cafe where people from all walks of life have been served meals prepared with tender loving care.

If you'd like to experience Southern cooking firsthand, browse through the recipes featured from the Irondale Cafe Original WhistleStop Cookbook. For a dinner feast prepared Southern style, whip up a classic version of Chicken and Dumplings and serve with lightly browned Buttermilk Biscuits and Southern Fried Corn. Then, follow the dinner with some Sweet Yam Pie subtly seasoned with ground nutmeg and cinnamon. For that quick fix, order WhistleStop Products online including batter mixes for fried green tomatoes and fried chicken, and have the spirit of the South delivered to your front door.


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She currently specializes in technical and marketing materials, but is also pursuing opportunities in food journalism.

Copyright © 2000, Debbie Mazo. All rights reserved.



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