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The Whistle Stop Cafe
443 McCrackin St.
Juliette, GA 31046
Plucky Survivors is about eating whatever whenever, and so even though we had just had lunch, a second lunch was called for once we arrived at the Whistle Stop Cafe. If it makes you feel any better the first lunch wasn't all that great.
Wait, you may be saying, the Whistle Stop Cafe from "Fried Green Tomatoes." Didn't you already eat there? Well, yes and no but mostly no.
In 2006 we ate at the Irondale Cafe in Irondale, Alabama, which was the inspiration for the Whistle Stop Cafe as featured in Fannie Flagg's book "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe."
This one, in Juliette, is where they filmed the movie and it still looks exactly like it did on film, inside and out. Well, except for the more modern cash register and movie memorabilia, we suppose, but other than that it's like you're stepping onto a set.
But that would only go so far if the food wasn't enjoyable and we're happy to report it was beyond our expectations. Fried green tomatoes with a vidalia onion dressing, a righteous biscuit, some fried chicken strips and some seriously hearty onion rings, so good Mary was able to contain herself and not ask the guy sitting next to her at the counter for a bite of his baked ham. Seriously. She considered it. It looked good! It smelled even better!
Prices are reasonable and although service was a little slow, it was enormously friendly and we were busy digesting our first lunch so who cares.
Truth be told, Juliette is a really cute town that exists only for tourists, but what the hey; if everyone hadn't gone into the cutesy gift store business the place wouldn’t exist at all.
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