Fannie Flagg's Auntie Bess Fortenberry purchased the cafe in 1932. Bess was a single woman with a great enthusiasm for life. She was free-hearted, loved practical jokes, and built a very successful business. In the early forties, she went to Florida to work for the war effort, and while there she ran into an old acquaintance, Sue Lovelace.
I ordered the Country Fried Steak and Friend Green Tomatoes. Their version of the CF Steak is more like a Salisbury Steak. Very tasty with the rice. I did like their Fried Green Tomatoes...yummy tho a little greasy. The owners say that everyone who comes to the café for the first time orders their fried green tomatoes. They fry 60 or 70 pounds every weekday, and more than that on Sundays.
The most impressive of this cafe is their Coconut Cream Pie. Perhaps the best Coconut Cream Pie I have ever tasted. A wonderful dense pudding filled with the delectable taste of coconut and flaky crust. I can't wait to return to Birmingham for another piece of this pie!
My friend, Sarah Jean, who went to school in Birmingham, told me to check out Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe. What a pleasant surprise. I love Greek food and this place was delicious. The ingredients are so fresh. I tried the lamb gyros. The lamb was so tender and flavorful. Right now they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, N & S Carolina. Tennesse, West Virginia and Virginia. Hopefully they'll come out west soon. Can't wait till I'm in North Carolina in September...I'll be looking for Taziki's!