Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Trip Start Nov 06, 2009
24Trip End Nov 30, 2009
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What a hellish night! We were kept awake from about 1am till 5am by people laughing, running down the hall, talking loudly, honking car horns, yelling, slamming doors etc.
Turns out a sports team from Savannah State University had arrived and the teenagers (who were of age and old enough to know better) would not co-operate with either the security guard (who spent all night going up and down the 4 floors telling them to go to bed and in the end evicted 5 of them and called the cops) or their chaperons, who didn't seem too concerned, especially since they were out unti 3.30am drinking, according to another guest I was speaking to.
Needless to say the poor, harried manager was refunding a lot of money that morning, ours included, but we would rather have had a good sleep! Luckily Kate slept through all of it, think it disturbed Josh a bit. After breakfast, we hit the road to Georgia
Stopped for gas off the Interstate in NC, at a small gas station. Josh and Fred were laughing when we came out, as you couldn't use the men's toilet as the door hit the toilet and wouldn't open! Bought 2 coffees & 3 candy bars there and only cost $3.79! Real old style gas station, with a couple of old guys sitting inside the entrance drinking coffee and gossiping. Loved the attendant's Southern accent.
Stopped at a Cracker Barrel for lunch, only meant to have a light meal, but the French toast breakfast I ordered came with 4 pieces of french toast (!!) 2 eggs and 2 strips of bacon – no way I could finish it all! Fred's was even worse (and was actually funny the size was so ridiculous) with the Holiday Sampler breakfast – it had eggs, massive ham steak, a couple of other dishes we couldn't identify, PLUS a small bowl of sausage gravy & 2 bowls of 'Grits' – PLUS 5 biscuits (read scones)!!
Arrived at Juliette, Georgia at about 4.30. Juliette was on my to-do list last trip as one of my favourit movies, 'Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe' was partly filmed there (the Cafe part). Juliette is a tiny little town, but has heaps of tourists all going to try the (you guessed it) Fried Green Tomatoes – as we did! Was thoroughly entertained by a local antiques shop/tourist shop owner called 'Bear' who cheekily asked me when I bought a tee-shirt & a recipe book off him, “So where did you get that Alabama accent from, Ma'am?” He was a real character and I could hardly get away from him, he was so happy to chat. The Fried Green tomatoes were very nice, but don't think they'll become part of my staple diet – though since I've now got the recipe for them, I will try to make them sometime back in NZ.
Had a nice chat with one of the waitresses there, who said she grew up just down the road and always enjoys seeing how people get such a kick out of the place. She had heard of NZ, but didn't know where it was – at least she knew where Australia was!
Staying in the town of Forsyth, Georgia, about a 10 minute drive from Juliette and a decent sized town.