Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Trip Start Nov 06, 2009
Trip End Nov 30, 2009

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

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. Fingers crossed we get a better sleep tonight!
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.
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Mike Green on

Hi all,
I am looking forward to a meal of fried green tomatoes in Wellington after Xmas when I see you all again. No excuses, as I know you have the recipe. What a blast, making to the Whistle Stop Cafe.
Hope you have a better nights sleep tonight. - M.G. -

toni on

Hi Trace
Sounds like you loved experiencing the fried green tomatoes!!
That is wonderful, ....
yes hope you have a better sleep too, you should have knocked loudly on all their doors at 8am when they were still asleep, or better still thrown
buckets of cold water over them....yes wait darling :)
look forward to tomorrows news....
love you lots
hi to katie and joshy from Ruthie

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