Well, part 2 of our Graceland day didn’t go quite as smoothly as part 1. For starters, we were crazy-excited to have lunch at the Whistle Stop Cafe after Kate had casually mentioned a few days earlier that she’d love to see the famous restaurant from Fried Green Tomatoes and wondered if it was close to our route. That was all I needed to hear. FRIED GREEN TOMATOES? As in… the book? These must be the most authentic fried green tomatoes in the country, considering they were served in a landmark restaurant from a classic story! Clearly I’m a sucker for anything even remotely recognizable.
When we found out that the the Whistle Stop Cafe was located in Birmingham, it was like fate had stepped in. It was the perfect stopping point for lunch on our drive from Memphis to Montgomery!
No. I mention the background of this because the search for the Whistle Stop Cafe wound up to be a wild goose chase resulting in absolutely nothing. Google Maps had some fun with us, as did the entire street system of Birmingham, and we spent an hour driving around for lunch that we never got to eat. It was a big blow considering we were up to 4 redbulls per day at this point, all of which had also worn off.
We held it together though, with the hope of “the best peaches in Alabama” ahead of us. But when we finally arrived to the peach stand (I was picturing something extremely iconic, and photo-worthy by the way) we were again disappointed. It was not peach season. That didn’t mean they weren’t selling some sad hard peaches though, and I bought them.
Nearing our destination for the evening, we called ahead to find out if there were any well-known Montgomery restaurants in the area and were told that there were no classic Alabama-style restaurants and we were best off stopping at one of the chain restaurants off the interstate.
Which was when day 12 became the day Kate had her first-ever meal at The Olive Garden:
We curled up (very full) in a very comfy bed that night, in Alabama’s sweetest B&B– but more on that tomorrow!