My monthly issue of Southern Living Magazine arrived in my broken-door-country-road mailbox this week. And in true Farmchick fashion, I opened the pages and started reading from the back to the front. Why, you ask? Well, it's just this thing I have. I happen to think that some of the most interesting stuff is located in the back section of magazines and I find that I am rarely wrong. On the last page is an article written by Rick Bragg. In it he describes what his dream plate would look like for his last meal.
This had me thinking....not so much about my last meal, but about some of the best places I have ever eaten. So, let's get started. First I have to give a shout out to Cafe Du Monde. Located in New Orleans, they are famous for their beignets. In fact, that is the only food you will get there. A cup of cafe-au-lait and a plate of beignets is a fine way to start the day. Or, anytime of day for that matter. And don't wear black, whatever you do. You will have powdered sugar all over you.
Next Lynn's Paradise Cafe, comes to mind. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, they are well known for their mac-n-cheese, but it was really the fried green tomatoes that did it for me. And, the decor....oh, the decor. Shall I start with the annual Ugly Lamp Contest or the legs that hang from the walls? Or, maybe the tree in the middle of the dining room. As much a visual experience as a taste experience for sure. And no, I did not try to ride the horse sitting out in front of the restaurant. However, it is possible that my friend Southern Fried Momma snapped a pic of me sitting on a pig type statue......I am sure she no longer has that picture.
And now on to the big eats. Lambert's Cafe in Missouri is famous for their rolls. They are huge and if you want to eat one you must catch it. It doesn't matter if you are too young or feeble for that matter. You still have to catch it. I once watched the, "roll thrower", stand right next to an elderly gentlemen and lightly toss him a roll. Apparently handing a person a roll is a sin in this establishment. Oh, and I should also mention that a person comes around and dishes out free seconds of food. Seriously, it is more food than you can eat, but not more than you can enjoy.