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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at www.clsnet.org if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Good things to eat in Dekalb County Alabama

Here is a short list and come back again in a week or two as I may add and embellish a little.

In Collinsville:

Big Cheeseburger with good slice of Onion and Homegrown tomatoes, light mustard and Mayo at Smokin Joe's formerly the Big Valley.

Chicken Tetrazini and squash casserole, dumplins at American Cafe.

Fries before they salt um at Jack's

Lupe and Chen's World Famous Rangoons at the China House--my world travelin sister; actually she's been to NYC twiced--says they are the best and her Theatrically educated husband likes em too; best literate conversation in these parts; and at one time Lowell Barron's picture was on the wall.

James BBQ in Geraldine has good meatloaf most Tuesdays and the mash potatoes are homegrown good and greens good to, all for the right Price.

My Friend Bill Glenn is open in Dogtown on Friday and Sat only but it is worth the two days and the ride up there is one of the best in Alabama. Pretty good steak--I can only afford half--and last week the pork chops were bigger than usual.
It is worth the trip if you can only get the Potato soup. They'll give you a big bowl, pretty much a full meal for HS sophomores or girls in your Sunday School Junior's Department.
Great big windows in the dining area; and salad bar with fresh locally grown pickles is superb also. Nice smiling waitresseses and the kid for Ft. Payne is a good fellow.
They bring the tea out in a quart jar.
If you are over 80, good chance you'll get Happy Birthday sung to you if you tell the truth about it.

Cracker Barrel in Ft. Payne has a great kid's menu for mac and cheese lovers. Strawberry shortcake is almost as good as Momma's was, but they quit servin it about my Brithday every year. Got one of the best managers in the whole chain, and celebrities like Lowell Barron, Randy Owen, Probate Judge Ronnie Osborn and Mark Petty are in there regular.

My volleyball friend Mike and his family had a good BBQ and potato salad restaurant goin in Henegar, but I understand it is down for a while. If it opens back up you should go there.

Hispanic Restaurant downtown Collinsville has good soft shell chicken tacos con ceso; and the place near the rail road track occasionally has great guacamole but you never know when you go in there the price of the chunkiness.
But one time last October, it was a home run.

If you hit Golden Rule before 6 in Georgia you can get a good slice BBQ sandwich fore a dollar; and the supper buffet looks fillin

Good slice of pizza at Momma Maria's in Rainsville but the spaghetti has struck me different ever time I been in there.
If you want to take the scenic ride to Guntersville, I suggest go by and see my friend Johnny Bearden's son at Top of the River; or hit the Sunday buffet at the newly Renovated state park lodge there; or see Copey weekdays at Chic Fil A.

Haven't been there in a while but you ain't been to DeeKalb County, Alabama if you haven't had the fudge cake for ambience at Log Cabin in Mentone.

If you want to be considered for this list; get in touch and offer me one or two or three free meals and I'll put you in the inbox for consideration.

Stephen Fox
Culinary arts afficianado; meaning I like to eat good food at the right price

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