February 10, 2010

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Tourism Department

ALABAMA TOURISM RELEASES NEW EDITION OF FOOD BROCHURE

Montgomery, Ala. — Scallops at the Battle House Hotel in Mobile, a sushi roll at Jensei in Homewood, fried chicken at Maggie’s Diner in Tuscaloosa and a peanut butter and jelly pastry at the Cotton Row in Huntsville are a few of the new dishes listed in the latest edition of the “100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die” brochure released today. From BBQ to fresh Gulf seafood, the brochure lists dozens of restaurants in small towns and downtowns across the state. Royal Red Shrimp at Old Bay Steamer and King Neptune’s on the Gulf Coast, the catfish and cheese grits at Radley’s Fountain Grill in Monroeville, baked grits at Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, tomato salad at Hot and Hot Fish Club, L.A. Caviar at Lulu’s in Gulf Shores, fried chicken at Martin’s in Montgomery, BBQ Chicken with white sauce at Big Bob Gibson’s in Decatur and orange-pineapple ice cream at Trowbridge’s in Florence are just a few long time favorites. Two of the state’s celebrity chefs appear on the covers. Lucy Buffett of Lulu’s in Gulf Shores is seen holding a “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” made famous by her brother Jimmy Buffett, on one side, while Frank Stitt is pictured on the reverse shucking fresh peas at one of his Birmingham restaurants, Highland’s Bar & Grill. Buffett and Stitt were selected for the covers because of their dedication to serving food grown by local farmers as well as being champions of the Farm-to-Table Movement. Stitt was honored by the James Beard Awards in 2009 as one of the nation’s best chefs and Highlands Bar & Grill was named one of the top five restaurants in the U.S. by the James Beard Foundation. Stitt also owns Bottega and Chez Fonfon in Birmingham. Lucy Buffett has appeared numerous times on NBC’s Today Show and the Food Network promoting and preparing her recipes from her cookbook, “Crazy Sista Cooking.” “It has by far been the most popular brochure that we have produced to date,” said tourism director Lee Sentell. “I think the reason it’s so popular is that people love food. We love to eat and we love to eat good food,” he added. More than 800,000 brochures have been printed and distributed since its initial printing in 2005 as part of the “Year of Alabama Food” tourism campaign. This is the third update o the publication. Copies of the brochures are available at the state’s eight Welcome Centers, y calling 1.800.ALABAMA (252.2262), or by downloading at www.alabama.travel. The list of new dishes is as follows: Abbeville Homemade “Molly” Fingers at Huggin Molly’s Aliceville Barbecue brisket at Plantation House Athens Cinnamon Sugar Chips at Tortillas Blanco Prime Rib at Clark’s Restaurant Birmingham Neopolitan pizzas at Bettola Brundidge Chicken Salad Blossom at Sit N Sip Dadeville Catfish fingers at the Circle A Catfish Gumbo at Christopher Daphne Shrimp Po-Boy at Market By The Bay Decatur Green beans at Albany Bistro Eutaw Famous Chef Salad at Mama Leone’s Fairhope Blue Cheese Burger at The Pub Big Daddy Burger at Big Daddy’s Grill Muffaletta at Panini Pete’s, Royal Red Shrimp at Old Bay Steamer Triple Chocolate Cake at Sandra’s Place Goshen Rum bread pudding at Old Barn Restaurant Greenville Cranberry nut salad with Balsamic dressing at Emily’s Café Guin Monster Dog & Monster burger at Mutter’s Diner BBQ sandwich and banana pudding at Jimbo’s BBQ Gulf Shores Peanut butter pie at the Original Oyster House Seafood platter & gumbo at Wolf Bay Lodge The Wipe-Out Burger at The Hangout Farmer’s Omelet at Tacky Jack’s Hanceville Fried cheeseburger at Dodge City Restaurant Homewood Ribs at SAW’s BBQ Kadoma Tuna Roll at Jinsei Huntsville BBQ stuffed potato at Little Paul’s BBQ Coffee Rub Steak at 801 Franklin Chili burger & slaw dog at Big Spring Cafe Peanut butter & jelly in phyllo at Cotton Row Restaurant Madison Catfish & hush puppies at Greenbrier Mobile Alabama shrimp & grits at The Blind Mule Bacon cheeseburger at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club Caramelized Day Boat Scallops with Wild Mushroom Risotto, Swiss Chard and White Truffle Oil at The Battle House Hotel Ginger donut at NoJa Praline Dobash Cake at Pollman’s Bakery Seafood and sausage gumbo at Oysterella’s Monroeville BLT Supreme at Radley’s Fountain Grill Montgomery Pecan pan-fried snapper at Chophouse Pecan Pie with Jack Daniels Ice Cream at Garrett’s “Walk-Thru-Fire Pancakes” at Red Bluff Cottage B&B Moundville Lane Cake at Miss Melissa’s Café Orange Beach Breakfast buffet with omelet bar at Hazel’s Seafood Restaurant Sea bass wrapped in banana leaves at Cosmo’s Restaurant Shrimp & grits at Ginny Lane Bar & Grill Prattville Home cooking at the Jim’s Restaurant Rainsville Catfish and chicken fingers at Katy’d Katfish Rogersville Homemade chicken salad at Cafe Savanna Scottsboro Chicken salad at Cups Cafe Pulled pork at Triple R BBQ Strawberry salad at The Veranda Café Spanish Fort Gumbo & crab claws at Blue Gill Restaurant Seafood at The Original Oyster House Theodore Country cooking at Time to Eat Thomaston Pepper Jelly Omelet and Black Belt Eggs Benedict at Mama Nem’s Tuscaloosa Fried chicken at Maggie’s Diner Smoke Chicken with white BBQ sauce at Cypress Inn Tuskegee Footlongs and burgers at TJ’s Bar & Grill Yams at the Kellog Center Restaurant Union Springs Smoked meat & homemade stew at the Hilltop Grill Vestavia Hills Shrimp Etouffee at New Orleans Food & Spirits Sandwiches on wheat roll with BBQ sauce at Mr. P’s Butcher Shop & Deli Waverly Seasonal gourmet ice cream at Yellow Hammer Valley Homemade soups at 559 Market Place York Baked Turkey Wings at Larkin’s Deli ###

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