Archive for May, 2013


My research road trip through the Mid-South is finished, and as in the past, I must tip my hat to a handful of eateries. Eating right while on the road in America is notoriously difficult, so I’m always thankful when I find a place that serves real, wonderful food that doesn’t make me feel like I’ve driven another nail into my coffin. This time around, three joints receive this special shout-out:

  • King Neptune, Gulf Shores, AL: Superb gumbo and a platter of raw oysters that easily ranks in my Top 5 oysters on the half shell for all-time.
  • Bates House of Turkey, Greenville, AL: This restaurant is associated with a free-range turkey farm under the same name, and the latter ships a range of turkey products. The open-faced turkey sandwich they served up to my wife and I really hit the spot, and enabled our speedy recovery from a bad blunder the previous day that had us both “gone flop-doggie.”
  • Pope’s Cafe, Shelbyville, TN: An actual surviving meat-and-three style joint on a small town courthouse square! I went for a meat-and-two: chipped roast beef, mashed potatoes, and green beans, plus fresh hoecakes. It was a simply delightful Southern meal.