- Lane Southern Orchards, Ft Valley , Georgia. The mecca for peach lovers ( of which I am proudly!) They’ve been open for 100 years growing and selling peaches and pecans and just to see all the ways they’ve found to serve peaches is so much fun! I enjoyed freshly made peach ice cream today! Visit http://www.lanessouthernorchards.com/ to see all their ymmy goodies!
- Ezell’s Catfish House. OMG. This is where we had dinner the first night. Fried Catfish in cormeal whole or filets – but as Donna said, of course you order it whole that’s half the fun, fried dill pickles, Georgia Ice Cream ( the other name for cheese grits- who knew!) , made from scratch coleslaw and HUSHPUPPIES!!! They’ve been around since 1937 and the food couldn’t be better. And nice people! No Website, but when you’re in Columbus, Georgia next, call them 706 568 1149 for hours and directions. The owner gave me a bumper sticker for the island car which says ” Eat Catfish and be somebody.” He also brought over a takehome menu for me to share some of his catfish info. For example, did you know that catfish is the number one requested food for death row inmates?
- Lunch the next day was at Minnie’s Uptown Restaurant. This is a place very much like what Paula Deen had when she opened her first Lady and Sons Restaurant. True honest down home southern buffet cooking. Here’s what I had, real , true southern fried chicken, blackeyed peas, Mac-n- cheese, Okra and tomatoes, sweet tea….. and the desserts to choose from…… Pecan Pie, chocolate Peanut butter Pie, double lemon meringue, banana pudding ( home made from scratch like all the desserts!) All this for $8.95 and Minnie was there serving us up, calling everyone honey and thanking us for eating with her! She’s only open Monday – Friday from 10:45AM- 2:30PM and get there early because of the crowds.
I’m off tommorrow to LA to visit my favorite Marriott friend, Cindy, then meet up with my sister and mom to celebrate my sister’s 50th birthday! Stay tuned for more adventures from the West!