Fried Green Tomatoes. The charming exterior of the café was instantly recognizable as we pulled into the already-crowded street just minutes after 11am opening, and several quaint country shops across the street (adorned with Fried Green Tomatoes memorabilia) glistened in the hot Georgia sun beckoning visitors already banished to the front-porch, rocking-chaired waiting line.
The children on this excursion actually had a chance to preview the menu by watching the movie in our back-seat DVD screening of Fried Green Tomatoes on the hour-and-a-half ride to the café (an excellent idea, by the way, but only if parents are familiar with the film and have the capacity to turn down the more adult-themed matter between flashbacks). Our group of little ones found the story very compelling, and it made them want to try a classic southern menu item that might otherwise have received only snickers.
The Whistle Stop Café in Juliette, Georgia, is the film site used in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. The Irondale Café in Irondale, AL, is the actual inspiration for the fictional Whistle Stop Café created by author Fanny Flagg in her bestselling novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.