We were in Georgia recently and decided to lookup the Whistle Stop Cafe featured in the 1991 movie Fried Green Tomatoes based on a novel by Fannie Flagg, located on McCracken Street in Juliette Georgia. Its stars include Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Mary Louise Parker.
We were fortunate to get there mid-afternoon in February. The weather was warm and the little street was busy. The town street and surrounding area was allot smaller than the feel you get in the movie. The cafe’s operating hours are 11 AM to 4PM, they take MasterCard, Visa, and cash. Service dogs with current papers are welcome. It doesn’t look like they remodeled since the movie, it looks the same from what we remembered.
My gluten-free choice was a Swiss cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, pickle and Ketchup. The hamburger had good flavor and no “barbecue sauce.” The french fries appeared like they had a coating of corn starch before they were deep fried. I was a bit surprised that the cheesecake wasn’t the traditional Philadelphia style cheesecake but a cake with about seven layers. It looked good but is not gluten-free. It was interesting to see in the recipe they share there is corn meal in the fried green tomato batter, I would have assumed it was all wheat flour.
The southern fried chicken with buttered lima beans and mashed potatoes looked pretty good too.
We watched the train go by, went by the little church that is now United Methodist. It was worth the extra time that we spent to find the Whistle Stop Cafe and understand more about the setting of The Fried Green Tomato Movie. It’s a bit out of the way so be sure to include this on one of your trips to southern Georgia, just north of Valdosta.