We all know that Martha Washington was our country’s original “First Lady.” But you should also know that Montgomery, Alabama’s Martha Hawkins is the South’s “First Lady of Soul Food.” The only other lady who could possibly make lay claim to that title might be North Carolina’s Mildred “Mama Dip” Council. We’ve dined at both places and actually prefer the delicious downhome offerings at Martha’s.
Martha’s Place is located on Sayre Street in downtown Montgomery, where Hawkins has created something of a soul food empire. Over the last 20 some odd years, she has made a mighty name for herself among locals who have a deep appreciation for authentic home cooking. Each dish on Martha’s buffet line is created with great love and attention to detail. It all tastes fantastic — and it is truly good for your soul.
Martha also runs a thriving catering operation.
Pick up her book “Finding Martha’s Place” – a moving read!
Celebrities from all over the world have come home to Martha’s Place.
She is such a sweet lady — we enjoyed finally meeting her!
We enjoyed our lunch in this bright, cheerful setting.
We found an authentic Mose Tolliver folk art piece on the wall.
My first trip thru the buffet line – fried bird, collards, butter beans, cornbread, and some amazing au gratin potatoes. Everything was simply fabulous. The chicken was crispy and flavorful on the outside while retaining its moisture on the inside. I only wish the plates (and my stomach) were bigger!
The perfect picture of pure plump poultry perfection.
The collards were just like Granny’s – the highest praise possible.
Words can’t describe the goodness of Martha’s pineapple bread pudding.
The restrooms are spotless & there is always a Bible within arm’s reach.
We found Martha’s to be a very special place. It is filled with love, nice people, and some of the best soul food you will ever put in your mouth. So what’s not to like about all that? Make sure you visit — and soon!