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Claire’s Place on the Creek – Mobile, AL

6 Apr

Claire’s is a fairly new country buffet place on Halls Mill Road in Mobile, AL. The Stagecoach Cafe used to be at this rustic pine-shaded location, but they have decided to focus all their attention on their primary location in Stockton, AL. But not to fear! Louisa “Claire” Terrell has re-opened the place and really all that has changed is the name.  

You can always tell a good Southern lunch joint by the vehicles in the parking lot. Lots of trucks and police cars = good chow. Really good chow!

The grilled pork chops were simply delicious with a authentic char-grilled flavor. I snagged a couple chops at the bottom of the chafing dish to make sure they were plenty juicy — and they were. The green beans were smoky and soft to the bite. Claire’s also makes a killer jambalaya loaded with tender pieces of white chicken and bright green bell pepper. The cornbread dressing was excellent and the tomato pie tart & tasty (especially if you can score an end piece). I even tried fried asparagus spears for the first time in my life and found the flavor combo to be, well, a downhome natural.

Believe it or not, I did save a little room for dessert. That’s a good thing because the choices here are plentiful. Claire’s buttermilk pie was moist with lots of chewy flaked coconut in each and every bite. The banana pudding was even better — incredibly smooth and heavenly. I was on Cloud Nine.

Pricing at Claire’s Place on the Creek ( yes, they are on a creek) is $9.50 and includes the all you can eat lunch buffet, drink ( I suggest the Leroy Hill fresh brewed Sweet Tea), and as many dessert treats as you dare tackle. You will not go away hungry or dissatisfied. This is the real deal y’all and I am so glad to have found them. They can already count me as a regular.

NOTE: Claire’s Place is also open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Friday Lunch at The Sugar Kettle Cafe

21 Aug

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Dined at the Sugar Kettle Cafe in Daphne earlier today. What a treat! It is located just off Highway 98 — on State Highway 64. It’s just a stones throw (but really worlds away) from our neighborhood Target. Looks like a homey little place from the outside … kinda like a visit to Granny’s house. We circled the joint twice before we found a parking spot. That’s always a good sign.

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The hamburger steak with mushroom/onion gravy tasted like the stuff my Mom used to make. And trust me, that is a really good thing! The cornbread muffins were soft and laden with corn kernals. There was a hint of sweetness that reminded me of Southern spoonbread. Sooo good!

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Speaking of good, the Sugar Kettle’s soon to be world famous Tomato Pie was killer. In fact, I would have to say it was the best I ever put in my pie hole. “Attack of the Killer Tomato … PIE!!!”

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Look at this slab of beauty — words can’t describe its innate greatness.

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The collard greens were the real deal … none of that canned junk.

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The Mac n Cheese was really flavorful and had a gooey nice texture.

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We finished up with a tart Triple Berry Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream. 

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The servers keep tabs of the food orders with playing cards like you see above. I must add that good eating will surely “be in the cards” for you at the Sugar Kettle Cafe. I was really impressed and will be back — hopefully often. It’s my new favorite when it comes to authentic home cookin’ here in beautiful Baldwin County.  

Here’s the recipe for the Tomato Pie – you cannot go wrong, people!

Tomato Pie Recipe
Ingredients:
1 round pie crust           

1 cup shredded mozzarella
2 or 3 tomatoes (peeled & sliced)        

1 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 cup green onions (sliced)            

1/2 cup fresh basil (chopped)
salt & pepper
“Enjoy … compliments of The Sugar Kettle Cafe!”

Layer tomatoes, green onion, basil, salt & pepper to your own taste inside pie crust.   Mix mayo and cheeses. Spread on top of ingredients in pie crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

www.sugarkettlecafe.com