Stop 2 on the Rocket City Food Bloggers Tour was D’Licious Dining! (Read about our first stop here
.) This was the stop where Charles from the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
asked us to name the most bizarre thing we’d ever ate. As I listened to tales of meal worms, pigs brains, and fried scorpions I realized my title as “wussiest food blogger” was probably quite safe. Although, upon further reflection, my adventurous nature runs in different directions–I’ve baked zucchini brownies, beet cakes, and faux cupcakes featuring guacamole “icing”. So, insects, organs, and cuddly animals? Right out. Doing strange and unnatural things with vegetables? Bring it on.
At this lunch we were joined by several of the contest winners. I was delighted to meet Kelly who proved to be both knowledgeable and engaging. I was excited to learn that her husband bakes and sells bread at the local farmer’s markets as The Bread Pedaler. (I will never cease to be fascinated by the way networks intermesh in this town!)
And, speaking of winning, don’t forget to enter the daily giveaway. Answer that day’s question on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest) using the tag #dinehsv and you could win a $20 gift certificate to one of the participating restaurants. Click on the link to see the schedule.
The menu fuses Jamacian and Southern food, which Chef Rae Allen says is due to his love of both cultures. I selected the $15 lunch special knowing full well it was likely going to be a huge amount of food. But I just couldn’t resist the allure of fried green tomatoes. Turns out my spidey sense was correct, because they were my favorite part!
My highlights were:
- Those fried green tomatoes! Instead of the traditional cornmeal, this coating was thick, flaky, and spicy, more like you would expect on fried chicken. It was delicious.
- The jerk chicken and accompanying sauce were spicy enough that it had flavor, but not so spicy that I couldn’t eat it. Those of you who like mildly spicy things–rejoice! Those of you who want a hearty kick will find it too tame.
- The red beans and rice had a wonderfully coco-nutty aroma and just a hint of coconut in the flavor. I don’t know where this came from (perhaps they were cooked in coconut oil?) but it was fantastic.
Thoughts from Around the Table:
- AKA Jane Random is throwing down the gauntlet over the fried green tomatoes.
- Foodie Army Wife loved the unique building and tried her FIRST fried green tomatoes!
- Southern Plate , a woman who knows her fried green tomatoes, gave both them and her burger a big thumbs up.
- The Jealous Crumpet did a little research on how “jerk chicken” got it’s name.