Triple Chocolate And Fried Green Tomatoes At Café On The Corner

Monday, June 3, 2013 - by Willie Mae

I had taken Lois up on Lookout Mountain and we pulled into Café on the Corner at 826 Scenic Hwy. It was the cutest little area. I love it there. The restaurant is spacious and has seating outdoors.

As we were seated, the tables were symmetrically square and large. Lois and I couldn’t even reach each other’s hands when we prayed. Our square table was wobbly but it was so clean. That is always impressive when you know the table is clean and not just ‘brushed off’.

When the waitress suggested Fried Green Tomatoes for an appetizer, I almost said no because I just had the best ones I had ever tried at Blue Ribbon Café. But I was curious to see how this place fared in comparison. We ordered their FGT for $7.95 (which was a bit steep to me for four slices of various sizes).

The tomatoes had a different breading and were decorated with nice colors of sweet red peppers, aioli and basil. They sure looked fancy! The taste-test took a second bite because the first one surprised me. It had a sweetness to it that took away from the tartness of the green tomato – and the tartness is the best part!

They were good though, you just have to wrap your brain around the concept that they are not your mother’s Southern FGT. Lois wasn’t fond of them at all.

She ordered the fried chicken for $12.95 and I wanted the Smokehouse Chicken sandwich for $10.50. After eating our two slices of tomato, we still had to wait a while for our meals. We talked about the paintings hanging on the walls that were painted by local artists. My favorite one was the boat. Lois liked the cow.

My stomach made a noise and Lois said, “Boy they must have had to go out and kill that chicken themself!” She always makes me giggle.

Our meals arrived and, as we ate, the heavy table kept wobbling. I tried to lean my chest against my side of it so that Lois wouldn’t be bothered by it and ask to move. This was tricky to do.

The Smokehouse Chicken Sandwich had blue cheese slaw, Tennessee BBQ sauce and it was on focaccia bread. It was so large - it was definitely a man-handler. Lois said, “You’ll do well to get your mouth wrapped around that! Glad it’s you instead of me!” She was right, I don’t think old people’s mouth hinges are meant to open that wide. But it was delicious and my fries were perfect.

Lois loved her fried chicken - she said it was perfect. I was pleased to see this place supported local growers and had many listed on the back of their menu. It also told of the history of the place which used to be the town grocery in the early 1900’s.

We saved half of our meals so we could get dessert. I had spied the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, but Lois said that was what she was getting. I went for the triple chocolate cake – how do you go wrong with that?

Before we began eating our own deserts, we took a sliver of each other’s onto our own plate. I tasted Lois’ Pie first… she did too. I don’t think either of us were fond of chocolate in a pecan pie. Lois said, “I’d just as soon they leave out the chocolate and just add more bourbon”. I didn’t taste any bourbon either.

My triple threat cake was not to my liking. It was too heavy and thick and I can’t say that I prefer the fancy FGT, but the rest of the meal was delicious! My sandwich was good the next day, the bread didn’t get soggy.

I also loved the atmosphere. It was such a nice area, with good parking and very clean tables. The café on this corner was a most pleasant place to stop. Try them out and tell them Willie Mae sent you!


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