Yes, it's also known as the Whistle Stop Cafe, and it is famous for its fried green tomatoes, and justifiably so. But at its core, the Irondale Cafe, is not that terribly different from hundreds of other meat-and-three cafeteria-style restaurants in almost every town and city in the South, as well as the Midwest.
Having said that, the cafe has very good food. The fried chicken was delicious, flavorful with a crispy-but-not-thick coating. The catfish was excellent as well (at extra cost over the standard price). The veggies were at least good, and many were outstanding -- the mac-and-cheese was the best I've had at a restaurant in years, equaling that from the late, lamented Britling Cafeteria chain that was a local institution for many years, and whose mac-and-cheese recipe is still sought today.
My complaint stems from the portion size, especially for the money. For the lunch portion (a bit over $7), you get one piece of chicken and two veggies in small portions. Drinks and dessert are extra, which is normal, but frankly for about $10 with tax and without tip, it's not very filling.
The menu states, "All prices reflect a 3% cash discount," which is another way of saying they add 3% if you use a credit or debit card. I was under the impression that this practice was not allowed by credit-card companies. In any event, it's chintzy.
I can;t help but think you're paying more for the name and the fame here. It's good, but I'm not sure it's as good as it's price.
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