The People’s View: Helena, Alabama Picked Up Its Gastronomic Past and Future

Ask any elderly Alabamans what they like to munch on and they might tell tales of chowing down on enormous helpings of sloppy joes and corn dogs at archaic eating places around Helena, Alabama. These obolete institutions now exist only in history books, conceivably tucked away in the libraries of Auburn or Troy University. But the memories and impact on Alabama live on. Driving around this unconventional town, sightseers can sense the tangible impact of past generations in the antiquated architecture and layout of this town.

The first, impoverished farmers first came here to feed themselves and then eventually to help sustain the growing population of Alabama. First and foremost, the conventional dining habits of the ancient men and women of Dixieland were modest. If there were any healthy grains leftover like corn, oats or wheat, they seemingly helped nourish livestock rather than the stylish dandies of their day.

At present, like the peace and prosperity they were given thanks to the original people who cultivated the lands nearby. And many residents are feeling valiant about the next decade or two for their place. Thanks to the Internet and sites like the Exception Magazine, food items like frittatas or eggs benedicts are suddenly quite high-profile again.

All folks must be forgiving about the culinary heritage of the Cotton Belt. It took a minute but now there are so many top-notch diners and saloons which are worth patronizing. When top chefs have fresh peaches, catfish or blueberries and skills, they don’t need embellishments or gimmicks.

Superior menu options like pastas and steaks tend to bring legitimate optimism when made from scratch. That’s how it seemingly was when grandma worked the mess halls. We think it is critical to remember the foods of the past as well as the culinary inventions that fed generations. Those apple crisp and banana puddings can and will make this community great again.

We have picked the finest supper clubs to uncover and trace the changing gastronomy of the Heart of Dixie. If we had to call out one strong restaurant, number five on this list is a tremendous place for beginners touring the foods of the South. We hope you enjoy the local customs.

Fox Valley Restaurant


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6745 Hwy 17
Maylene, AL 35114