Helen’s Place, Clanton Alabama

Last week, I mentioned the article in USA Today about the best desserts in the South. One of the places mentioned was in Clanton, Alabama which is not too far from us – so we drove over for lunch:

The restaurant is called Helen’s Place (407 2nd Ave S in Clanton, 205.755.9130), and it’s owned by Tammy and Jud Messer, who we met while we were there – they’re *very* nice.

It’s inside a home that was built in 1912:

The food is served cafeteria-style: there is a small salad bar and a steam table where you can choose from everything available for a flat cost. I had the chicken and dumplins:

Broccoli and cauliflower, okra and tomatoes (oh this reminded me of my Nanny, she loved okra and tomatoes!) and a cheese biscuit. The portions they serve are huge:

Av had the hamburger steak, mashed potatoes, and cornbread. He loved his dinner, too.

In case you’re thinking about visiting, they serve lunch Sunday – Friday from 11am-2pm and supper Wednesday – Friday from 5:30pm – 9:30pm.

Shug’s newest word is “light” – he looks at ceiling fixtures or lamps or anything with a bulb and says “light”. It is the cutest thing ever.

Dessert was strawberry cobbler (the USA Today writer included Helen’s Place for their cobbler) and was he ever right about it – it was *excellent* as was everything.

Tammy, the owner, came out to check on us while we were eating and we explained that we were there because of the USA Today article. She was really tickled about them being included in the listing (who wouldn’t be, with company like Commander’s Palace?!). Sooooo nice. And when we were getting up to leave, we met her husband, Jud who was just as wonderful and wanted to talk about barbecue. Great place.

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