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Friday, January 22, 2021

Wild Flower Cafe

 I am interrupting Friday Five to share this cute cafe we visited yesterday on our way home from Grimmwood.

Wildflower Cafe is located in Mentone, Alabama. High atop Lookout Mountain, Mentone has the highest elevation of any incorporated town in Alabama.  The area is known for summer camps for boys and girls and is also the perfect spot for a summer home. Vacationers enjoy this area due to its beauty and many scenic spots. Mentone is home to a variety of craftsmen including potters, painters, soap makers and jewelers.  

We had heard a lot about Wildflower Cafe but we had never eaten there. Even during the week they encourage reservations. We took a chance as we were there just as the restaurant was opening for lunch. 

Here is a look at the entrance ....quite eclectic!


The entrance was still decorated for Christmas. 

The front dining room  is very homey too.  In the summer time you can eat outside. 

The waiting area is cozy and filled with many of the wares of local tradesmen. 

The view from our table for two.

I had the pesto provolone grilled cheese sandwich with a bowl of creamy tomato basil soup. Our meals were delicious, my only complaint is that I wish they would use dishes instead of paper products.  I know they serve pricier foods on the dinner menu and surely they use dinnerware for those meals so why not for lunch? As the place was filling up with people who had driven up from all over Alabama and Georgia, I guess no one but me cares about this issue.:)


Marvin had the Conecuh sausage sandwich with chips.


For dessert we shared a slice of hummingbird cake. ( No humming birds in this cake..it gets it name from the sweet nectar of bananas and pineapple chunks in the cake.) Cream Cheese frosting makes it even sweeter. It is a good dessert to share. 


I picked up a nice sweatshirt as they were clearing out the winter goods and getting ready for spring. 


We marked another restaurant off our list...we have a few more places to try on our jaunts between Decatur and Grimmwood.

17 comments:

Shortbread and Ginger said...

Oh I love visiting places like that. Good food and crafts, what more could anyone want! Liz

Dewilla Hooper said...

At first, I thought the paper goods are being used due to the pandemic. Then, I saw that you had regular silverware. So, maybe the paper goods are just in keeping with the rustic atmosphere. It looks like you both had a nice time.

Sandy said...

I am with you on the dishes. I wonder if it is because they are not putting as many people in the kitchen to do cleaning, but good grief think of all the trash going to landfills that are already full. Very cute place. Jeff is always looking for the little places like that.

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

Have been to Mentone many times but didnt know about this place. It looks interesting and if the food is good, makes it a special place to visit.

Robin in Virginia said...

What a cool lunch spot! I wonder if they use the paper products all the time or just during the pandemic. Both your soup and sandwich sounded good, Arlene. Marvin's looked good, but what is Conecuh. Is it a type of sausage? Enjoy your Friday!

Mary said...

Such a charming place!! The food looks so good but I am quite surprised at the paper plates, not good for the landfill and although a sandwich on paper isn't so bad I would not care for the soup in a paper bowl. But, Marvin's sandwich looks sooo good!! I miss going out to eat and as soon as I get innoculated it will be one of the first things I do.

Georgia said...

I saw that you posted a picture of this on your IG page. I am so glad you told us more about it. It sounds like a great place to visit, and eat. I will have to mark this one on my map to visit someday. Thank you so much for sharing:)

Jan said...

What a neat looking place! We have a Mentone in Texas, but they don't have a cute cafe there. The population was 19 in the last census!

Visits With Mary said...

I love the Wildflower Cafe, looks like my kind of place! Hope the food was as good as it looks in the picture, yummy!

Jennie in GA said...

Sounds yummy and your meal would have been my choice.

Gina said...

Such an adorable restaurant, Arlene! I'm glad you got to go! Your cake looks delicious. Are those walnuts on top? Nice sweatshirt too! ♥

Mari said...

That looks like the cutest place! Your meal sounds wonderful too. I agree with you on the paper plates.

Terri D said...

I love places like that too!! They are usually really good and are so fun to explore! Thanks for sharing the good food and coziness with us!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Robin, Conecuh is an Alabama sausage that is very popular here.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Yes walnuts in the cake and on top!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

It would be interesting to see what the origins of Mentone is, Jan. I may research that!

Linda said...

Oh!! I would so love that place!!! I love cafes filled with good food and lots of debris!