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“Come as you are” at Mudtown!

Posted by bhamfoodscoop on August 28, 2010

The Setting: A bungalow/shack in the heart of Cahaba Heights, about three blocks behind “The Summit”, that serves seafood, chicken, and burgers.

Can you guess where I went?

Yea, you’re right! I went to “Mudtown”. The name of the restaurant is very unique and here is how they got it:

The Native Americans nicknamed the area “mudtown” due to the swampy, muddy conditions as a result of heavy rains. Gary, the owner, felt the name held marketable potential, and the moniker certainly honored the Cahaba Heights’ neighborhood which is rich in local history.

I visited “Mudtown” on a rainy Friday night with my mom. We were both tired and hungry, and just wanted some good food. So I’ve always wanted to go to “Mudtown”, and that night we decided to try it. The restaurant occupies the top floor of a small building. (Yea this picture was taken on a sunny day)

Upon our arrival, we got the only parking space that was in the front of the restaurant; all of the other parking spots are located on the side of the building. We walked into the restaurant and felt like we were in a small roadside bar in the middle of Natchitoches, Louisiana lol! The bar was heavily stocked and located next to the front door. The ambiance is truly Southern fun with a Cajun twist. It has a truly “come as you are” feel. The walls are painted with bright neutral colors, and they are adorned with all types of  unique paraphernalia.

The restaurant is so small and cramped. It was crowded when we went and we couldn’t find a seat inside. So we looked on the covered patio, and still didn’t see any seats. We went back inside and found two seats; they were hiding from us. Our table was located next to a group of funny and enthusiastic middle age women who were celebrating a birthday. We sat so close to them, that we couldn’t help but acknowledge each others presence. You should know that we had no problem with the seating, we just had to be careful about what we talked about, lol! Throughout the night the crowds thinned out, and this gave the restaurant more of a quaint feel.

FYI: The bar has a rotating beer selection, which means that there is always something new for you to try. They also have an extensive wine selection for patrons.

It took a while for a waitress to come to our table because they were so busy. So this gave us time to look at the menu, and get acquainted with the table next to us. Eventually, the waitress came over, and she was very nice. She told us about the specials and took our drink orders. Before she left, we also placed our entree orders because we knew what we wanted.

After about 12 minutes, of waiting, our entrees came out. Mom and I both ordered the “Grilled Snapper with Fried Green Tomatoes”; this consisted of a fresh snapper filet that could be grilled, fried, or blackened (we got it grilled). It was also served with bacon smashed potatoes and four fried green tomatoes. On my plate, I ordered a side of grilled vegetables as well.

The presentation of the food was excellent! Now let’s get real, even though the large piece grilled snapper had a wonderful seasoning and flavor, it wasn’t my favorite because it still had the skin on it. I can’t stand eating fish that has skin on it. However, my mom enjoyed the fish. Next, you should know that “Mudtown” is known for their “Fried Green Tomatoes”, as a matter of fact, they were voted as having the BEST FRIED GREEN TOMATOES IN BIRMINGHAM IN 2007 & 2008. But in my opinion, the fried green tomatoes were not all that. I felt that the batter needed more seasoning or salt; they had a really bland taste. Mom and I both agreed on the taste of the tomatoes. Lastly, I must say that my two favorite foods of the night, were the bacon smashed potatoes and the grilled vegetables. The potatoes were served fluffy and warm, and the vegetables were seasoned well and had a wonderful grill taste.

We had a wonderful time at “Mudtown”. The staff was friendly and they went over and beyond to satisfy our needs. I also like the fact that the cooking oil, “Mudtown” cooks with, is virtually TFA (transfatty acid) free, an important factor in promoting a healthy heart according to the American Heart Association. They also buy local whenever possible. Given a choice, they’d rather support a local farmer or vendor any day.

I’ve been doing some thinking, and the next time I visit “Mudtown”, I will get one of their hamburgers since that is what they are also known for. So ya’ll, when you don’t feel like getting dressed up to go out, and you just want a simple meal with a twist, visit “Mudtown”. I’m sure you will find something on the menu, that suites your taste buds!

http://www.mudtownalabama.com/

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