Have you been to Savannah, GA ?
Ajax’s menu is full of all the best soul food dishes you could imagine. It was an incredibly tough decision, but I decided to go with the fried catfish as my entree. Deciding what two sides to accompany that catfish with was even more difficult. When my options included, Sweet Potato Casserole, Turnip Greens, Butter Beans, Broccoli/Rice Casserole, Fried Eggplant, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Potato Salad, Black Eyed Peas ,Coleslaw, Red Beans and Rice, Cornbread Dressing, Rice and Gravy, Hashbrown Casserole or Mac and Cheese how does one decide?
In the end, I selected the Sweet Potato Casserole and Red Beans and Rice. The Catfish was awesome. It was tender with a well seasoned crispy coating. It had been a really long time since I had eaten Catfish, it has a different taste than most fish, but it is really good kind of different.
The sweet potato casserole was really good, but the stand out side to me was the Red Beans and Rice. I could tell that I was in a different part of the South. In NC, Red beans and Rice is not a typical side, but in Mississippi I could definitely tell the New Orleans influence was there. The beans and rice were full of Cajun flavor. Based upon the dishes I had, I will have to make a return trip and try the rest of the sides.
In Nashville, I had an Elvis Panini. When I was in Athens, I had an Elvis Doughnut. This made me think, what else can I make that is Elvis inspired? Allegedly Elvis loved to eat peanut butter, bacon and banana sandwiches. Using these three ingredients as inspiration, I decided to make THE ELVIS CUPCAKE!
One of my favorite desserts (it is impossible to name a favorite) is banana pudding. When in Oxford, I heard from multiple sources that I needed to check out the BBQ and banana pudding at Handy Andy’s Grocery. I usually address dessert second, but in this case we are dealing with banana pudding. Banana pudding is one of the few things that trumps my love of BBQ.
If you can not tell by now, I am a HUGE Bacon fan. I view bacon more as a condiment. You can add bacon to anything and it will make it better! You can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. There is really no wrong time of day to eat bacon. You could even eat it right now as you are reading this.
One thing that everyone told me about Last Resort was that I HAVE to try their cake. Once again, they were right.