The Irondale Cafe is located in Irondale, Alabama just over the mountain from Birmingham. At the 2000 census, Irondale's population was 9,813.
The doors of The Irondale Cafe were first opened in 1928 as a hot dog stand by Emmett Montgomery. Maggie Prentice came along shortly thereafter, to add hamburgers, barbecue, and a variety of sandwiches to the menu, and in 1932 Miss Bess Fortenberry purchased the business. The "stand" was renamed the Irondale Cafe, and the rest, as they say, is history.
The book (later a film) Fried Green Tomatoes, by Irondale native Fannie Flagg, is loosely based around the town and the landmark Irondale Cafe, known as The Whistle-Stop Cafe in the book and film. The book was published August 12, 1987.
Tourists have visited from all 50 states and more than 20 countries. The cafe has a gift shop packed with souvenir items.
The 26th Annual Whistle-Stop Festival will take place Saturday, September 30, 2017 (last Saturday in September) in Historic Downtown Irondale. The Whistle-Stop Festival brings together artists, craftsmen, and musicians from all over the South East. Entertainment on the Main Stage on 1st Avenue South will start at 10:00 AM. The Historic Irondale Café will be open throughout the day and a shuttle will be onsite to transport festival goers from the main festival on Irondale’s south side to the Irondale Café on 1st Avenue North.
In addition to the various musical acts, the festival features a muster of vintage fire engines, carnival games for kids, food vendors offering everything from BBQ to funnel cakes, a display of vintage cars, and a cooking demonstration. Also, appearing each year are the vendors who make up the Irondale Community Farmer's Market. And of course, the Irondale Cafe serves up its legendary fried green tomatoes. Did I say "Yum Yum?"
One of the things that caught my attention on this article was Fannie Flagg. Back many moons ago when I lived in the area, I would watch Fannie Flagg every morning on The Tom York Morning Show on Channel 6. I always enjoyed her humor so early in the morning.
Note: Irondale is also the location of Catholic radio/television broadcaster Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).
Saturday - Monday 11am - 2:30pm
Tuesday - Friday 11am - 7pm
1906 1st Ave. N.