RT Cunningham


Lambert’s Cafe in Alabama - The High Point of a Trip to Mississippi

Lambert's Cafe Before a weekend trip to Biloxi, Mississippi, I had never heard of the eatery called “Lambert’s Cafe”. My son, Joseph, treated my wife, Josie, to a night of casino gambling in Biloxi. I was just there for the food.

I should be forgiven for not knowing about it before now. There are only three in the chain, one in Alabama and two in Missouri. It’s a classic Southern-American food chain with “throwed rolls” highlighting their “pass around” food offered for free with a regular order.

The Trip to Biloxi and Back

The trip From Eglin Air Force Base in Florida to Biloxi, Mississippi was uneventful. Joseph drove about three and a half hours, with most of the open road being on I-10. Yes, the same interstate highway that stretches all the way to Los Angeles, California.

Joseph planned to take us to the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and Museum, but Josie and I weren’t enthusiastic about it enough to hang around Biloxi for a few more hours. It’s something we’ll have to plan on doing the next time, possibly on the way to New Orleans, Louisiana.

I like this part of the country. We can travel through four states in one day, even though we only did three yesterday and today: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. We may visit the USS Alabama museum in Mobile, Alabama someday as well since it’s on the way.

Because of our detour to Lambert’s Cafe in Foley, Alabama, we took a different route on the way back. Heading back to I-10 would have added some miles we didn’t need to travel.

Lambert’s Cafe in Foley, Alabama and Foley’s Claim to Fame

I’m fascinated by various historical places. Foley, Alabama probably wouldn’t exist if John B. Foley (the founder) hadn’t helped the railroad get to a train station there in 1905. It’s the same way with the city I grew up in. Coolidge, Arizona probably wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the train station.

The food at Lambert’s Cafe is pretty good, even I think it’s a bit expensive. I’m sure the cost of the “pass around” food is calculated in the prices. The pass around food is what makes it unique. It’s probably why there’s an hour wait just to get a table.

While we were waiting for our orders, we received so much pass around food that we were no longer hungry when our orders arrived. I’m pretty sure we could order the smallest meal available and still walk away stuffed.

There were hand-thrown (literally) rolls and buckets containing fried okra, fried potatoes and boiled cabbage. There was probably more, but we didn’t stick around long enough to sample it all.

If you’re ever near a Lambert’s Cafe, you should at least take a look at the menu. There’s probably something for everyone. That is, if you don’t have anything against Southern-American food. I’m not from the South but I enjoyed everything I tasted.

Photo Attribution: Infrogmation of New Orleans (Photo by Infrogmation) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

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By RT Cunningham
August 26, 2018