100 Dishes in Alabama: Throwed Rolls at Lambert’s Cafe

Spring break was a week of fun traveling for 3/4 of the Hills (1/4 of us stayed home to work). We spent several days on the Alabama Gulf Coast, which gave us an opportunity to try out several of the dishes from the 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die list. One of the more lively and fun places on the list is Lambert’s Cafe in Foley. If you’ve ever been to Gulf Shores or Orange Beach, you’ve most likely driven by Lambert’s. They are known as the “home of the throwed rolls.” I would describe it as Cracker Barrel with a kick. Lambert’s is a Southern cooking gem. They serve many favorite dishes like fried catfish, country fried steak, pot roast, meatloaf, and chicken and dumplings. Their side dishes are always my choice, though: mashed potatoes, fried okra, baked beans, homemade mac and cheese, and fresh turnip greens. I usually opt for the veggie plate. If you love southern country cooking, you will love Lambert’s food.

However, although the throwed rolls are good, better still is the atmosphere of the restaurant. If you are looking for a nice quiet dinner, you better look someplace else. If you want loud music, waiters who sing and dance, and a staff who plays tricks on the customers, Lambert’s is your best bet. And in case you are wondering, they really do throw rolls at you. Every few minutes two strapping young lads roll out a cart full of piping hot rolls. If you want one, you yell out “roll!!” In a few minutes, a waitress comes around with homemade apple butter or other “pass arounds”. Our pass arounds were fried okra, cabbage, and pinto beans fresh from the kitchen.

Lambert’s is a festive option, especially when you have the kiddos with you. They get a big kick out of the roll throwing and the tricks. Lambert’s is great for good, clean family fun.  And the food ain’t half bad, either!

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  1. I would love to know how Lambert’s Cafe makes their turnip greens. These are by far the best I’ve ever had. Out of all the mock recipes out there this one I can’t seem to find. If anyone could help me get it I would be the happiest Southern lady.

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