|Richi, Sherri, Lu|
The waitress came over and seated us and took our drink order. We all chose the ginger-mint iced tea. Good choice! It was not too sweet, but sooooo refreshing! Now we were on to the hard part...what to have for lunch?
In addition to the chalkboard of tempting offerings, the waitress gave us menus with even more choices. Did we want a sandwich or dish from the menu or a meat and three or veggie plate from the board? Hmmmmm? Luanne knew what she wanted before we sat down, because while we were shopping, a saleslady in one of the shops told us Okra served a great fried green tomato BLT with locally made market bacon. As soon as she heard that, she was sold. Sherri and I had a little more trouble deciding. The meat choices for the blue plate special were herb roasted chicken, fried catfish and pulled pork. I was debating on a blue plate or a pulled pork bahn mi sandwich that I had spied on the menu.
It really sounded good, but I finally chose the fried catfish, mostly because the vegetable choices
on the board all just sounded so good. With my catfish I decided to have butter beans, turnip greens and a sweet and spicy slaw. More about that slaw later. Sherri also ended up choosing the catfish and the sweet and spicy slaw, but she included buttered new potatoes and fried okra. Both of our plates came with cornmeal muffins. The waitress asked us if we wanted butter for our muffins, which we did. The funny thing was, she came back with three little cups of butter. Each cup had a slice of butter so thin you could see through it. Either they were almost out of butter or they took one look at us and decided we did not need any butter. I don't know how they sliced off such a tiny amount of butter!
As for the slaw, we actually had to choose between the sweet and spicy or buttermilk. The waitress explained that the buttermilk variety was creamy and the sweet and spicy was vinegary. When the plates arrived, we also noted that the sweet and spicy version was made with purple cabbage rather than green.
It added a pretty pop of purple to our plates and it tasted good with the other veggies, too.
I'm not sure you would want to sit and eat a bowl full of it by itself, but with the other vegetables and the catfish, it was quite tasty. The catfish was crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.
My butter beans and turnip greens were also great. Sherri said the potatoes and okra were very good as well.
As for Luanne's sandwich, she said she really liked it and she was especially pleased that the waitress remembered to tell the cooks to leave all condiments off her sandwich. Weird, I know, but my buddy, Lu, doesn't do condiments.
|See, no condiments!|
Lu was happy, though, and that is what mattered. She also said the sweet potato salad with roasted sweet potatoes and apples, that she chose as a side to her sandwich, was good.
All in all, we loved our meal, but we all agreed the ginger mint tea was the bomb! So refreshing! As we were finishing up, we noticed one of the other diners had ordered the pulled pork bahn mi, the sandwich I had agonized over. It looked amazing and the lady let us take a picture of it. She told us it was really good, so I decided we would have to come back to Okra sometime so I can try it out.
|Pulled Pork Bahn Mi|
|Miss Mary Bobo's|
we found room for a sample of some fudge at a sweet shop on the square.
The fudge was yummy and, yes, laced with "the local product". As we left Lynchburg, we decided we would be making a return trip to eat at Miss Mary Bobo's. It was a yummy day, with lots of good food, good memories and laughter. Next week I will tell you about the trip back home from Lynchburg. You didn't think that was all there was to tell, did you? Heck no! We made a couple of extra stops on our way home. Check back in for "the rest of the story", as Paul Harvey would say! Happy trails! Richi, Luanne and Sherri
We give Okra 3 Yums Up
PS. If you visit Fayetteville and happen to have a bite at Okra, or Miss Mary Bobo's in Lynchburg, stop back by here and let us know what you thought!