Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Fried Green Tomatoes. That’s why I had to come in. Seen the movie, jes’ had to eat the title.

Standing outside Felix’s BBQ With Soul (342 South Euclid Avenue, in the Market Creek Plaza, 619-266-8881).

None

Ian Pike had written about this place in May. Since I’m here, may as well see if they have the dish. Heck, it’s a southern BBQ place. Should have.

You stand outside a glass window which shows a full-size view, just about, of Bourbon Street, New Orleans. And inside, the reception area has these super-luxe sofas with gold scrolling that give the place a feeling of French-Caribbean style.

None

None

I sit up to the counter. Start looking at the menu.

“I’ve just had the filé gumbo. Perfect. You should try it,” says this gent as he passes by. The Reverend Joseph Foxworth. “We don’t have another place that’s the equal of this. Ambiance, food, first class…”

None

“You ought to see this on the weekends,” says Dee the waitress...

None

...“The whole counter is groaning with dishes for our brunches. What can I get you?”

“Actually just looking for fried green tomatoes,” I say.

“Oh yes. No problem, hon.”

And she points to the menu. “Fried Green Tomatoes,” it says in the “starters” column. “Louisiana-style.”

Cost: $6.95.

This place is huge. But bright. Red walls, cream and yellow walls, black granite counter top. Ringing with laughter from the reverend's group that fills a long table. Food keeps coming at them, like a banquet. Ribs, cornbread, bowls of gumbo, southern fried chicken, pulled pork, catfish, salad…

Dee brings my fried green tomatoes.

None

’Course it was the 1992 movie woke me up to them, but I’d always been curious: why would you eat unripe, unsweet tomatoes in the first place? Give away that lush, fruity taste of a ripe red tomato?

But as Dee helps explain, first thing is that people like that tartness of the green tomato when it combines with the crunchiness of their cornmeal coating.

Second, this is a quintessential southern dish, right? The movie “Fried Green Tomatoes,” the whole “Driving Miss Daisy” thing?

Wrong: Seems fried green tomatoes, the dish, is no more southern than meatloaf.

According to Robert Moss, a food historian from South Carolina, evidence shows this was actually a northern dish, introduced to the US probably by Jewish immigrants. Heck it wasn’t even that popular in the south until – you guessed it – 1992, when the movie came out. Now every restaurant in the south has to have it on the menu. ’Cause that’s what the tourists expect.

Sigh. Whatever, I take my first cornmeal-green tomato disk. Hmm. Yes, they have a little tartness, but the dip, a BBQ sauce with enough sweetness in it, turns it into a nice crunchy appetizer. I get through them no probs.

Except now I have to have something that is from the South. So I order a “lunch box special” of St. Louis Ribs with sweet yams and collard greens.

None

And a little cornbread.

None

Costs $8.95. But ribs? Yams? Collards? At least I know we’re into genu-wine southern cooking.

Finally.

None

Comments
1

Not a southern dish?! Wachoo talkin' 'bout Willis?

July 17, 2013

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close