Fried green tomatoes are a longtime southern specialty, but this Yankee didn’t learn of their simple delights until seeing the movie Fried Green Tomatoes and, later, researching that recipe within Fannie Flagg’s book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. There are several schools of thought on their preferred preparation. Some folks dunk ’em in buttermilk before dredging them in flour; others favor cracker meal or panko or a combination of all of these. At my home, we grow a variety of tomato called Fried Green Tomato that is made just for this very dish. We pluck ’em off the vines, and, adhering closely to Miss Flagg’s original recipe, slice them, weep them with kosher salt, season with pepper and coat them in corn meal seasoned with a touch of cayenne. They are fried to golden goodness in Flying Pigs Farm bacon fat, drained, and served with Crystal Hot Sauce and Duke’s Mayonnaise. It’s high season for fried green tomatoes, and restaurants on OpenTable are creating their own versions to infuse their dishes with a seasonal southern accent. Find out what diners are saying.
* Atchafalaya Restaurant, New Orleans: “I will never miss another opportunity to dine here when I visit this city known for great food. The fried green tomatoes were absolutely to die for.”
* Bayou on Penn, Washington, D.C.: “We arrived at Bayou and were greeted like royalty. Our service was great, but the outstanding part was the Grand Marshall brunch: eggs benedict with fried green tomato, tasso ham, fried oyster, and English muffin! WOW.”
* The Blue Fish, Jacksonville, Florida: “The fried green tomato was done to perfection, and the addition of the goat cheese made it very special.”
* Georgia Brown’s, Washington, D.C.: “I went to Georgia Brown’s with friends during restaurant week and had one of the best meals I’ve had in DC. Fried green tomatoes, gumbo, and peach cobbler — several of which were recommended by our patient, attentive server.”
* The Granary ‘Cue and Brew, San Antonio, Texas: “This place likes to challenge your taste buds. First time I tried ranch ice cream with my fried green tomatoes! I enjoyed everything I ate.”
* Hungry Mother, Cambridge, Massachusetts: “The pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes appetizer is a knockout highlight, as is the beef tongue with au jus, and the pork belly app has all the flavor you expect from HM.”