In the 80s we used to drive from Birmingham to Eutaw to visit Cotton Patch, an old fried chicken joint in the woods of Greene County. It wasn’t controversial back then but the waitresses dressed up like “mammies” the plantation era sort of garb that black house workers donned back in the 1800s across the rural south.
Eventually one of the national TV networks got wind of the business and did an “investigative” report where they took cameras into the restaurant and confronted the owners.
The minute you sat down in Cotton Patch a waitress would sit a basket of scratch biscuits down and you could drizzle honey over the lagniappe. They were divine as was the fried chicken.
The business has been shuttered for over a decade now. Did any of y’all Roadfooders ever get a chance to visit Cotton Patch?
Yes!! It was a place we’d visit when I was in college in Tuscaloosa! Then also brought out a bowl of watermelon rind pickles when you sat down. The food was great!
Remembering Cotton Patch in Eutaw, Alabama
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