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Foley Coffee Shop

213 N. McKenzie St., Foley, AL - (251) 943-7433
Posted By Michael Stern on 2/21/2008 6:14:00 PM
A big storefront clattering with noise from the grill and stove in the open kitchen behind the counter, Foley Coffee Shop is the locals’ favorite. Men and women gather over copious breakfasts every workday and chatter table to table as a radio blasts news, sports and weather. Pictures of town high school teams adorn the wall, and the menu is well-fixed with advertisements from nearby businesses, the automotive sector especially well-represented: glass repairers, alignment specialists, insurance agents, truck supply shops, and pawn dealers eager to trade cash for titles.

The breakfast choices are nice southern ones, including broad biscuits topped with sausage gravy and tasty grits on the side of eggs. But we like lunch even better, for that is always built around an appetizing array of downhome vegetables. Pick one meat – a hamburger steak or pork cutlet for example – and side it with three such amenable companions as buttered cabbage, blackeyed peas, rice and gravy, squash, okra, or whatever the markets have that week. Meals are served on unbreakable partitioned plates that keep the various vegetable juices from mixing inappropriately.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Pork Chop
Hash Browns
Fried Eggs
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Biscuits and tomato gravy is a popular breakfast item along this area of the Gulf coast.
"Biscuits and tomato gravy is a popular breakfast item along this area of the Gulf coast."
Cliff Strutz





Eggs are cooked to order with the yolks intact.
"Eggs are cooked to order with the yolks intact."
Dave Reasons


A working person's breakfast:  thousands of calories to burn!
"A working person's breakfast: thousands of calories to burn!"
Michael Stern


The pancake sandwich features an egg between two light pancakes.
"The pancake sandwich features an egg between two light pancakes."
Cliff Strutz


Coffee is presented with the spoon already in the cup, ready to stir.  Note the napkin-wrapped silverware behind the cup: a southern cafe tradition.
"Coffee is presented with the spoon already in the cup, ready to stir. Note the napkin-wrapped silverware behind the cup: a southern cafe tradition."
Michael Stern


If you like your hashbrowns inside your omelet, then you need to order the Beauregard's omelet, which also holds a meat of your choice and onions.
"If you like your hashbrowns inside your omelet, then you need to order the Beauregard's omelet, which also holds a meat of your choice and onions."
Cliff Strutz


The biscuits and sausage gravy has some seriously large chunks of meat.
"The biscuits and sausage gravy has some seriously large chunks of meat."
Cliff Strutz


A pork chop can be ordered as a side.  I was expecting it to come fried, with bone-in, but it came grilled and was very moist and tender.
"A pork chop can be ordered as a side. I was expecting it to come fried, with bone-in, but it came grilled and was very moist and tender."
Cliff Strutz


The griddle man works hard all morning, flipping pancakes and scrambling eggs.  Grateful patrons use this collection jar by the cash register to express thanks.
"The griddle man works hard all morning, flipping pancakes and scrambling eggs. Grateful patrons use this collection jar by the cash register to express thanks."
Michael Stern


The daily specials the morning we stopped in.  Unfortunately for us, the pies weren't ready yet.
"The daily specials the morning we stopped in. Unfortunately for us, the pies weren't ready yet."
Cliff Strutz


Foley's interior.  This was taken late morning between the breakfast and lunch rushes.
"Foley's interior. This was taken late morning between the breakfast and lunch rushes."
Cliff Strutz


Creative mural to disguise the grill exhaust fan.
"Creative mural to disguise the grill exhaust fan."
Dave Reasons


On the road to Gulf Shores, Foley is a busy crossroads.  This cafe is its
"On the road to Gulf Shores, Foley is a busy crossroads. This cafe is its "town square.""
Michael Stern


Across from the Foley Coffee Shop is the train depot, as romanticized on this handsome mural that takes up one whole side of the restaurant.
"Across from the Foley Coffee Shop is the train depot, as romanticized on this handsome mural that takes up one whole side of the restaurant."
Michael Stern



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