I do love a tiny town, and they don’t come much tinier than Juliette, home of the 1991 movie “Fried Green Tomatoes.”
There is only one street, lined with precious gift shops and second-hand stores, capped at each end by restaurants.
On the opposite end of the venerable Whistle Stop Cafe is the relatively new Romeo’s in Juliette, serving breakfast and lunch every day and dinner Friday through Monday. We came on a slow Monday night, when the head chef was out of town, but as soon as people realize how delightful this place is, Monday night might be the best time to come.
It all started with a bakery in California, D’Eliso’s, owned by Romeo’s chef’s grandfather and then his father. His father now bakes here at Romeo’s, making fresh loaves of bread and desserts every day.
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During our visit, there were freshly made honey bran muffins, tiramisu, German chocolate pie, Kahlua cheesecake, a flourless chocolate cake, chocolate ripple cookies and an Elvis cake with peanut butter icing.
The restaurant keeps the menu simple, enabling them to make everything fresh and fast. We finished our lovely and simple Caesar salads and minestrone soup, and our entrees arrived soon after.
The lasagna with giant homemade meatballs and the penne with sweet Italian sausage were our favorites, but the beef-stuffed cabbage was a big hit, too. Other recent dinner options include manicotti, stuffed peppers and chicken Parmesan, for only $12.95 including bread and soup or salad.
Breakfast starts early and sounds filling. One recent morning featured a spinach and capicola strata with a muffin for $7.95, and another had a panettone French toast with sausage or bacon for the same price. They also regularly have quiches and corned beef hash.
Lunch usually includes homemade soups and different types of sandwiches, like a roast beef and cheddar panini. There are also salads, like the spring salad basket with chicken salad, Asian slaw, and fruit salad, all under $10.
A great time to come try Romeo’s would be during the upcoming Save the Dam festival, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 25-26, in downtown Juliette. The festival will serve to bring awareness to the plight of the city’s dam. They’ll have lots of artisans and other vendors and all of Juliette’s cute little shops will be open.
If we enjoyed Romeo’s in Juliette this much when the real chef wasn’t even there, I can’t imagine how good it must usually be. We’ll be back to try other meals and desserts soon. The town alone is worth visiting, but the food at Romeo’s makes it more than worth the short drive.
Romeo’s in Juliette
Address: 465 McCrackin St., Juliette
Hours: 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday; 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: Yes
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 87
Price range: $5.95-$12.95
Rating: 3 stars