The Old Cookstove (a Mennonite buffet) in Cullman County
I had heard rumblings about an excellent Mennonite buffet in Cullman County and decided to check the place out after doing some hiking in the Sipsey Wilderness last weekend.
The restaurant is called the Old Cookstove and is in Danville, Alabama off Hwy 157. They are only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am till 7pm. The buffet is $12.95 and includes your drink. (Having never eaten at a Mennonite restaurant, some us were concerned they might not take credit cards. It turns out that they do accept credit cards.)
The food was fantastic. They have the best creamed corn I have ever eaten in my life - so buttery. (I normally shy away from creamed corn.) Wonderful meatloaf, green beans, fried chicken livers (a little tougher than I like), crowder peas, black eyed peas, great casseroles including green bean casserole, chicken casserole, and sweet potato casserole (including marshmellow toppers).
I was a little disappointed in the biscuits and bread - which was a bit surprising considering the baking reputation of the Mennonites. They also had a dessert buffet with some sort of cake or with the icing/pudding underneath and homemade ice cream that was very good as well.
The above list covers everything that I had on my two dinner plates and single dessert bowl. I could barely walk out of the place after the meal. The place was busy for 4:00pm on a Saturday - it was packed by the time we left at a little after 5:00pm.
They also had quilts for sale and a good selection of jams/jellies and other preserves. They also had Amish peanut butter for sale - which I did not sample, but was available on the buffet as well.
Definitely worth a stop if you find yourself hungry and within 25 miles of Danville or near the 310 exit on i-65 in Cullman. Its about a thirty minute drive from the exit. Also worth the trip if you are hungry and in Birmingham and dont mind an hour and a half drive.
This is my new meal stop after every Saturday hike in the Sipsey/Bankhead from now on. The seven other people in my party were raving about the place as well.