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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dining Out Southeast: The Peerless Saloon and Grille, Anniston, AL

I received a gift certificate from The Peerless Saloon and Grille for my birthday. At long last, we were finally able to go today to check out this historic building located in downtown Anniston.  Dating back to 1899, the Peerless Saloon is on the U.S. Register of Historic Places and features live music Thursday through Saturday nights. Thursday is open jam session night and local bands play on Friday and Saturday nights. The Peerless Grille Restaurant is adjacent and offers delicious southern cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere. While at the Saloon, be sure to see the massive mirror-backed mahogany bar that was featured at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

Now on to today's visit!

Meghan was our server today. I'm still nursing the broken foot and she quickly made accommodations for my wheelchair and made me very comfortable.  

There's something for everyone on the menu. The appetizer section is your usual suspects, fried green tomatoes, fried dill pickles, chips and salsa, quesadilla, nachos, mac and cheese bites, and buffalo chicken dip.

Now y'all know me well enough by now if Fried Green Tomatoes are on the menu, I have to give them a try. 

These were exactly the way I like them.  Thinly sliced, lightly breaded and fried just until they are perfectly browned. They were served with a nice garnish of fresh diced tomatoes and onions with a house prepared buttermilk ranch dipping sauce.  Notice those fried flour tortilla chips are resting on.  They were freshly fried and hot. I inquired to Meghan and she confirmed that you can also choose these for your nachos if you'd prefer them to the corn tortilla version.  $6.99

Now on to the main event menu choices. A wide variety of sandwiches, chicken wings, chicken tacos, steaks, burgers with a wide variety of build your own toppings, vegetable plates, and seafood selections galore!

Harold, upon the recommendation of our son in law, chose the Big Nasty. I'm not sure where this name originated because the sandwich was anything but.  You can choose either a fried, blackened or grilled chicken breast (Harold chose blackened), tossed in one of the signature sauces (he chose garlic romano ranch). The sandwich is topped with mayo, Swiss, cheddar, AND pepper jack cheese!  The sandwich is served with one side item. He went with the sweet potato fries which are thinly sliced, seasoned with cinnamon sugar and notice the small container on the side? Yep, that's maple syrup to dip the fries! $8.99

The chicken was perfectly cooked, the bread was nice and chewy, and the garlic romano ranch was an excellent dipping sauce. 

Now my turn to order. As always, I'm usually torn between four items. Today was no exception. Meghan answered all my questions and helped me choose wisely! 

Now, this may seem like an odd choice to some, but that's exactly why I ordered this sandwich.  A smoked salmon BLT.  Toasted sourdough bread with pesto mayo, smoked center cut bacon, lettuce, tomato, and hardwood smoked salmon. This sandwich was also served with a choice of one side, and I picked sauteed Brussels sprouts with bacon. $9.49.

This was one of the most delicious slices of sourdough bread I've ever eaten. The sandwich was LOADED with smoked salmon, the pesto mayo was spot on, and the bacon had a great crunch. I fell in love with this sandwich.

The Brussels Sprouts were perfectly seasoned, lightly sauteed (NOT MUSHY!), and had an ample amount of crumbled bacon as a topping. You would love these even if you don't like Brussels Sprouts!

We certainly enjoyed our early afternoon meal, and are looking forward to returning and sampling more the menu items.

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