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Irondale Cafe Restaurant Review: The sprawling interior is much larger than the one depicted in the film based on Fannie Flag’s book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, but the setting across from the railroad tracks won’t disappoint visitors who saw the film. The author's great-aunt, Bess Fortenberry, owned the original restaurant, past which trains still roar. Every day, servers dish out about 600-800 slices of the fried green tomatoes. We like them dipped in the spicy rémoulade sauce. Other Southern specialties line the steam table, such as fried chicken, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, green beans and fruit cobblers. Baked Greek chicken and fried Alabama catfish make spot appearances. Jim Dolan, who has owned the café since 2000, adds his own creative touches, such as a zesty house-made pepper sauce for the turnip greens. Desserts include such Southern staples as homemade buttermilk pie, chocolate chess pie and banana pudding. Iced tea or soft drinks are the quaffs of choice as no alcohol is served. While dinner is served, you need to dine early as closing time is 7 p.m.