At Cooper’s Corner, diners relax and refuel with a bevy of classic breakfast dishes and lunchtime grab-able grub beloved by workingmen and retired blimp spotters alike. Dive into rib-sticking plates such as the 1/3-pound Lanny’s big burger ($6.99), country-fried steak sandwich ($6.99), or Who’s Your Daddy chicken patty ($7.25). Or, inaugurate the a.m. with an egg and cheese breakfast burrito ($2.99), french toast ($3.99), or a biscuit and gravy ($1.79 each) to avoid jump-starting mornings by licking car batteries. Cooper’s Corner’s staff, which consists solely of a former magician and a chef known as “The Grill Ninja,” can slice and dice with supernatural prowess, all while teaching each other the meaning of friendship.
In 1928, Emmett Montgomery opened up a small hot-dog stand in Irondale. Hamburgers, barbecue, and a variety of sandwiches were added to the menu shortly thereafter, as was a proper location and a new name: Irondale Cafe. Although the ownership and staff has changed, the restaurant is still around more than eight decades later, and cooks still serve an estimated 600–800 slices of their famous fried green tomatoes every day. In addition to those tomatoes, a long counter displays the day's fresh assortment of food. Diners load up their plates with the likes of Gulf seafood, country fried steak, and desserts such as housemade vanilla ice cream and pie, a classic combination that almost won the presidential election of 1932.
At seven locations, shoppers can peruse Mission Possible Bargain Centers' inventory of new and gently-used clothing, furniture, and household items. All proceeds benefit the ministries of the Jimmie Hale Mission, a nonprofit that has worked to help men, women, and children in need since 1944.