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.