Puffabellys Old Depot Restaurant
Though Puffabellys' menu clearly states it opened in 1995, the restaurant carries an ambiance and a history evocative of a much older establishment. Initially housed in an old train depot that was relocated from Lovelady, the eatery burned completely to the ground five years after opening. The original structure was completely unsalvageable, but reclaimed materials were collected so that the new structure would echo the personality of its ancestor.
Today, aged tin signs for train lines and ice cream bedeck a dining room where weathered tin cans brimming with peanuts sit on each table. Diners crack the nuts' salty shells as they await plates of fried catfish or the eatery's popular fried green tomatoes. A selection of 10 open-faced burgers exposes steamy layers of shredded cheese with bacon or jalapeños, effectively forcing sandwich picks into early retirement. On Wednesday nights, live music plays during the Songwriter Showcase.