All About Us-The Original WhistleStop Café

About Us: The Original WhistleStop Café
The Original Café

ALL ABOUT US: Over ninety years ago the first batch of fried green tomatoes came out of a skillet at the Original WhistleStop Cafe, and a new tradition of down-home cooking was born.

The tiny café nestled next to railroad tracks in Irondale, just east of Birmingham, Alabama, was immortalized 50 years later in Fannie Flagg’s book, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. In this book, later made into a movie, Fannie shared childhood memories of warm hospitality and lip-smacking Southern food.

For 30 years owners Bill and Mary Jo perfected their recipes over Sunday dinners and thousands of meals with family or friends at the Original WhistleStop Café. Make your own good-time memories with the same great food—passed from their hearts to your table—found in Original WhistleStop Recipes.

Now, all our delicious Fried Green Tomato, Seafood, and Chicken Batter Mix, and Apple Crisp and Cobbler mixes, not to mention our Award-Winning Chili Starter are available here in our Online Store, our Amazon Store, and across the country in small markets and in local grocery stores.

(If you want to learn more about us, jump on over to Our History page.) 

Fannie Flagg

“Fannie Flagg has been so kind to us and mentions us quite often in interviews. Our packaging includes a personal endorsement that she surprised us

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Mary Jo in front of old cafe

Our Legacy

The Original WhistleStop Cafe The Whistle Stop Café – by Artist Ernie Eldredge The Original WhistleStop Cafe: Our Legacy In a simpler time, as you

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WhistleStop Cafe Restaurant Franchise Concept


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WhistleStop In-Store Display


Our fabulous WhistleStop products can be found in over 2,500 stores all across the U.S. We ship to Distributors, Independent Grocers and Mom and Pop

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