Walnut Hills, Vicksburg MSFriday, September 30, 2005
Walnut Hills is a 'revolving table' restaurant, which means that you sit at a large table with 10 or 12 other people and food is put in front of you on a giant lazy susan that everybody spins to get the dish they like.
Just getting started:
We talked mostly to two couples, one was local and they were super-nice. They were originally from the Delta, and so we got to talk about Cleveland and that area for a while. The other couple (also super-nice) was in Vicksburg because they were on their way back from visiting their condo in Biloxi to see what damage had occurred after Hurricane Katrina. As it turns out, their condo (ground level unit, across the beach...BTW, most houses along the MS coast are across the street from Beach Boulevard - Hwy 90 because in most communities the highway runs so close to the beach that there isn't room for any development at all on the sand. In Alabama and Florida, there's almost always room along the Gulf-side for development at least one house deep) was damaged very badly. And the couple - they were from Franklin, Tennessee - were in for a fight with their insurance company. They said they had asked their agent when the policy for the condo was written about tidal waves and such, and they were told that they couldn't get that type of policy written for that location. They will also have to fight (just like everybody else) because their condo is a huge, broken mess and if the damage is due to wind, then they have a certain amount of coverage. But if everything was okay until the storm surge, then it's classified as a flood and they're completely out of luck. It's just something you feel terribly about.
We did get to talk about nicer subjects than the hurricane, and really had a lovely lunch with some very nice people.
As far as what was served, there was coleslaw, fried chicken, greens, rice, macaroni and tomatoes, I can't even remember everything that they put out....Av especially likes their chicken. The only thing I wasn't crazy about, that I didn't remember from the last time we visited, was that they only served unsweet tea!
In Vicksburg, Av and I also really like Solly's Hot Tamales (1921 Washington St).