Lesson Learned

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 142023

Since we moved here in January we have found a couple of good Mexican restaurants, two good Chinese places, two seafood places we enjoy, and on Thursday we found a good Chinese buffet not too far away in Columbus, Mississippi. But we still hadn’t had much luck finding good pizza. Yesterday we checked out Broadway Pizzeria 43 in Northport, based on some good reviews we saw online.

It’s a storefront operation in a small strip mall located in an out of the way place, which may account for the fact that we were the only diners there. The pizza was good, no question about that, though I won’t say it’s the best pizza I’ve ever had. But it is the best pizza I’ve ever had in Alabama, except for those that Terry makes at home, which are outstanding.

What was really memorable were the garlic knots. Those alone are worth the trip. I’m sure we’ll be back again.

Right next door we discovered Rolf’s Deli & Sausages, a German-themed restaurant featuring all kind of European dishes. Just reading the menu posted in the window was enough to get us to go inside, where we talked to the owner and a friend for a few minutes. No question about it, this is on our Must Do list. This is a small business and nothing like any chain restaurant you’ll ever see. The owner is from Germany and came here to work at Mercedes years ago. Once his commitment to them was up he went into the restaurant business, since he is a trained chef, and it’s obvious that they have a loyal following even in their hard-to-find location. However, we were told that they will be moving to another place next month and we look forward to going there.

They say you should never go shopping on an empty stomach, so that’s why we waited until after we ate to go to Publix. By the time we got there I was reminded of something that Travis and Geli told us when we first moved here – stay away from Northport and Tuscaloosa when the University of Alabama is having a home game which they are today. The traffic was heavy and the grocery store was full of people wearing Crimson Tide shirts, stocking up for the big game. Folks in Alabama take their religion and their football seriously, and in some ways Alabama football is a religion to many of them.

Lesson learned, we’ll avoid town from now on when they’re having a home game.

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. You know what they say, accidents do happen.

Thought For The Day – They say money talks, but all mine ever says is goodbye.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “Lesson Learned”

  1. Having lived in Germany for 2 yrs – i ate as many types of sausage as i drank beer-
    BUT it was always the mustard that popped! I am curious to ask your readers(in the south) who they think makes the best sausage here in the south?
    I can tell you who has the best seafood in pensacola-
    In town #1 CAPT JOEY PATTI’S
    on the beach #1 PEG LEG PETES

  2. Don’t know how you do it. We have lived here in San Tan Valley for 10 years and still haven’t found a really good place to eat. Fast food everywhere and a few chain restaurants but nothing superior. Guess everybody’s tastes are different and one persons likes are another ones just ordinary. If you guys ever get back this way, try San Tan Flats in Queen Creek, AZ. Foods good but so crowded. Keep healthy and keep writing those good stories.

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