Pat Rodgers and Geraldine Umbehagen know how to lavish their customers with KISSes. The two sisters are co-owners of Sisters’ Restaurant in Troy, Alabama. The KISS as it pertains to them is an acronym that means Keep It Simple Sisters. Their approach to cooking and serving up good food is just that – simple.
To say that Sisters’ Restaurant, located on U.S. Highway 231, has a reputation for good food is understated. Lunch customers fill two crowded dining areas. The parking lot is congested on any given day. The restaurant seats and serves thousands of locals and visitors every week. Most popular menu items? Fried chicken and homemade banana pudding made the old fashioned way.
Tuesdays menu included three meats – fried chicken is a meat choice everyday, a total of eight sides, three desserts, rolls and hush puppies. Customers can choose one meat with two or three side items. The meal comes with tea or coffee, one roll and one hush puppy. Dessert costs extra.
Lunch customers at Sisters’ in Troy have a choice between the lunch plate or chef salad, chicken salad sandwich or some vegetable beef stew.
To become Sisters’, Rodgers and Umbehagen renovated an old motel that sat on a hill just outside the Troy city limits. The unique curving design of the building loaned itself to the imagination of these two women when they decided to branch out on their own in 1997. The motel featured a Spanish style anterior that they closed in and made into a dining area where tables rest along the front wall against big windows.
The two had been in the restaurant business most of their adult lives. They brought with them their cooking expertise, good management skills and a work hard ethic.
The anterior dining area is separated from a second bigger dining space by a decorative open wall. Individual conversations from all over the restaurant intermingle. There’s a wonderful garble of words and laughter and the smell of good food that fill the air.
The table tops are decorated with a colorful collage of advertisements from local businesses. Customers seat themselves and look over the menu, which changes daily. Menus are printed on plain white typing paper that occupies each table. So that when a customer sits down, he can decide what he wants without any delay. Within minutes of ordering, the piping hot food is served. Talk about simple.
As for the taste. Critics lunch choice today was meatloaf made just the way grandma used to make it. Stewed squash and green beans you can season to your liking. Carrot souffle that makes you feel like you’re eating dessert. The price for the meal, which came with a drink, a roll, and hush puppy that had the distinct buttermilk flavor, was $8.29 including tax.
Sisters’ Restaurant was featured in 2007 and 2010 as one of 100 places in Alabama to eat at before you die. The restaurant is famous for its old fashioned banana pudding.
You can find out more about Sisters’ Restaurant in Troy, Alabama on their web site: http://sistersrestaurant.biz/