Monday, September 17, 2012
100 miles or less: Rattlesnake Saloon
The Rattlesnake Saloon was opened on Labor Day, 2009. Dining there is an unique experience.
It is way out in the boonies in Colbert County, Alabama. It is hard to get to, even for locals, but they have had visitors from all over the United States and many countries throughout the world.
Sitting comfortably under the huge rock overhang, I couldn't help but think about the people who have sought shelter there from storms or heat. I can imagine the Native Americans using this place for a meeting area or a dry place to camp for a while. Not so many years ago, it was used as a pig pen.
They have good food and live music and a hitching post if you want to ride your horse there. Most of us were picked up in a pickup, called the "Saloon Taxi", that runs from the parking lot to the restaurant continuously while they are open.
The Rattlesnake Saloon is aptly named. During construction, workers unearthed a mother rattler with twelve babies. We didn't see any live ones while we were there, but this fellow welcomed us.
It looks like an old west saloon, with swinging bat doors and this fellow gracing the building.
The notorious G-Man gets ready to face the sheriff outside. Is it High Noon yet?
There is additional seating on the rock ledge above the restaurant. Some call it the "lovebird" section. Be prepared to climb a lot of steps if you want to eat there.
This may be the most unusual place I have ever dined. Definitely worth a visit, regardless of where you live.
Have some snake-eyes while you're there.