Mama Lou's in Robertsdale, Ala.
A plate at Mama Lou's, renowned in Alabama for its fried chicken.
Chappy Hardy poses with "Mama Lou," restaurant owner Lou Polka.
When searching for the South's best and most affordable cusine, Chappy Hardy calculates on a price-per-bite basis. And he's found a record-setter in Robertsdale, Ala.
At under 6 cents per bite (that's 98 of them, for $5.73), Mama Lou's restaurant delivers what Hardy, a.k.a. the Man from Hunger, is looking for: a lot of satisfaction for a little bit of cash.
Hardy talks with Scott Simon about his visit to Mama Lou's, co-owned by Lou and Dale Polka. On the menu: fried chicken, mashed potatoes, turnip greens, lima beans, string beans and peach cobbler, among other items.
Among the specialties at Lou's are the chicken — Mama Lou takes the extra step of icing the poultry before frying it in peanut oil. She also makes delicious deep-fried fritters of carrot (and of other ingredients) rolled in powdered sugar. The cafe is "the most wonderful, down-home buffet you can imagine," Hardy says.