I went to Soul Food Saturday at Arlington House this past Saturday and loved every delicious minute of it. Pork wings and braised collards and perfect mac and cheese. Sweet tea and some chocolate cake made the visit complete.
Here’s some info from the home’s website:
Arlington is a fine example of Greek Revival architecture dating from the 1840s. Originally called “The Grove,” the house was built by Judge William S. Mudd, one of the ten founders of Birmingham, and is the only remaining antebellum mansion remaining in Birmingham.
Shortly before the end of the Civil War, General James Wilson arrived with over 13,000 troops and, using Arlington as his headquarters, planned the destruction of the Confederate iron furnaces and the military school at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
The property went through several owners and in 1902 became the home of Robert S. Munger (who also had one of the first “motor cars” in Birmingham). Mr. Munger did many renovations including plumbing and electric lights. He had another structure moved behind the main house, and that was used for a kitchen, dining room, sun parlor and sleeping quarters.
Located on six acres in the heart of Old Elyton, Arlington is a center for historical, cultural, and civic activities.
And Soul Food on Saturdays … on August 10, 17 and 31. It’s $10 for a plate with $3 for dessert. This lunch is served from 11:30 to 3. So make plans now.
You also can get lunch (not necessarily soul food and by reservation only) at Arlington on Thursdays during August and beyond. During “Thursdays at Arlington,” guests will receive a salad, entrée, dessert and beverage for $20. The price of lunch also includes a tour of Arlington House. See the schedule here.
And the beautifully appointed historic home is available for weddings and other events.