Steak is better than chitlins
“What brings this to mind is that I was driving to Ozark Alabama, the other day and I saw a bridge on the Road just west of Ozark which was called “James Kelly Junior Bridge”. Now Jim Kelly is a good friend of mine and also his father James Kelly Senior was. He was a very prominent member of the “The Dale County Chitterling Society.” This very unctuous society met at Mack’s Café there in Ozark. Mack’s Café was a fixture in Ozark for quite a while. Mack ran a drygoods store there near where the café was before he opened the café. I think he began hosting the Chitterling society as a public service. Anyway I am not especially fond of chitterlings but I did go to the society meetings to keep up my social standing.
At each meeting of the Society Mr. Kelly would give a speech, usually very humorous concerning “chitlins” and the merits of them as a food and how good they were. I remember he had one speech about a trip to Africa where he discovered elephant chitlins which is very comical. I didn’t go to the Society meetings so much that I craved the chitterlings but that I had to keep up my standing in society. I always enjoy the fried chitlins more than I did the boiled ones it just seems like it couldn’t get the essence of the hog out of the boiled ones. Judy would go with me sometimes but she only ate the items that went along with the chitlins which were collards and dry peas and cornbread and onions which, I admit, is a very good meal within itself.