Do you like airplanes?
Good country food?
If so, you'll definitely be pleased with The Restaurant at Campbell's Field, located in Hayden, Alabama.
Located on a farm that has been in the Campbell family since the mid 1800's, the restaurant, ran by Carolyn Campbell Wigley, faces an airstrip which was created out of a hayfield by her brother, Fred Campbell.
(Being a close friend of the family, Mr. Campbell is not only the father of one of my very best friends, he also gave me my first tour of a commercial airplane when I was a child.)
Photos of different kinds of airplanes, along with their pilots, decorate the walls of the restaurant. The atmosphere is that of a family kitchen providing country-grown goodness. An eclectic selection of diningroom tables and farm tables mixed in with fast-food type booths provide a comfortable place to sit while you browse the small, but tasty menu.
Breakfast includes the usual country fixins: grits, hashbrowns, biscuits, bacon, eggs, etc... Lunch and dinner offerings include a variety of salads, a kid's menu, everything from chicken livers (if you like that kind of thing), catfish, hamburgers, and pot roast to barbecue. Wash that down with some sweet tea (which was excellently brewed, by the way) or some soft drinks and then try one of Carolyn's homemade cakes or pies that dot the counter up front.
When I visited this past week, I sampled the lunch special - pot roast with mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, cole slaw and cornbread. Very good food, and a lot of it, for under $5.00
My husband tried the cornmeal-battered catfish and proclaimed it to be the best he had tasted in a very long time.
And if you are lucky, Mr. Campbell himself will mosey around for a chat.
Go on over and visit Campbell Field and tell them Dana sentcha!
The Restaurant at Campbell's Field
2484 Arkadelphia Rd.
Hayden, AL 35079
Directions from Birmingham: I-65 North to exit 282 (Warrior-Robbins exit). Turn left onto Warrior-Jasper Road for 1.4 miles. Turn right onto Arkadelphia Road and go 4.3 (that's 4 point 3, not 43!) miles. The restaurant is on your right across from the airstrip.
copyright © 2006 Dana Sieben