Monday, February 20, 2012

Peanut Depot in downtown Birmingham

On Saturday my friend, "High Mae" and I were downtown for the Home and Garden show. Shows like that will increase your appetite. It requires much energy to shop around several acres of home products. We had worked up a hunger and I knew exactly what I had my heart on...




The unique building on historic Morris Avenue provides a glimpse into Alabama life at the turn of the 20th century!



I was so excited to find that my friend had never been and was anxious to introduce her to one of Birmingham's best kept secrets.




 For me it is a place that holds special memories of me being a little girl, riding downtown with my mother and Uncle Freddy for some of those warm peanuts. It was our tradition to go there anytime my Uncle Freddy came into town for a visit.


I recall mother parking on the street out front and as soon as we opened the car door, the smell of roasted peanuts enveloped the street and lured us inside.


You don't have to visit the store if you cannot. Today, you can have them shipped too!


Although the store in and of itself is worth the trip, located in an historic building. The same place that they have been roasting peanuts for over 100 years.




Its a step back into time.




In recent years, they have also added boiled peanuts to the menu as well.
Cooked Cajun style or regular.




But to me, the real prize are the roasted ones!




Need convincing? They are happy to give you samples...




The PD offer a variety of great peanut flavors - fresh roasted, salted and cajun. - packed for shipping in clear plastic bags to insure freshness. And storefront they come in paper sacks, just as they did so long ago.



In fact, not much has changed at the Peanut Depot.




Which is why is it so unique.




Using antique roasters, and the time honored method of not adding oils or preservatives, the Peanut Depot has been doing just that for over 100 years!




No machines here. Just good gloves to turn the hot cranks as the peanuts turn to perfection.




The Peanut Depot is located on historic Morris Avenue in downtown Birmingham, Alabama.

Address
2016 Morris Ave
Birmingham, AL 35203
Map
Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Phone
(205) 251-3314
Email
peanutdepot@gmail.com




Make the time to visit with your friends and family today.
Take a step back in time...


And enjoy!

7 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

And those places always smell so good. Reminds of the peanut shop downtown Nashville - wonder if they are still there.
Have a great week.

Beth @ UnskinnyBoppy said...

Great pics! Did you see my picture of the Peanut Depot that I took on Saturday after the Home and Garden show?? GMTA! There is a shot of it with the Alabama Theater pics. I swear you and I have some sort of freaky brain wave thing, Leigh. We must have just missed you because it was closed when we were there.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That is a great post... I haven't been by the peanut depot in years. I luv that smell :-)

4thelove! said...

we polished off our boiled peanuts that day!! so yummy! Book us now for fall pictures on Morris Street!

nancygrayce said...

Oh, that makes me hungry! What a neat place!

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Great pictures and recap. I am craving peanuts now!!!

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Great pictures and recap. I am craving peanuts now!!