Daleville offers extensive mix of cuisines

By Jan Murray jmurray@southeastsun.com

Daleville offers extensive mix of cuisines
McLin’s, open since 1968 and famous for steaks, catfish and seafood, is one area favorite, in particular. The restaurant ranked in the top five in the “Alabama’s Best Steak” contest sponsored by the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) in 2012. It was started by the matriarch of the family and continues to be owned and operated by her son, Ricky, and his son, Matt.Another staple of the area is Larry’s Barbecue, which was founded in 1972 by the late Clayton Sellers of Daleville. There are several locations of Larry’s throughout the Wiregrass area.Open for nearly 30 years, The Castle Café is owned and operated by Ingrid Strange, a long-time resident. The restaurant is well known for freshly prepared European cuisine, specializing in German food.The Diner has been in business for 19 years and serves American fare. Owner Stephen Drown said most of his customers come from the military base and that his restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner any time of day. He said the breakfast burrito is probably the dish his restaurant is most known for because of its goodness and ample size.In addition to the burrito, he said that he has created multiple specialty burgers, each named after a specific helicopter. Each burger is different in build and taste because Drown explained he “looks at the helicopter, reads the background” and tries to fashion the burger after the selected chopper.The Diner’s most recent menu addition is the Lakota burger, named for the latest Euro-copter that army aviators are flying. Drown said it features Chorizo—a spicy Spanish sausage mixed with ground beef and topped with Swiss cheese. A spicy sauce for the burger was created and a hard egg is placed on top—the egg represents the rotor blade of the chopper. Several other specialty burgers are on the menu as well.Tugrul “Turk” Erturk opened Café Roma three years ago after he left the U.S. Army in 2012. He has had a restaurant by the same name in New Orleans since 2001. He decided to stay in the local area and give the business a try in Daleville. Currently, he said, the majority of his customers are military or civilian workers from the army base. Erturk hopes to soon expand into Enterprise.Each day Erturk begins his day by baking the restaurant’s bread fresh. “Nothing is kept” at the end of the business day. That goes for the gigantic Italian meatballs he makes himself as well as the house marinara sauce. “It’s about the quality of food, the freshness. It’s all freshly prepared,” he explained. Café Roma is open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon until 8 p.m. on Saturdays.Richard and Sabine Bellome started their business, Sweet Tooth Barbecue, three years ago in a food truck on Fort Rucker. The restaurant is now located on Donnell Boulevard. Bellome also makes his food fresh every day, including the ribs, brisket that the restaurant is famous for as well as other meats and sides. Nothing is kept for a second day, he said, adding they almost always run out of food by 1 or 2 p.m. after opening at 10:30 a.m. They close when they sell out.Sweet Tooth’s ribs were selected as a top 15 winner in al.com’s search in 2014 for the best ribs in the state. Bellome credits soldiers from all over the country with teaching him how to cook barbecue right and because of that the restaurant features eight secret sauces flavored after the regions they are modeled after.Ma Foosky’s Deli has been open on Daleville Avenue since 2006. Owner David Pfau said his establishment only serves the highest quality of meats and cheeses with no preservatives and no fillers. He said they make all their food fresh daily, including cheescakes and salads. Regular customer CW2 Brian Heldeman from Albany, NY said he loves the “fresh ingredients and different combinations” that Ma Foosky’s offers and he “highly recommends” the deli to others.The “City of Possibilities” has more than 30 restaurants to choose from including the ones above. Others are: Pizza Hut, Bojangles, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Waffle House, Little Caesars, two locations for Subway, Oriental Express, Tokyo Sushi, Thai Buffet, Thai Siam, Toi’s Touch of Thai, Donut Express, Avenue 6, El Mariachi, Mi Rancheta, Primo’s Deli, Sara’s Country Kitchen Buffet, Trifecta, Korean House, Choi’s, Hometown Hot Dogs, and Rocky Creek Seafood. The local VFW hall also serves lunches and the Inland Deli is popular for breakfasts and lunches. In addition, the city is home to Karl’s German Bakery.As one online review said, “what Daleville lacks in ambiance, it delivers in quality of food.”


Tugrul "Turk" Erturk, owner of Cafe' Roma in Daleville makes his restaurant's food, including extra-large meatballs, fresh everyday

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