Lunchtime in Scottsboro is a busy time for food markets like Walmart, Piggly Wiggly and Bruce’s Foodland where hot plate lunches and deli selections are served each day to hundreds of hungry customers.
Depending on which store you choose, popular menu items range from freshly sliced sandwich meats to hand-breaded fried chicken and even thick, juicy slices of homemade meatloaf.
“We serve over 350 customers for lunch every day,” said Cheryl Evans, assistant manager at Walmart. “Our hot food menu is very large. We have all types of chicken including rotisserie and hot wings, and we also have pasta salads, green salads and sandwiches.
“Our sliced deli meats and cheeses are wonderful,” she said.
Walmart’s Prima Della deli meats include ham, bologna, roast beef, turkey, and many others.
“We have sliced cheeses like Munster, Baby Swiss and Colby, as well,” she said.
“We slice everything to order and it is always fresh and delicious.”
Jett Stevens is the assistant manager at Piggly Wiggly, in Scottsboro, and said his store also serves hundreds of customer each day.
“It’s been said that we have the best fried chicken in Jackson County,” he said. “Our hot bar is sold by the plate and features a meat and two vegetables with tea or lemonade.
“We serve traditional, southern dishes like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes with gravy, and fresh cornbread,” he continued.
In the mornings starting at 7 a.m., Piggly Wiggly’s deli is up and running with fresh, homemade biscuits that feature sausage, bologna, bacon or ham.
“Our fried chicken is also ready at 7 a.m.,” Stevens said, “because a lot of our customers are third-shift workers and that is their supper time.
“Everything we sell in our deli comes fresh from our store,” he said. “Our chicken is hand-breaded and we have a commercial-grade smoker for things like Boston Butt, barbecue ribs and whole chickens.
“Our barbecue is smoked overnight for 12 hours and customers say it is delicious,” he said.
Miranda Tidwell has worked at Piggly Wiggly for one year, and loves her job and especially the food.
“Our food is great,” she said. “All of our customers tell us we really do have the best fried chicken in the county. It’s juicy, tender and crispy.
“My son, Jamarkus, is four years old, and he loves our chicken livers,” she added with a smile. “My favorite is the fried chicken and I always get it with green beans and mashed potatoes.”
Kellye Lee, of Scottsboro, gets fried chicken from Piggly Wiggly at least twice per week.
“It’s always hot and fresh,” she said. “It’s good, down-home cooking and I wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else for food like this.”
Bruce’s Foodland, newly opened in the old Food World building, also offers a vast array of hot food items on their lunch bar.
Bruce’s Foodland has a total of six stores, with a hot food bar located in their Scottsboro and Fort Payne stores.
Paula Bell is the deli/bakery supervisor and travels between the stores to make sure everything is served just the way it should be.
“One of our specialty items is the meatloaf,” she said. “We serve it on Mondays, and it is made with the special recipe of Ms. Ruby Doss.
“We chop fresh bell peppers, fresh onions, and only use extra-lean ground beef that comes right from our market,” she said. “Ms. Ruby also uses oatmeal and tomato sauce in her recipe, and it is the most delicious meatloaf you will ever eat.”
Each day, hundreds of customers visit Bruce’s Foodland for the meat and two vegetable lunch special.
“We have fried chicken every day,” Bell said, “and then each day of the week, we feature a different meat like our meatloaf, lasagna, pot roast or chicken and dressing.”
The store’s deli is open from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
“We batter our own chicken and cook fresh vegetables each day,” Bell said. “We also serve fresh cornbread.”
Walmart, Piggly Wiggly and Bruce’s Foodland all offer call-in options for customers who wish to place their order ahead of time and pick it up.
They also each offer decorated cakes and several baked goods for any occasion.