Seafood junction_ algoma restaurant serves hundreds every weekend – daily journal

ALGOMA – Mike and Teresa Montgomery and their daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Scott Foster, took a huge leap of faith when they bought Seafood Junction in 2010 from the original owners, Jimmy and Carolyn Higgins.

“We had never been in the restaurant business,” Teresa said. Healthy baked chicken fingers “The Higginses took us in and trained us. Pan fried chicken fingers Their son, Gary, has the other Seafood Junction restaurant in Byhalia and we went there and trained for months before we bought this.”

The training paid off. Homemade baked chicken fingers The Algoma restaurant, which is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, evenings, typically serves between 1,200 and 1,400 customers each weekend.

“One thing that amazed me when we first bought it was that the same people would come in two to three times a weekend,” she said. Homemade chicken fingers baked “One night, they’d do the buffet, one night they’d have steak and one night they’d have chicken.”

Items on the buffet include a salad bar, fried Gulf oysters, quail, frog legs, chicken strips, boiled and fried shrimp, fried whole catfish and fillets, baked chicken, baked and grilled catfish, baked potatoes and sweet potatoes, stuffed crab, jambalaya, gumbo, chicken spaghetti, rice pilaf, fried green tomatoes, macaroni and cheese, steamed vegetables, fries, slaw, hushpuppies and a dessert bar.

“People think you can’t eat healthy here, but you can have baked chicken or fish, the salad bar, steamed veggies and a baked sweet potato,” Teresa said.

In general, Scott manages the restaurant, Teresa serves as hostess and oversees the servers and bussers, Jill takes care of media and Mike handles the grill.

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“The population of Algoma is 590 people and we feed anywhere from 1,200 to 1,400 people every weekend,” Teresa said. Chicken fingers in oven “They come from Columbus, Starkville, Vardaman, Tupelo, Oxford and Corinth as well as Alabama and Tennessee. How long to fry chicken fingers With the Tanglefoot Trail here, we have people who park their cars here and ride their bikes to New Albany or Houston and back, and then eat with us.”

Seafood Junction, which has 25 employees, prides itself on being a family restaurant. Homemade chicken fingers fried There’s a special kids’ menu and there is no alcohol served.

“We have a kids’ cave with a TV for movies and games and bean bag chairs,” Jill said. Homemade chicken strips batter “It started out being for our boys and then the customers found out about it. Homemade chicken strips fried Our kids enjoy it and so do the customers’ kids.”

Billy and Charlie Ruth Montgomery of Pontotoc were some of the first in. Homemade chicken plucker fingers They eat at the restaurant, which can seat 300, once a week and have done so since it opened in 1988.

“I get the same thing, the vegetable buffet,” Billy said. Zaxby’s chicken fingers calories “Charlie Ruth gets the charbroiled chicken and a baked potato. Fried chicken fingers calories We enjoy the friendliness. Chicken fingers nutrition facts They’re family-like here.”

“We like the atmosphere, the food and the people,” Faye said. Applebees chicken tenders calories “We feel like we’re taken care of. Batter for chicken fingers We had a special nephew – Dirk Dowdy – and this was his choice place to eat. Crispy baked chicken fingers God took him home a month ago. Chicken fingers oven The first time we came without him, we couldn’t come in until we’d cried.”

Teresa said when she and her family bought the business, customers told her the key to a successful restaurant was good food, consistency, cleanliness and good service.

“They said if you do that, people will eat with you,” she said. 4 fingers chicken menu “And they have. Chicken fingers and french fries This is not something I ever dreamed of doing, but I probably enjoy it more than any of the four of us.”