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Ray’s Restaurant wins award for best peach cobbler in Alabama

A month or so ago, we wrote about a competition to see who would win the title of “Alabama’s best peach cobbler.” The contest, sponsored by the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Assocation (AFVGA), has finally come to an end. And you know what that means… there’s only one restaurant left standing atop the hill. That establishment is Ray’s Restaurant, located in Dothan.

Ray’s Restaurant won the ‘Bama’s Best Peach Cobbler’ competition, which started last month. (Source: ALFA Farmers)

The winner announcement described the restaurant’s cobbler as combining “firm peaches, soft-but-crunchy cobbler and melty vanilla ice cream into a recipe for success.” Owner Christi Peterson says the cobbler is a take on her maternal grandmother’s recipe. Apparently, it’s got a couple of secret twists that make it even better.

“When we were preparing for the judges, I said, ‘I hope they don’t ask for the recipe because it’s a little of this, a little of that!’” said Peterson. She bought the 50-year-old restaurant three years ago with her parents.

As the competition winner, Peterson received $300 from the AFVGA. The original Facebook post which allowed for restaurant nominations received more than 150 votes and 30 entries.

“It’s an honor to say we were even nominated,” Peterson said. “My paternal grandmother read about the contest in Neighbors magazine and said, ‘Christi, you need to do this.’ So, we did, and our customers responded in the best way possible.”

Some of the other finalists included Brunette Farms Market in Pelham, Fat Boy’s Bar-B-Que Ranch in Prattville, and Peach Park in Clanton.

You can head over to Ray’s for peach cobbler or one of their other dishes from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; they’re also open on Saturday from 5:00 a.m. to noon.

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