Sisters featured on ‘Delicious Detours’

Published 8:11 pm Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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Sisters Restaurant on U.S. Highway 231, Troy, is a featured restaurant in the Delicious Detours Across Alabama 2020 calendar, a publication of BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama.

Sisters is owned and operated by Pike County sisters, Geraldine Golden and Pat Rogers, and features home cooking, Southern style.

Sisters Restaurant is one of 12 restaurants from throughout the state featured in the Delicious Detours calendar, which highlights farm-to-table and fine dining restaurants.

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The sisters said they are honored to have been selected by BlueCross BlueShield as one of the restaurants to be featured.

“Any time, you are recognized for what you do, it’s an honor,” Pat said. “And, to be recognized by BlueCross BlueShield is a special honor. It’s the health insurance that so many people like me depend on.”

The calendar includes photos Sisters’ world-famous homemade banana puddin’ and, of course, the sisters.

“If I’d known the photographer was coming that day, I would have put on more makeup,” Pat said laughing.

Sisters employs Troy University students and the waitresses said it’s the fun-loving sisters themselves that make the restaurant seem like home away from home.

“And, the food! Oh, my goodness.”

“Chicken! It’s the chicken,” said Trinity Price. “College students love Sisters because they can get a real home-cooked meal at a place that seems like home. But then, everybody loves Sisters.”

Trojan Emily Boswell said she came to Sisters with her family long before she became a waitress.

“Sisters is like family to me and to most people that come here,” she said. “Great food and family. That’s Sisters.”

In 2020, Sisters will celebrate 24 years “serving” Pike County and far beyond.

“I was against opening a restaurant,” Geraldine said. “Pat and I worked at another restaurant and she was all for us opening a restaurant. She had a hard time talking me into it. But she wanted to do it. She said she wouldn’t do it without me, so, here I am.”

Golden said the restaurant business is hard but it has been a real blessing to her and her sister.

“I think of all the people we have met and the friends we have made,” she said. “We appreciate all the support we have gotten. Our goal every day is to satisfy our customers. We hope we do that.”

Much of the success of the restaurant is the sisters’ willingness to adapt.

“When we started, customers could order from the menu,” Geraldine said. “At first, we had the buffet only on Friday night and Sunday. Now, we have the buffet every day and Friday and Sunday because that’s what our customers seem to want.”

And, if the customers were asked to define the success of Sisters, the waitresses said they would say, “the food and the sisters.”