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Find a unique dining experience at Nabila's in Fitzgerald

Nabila Covington has made Fitzgerald her home for 34 years. Nabila Covington has made Fitzgerald her home for 34 years.

September 23, 2004

Fitzgerald-- We've found some awfully good restaurants on our 50th Anniversary Tour, and Fitzgerald is no exception.

We found a place here that has unbelievable food, and the owner is one of a kind.

Welcome to Nabila's Garden Restaurant. Crowds pack into this downtown Fitzgerald restaurant every day. When one customer is asked what he likes about it, the reply is: "Well, the food, the atmosphere, the owner."

"Well hello ladies,” says owner, Nabila Covington to a group of diners. “I got some more fried chicken coming out."

This Cairo, Egypt native has lived in Fitzgerald 34 years, and she's learned how to prepare food. "The Southern way,” she laughs.

And that's the way her customers love it. What do you like about it? “Everything. Everything. He likes that fried bacon down there.”

That fatback? “Yes. It's good. It's good."

Good food is just one of the reasons customers love it here. "They're constantly checking on you making sure everything's fine" says another diner.

Nabila knows taking care of the customers is important. "When you come in, it doesn't matter what kind of job you are in, what kind of home you live in, you're always going to be welcome and treated equal,” she says. “We love everybody who comes in here. We just feel like family."

A family formed by Nabila's formula for success “Home cooking. Clean. We have very friendly waitresses,” says Nabila.

Waitresses who rush from table to table, pouring plenty of sweet tea to wash down all that home cooking and the bountiful homemade desserts found in what Nabila calls 'Sinner's Corner.'

"When you come in this corner, all this desert is homemade everyday." Everyday, where these customers enjoy southern food with a little Egyptian flavor.

posted at 10:15AM by dave.miller@walb.com