Alabama Food Blog

Kid-Friendly Alabama Restaurants Your Family Will Love

Looking for good food and a fun atmosphere for your children? Alabama offers many dining experiences that are enjoyable for the whole family. Head to one of these restaurants that are sure to satisfy both the young and the young at heart.

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Can’t Miss Alabama Food Events: February 2017

Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day mean it’s time for some fun holiday-themed food events in Alabama! Grab your significant other or your friends and head to one of these happenings:


 

Mardi Gras in Mobile
January 28 – February 28

Mobile is not only recognized as celebrating the first known American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 (yes, even before New Orleans), but also as home to “America’s Family Mardi Gras.” Delighting both young and old from around town and across the nation, this magnificent celebration lasts more than two and a half weeks and culminates on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. For weeks, the streets of downtown Mobile are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands, brilliantly colored floats and, of course, crowds of parade-goers. The floats are glowing spectacles manned by masked riders festooned in satin and sequins, and armed with crowd-pleasing “throws” such as beads, MoonPies, doubloons and candy. Mardi Gras must be experienced to be fully understood, and Mobile is the perfect place.

Alabama Wildlife Center’s Wild About Chocolate, Birmingham
February 11

The 13th annual Valentine Gala benefits the Alabama Wildlife Center and features a variety of chocolate concoctions from Birmingham’s best restaurants, caterers and bakeries. Appetizers and beverages (including complimentary wine) are also served. Participants can enjoy a silent auction, live auction and music at the event, which is held at The Harbert Center in downtown Birmingham. Complimentary parking is available in the deck across the street. Dress is cocktail attire. To check for changes in venue, date, time, cost or description, visit the Alabama Wildlife Center website.

Pour Your Heart Out, Huntsville
February 11

Get the Hottest Ticket in Town this Valentine’s Day! The U.S. Space & Rocket Center invites you to the hottest Valentine’s event in town, its second annual “Pour Your Heart Out” celebration Saturday, Feb. 13, in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. Enjoy an evening of food, drink and live music in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration under the Saturn V moon rocket, then step outside where our partners from Sloss Furnaces of Birmingham will help you create your own Valentine keepsake. Guests carve their own designs into a 4-inch-square sand and resin mold and the Sloss metal sculptors fill these molds with molten scrap iron from a 75-pound coke-fired furnace. Once cooled, the tiles are an upcycled work of art. The event will take place in the Davidson Center’s Saturn V Hall from 7- 10 p.m. The iron pour will be just outside in Rocket Park. Tickets are $80 per couple or $45 per individual ticket for non-members and price includes admission, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music by Juice and a mold for each guest to create a personal tile.

Tropical Vow Renewal at LuLu’s, Gulf Shores
February 11

Join us for the 9th Annual Tropical Vow Renewal on Saturday February 11th, 2017 at 2 PM on LuLu’s Beach! Recapture the magic of love! The event is free and provides flowers for the “brides”, wedding vow certificates, wedding cake and a champagne toast!

Knights of Ecor Rouge Mardi Gras Parade, Fairhope
February 18

Enjoy the spirit of Mardi Gras at this beautiful parade of colorful floats. Bring the entire family for this free event.

Warm up with Alabama’s tastiest soups

dish-detail-red-pepper-soupSoup may be the ultimate comfort food. A steaming bowl of your favorite can make an ordinary lunch or dinner a warm and satisfying experience. Cozy up to a cup (or a bowl) of one of these soups, stews and gumbos from the list of dishes to eat in Alabama before you die: Read More >

Alabama’s Best Places to Grab Dessert

It’s the season of sweets in Alabama this December, but these treats are best enjoyed all year long! When you’re in need of satisfying your sweet tooth, make your way into one of these delicious Alabama establishments.


 

Springhouse
Alexander City

SpringHouse in Alexander City is a restaurant that serves up sophisticated cuisine while celebrating local and homegrown products. Highlights of the menu include whole Gulf red snapper, a garden-fresh Southern vegetable plate with chowchow and buttermilk biscuits, and their signature s’mores with made-from-scratch marshmallows.

Savage’s
Birmingham

Founded in 1939 by William Savage, Savage’s bakery moved to its current location in downtown Homewood in the 1950s. Purchased by Van Scott in 1978, the bakery continues to produce deli items and made-from-scratch, hand-cut and molded sweet treats.

DeSoto Caverns
Childersburg

DeSoto Caverns is known for attractions such as a Native American burial ground, Civil War mines, water rides, mazes, and, of course, the namesake caves. But while families enjoy the attractions, they also note that the log cabin gift shop may serve some of the best homemade fudge in the state.

Durbin Farms Market
Clanton

In operation since 1938, Durbin Farms opened its market along Interstate 65 in the early 1960s. Later, they added a yogurt shop and started making homemade ice cream. Owned today by Steve Wilson, the market is still known for its ice cream made with high-quality cream and fresh Durbin Farms fruit.

Peach Park
Clanton

Peach Park is located in the heart of Alabama’s peach country. Famous for its ice cream and pies, the spot has grown over the years to include not only a selection of fresh peaches, preserves and other produce, but also a barbecue bar, ice cream stand and gift shop.

Morgan Price Candy
Decatur

Using her father’s secret recipe for pralines, Mary Morgan founded Morgan Price Candy as a mail-order business in 1987. She soon opened her own store, selling handcrafted chocolates and other sweets. Owned today by Nancy Curl, Morgan Price Candy still offers English toffee, pralines, gift baskets and other treats at its store in Decatur as well as by mail.

Trowbridge’s
Florence

An old-fashioned sandwich shop in operation since 1918, Trowbridge’s is the oldest business still operating in its original location in Florence. Still owned by the Trowbridge family, the eatery seats 50 and prides itself in getting people in and out in half an hour. The menu features classic soda fountain fare such as hot dogs, chicken salad sandwiches and, of course, ice cream.

The Palace
Tuscumbia

Inside a building constructed in 1833, The Palace Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop is a labor of love for successful businessman Harvey Robbins and his wife, Joyce Ann. After finding success in the flooring business, Robbins set out to revitalize his hometown of Tuscumbia. Robbins is responsible for many new ventures in the town, but
one of his biggest successes has been the Harvey milkshake, a thick, chocolate shake served in a stainless steel cup. The Palace sells more than 30,000 milkshakes a year, in addition to malts, chicken salad sandwiches and other menu items.

Can’t Miss Alabama Food Events: January 2017

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The new year means time for new amazing events in Alabama! Get ready to mark your calendars.


 

New Year’s Eve Celebration, Auburn
December 31 – January 1

Ring in 2017 with a five-course sharing menu in Ariccia Trattoria, a champagne toast at midnight and live jazz in Piccolo. Reservations are required, and can be made by contacting Ariccia Trattoria at 334.844.5140.

5K & Family Polar Bear Dip, Gulf Shores
January 1

Are you brave enough to take the dip? Party starts at 11 am and the dip is at noon! There will be a costume contest for dippers who dress up.

Visit Foley Coffee, Foley
January 10

City of Foley and South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce will host the 5th Annual Snowbird Visit Foley Coffee at the Civic Center from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Free coffee and doughnuts. Enjoy a walk through Foley and free gifts.

Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival, Troy
January 27 – January 28

The festival begins at 6:30 on Friday night with supper and stories at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge and continues with three storytelling concerts on Saturday (10 a.m., and 2 and 6:30 p.m.) at the Trojan Center Theatre (Troy University) in Troy. The festival features some of the country’s top storytellers and includes pre-show music by popular old-time bands. Call 334-685-5524 to find out more.

Pump Boys and Dinettes, Enterprise
January 31

Fall in love with this down home, earthy celebration of friendship and the simple things in life – vacations, hard work, fishing and color TV. Set in a gas station and diner, the “Double Cupp Diner” is on Highway 57 somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, NC. This musical stars four gas station attendants and two waitresses who sing and play all manner of instruments including kitchen utensils. The music is a quirky, highly imaginative blend of country, rock-a-billy, swing, rock and roll and jazz. Don’t miss the friendliest, happiest show in town at the “Double Cupp Diner”. For information call Coffee County Arts Alliance at 334-406-2787.

Can’t Miss Alabama Food Events: December

As the year wraps up, so does our 2016untitled-design-1 calendar of food events. End 2016 on a delicious note with these final festivities!

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Warm Up with Alabama’s Best Winter Eats

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As the temperatures begin to drop in Alabama, it’s time to start thinking about the best places to warm up with delicious seasonal dishes!

Whether it’s a grilled cheese, a bowl of soup or a hot beverage, here are some of Alabama’s coziest treats:


 

Classic Melt and Tomato Basil Soup from Melt
Birmingham, Alabama

Get cozy and order this classic grilled cheese complete with cheddar, monterey jack & american cheeses on Texas toast with a side of warm and delicious Tomato Basil Soup! The concept behind MELT is simple: a modern twist on a classic comfort food. The menu is approachable and the food is scrumptious. There is something about going back to basics that just makes sense.

Milky Way Latte from Eclipse Coffee and Books
Montevallo, Alabama

This coffee drink is out of this world! Treat yourself to a chocolate, caramel and vanilla treat while perusing the books at Eclipse! Eclipse Coffee & Books has been in Montevallo since 2001. Originally it was designed to be a coffee and bookstore but has evolved over the years to be a cafe, bar, meeting place, music and special event venue, study space, catering operation and overall hang out.

Chicken Posole from Cactus Flower Cafe
Dothan, Alabama

A bowl of our traditional hominy stew, thick, rich, in a spicy base made from red chilies shipped from New Mexico. Garnished with lime, scallions, and cilantro.

Chicken and Waffles from Acre
Auburn, Alabama

Nothing will warm you up inside like a good meal of real Southern comfort food! Enjoy a plate of a fried chicken breast, Vermont maple syrup, cinnamon-ancho chili butter and toasted pecans atop fluffy waffles. Acre is a restaurant that celebrates Southern Hospitality and the fresh harvest provided by the local community.

Ricotta Gnocchi from Epiphany
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Get ready for Thanksgiving with the fall flavors in Epiphany’s Ricotta Gnocchi! Sweet potato and lamb bacon bolognese, scarlett turnip and horseradish are all included in this dish. Epiphany is a farm-to-fork upscale casual restaurant dedicated to providing Tuscaloosa with a unique culinary experience featuring a seasonal, locally sourced, constantly evolving menu.

Dining Out in Alabama on Thanksgiving

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Whether you just don’t want to cook that Thanksgiving meal or you just burned the turkey, have no worries, because a delicious Thanksgiving feast is still an option! Restaurants all across Alabama are opening their doors for you this holiday, so take your pick…

 

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