Featured Restaurants

Casual dining

  • Abbeville

  • Huggin' Molly's

    Huggin' Molly's

    129 Kirkland St., Abbeville, AL 36310
    (334) 585-7000

    Named for legendary Abbeville ghost Huggin' Molly — a giant woman who roams the streets looking for people to hug as she screams into their ears — this family-owned, soda fountain-inspired eatery serves sandwiches, soups and burgers by day, and adds steaks and seafood to the menu at night. The restaurant's Molly Fingers — hand battered chicken fingers — are available all day.


    Casual dining

  • Albertville

  • Jessie's Cafe

    419 N. Broad St., Albertville, AL 35950
    (256) 894-4565

    Jessie's Cafe is a casual restaurant serving lunch five days a week. Jessie's daily specials are popular, but Tuesday's white chicken chili is a crowd favorite. More

    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Anniston

  • Garfrerick's Cafe

    655 Creekside Drive, Suite C, Oxford, AL 36203
    (256) 831-0044

    Garfrerick's Cafe serves up regional fare with a sophisticated twist in the small town of Oxford. Along with their steady selection of entrees, Garfrerick's offers unique daily specials. The pecan encrusted grouper is a customer favorite. More

    Casual dining

  • Arab

  • Fonseca Factory

    1082 N Brindlee Mountain Pkwy, Arab, AL 35016
    (256) 931-7687

    Fonseca Factory is a family owned restaurant that serves a wide variety of cuisines, making it a perfect spot for everyone. No matter what cuisine you decide for your entree, start your meal off with the spinach dip. Fonseca Factory's fresh spinach dip will give you a new perspective on the classic dish. More

    Casual dining

  • Grumpy's Pizza and Pasta Shoppe

    988 N. Brindlee Mountain Parkway, Arab, AL 35016
    (256) 931-2335

    Grumpy's Pizza and Pasta Shoppe is the place to get casual Italian fare in Arab. Along with pizza, lasagna and garlic bread, Grumpy's has an excellent chicken salad. More

    Casual dining, Italian, Pizza

  • L'Rancho

    41 N Main St, Arab, AL 35016
    (256) 586-9913

    Home to the annual Poke Salat Bluegrass Festival, this small southern café is located in downtown Arab. The oldest cafe in town, L'Rancho is a cozy spot to grab a home cooked breakfast or lunch. More

    Casual dining, Southern

  • Ashland

  • Anderson's Bistro

    124 Court Square, Ashland, AL 36251
    (256) 354-2481

    Visit Anderson's Bistro inside the oldest brick building in Ashland, AL for a plate of their famous Melvine's Chicken Salad. Works by local artists and historical photos adorn the walls of this town go-to, and the coffee bar serves just the perfect jolt of caffeine to keep you going after a satisfying lunch. More

    Casual dining

  • Athens

  • Clark's Restaurant

    1221 Kelli Drive, Athens, AL 35613
    (256) 771-7700

    Owned by chef Tom Clark and his wife, Kathy, Clark's Restaurant in Athens serves steaks, burgers, seafood and Southern vegetables in a casual, family-friendly setting. The eatery is known for its prime rib.


    Casual dining, Steak

  • Auburn

  • Amsterdam Café

    410 S. Gay St., Auburn, AL 36830
    (334) 826-8181

    Opened in the early 1990s as a place to feature the original owner's handmade Shulbock tables (and the first cold draft Heineken in Auburn), Amsterdam Cafe has evolved into a farm-to-table restaurant utilizing ingredients from local growers and the cafe's own gardens. Purchased by the Cleveland family in 1998, the Vincent Van Gogh-inspired, upscale eatery recently expanded to include the Starry Night Lounge.


    Casual dining, Seafood

  • Hamilton's

    174 E Magnolia Ave, Auburn, AL 36830

    Hamilton's offers an intimate and casual, neighborhood atmosphere that has made it a destination in historic downtown Auburn, one block from Toomer's Corner. More

    Casual dining

  • Toomer's Drugs

    Toomer's Drugs

    100 N. College St., Auburn, AL 36830
    (334) 887-3488

    For more than 130 years, the soda fountain at Toomer's Drugs has served sandwiches, hot dogs and floats at Auburn's historic Toomer's Corner. Famous for its fresh-squeezed lemonade, the drugstore is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.


    Casual dining

  • Bessemer

  • Milo's

    757 Academy Drive, Bessemer, AL 35022
    (205) 426-1650

    Milo Carlton opened his hamburger joint in 1946 after serving in the food service division of the National Guard. The story goes that regular customers helped Carlton develop the sauce, telling him when it was too hot or too sweet. The first Milo's franchise opened in 1983, and now there are more than 15 locations throughout the greater Birmingham area. To find a Milo's near you, click the link above and check out Milo's website.


    Burgers, Casual dining

  • Birmingham

  • Bettola


    2901 Second Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233
    (205) 731-6499

    Bettola is located in the historic Martin Biscuit Building in Birmingham's Lakeview District. Owned by chef James Lewis, recently named one of the best new chefs in the country by Food & Wine magazine, Bettola serves traditional Neapolitan pizza prepared open kitchen-style in an authentic brick oven. More

    Casual dining, Pizza

  • Full Moon Bar-B-Que

    525 25th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35233
    (205) 324-1007

    The moon never sets on this hickory-smoked barbecue eatery with outposts around the state. Former Alabama football coach Pat James opened the first location on Birmingham’s Southside in the mid-1980s. David Maluf, one of the current owners, said, “The one distinctive thing about every Full Moon is the way we cook the food. All our meats are cooked fresh on an open wood-burning pit every day. When you see a Full Moon, you expect to see smoke.” But that’s not all. The Half-Moon cookies and carrot cakes are made fresh daily. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • Gilchrist Drug

    2805 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, AL 35223
    (205) 871-2181

    Gilchrist Drug has been in the same location for nearly 85 years. The bustling sandwich counter is located in the heart of Mountain Brook Village and is a favorite lunch spot for adults and after-school destination for kids. Known for fresh-squeezed limeade, locals also swear by the egg salad sandwich and tomato aspic.


    Casual dining

  • Homewood Gourmet

    Homewood Gourmet

    1919 28th Ave. S. #113, Birmingham, AL 35209
    (205) 871-1620

    When chefs Chris and Laura Zapalowski purchased Homewood Gourmet from original owner Franklin Biggs, they knew they had big shoes to fill. A Homewood institution for nearly 15 years, the eatery serves made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets made with local ingredients. The Zapalowskis have a solid culinary pedigree — both worked for Emeril Lagasse and Birmingham's Chris Hastings. While they made a few changes, the pair has kept many of Biggs' signature dishes the same.


    Casual dining

  • Irondale Cafe

    Irondale Cafe

    1906 First Ave. N., Irondale, AL 35210

    Situated beside an old train station, the Irondale Cafe isn't your typical meat-and-three joint. Fans of the book, Fried Green Tomatoes — and its subsequent Academy Award-nominated film — know that this place was the inspiration for Fannie Flagg's story of love, loss and life in the South. Today, diners still take in the squeals and rumbles of passing trains, and the restaurant continues to churn out Southern favorites, frying nearly 100 pounds of green tomatoes each day.


    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q

    Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q

    1908 11th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
    (205) 320-1060

    Walk into any Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q location for the first time and you’ll notice that it isn't your typical barbecue joint. The brick-and-wood décor and blues and Southern rock playing in the background offer a slightly more upscale experience than you might expect. The basket of hot and crusty cheese biscuits serves as a complimentary appetizer to any meal. The meats include a parade of Southern barbecue: pulled pork, Carolina-style pork, Texas-style beef brisket, Morgan County (Alabama) barbecue chicken and turkey, smoked ham, and the option to choose between classic spare ribs (“marbled, brined, seasoned and smoked”) or baby back ribs (“most tender rib meat seasoned with hickory”). More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • Klingler's


    621 Montgomery Highway, Birmingham, AL 35216
    (205) 823-4560

    Baked goods, beer steins and cuckoo clocks abound at family-owned and operated Klingler's in Vestavia Hills. Serving the only authentic German cuisine in Birmingham for nearly three decades, the restaurant is known for its Black Forest cherry cake and extensive Sunday brunch menu. More

    Casual dining, German

  • Lloyd's

    5301 Highway 280, Birmingham, AL 35242
    (205) 991-5530

    Founded in 1937, Lloyd's is known for its casual setting and home-cooked meals. With an extensive menu of vegetables and other Southern fare, popular items include hamburger steak, barbecue, super-sized cheeseburgers and the eatery's famous onion rings.


    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Melt


    4105 4th Ave S, , AL 35222
    (205) 917-5000

    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. Grilled cheese sandwiches put smiles on faces. Whether it's a plain grilled cheese, a Burger with Matilda sauce or a spicy Buffalo Chicken sandwich , the MELT menu has something for everyone. They also keep vegetarians and vegans happy, with an assortment of vegan cheeses, fresh vegetables and gluten free bread. They strive for perfection and use local products as much as possible. Supporting the Ham is of the utmost importance. More

    Casual dining

  • Mr. P's Butcher Shop & Deli

    813 Shades Crest Road, Birmingham, AL 35226
    (205) 823-6136

    Owned and operated by the Pilleteri family since 1975, Mr. P's serves hearty sandwiches at breakfast and lunch six days a week. The market carries a variety of local products, in addition to the Mr. P's line of seasonings, sauces, marinades, cookies and cheese straws.


    Casual dining

  • Nabeel's

    1706 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, AL 35209
    (205) 879-9292

    John and Ottavia Krontiras bought Nabeel's in 1993, fueled by the desire to create a neighborhood place in America like they had in their hometowns of Patras in southern Greece and Trieste in northern Italy. The couple transformed the spot and began serving authentic Greek, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Today the restaurant is known for its Camel Rider sandwich, moussaka and the adjoining international market that carries everything from Greek feta to fresh phyllo, Turkish pine nuts and Russian sausages.


    Casual dining, Greek, Italian

  • Niki's West

    233 Finley Ave. W., Birmingham, AL 35204
    (205) 252-5751

    Serving cafeteria-style soul food in Birmingham since 1957, Niki's West is popular among locals wanting home-cooked, Southern cuisine. Second-generation owners Pete and Teddy Hontzas continue their father's legacy. In addition to the buffet, the restaurant serves steak, fresh seafood and breakfast six days a week.


    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Ovenbird

    2810 Third Avenue South, Birmingham, AL (205) 957-6686

    OvenBird is a casual restaurant whose menu focuses on amazing seasonal southern ingredients in a small plate format that takes inspiration from the live fire traditions of Spain, Portugal, Uruguay, Argentina and of course, the American South. More

    Casual dining, Fine Dining

  • Ranelli's Deli

    1225 20th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
    (205) 933-6983

    Ranelli's Deli is a family-owned establishment that's been serving casual Italian cuisine to Birmingham's Southside since 1971. Ranelli's is famous for their homemade lasagna, olive salad and their signature sandwich, the Richman's Poboy.


    Casual dining, Italian

  • Savage's


    2916 18th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35209
    (205) 871-4901

    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.


    Casual dining, Dessert

  • Saw's BBQ

    Saw's BBQ

    1008 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209
    (205) 879-1937

    Chef Mike Wilson started cooking as a teenager at a cafe inside the store where his mom worked. He attended Johnson and Wales University, later taking jobs at Dean & DeLuca and Cooking Light before turning his barbecue hobby into a business. Saw's barbecue is North Carolina-style and served in a signature vinegar-based sauce. While you can only get Saw’s pulled pork, ribs, chicken with white sauce, stuffed potatoes and home-style sides in the restaurant, Saw's Sauce is available online, in stores across Alabama and at other retailers throughout the country. Saw’s also boasts two sister restaurants in Birmingham – Saw’s Soul Kitchen and Saw’s Juke Joint. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining, Seafood

  • Tortugas

    2801 John Hawkins Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35244
    (205) 403-9800

    Family-owned Tortugas has served Chicago-style pizza from their location in Hoover since 1999. The homemade pizza is consistently voted among the best in local polls and was featured on Turner South's "Blue Ribbon Show" as the best pizza in the Southeast.


    Casual dining, Pizza

  • Urban Cookhouse

    2846 18th St. S., Homewood, AL 35209

    "Buy local, eat urban" — that's the slogan for Birmingham's Urban Cookhouse. Fresh, local produce and using kamado-style cookers to prepare their meats sets this restaurant apart.


    Casual dining

  • Blount Springs

  • Top Hat Barbecue

    8725 U.S. 31, Hayden, AL 35079
    (256) 352-9919

    Top Hat Barbecue sits 30 miles north of Birmingham on U.S. Highway 71. Owned by Dale Pettit, whose father became the third owner of the restaurant when he purchased it in 1967, the barbecue joint has been a local institution since 1952. Smoked over hickory wood, Top Hat's meat paired with red barbecue sauce is a longtime local favorite. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • Boaz

  • Mill Street Deli

    104 S. McCleskey St., Boaz, AL 35957
    (256) 593-7677

    Mill Street Deli is a popular lunch spot in Boaz. While the casual eatery's extensive menu includes soups, salads and a variety of sandwiches — from an Angus roast beef hoagie to a veggie wrap — Mill Street Deli's chicken salad is what keeps the locals coming back for more.


    Casual dining

  • Brundidge

  • Crowe's

    334 N. Main St., Troy, AL 36010
    (334) 735-3005

    Crowe's Chicken is an unassuming, casual eatery that's been a longtime favorite among locals and Troy University students. Crowe's is famous for its fried chicken and sauces, but regulars also recommend Crowe's fried okra.


    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Camden

  • GainesRidge Dinner Club

    GainesRidge Dinner Club

    933 Highway 10 E., Camden, AL 36726
    (334) 682-9707

    The GainesRidge Dinner Club, located in a home built in the 1820s, began serving food in 1985. The home features both indoor and outdoor dining rooms, where guests may be joined by one of the property's several friendly ghosts. The menu is simple, with a selection of seafood, sandwiches, and desserts, including the restaurant's popular black bottom pie.


    Casual dining, Dessert

  • Jackson's Fried Chicken

    231 Claiborne S, Camden, AL 36726
    (334) 682-9089

    Formerly Chick-A-Dee, Jackson's has been a staple in the small community of Camden for over 3 decades. Whether it's a made from scratch buttermilk biscuit, the often imitated but never duplicated COB, or the meat and three lunches served up with a dose of southern flare, they're sure to have something to please even the pickiest of taste buds! If you're not in the mood for fried chicken, give the taco salad a shot, or take home a cup of the (almost) world-famous chicken salad! More

    Casual dining, Southern

  • Clanton

  • Durbin Farms Market

    Durbin Farms Market

    2130 7th St. S., Clanton, AL 35045
    (877) 818-0202

    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.


    Casual dining, Dessert

  • Peach Park

    Peach Park

    2300 7th St. S., Clanton, AL 35046

    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. More

    Casual dining, Dessert

  • Cullman

  • All Steak

    All Steak

    323 Third Ave. SE, Cullman, AL 35055
    (256) 734-4322

    All Steak — initially called All Steak Hamburgers until original owner Millard Buchman discovered the sign would be too expensive — moved from Tennessee to Cullman in 1938. Today, the restaurant is owned by chef Matt Heim, who dined at All Steak many times as a child. While some things have changed, the original orange roll recipe and picturesque view of downtown Cullman remain the same.


    Burgers, Casual dining, Steak

  • Daleville

  • Castle Café

    1 Sansbury St., Daleville, AL 36322
    (334) 598-9005

    Housed inside a building made to look like a castle, Ingrid's Jewelry Store and The Castle Cafe exude a unique charm. For 28 years, the owner has sold jewelry and served authentic German cuisine for lunch six days a week.


    Casual dining, German

  • Daphne

  • Market by the Bay

    29145 U.S. Highway 98, Daphne, AL 36526
    (251) 621-9664

    While small and not exactly suited for sit-down service, locals swear by po'boys from Market by the Bay in Daphne. The seafood market and take-out restaurant serves seafood dinners, gumbo, oysters and traditional sides such as hushpuppies and slaw.


    Casual dining, Seafood

  • Rosie's Grill

    1203 U.S. 98, Suite 3D, Daphne, AL 36526
    (251) 626-2440

    Blending the cuisines of regional Gulf fare with classic Mexican dishes, Rosie's Grill in Daphne offers guests the best of both worlds. From fajitas to burgers and nachos to crabclaws, Rosie's has a menu that could please any picky eater. The T-Bird Sandwich has become the restaurants' most popular menu item.


    Casual dining, Mexican, Seafood

  • Decatur

  • Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q

    Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q

    1715 6th Ave. SE, Decatur, AL 35601
    (256) 350-6969

    After moving to several Decatur locations in its early days, Big Bob Gibson settled into its spot on 6th Avenue just south of town. Today, Big Bob’s grandson, Don McLemore, runs it. The second location on Danville Road is run by Chris Lilly, Don’s son-in-law. Both places prepare smoked pork and chicken using the same methods that Big Bob developed. Both spots also serve the same award-winning sauce. The menu has changed since the days when Big Bob served only chips and coleslaw with his barbecue. Now the restaurants cook ribs and turkey on the pit as well. And, of course, there are barbecue salads, Brunswick stew, baked beans, potato salad and the legendary pies. More

    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Caddo Cafeteria

    6091 County Road 434, Trinity, AL 35673
    (256) 974-5535

    Trinity's Caddo Cafeteria serves a wide variety of blue plate specials for lunch and dinner. The menu changes daily and features catfish, hamburger steak, lasagna, a slew of Southern-style vegetables and banana pudding on the second Sunday of every month.


    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Curry's on Johnston Street

    115 1/2 Johnston St. SE, Decatur, AL 35601
    (256) 350-6715

    Located in an opera house built in the late 1800s, Curry's on Johnston Street serves gourmet salads and sandwiches at lunch, and opens up for catering events at night. Husband and wife team Meg and Scott Curry have owned Curry's for more than a decade and are consistently named the best caterers in North Alabama by readers of the Decatur Daily.


    Casual dining

  • Demopolis

  • Kora's Place

    1621 Highway 43 S., Demopolis, AL 36732
    (334) 289-4911

    Kora's Place is a genuine Southern soul food café serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. A favorite among locals, Kora's is known not only for its cafeteria-style daily specials, but also for its dinner-plate-sized super burger. Finish it and get a spot alongside other champions on the wall of shame.


    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Dora

  • Green Top Café

    7530 Highway 78, Dora, AL 35062
    (205) 648-9838

    Built in 1951 as a 20-by-30-foot structure, Green Top Café was intended to feed all the folks heading west who had to stop at the edge of Jefferson County to buy beer before entering the dry counties of west Alabama and east Mississippi. The building underwent changes over the years, but the hickory-cooked barbecue remains the same. More

    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Dothan

  • Basketcase Café

    Basketcase Café

    228 S. Oates, Dothan, AL 36301
    (334) 671-1117

    A popular lunch spot and catering service, Basketcase Café is known for its pastas, hearty entrees and homemade soups. The casual, contemporary eatery also hosts occasional wine tastings and dinners.


    Casual dining

  • Old Mill Restaurant

    2557 Murphy Mill Road, Dothan, AL 36303
    (334) 794-8530

    Old Mill Restaurant has served steaks and seafood — including its popular grouper fingers — in Dothan for more than 20 years. Renovated in 2008, the family-friendly restaurant serves dinner six nights a week.


    Casual dining, Seafood, Steak

  • Enterprise

  • Cutts Restaurant

    417 E. Lee St., Enterprise, AL 36330
    (334) 347-1110

    A family-owned, local favorite, Cutts serves breakfast, lunch and dinner five days a week, plus lunch on Saturday. The menu includes a country cookin' buffet in addition to short order options like hamburgers, barbecue and the restaurant's famous chili dogs.


    Burgers, Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Eufaula

  • Bread Basket

    300 E. Broad St., Eufaula, AL 36027
    (334) 687-5567

    A small family-owned and operated deli, the Bread Basket serves hearty, warm-you-to-the-bone soups, and sandwiches that require two hands to eat. The BLT and club sandwiches are local favorites, but be sure to arrive early if you want one of the popular daily specials.


    Casual dining

  • Eutaw

  • Oakmont Bed & Breakfast

    107 Pickens St., Eutaw, AL 35462
    (205) 372-2326

    Oakmont Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of historic Eutaw, surrounded by more than 50 antebellum and Victorian-era homes. The new owners moved to the state from Louisiana and brought Creole cuisine with them — the breakfast menu includes New Orleans-style coffee, Creole cheese blintzes and the B&B's signature dish, praline French toast.


    Casual dining

  • Fairhope

  • Big Daddy's Grill

    Big Daddy's Grill

    16542 Ferry Road, Fairhope, AL 36532
    (251) 990-8555

    After 20 years spent working in other people's restaurants, Jason "Big Daddy" Newsom opened Big Daddy's Grill right on Fish River in Fairhope. Complete with a riverside patio, rocking chairs and frequent live music, Big Daddy's is known for its po'boys and the Big Daddy burger, made with Swiss and American cheeses, sautéed onions, bacon and a half-pound beef patty.


    Burgers, Casual dining, Seafood

  • Panini Pete's

    Panini Pete's

    2 1/2 S. Section St., Fairhope, AL 36532
    (251) 929-0122

    Panini Pete's, located in Fairhope's French Quarter, has been featured on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives" and "Guy's Big Bite." Chef Pete Blohme's menu features burgers, hot dogs, made-from-scratch soups, and European paninis made with house-roasted meats and homemade mozzarella.


    Burgers, Casual dining

  • Sandra's Place

    218 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope, AL 36532
    (251) 990-3344

    Sandra's is a small, corner cafe serving breakfast, lunch, coffee and desserts. There's limited seating inside, so locals suggest taking your sweet tea and chocolate cake to the patio to watch the hustle and bustle of downtown Fairhope. More

    Casual dining

  • Faunsdale

  • Faunsdale Bar & Grill

    Faunsdale Bar & Grill

    35558 AL Highway 25, Faunsdale, AL 36738
    (334) 628-3240

    Established in 1989, FB&G is rustic restaurant with a wood stove in an old town. Come enjoy steaks, shrimp, or crawfish in a relaxing atmosphere. More

    Cajun, Casual dining

  • Florence

  • Ricatoni's

    107 N. Court St., Florence, AL 35630
    (256) 718-1002

    Ricatoni's has served pizza and authentic Italian entrees in historic downtown Florence since 1996. Owner Rick Elliot is known not only for his fresh-baked bread with herbs and olive oil, but also for his comedic commercial appearances as Ricatoni Valentino.


    Casual dining, Italian

  • Rosie's Cantina

    302 N. Court St., Florence, AL 35630
    (256) 767-5599

    Rosie's Mexican Cantina serves traditional Tex-Mex cuisine in a festive atmosphere and boasts several locations in Huntsville. In addition to its reputation for serving breast meat chicken and homemade tortillas, Rosie's is known for its special house and vegetarian dishes.


    Casual dining, Mexican

  • Trowbridge's


    316 N. Court St., Florence, AL 35630
    (256) 764-1503

    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. More

    Casual dining, Dessert

  • Foley

  • Lambert's Café

    2981 S. McKenzie St., Foley, AL 36535
    (251) 943-7655

    Lambert's Café's roots may be in Missouri, but the newest location in Foley is still family-owned by the Lamberts, whose first location opened in 1942. In the beginning, the café was known for its meat, vegetables and desserts. Then, second-generation owner Norman Lambert started a tradition of throwing the restaurant's popular rolls to customers he couldn't reach. Today Lambert's is known as the home of these Throwed Rolls.


    Casual dining

  • Stacey's Old Tyme Soda Fountain

    121 W. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 36535
    (251) 943-7191

    In business since 1929, Stacey's takes customers back in time, from the jukebox to the Cokes that cost only a quarter. Stacey's is known for its nostalgic decor — model planes hang from the ceiling and a train travels along the wall — as well as for its old-fashioned malts and shakes.


    Casual dining, Dessert

  • The Gift Horse

    201 W. Laurel Ave., Foley, AL 36535
    (251) 943-3663

    The building that houses The Gift Horse restaurant has a storied history. Built by the town's founders in 1912 as a community gathering place, the space has been a dance hall, USO club, hardware store and skating rink. Renovated in 1984 with grand chandeliers, stained glass and art by the same woman commissioned to do paintings aboard the Queen Mary, the restaurant now serves specialties such as fried biscuits, baked chicken, praline sweet potatoes and apple cheese casserole, all in an elegant display atop a 28-foot-long, 19th-century mahogany buffet table.


    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Wolf Bay Lodge

    20801 Miflin Road, Foley, AL 36565
    (251) 987-5129

    Wolf Bay Lodge has served steaks and seafood on the Gulf Coast since 1973. Though the original location was destroyed by fire in 2008, the restaurant remains in business with two locations, one on Cotton Bayou at Zeke's Landing Marina and another in Orange Beach. Steaks and seafood are the main attractions, but Wolf Bay Lodge's lunchtime salad bar also draws a crowd. Plus, if you've just come back with a fresh catch, the folks at Wolf Bay Lodge will clean and cook it for you. More

    Casual dining, Seafood, Steak

  • Fort Deposit

  • Priester's Pecans

    Priester's Pecans

    208 Old Fort Road E., Fort Deposit, AL 36032
    (334) 227-4301

    Priester's Pecans began as a side business for gas station owner L.C. Priester in the late 1930s. Eventually, Priester expanded the business and brought in partner Hense Ellis, whose grandchildren run the business today. Priester's sells pecans, fruit cakes, pralines, candies, sandwiches and more at its store in Fort Deposit. Products are also available online and through Priester's catalog.


    Casual dining, Dessert

  • Fort Payne

  • Bar-B-Q Place

    1502 Gault Ave. S., Fort Payne, AL 35967
    (256) 845-6155

    Serving Fort Payne for just shy of 30 years, Bar-B-Q Place is just as simple and casual as its name implies. The barbecue is Memphis-style, chopped with sweet, dark sauce, but the restaurant's Jo-Jo potatoes are what keep folks coming back for more. Sliced, fried and seasoned, the side item beats frozen fries any day.


    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Fyffe

  • Barry's Backyard Barbecue

    85 County Road 527, Fyffe, AL 35971
    (256) 623-2102

    Off the beaten path, Barry's Backyard Barbecue is just what the name implies — a restaurant in a farmer's backyard. Open Thursday through Saturday for dinner, the buffet features fried fish, country fixin's, homemade ice cream, cobbler and barbecue. More

    Barbecue, Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Gadsden

  • Pruett's Bar-B-Q

    Pruett's Bar-B-Q

    1617 Rainbow Drive, Gadsden, AL 35901
    (256) 547-4118

    Pruett's has been a Gadsden landmark since 1976 and serves barbecue and country cuisine for lunch and dinner. Local favorites include fried chicken, ribs and Sweet Potato Fluff. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Top O' the River

    1606 Rainbow Drive, Gadsden, AL 35901
    (256) 547-9817

    Top O' the River is a family-owned restaurant operating in Gadsden for 30 years, with two additional locations in Anniston and Guntersville. Known for serving complimentary cornbread, slaw and pickled onions before each meal, Top O' the River boasts grain-fed catfish raised on a farm in neighboring Mississippi paired with greens and other sides made fresh daily.


    Casual dining, Seafood, Soul Food

  • Gee's Bend

  • Keitsha's Snack Shack

    13181 County Road 29, Gee's Bend, AL 36720
    (334) 573-2007

    Keitsha's Snack Shack combines a classic soul food restaurant with a casual sandwich shop. Located in Gee's Bend, made famous by the Gee's Bend quilters, Keitsha's offers table service, take out and catering.


    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Goshen

  • Old Barn Restaurant

    1016 County Road 2242, Goshen, AL 36035
    (334) 484-3200

    The Old Barn Restaurant sits atop a hill in the small, rural town of Goshen. Housed inside a 100-year-old barn, the restaurant serves up traditional, country cookin' for dinner Thursday through Saturday and for lunch on Sunday. Owned by the Taylor family, Old Barn Restaurant is known for its desserts, made from recipes passed down from generation to generation. More

    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Grady

  • Red's Little Schoolhouse

    Red's Little Schoolhouse

    20 Gardner Road, Grady, AL 36036
    (334) 584-7955

    Red's Little Schoolhouse occupies a building constructed in 1910. The restaurant opened in 1985 and has served country cooking ever since. Locals recommend the fried cornbread, pudding, lemon icebox pie and apple cheese casserole.


    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Greenville

  • Bates House of Turkey

    Bates House of Turkey

    1001 Fort Dale Road, Greenville, AL 36037
    (334) 382-6123

    In June 1923, W.C. Bates received nine turkey eggs as a wedding gift from his aunt. Almost nine decades later, Bates Turkey Farm still produces free-range whole turkeys, turkey breast, turkey jerky, turkey sausage and more, all available online and through its catalog. Just 12 miles down the road, Bates' Restaurant serves everything from turkey sandwiches to turkey soup and turkey casserole. Each year at Thanksgiving, in a tradition that dates back nearly 65 years, the governor of Alabama pardons a turkey — always named Clyde — from the Bates farm.


    Casual dining

  • Guin

  • Jimbo's BBQ

    161 11th Ave., Guin, AL 35563
    (205) 468-2272

    Like a lot of barbecue joints, Jimbo's isn't much to look at from the outside. They claim to have the best ribs around but locals swear by the pork barbecue sandwich and banana pudding. More

    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Gulf Shores

  • King Neptune's

    King Neptune's

    1137 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
    (251) 968-5464

    King Neptune's has been featured on shows like Bobby Flay's "Food Nation," the Travel Channel's "Travel in the Deep South," as well as in Southern Living magazine and Travel USA. Owned by husband and wife team Al and Diane Sawyer, the casual seafood spot is known for serving sweet, salty, melt-in-your-mouth royal red shrimp. More

    Casual dining, Dessert, Seafood

  • LuLu's


    200 E. 25th Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542
    (251) 967-5858

    Owned by Lucy Buffett for nearly 15 years, LuLu's at Homeport Marina is known for its live music, laid-back approach to food and a quintessential beach vibe that won't disappoint fans of Lucy's brother Jimmy. The menu is full of fresh seafood, fried favorites and Lulu's originals, such as Lower Alabama Caviar and LuLu's version of the Cheeseburger in Paradise. More

    Burgers, Casual dining, Seafood

  • Tacky Jack's

    Tacky Jack's

    240 E. 24th Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542
    (251) 948-8881

    Tacky Jack's began in 1979 as a small bar and grill connected to a marina that supplied fuel and tackle to fishermen. Since then, the restaurant has expanded to include several locations along Alabama's coast and in Florida. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Tacky Jack's is known for its Mexican garbage nachos topped with olives, jalapeños and cheese, and for its famous spin on the Bushwacker.


    Casual dining, Seafood

  • The Hangout

    The Hangout

    101 E. Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, AL 36542
    (251) 948-3030

    Home of the popular Hangout Music Fest each May, The Hangout restaurant is known for its casual and often-crowded atmosphere. Folks go here to drink, dance and listen to live music, but the burgers at the beach-front haunt are also known to draw a crowd. More

    Burgers, Casual dining

  • Guntersville

  • Crawmama's


    5002 Webb Villa, Guntersville, AL 35976
    (256) 582-0484

    In 1987, Charlotte Webb opened a seafood shop and 12-seat oyster bar called Crawdaddy's. She served raw and baked oysters and fresh shrimp. Twenty-five years and four expansions later, the restaurant boasts a new name, Crawmama's, a menu of 75 items and seating for more than 300 people. More

    Casual dining, Seafood

  • Haleyville

  • Guthrie's

    42455 Alabama 195, Haleyville, AL 35565
    (205) 486-9222

    The Guthrie family restaurant opened in Haleyville in 1965. It wasn't until 1978, however, that the famous chicken fingers and sauce — the result of a contest between the Guthrie children to see who could make the best chicken finger sauce — were added to the menu. In the 1980s, Guthrie's began serving only chicken fingers, fries, bread and sauce. Though the restaurant now boasts more than 20 locations throughout Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee, the sauce and chicken fingers are still made the same way they were when it all began.


    Casual dining

  • Hanceville

  • Dodge City Restaurant

    426 AL Highway 69 S., Hanceville, AL 35077
    (256) 287-1299

    Located inside the Dodge City Travel Center and gas station, Dodge City Restaurant is a favorite among locals and travelers alike. Truck drivers swear by the hospitality and regulars highly recommend the restaurant's fried cheeseburger.


    Burgers, Casual dining

  • Hartselle

  • Las Vias

    711 Nance Ford Road SW, Hartselle, AL 35640
    (256) 751-1402

    Siblings Susana and Fernando Salcido opened Las Vias in 2005 to showcase traditional Mexican cuisine not offered at other restaurants in the Hartselle area. The casual restaurant is known not only for its personable service, but also for dishes like chicken with mango jalapeño sauce and Mexican sausage quesadillas.


    Casual dining, Mexican

  • Huntsville

  • Beauregard's

    1426 Paramount Drive, Huntsville, AL 35806
    (256) 429-2600

    What started as a 1,000-square-foot, 40-seat restaurant now boasts multiple locations and what locals say are some of the best wings in Huntsville. Beauregard's has a classic sports bar vibe and, in addition to wings, serves ribs, burgers, salads and more. More

    Burgers, Casual dining

  • Big Spring Café

    2906 Governors Drive SW, Huntsville, AL 35805
    (256) 539-9994

    Big Spring Café opened in a railroad boxcar in 1928 and is the oldest restaurant in Huntsville. It's changed locations and owners a handful of times, but customers can still get a cheeseburger and fries for less than $5. Also on the menu are hot dogs, chili and onion rings.


    Burgers, Casual dining

  • Humphrey's Bar & Grill

    Humphrey's Bar & Grill

    109 Washington St. NE, Huntsville, AL 35801
    (256) 704-5555

    Humphrey's Bar & Grill is a popular, eclectic hangout serving traditional bar food. Arrive early to grab dinner and beat the crowd, or stick around to enjoy a beer and live music.


    Casual dining

  • Mullins Drive In

    607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville, AL 35801
    (256) 539-2826

    Mullins opened its doors in 1929 and is one of the oldest restaurants in Huntsville. Today it serves classic Southern-inspired, American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The drive-in's popular deviled eggs come as a side item to tuna or chicken salad.


    Casual dining

  • Ol' Heidelberg

    6125 University Drive NW #E14, Huntsville, AL 35806
    (256) 922-0556

    Family-owned and operated since 1972, Ol' Heidelberg opened as the sister restaurant of a now-closed Bavarian deli. After 40 years, the Schrader family still serves authentic German fare, from bratwurst, knackwurst and rauchwurst to schnitzel, spatzle and sandwiches on German farmer's bread.


    Casual dining, German

  • Tenders!

    527 Wynn Drive NW, Huntsville, AL 35816
    (256) 533-7599

    Mike Tepool and John McBride both graduated from Auburn University, where they'd kicked around the idea of opening a restaurant based around the chicken tenders and sauce they loved to eat in college. They developed the recipe in a small Fry Daddy in an apartment kitchen and eventually concocted the perfect sauce. Tenders! opened in 1996 and now boasts three locations in the Huntsville area. More

    Casual dining

  • Jacksonville

  • Cooter Brown's

    Cooter Brown's

    8464 AL Highway 204, Jacksonville, AL 36265
    (256) 435-1514

    Cooter Brown's has been serving "good ribs and tasty butts" in Jacksonville for more than a decade. Consistently named among the best eats in Calhoun County, the rustic, family-owned dive is known for its dry-rub ribs and friendly service.


    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Jasper

  • Black Rock Bistro

    24888 Highway 69, Jasper, AL 35504
    (205) 387-0282

    Locals call Black Rock Bistro a diamond in the rough. With lunch and dinner menus that change weekly, the restaurant highlights fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients in a relaxed atmosphere.


    Casual dining, Seafood

  • Lavaca

  • Ezell's


    776 Ezell Road, Lavaca, AL 36904
    (205) 654-2205

    The first Ezell's Fish Camp popped up in a pre-Civil War cabin on the Tombigbee River in the 1930s, when the Ezell family and the original cook, Pauline, hosted fish fries and sold catfish for 50 cents per plate. In the 1950s, Ezell's became a full-fledged restaurant and today boasts numerous locations, while the Ezell's daughter, Mary Ann, operates the original. More

    Casual dining, Seafood

  • Marion

  • Whillard's BBQ & Grill

    12267 Highway Five, Marion, AL 36756
    (334) 683-4200

    Whillard's claims to have the best hamburgers in the South, and locals tend to agree. The no-frills hamburger joint also serves fried shrimp, onion rings, tater tots and other short-order fare. More

    Barbecue, Burgers, Casual dining

  • Mentone

  • Wildflower Café

    Wildflower Café

    6007 Highway 117, Mentone, AL 35984
    (256) 634-0066

    Wildflower Café is known for its menu of hearty homestyle meals and organic and vegan options. Be sure to stop in on the weekend for live music and shop the café's country store, where you'll find gourmet coffee, foods, gifts and local art.


    Casual dining

  • Mobile

  • Bluegill Restaurant

    3775 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort, AL 36527
    (251) 625-1998

    Bluegill Restaurant in Spanish Fort has served fresh seafood in a casual setting since 1958. The waterfront deck features live music each night, making the restaurant a favorite hangout for locals and visitors alike. More

    Casual dining, Seafood

  • Callaghan's Irish Social Club

    916 Charleston St., Mobile, AL 36604
    (251) 433-9374

    They're always counting down to St. Patrick's Day at Callaghan's Irish Social club in the heart of downtown Mobile. A favorite neighborhood spot, the bar serves burgers, patty melts, cheesesteaks and other sandwiches in addition to Sunday brunch.


    Burgers, Casual dining

  • Dew Drop Inn

    1808 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL 36607
    (251) 473-7872

    Billing itself as Mobile's oldest restaurant, the Dew Drop Inn is most famous for its hot dogs. Covered in ketchup, mustard, pickles, sauerkraut and chili, these dogs are a hit with the locals.


    Casual dining

  • Ed's Seafood Shed

    3382 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort, AL 36527
    (251) 625-1947

    Family-owned and operated, Ed's Seafood Shed boasts one of the best views of Mobile Bay from its expansive deck. While the view draws a crowd, the family-style, Yo' Mama's Platter — Creole gumbo, garlic cheese grits, turnip greens, a platter of fish, oysters, shrimp, scallops and crab claws topped off with devil's food cake drenched in hot fudge sauce, strawberry sauce, pecans, whipped cream and cherries — sets Ed's apart from the rest. More

    Casual dining, Seafood

  • Kate Shepard House Bed & Breakfast

    Kate Shepard House Bed & Breakfast

    552 Monterey Place, Mobile, AL 36604
    (251) 479-7048

    Built in 1897, the Kate Shepard House Bed & Breakfast is nestled among 100-year-old Magnolia Trees not far from Mobile's most popular attractions. The oldest bed and breakfast in the city, the B&B is known for its gourmet breakfast featuring caramel apple pancakes, eggs with biscuits and gouda grits and its popular pecan praline French toast.


    Casual dining

  • Original Oyster House

    Original Oyster House

    3733 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort, AL 36527
    (251) 626-2188

    Seafood from the Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores has ranked as some of the best in local polls and national publications for nearly 20 years. The restaurant, which overlooks scenic Big Lagoon, recently unveiled its Man vs. Food Platter, a joint creation by the restaurant’s owners and Adam Richman, host of the platter's namesake show on the Travel Channel. But the star of the show at the Original Oyster House is the restaurant's pies — homemade Key lime or peanut butter chocolate chip made with a touch of Kahlúa.


    Casual dining, Dessert, Seafood

  • Pollman's Bakery

    750 S. Broad St., Mobile, AL 36603
    (251) 438-1511

    Pollman's Bakery has been family-owned and operated since 1918. Known for its Praline Dobash Cake, locals also swear by Pollman's King Cake during carnival season. More

    Bakeries, Casual dining

  • Saucy Q Bar B Q

    1252 Government St., Mobile, AL 36604
    (251) 433-7427

    The Wingfield family runs this big joint on Government Street. They eagerly share the reason for their success: “We don’t mind telling our secret ingredients,” Jarret said. “Fire, smoke and love.” Jarret and his brother Darnell work alongside their mom and dad, Jacquelyn and Elbert. Elbert started the business, naming it for the sauce that originated with his grandmother. “One day she fell sick, so she taught my dad how to cook it when she was bedridden,” Jarret said. “She could tell by smelling the aromas from the kitchen that he needed to add more paprika.” With that sauce as their foundation, the family built a menu of expertly smoked meats. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • Spot of Tea

    Spot of Tea

    310 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36602
    (251) 433-9009

    Spot of Tea is located in a nearly 170-year-old landmark building in downtown Mobile, across from Cathedral Square. The restaurant, which opened in 1994, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in an elegant, Victorian setting accented by a spiral staircase and other grand decor. Spot of Tea serves brunch fare seven days a week, including popular menu items like bananas Foster French toast, banana waffles and Eggs Cathedral — an English muffin with crab cakes, eggs and seafood sauce.


    Casual dining

  • The Blind Mule

    The Blind Mule

    57 N. Claiborne St., Mobile, AL 36602
    (251) 694-6853

    The Blind Mule is a restaurant and bar serving salads, sandwiches, pasta and other dishes using fresh and often local ingredients. Live music, trivia nights and an eclectic atmosphere accented by work from local artists makes The Blind Mule a popular hangout.


    Casual dining

  • The Brick Pit

    The Brick Pit

    5456 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL 36608
    (251) 343-0001

    The Brick Pit sits in a little one-level cottage west of Spring Hill College. A tiny smoker sits out front puffing smoke rings to draw you inside where the walls are covered in writing and memorabilia. When the spot opened in the 1990s, the smoker was bright red. “It’s mostly black now,” owner Bill Armbrecht said of the cooker that chews up hickory and pecan logs and spits out tender, smoky pork. The pork has a lovely bark on the shoulders, so sandwiches are a blend of tender inside pieces and crunchy outside portions. A red sauce tops off the pork, but not so much as to take away from the meat’s flavor. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • Wintzell's


    605 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36602
    (251) 432-4605

    Founded in 1938 by Oliver Wintzell, the landmark location of Wintzell's Oyster House on Mobile's Dauphin Street is still in operation today. With new owners, the restaurant now boasts 12 locations throughout Alabama and one in Pensacola, Fla. Known for oysters fried, stewed or nude, Wintzell's is frequently touted in food and travel magazines and was recently featured on the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food." More

    Casual dining, Seafood

  • Montgomery

  • Chris' Hotdogs

    Chris' Hotdogs

    138 Dexter Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104
    (334) 265-6850

    Chris' Hotdogs has been serving up its famous dogs with Chris' sauce since 1917 when the establishment first opened in downtown Montgomery. Hank Williams was known to visit at the height of his career, but you don't have to be famous to enjoy a hot dog from Chris'.


    Casual dining

  • City Grill

    8147 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, AL 36116
    (334) 244-0960

    City Grill boasts a location in Peppertree Shopping Center in addition to its adjoining sister restaurant, Next Door. Featuring upscale fare in a casual setting, the menu changes with the seasons, showcasing fresh seafood, salads, desserts and more.


    Casual dining, Seafood

  • Derk's Filet & Vine

    431 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery, AL 36106
    (334) 262-8463

    Derk's Filet & Vine has served hand-cut steaks, sliced Boarshead meats, fresh produce, casseroles, gourmet groceries, salads and delicious seasonings for more than a decade. An extensive selection of wine and beer and some of the area's best meat-and-three offerings earns the eatery regular recognition in local readers' choice awards.


    Casual dining, Steak, Wine

  • Lek's Taste of Thailand

    5421 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, AL 36109
    (334) 244-8994

    Regarded by locals as some of the best Thai food and sushi in the city, Lek's Taste of Thailand is known for its spring rolls and decadent peanut sauce. The restaurant also boasts a sister restaurant in downtown Montgomery.


    Asian, Casual dining

  • Martin's


    1796 Carter Hill Road, Montgomery, AL 36106
    (334) 265-1767

    Martin's has been cooking home-style favorites since the 1930s. Known for its fried chicken, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner Sunday through Friday and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Garden & Gun magazine.


    Casual dining

  • Momma Goldberg's

    Momma Goldberg's

    7960 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, AL 36116
    (334) 517-1071

    Momma Goldberg's Deli has served the Auburn area since 1976. Recently the eatery, famous for its Momma's Love sandwich (a combination of roast beef, ham, turkey and Muenster cheese) has expanded to more than 20 locations across Alabama and Georgia.


    Casual dining

  • Tomatinos

    1036 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106
    (334) 264-4241

    Dine inside, on the patio, or get it to go at Tomatinos. Located in the heart of historic Old Cloverdale in Montgomery, Tomatinos prides itself on creating high-quality pizzas with the freshest ingredients. Voted "Best Pizza" by the Montgomery Advertiser Readers Choice Awards.


    Casual dining, Italian, Pizza

  • Muscle Shoals

  • New Orleans Transfer

    1682 S. Wilson Dam Road, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
    (256) 386-0656

    Located in Muscle Shoals, New Orleans Transfer brings the cuisine of Louisiana to the Heart of Dixie. Some say New Orleans Transfer's gumbo could best any other attempt at Cajun cuisine. More

    Cajun, Casual dining

  • Opelika

  • Chuck's

    905 Short Ave., Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 749-4043

    After 36 years in business, owner Chuck Ferrell still prefers to do the cooking at Chuck's. The eatery is known for its sauce and chopped barbecue pork sandwich with slaw. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • Orange Beach

  • Ginny Lane Bar & Grill

    Ginny Lane Bar & Grill

    4780 Wharf Parkway, Orange Beach, AL 36561
    (251) 224-6500

    Ginny Lane Bar & Grill is located in the Wharf Entertainment Complex in Orange Beach and serves American food in a casual atmosphere. The restaurant boasts brunch on Sundays, an extensive selection of high-gravity beer and live music from local musicians at night.


    Casual dining, Seafood

  • Shipp's Harbour Grill

    27844 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561
    (251) 981-9891

    Shipp's Harbour Grill describes itself as "casual waterfront dining with a tropical twist." With an eclectic menu ranging from oysters to sushi to steaks, Shipp's can please any guest's appetite. Their specialty is the Grouper Pontchartrain. More

    Asian, Casual dining, Seafood, Steak

  • Phenix City

  • 13th Street Barbecue

    13th Street Barbecue

    3869 U.S. Highway 80 W., Phenix City, AL 36869
    (334) 291-1855

    Located in an old building that was once a grocery store and an auto parts shop, 13th Street Barbecue in Phenix City has become a local favorite since opening in 2003. Dubbed as home of the original pork chop sandwich, the restaurant is better known for its Hawg Dog challenge. Finish a giant, 5-pound Hawg Dog, which consists of pork, homemade chili, onions, cheese, pickles and cole slaw, in 30 minutes or less and join the Hawg Dog Wall of Fame. More

    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Prattville

  • Jim's Restaurant

    1504 S. Memorial Drive, Prattville, AL 36067

    Jim's Restaurant has been family-owned and operated since 1958, making it the city's oldest business still operated by its original owners. Specializing in country cooking, weekly specials often include fried chicken, salmon cakes, fried catfish and a variety of Southern vegetables.


    Casual dining, Seafood, Soul Food

  • Rainsville

  • Katy's Katfish

    1382 Main St. E., Rainsville, AL 35986
    (256) 638-7200

    Katy's Katfish is located inside a rustic log cabin in Rainsville, known as the Crossroads of Sand Mountain. Locals and travelers alike sing the praises of the restaurant's fried catfish and chicken fingers.


    Casual dining, Seafood

  • Riverside

  • The Ark Restaurant

    13030 U.S. Highway 78, Riverside, AL 35135
    (205) 338-7420

    The Ark Restaurant sits just off Highway 78 East not far from the old Bankhead Bridge and has maintained a reputation as one of Lake Logan Martin's favorite destinations for more than 60 years. Operated since 1979 by current owner Sylvia Cornett and her son, Warren Smith, the casual catfish house is known for its fried seafood, burgers and other Southern favorites.


    Casual dining, Seafood

  • Russellville

  • Daily Bread Barbecue

    305 Jackson Ave., Russellville, AL 35653
    (256) 332-9621

    Daily Bread Barbecue in Russellville is well known for its delicious caramel cake. Owned and operated by Mae Frances Nelson, the restaurant is open five days a week for breakfast and lunch.


    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Scottsboro

  • 50 Taters

    50 Taters

    24961B John T. Reed Parkway, Scottsboro, AL 35768
    (256) 259-3222

    The place to get your potato fix in Scottsboro is definitely 50 Taters. Known for its stuffed potatoes, 50 Taters also serves up barbecue and burgers. More

    Barbecue, Burgers, Casual dining

  • Carlile's


    23730 Lee Highway, Scottsboro, AL 35769
    (256) 574-5629

    Opened in 1976 by the Carlisle family — who also owned Carlile's Barbecue in Birmingham — Carlile's Restaurant serves dishes made from an endless supply of family recipes as well as recipes gathered from restaurants throughout the Southeast. Today the casual restaurant is known for its homemade sauces, seafood, steaks and barbecue. More

    Barbecue, Casual dining, Seafood, Steak

  • Cups Café

    509 W. Willow St., Scottsboro, AL 35768
    (256) 259-1525

    Cups Café is located inside the Unclaimed Baggage Center, a popular attraction in Scottsboro. Serving Starbucks® coffee, the café also offers barbecue, salads, sweets, baked goods, Dippin' Dots ice cream, and award-winning chicken salad.


    Casual dining

  • Mud Creek Fishing Camp

    804 County Road 213, Hollywood, AL 35752
    (256) 259-2493

    Mud Creek Fishing Camp is off the beaten path, but has earned a reputation among locals and travelers as some of the best food and service in the Scottsboro area. Known for its catfish, the restaurant also serves noteworthy barbecue pork and ribs at old-fashioned prices. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining, Greek, Seafood

  • Stevarinos Italian Eatery & Pub

    3509 S. Broad St. Suite 207, Scottsboro, AL 35769
    (256) 259-5420

    With specialty sandwiches and traditional Italian cuisine, Stevarinos in Scottsboro has been pleasing locals since 2007. This eatery is known for its beach bread — traditional garlic bread topped with tomatoes, blue cheese, mozzarella and chives.


    Casual dining, Italian

  • Triple R BBQ

    Triple R BBQ

    2940 Veterans Drive, Scottsboro, AL 35769
    (256) 574-1620

    Triple R BBQ opened in 1987 with seating for 12 customers. A decade later, the owners restored a 160-year-old, Jackson County log cabin and converted it to a casual, family restaurant with seating for 170. Decorated with local antiques and relics from the past, today the restaurant is known for its pulled pork, catfish and ribeye steaks. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • Selma

  • Downtowner Restaurant

    1114 Selma Ave., Selma, AL 36703
    (334) 875-5933

    It doesn't get much simpler than this. Selma's Downtowner Restaurant serves Southern meats and vegetables in a relaxed atmosphere, but there are two things guests should remember: Bring cash and arrive early if you want a good parking spot.


    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Sheffield

  • George's Steak Pit

    1206 S. Jackson Highway, Sheffield, AL 35660
    (256) 381-1531

    George's Steak Pit has been family-owned and operated for more than 60 years. The secret to their success is said to be the restaurant's famous open pit, where George's grills fresh-cut steaks, chicken and fish over hickory logs. An extensive wine list and homemade desserts complete the casual fine dining experience.


    Casual dining, Steak

  • Slocomb

  • Zack's

    160 W. Slocomb St., Slocomb, AL 36375
    (334) 886-9731

    Zack's serves Southern cooking buffet-style for lunch six days a week. Selections include fried chicken, country fried steak, pot roast, a variety of vegetables and 14 different desserts on Sundays. More

    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Stockton

  • Stage Coach Café

    52860 State Highway 59, Stockton, AL 36579
    (251) 580-0608

    Stage Coach Café is a quaint, rural eatery located in the heart of the Tensaw Delta of Baldwin County. The menu features Southern favorites like fried chicken, gravy and rice and fried okra, all made with ingredients owner Joyce Overstreet purchases from from local famers & fishermen.


    Casual dining, Seafood, Soul Food

  • Sylacauga

  • Marble City Grill

    112 N. Broadway Ave., Sylacauga, AL 35150
    (256) 245-8108

    Located in downtown Sylacauga, Marble City Grill features homemade specials and 145 varieties of beer. Occasional live music makes the casual dining restaurant a favorite among locals.


    Burgers, Casual dining

  • Talladega

  • Fincher's Real Delite

    Fincher's Real Delite

    521 East. St. N., Talladega, AL 35160
    (256) 362-2174

    Tucked away on the Coosa River side of Talladega, Fincher's has swapped hands a few times over the years. The restaurant is recently renovated and is known for its catfish, slaw, hushpuppies and homemade cake.


    Casual dining, Greek, Seafood

  • Theodore

  • Time to Eat

    7351 County Road 30, Theodore, AL 36582
    (251) 654-0228

    Time to Eat in Theodore boasts some of the best country cookin' in the area. The eatery, which is decorated with more than 700 clocks, has is also credited with serving one of the county's best burgers.


    Burgers, Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Troy

  • Mossy Grove Schoolhouse

    1841 Al Highway 87, Troy, AL 36079
    (334) 566-4921

    Mossy Grove is an old schoolhouse converted into a restaurant tucked under massive trees laden with Spanish moss. The restaurant serves Southern fried favorites for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.


    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Sisters'


    3316 U.S. 231, Troy, AL 36081

    Sisters Pat Rogers and Geraldine Umbehagen have operated Sisters' in Troy for nearly 15 years. With a menu that changes daily, the restaurant is known for its selection of country cooking, Friday night seafood buffets and homemade banana pudding.


    Casual dining, Dessert, Seafood, Soul Food

  • Tuscaloosa

  • Archibald's


    1211 Martin Luther King Blvd., Northport, AL 35476
    (205) 345-6861

    George Archibald, Jr. was 12 years old when he started working in the family barbecue business his father started in 1962. Today, George and his sister, Paulette, keep this diamond in the rough going, serving Archibald's famous ribs and vinegar-based sauce. Lines often form before the doors even open, and spots fill up fast at the picnic tables outside. More

    Barbecue, BBQ, Casual dining

  • Baumhower's


    500 Harper Lee Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
    (205) 556-5658

    Former University of Alabama and Miami Dolphins star Bob Baumhower opened his first restaurant in 1981. What started as a counter-service establishment soon grew to a chain of four full-service restaurants. Today, Baumhower's boasts 13 locations across the state, in addition to sister restaurants Bob's Victory Grille, the Compleat Angler and Bimini Bob's. The sports-themed favorite is famous for wings available in a variety of flavors and six temperatures varying from mild to 911 to Bring Da' Pain. The menu also features burgers, Southern-inspired entrees and popular ooey-gooey cheese fries. More

    Casual dining

  • City Cafe

    408 Main Ave., Northport, AL 35476
    (205) 758-9171

    City Cafe is located on Main Avenue in historic downtown Northport. A favorite among locals and students from the area's colleges, the Southern home cookin' keeps the restaurant packed five days a week.


    Casual dining, Soul Food

  • Cypress Inn

    Cypress Inn

    501 Rice Mine Road N., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
    (205) 345-6963

    Overlooking the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa, Cypress Inn boasts casual dining in an elegant setting. A combination of family recipes and local ingredients have earned Cypress Inn several distinctions, including a spot among the Top 10 Catfish Restaurants in America.


    Casual dining, Seafood

  • Dreamland Bar-B-Que

    Dreamland Bar-B-Que

    5535 15th Ave. E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
    (205) 758-8135

    The original location in Tuscaloosa, a homegrown joint with a worldly following, still packs in hungry diners. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, Dreamland developed devoted fans who would travel across the nation to eat at this storied spot. Nowadays, servers deliver complimentary appetizer plates of white bread and the same sauce that the original owner, Big Daddy, developed. Smoked sausage, chopped pork sandwiches and sides of beans, slaw, potato salad and banana pudding have been added to the menu since the original restaurant opened. But keeping those ribs just like they used to be is key to Dreamland’s success both here and at the other shops, explained Betsy McAtee, the CEO of today’s Dreamland. “All of our Dreamlands use the same meat, the same sauce, the same wood vendor out of Tuscaloosa, just like the original location,” she said. More

    Barbecue, Casual dining

  • Tuscumbia

  • Rattlesnake Saloon

    1292 Mount Mills Road, Tuscumbia, AL 35674
    (256) 370-7220

    Sitting in the shadows of a local cave, the Rattlesnake Saloon is a truly unique dining experience. Getting to the Rattlesnake Saloon is a trip in itself — patrons must ride downhill to the restaurant in the back of a pickup truck. After serving the lunch and dinner crowds, the Rattlesnake Saloon hosts live music and karaoke. More

    Burgers, Casual dining

  • The Palace

    The Palace

    100 S. Main St., Tuscumbia, AL 35674
    (256) 386-8210

    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.


    Casual dining, Dessert

  • Union Springs

  • Hilltop Grill

    18627 Highway 82, Union Springs, AL 36089

    Originally opened as The Grill in 1945, today the Hilltop Grill is still a locally owned, casual restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Known for its slow-cooked pork with special sauce and homemade stew, regulars say this is the place to kick back, relax and converse.


    Casual dining

  • Wetumpka

  • Our Place Cafe

    809 Company St., Wetumpka, AL 36092
    (334) 567-8778

    Located in a renovated general store Our Place Cafe offers a diverse menu in a casual setting. Menu items change seasonally, but crab cakes with dill sauce are a local favorite.


    Casual dining, Seafood