Alabama Heartland Trail
Central Alabama is a hotbed of historic and culinary treasures. It may take some time to hit all the legendary stops the region has to offer, but after visiting the mix of longstanding restaurants and family farms, you’re sure to come away with a true taste of Alabama.
Sometimes the simple things in life are the best. With that in mind, sample the classic peach cobbler at the Downtowner Restaurant in Selma. Remember to bring cash and arrive early if you want a parking place.
No trip to Alabama is complete without fried chicken. Satisfy your craving for the Southern staple at Martin’s in Montgomery. Recognized by the Wall Street Journal and Garden & Gun Magazine, this fried chicken is said to be the best you’ll ever have.
Savor the Greek-style seafood and delicious steakhouse fare at The Bright Star in Bessemer. Open since 1914 and owned by the same family since 1925, this local spot was recently named an American Classic by the James Beard Foundation.
As the slogan says, “Ain’t nothing like ’em nowhere!” Dreamland in Tuscaloosa has been serving slabs of ribs with their famous sauce and white bread since 1958. Stop in and see what all the fuss is about.
Toomer’s Drugs, located at the legendary Toomer’s Corner in Auburn, has been serving the community fresh-squeezed lemonade for over 130 years. Drop by and be part of a more than century-old tradition.
Located in the shadow of the giant peach water tower, Peach Park serves peach ice cream and fried pies made fresh with peaches grown just down the road. This is the place to get a true taste of homegrown Alabama.
Started as a side business in 1930, Priester’s Pecans has grown into a megastore serving up fresh, candied and salted pecans that can’t be beat. Stop by for a snack as you make your way through the region.
The Bates family has owned and operated Bates Turkey Farm for nearly a century. Today, they serve their own free-range, juicy turkey breasts on sandwiches and platters at Bates House of Turkey in Greenville. Stop by the family’s restaurant for a taste, or pick up a whole turkey from their retail store.