Saturday, May 31, 2008

100 Places to Eat Before you Die in Alabama

I have touted it and touted it. And my dog earred brouchure that I keep in the glovebox of my car is proof. I hope you have one whether you live in Alabama or plan to drive through. I am talking about the foods that are all listed in the Alabama Tourism Bureau's brochure, "100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die."
Go to , click on the "Year of Alabama Food" icon, and then click on the top link to download the brochure. You can also call 1-800-Alabama to request a free brochure. It'll come in handy whenever you're traveling here. But I am still going to go ahead and share so you can begin eating your way across the state.....

100 must-try state dishes (updated -from

"It's been two years and people are still holding tight to copies of "100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die."
It's been so popular, in fact, that there's a new edition of this brochure available now. Call 800-ALABAMA (800-252-2262) and a copy will be sent to you.
A few restaurants have closed since the first brochure came out, which made room for including others; still other restaurants were cited for dishes other than the ones originally featured.
Russell Nolen, art director for the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel, did the layout for the new brochure, and he pointed out the newcomers to the list. Are there more than 100? Who's counting? "

Grilled chicken pizza at The Lumpkin House
White chicken chili at Jessie's Cafe
Alexander City
Blackened catfish at Cecil's Public House
Alexandria "Purple Cow" and "Strawberried Alive" premium ice cream at Wright's Dairy
Fried rabbit at the Plantation House
Barbecue at Goal Post Bar-B-Q
Cajun penne pasta at The Victoria Inn
"Shrimp & Grits" at Classic on Noble
Pot roast at 3 Guys Grill
Ashland "Melvine's Chicken Salad" at High Points Coffee & Books
Ashville Strawberry Napoleon at the Ashville House Victorian Tea Room Atmore
Crawfish andouille cornbread-stuffed pork chops at McElhaney's
Athens Catfish and hush puppies at Greenbrier Bar-B-Que
Auburn Crab cake and avocado sandwich at the Amsterdam Cafe
Fresh lemonade at Toomer's Drugs
Fried green tomato & shrimp appetizer at Hamilton's
"Momma's Love" sandwhich at Momma Goldberg's
"Tiger Melt" & bagel chips at Big Blue Bagel
Broiled seafood platter & Greek cuisine at Bright Star BBQ at Bob Sykes BarB-Q
Birmingham Buttermilk fried chicken with lemon basil sauce at Cafe Dupont
Cheese biscuits at Jim 'n Nick's Bar-B-Q
Club sandwhich at Augie's
Gourmet pizza at Cosmo's
"Half Moon Cookies" & marinated cole slaw at Full Moon Bar-B-Que
Hamburger and sweet tea at Milo's (Leigh's note-the fries-YUM!)
Highlands baked grits at Highlands Bar & Grill
"Honey's Pies" at Johnny Ray's (Leigh's note-I love the Chocolate pie!) Hot dog at Pete's Famous Hot Dogs
Lobster Pot Pie at Ocean
Onion rings at Lloyd's
Parmesan souffle at Bottega
Pastries at Chez Fonfon
She-crab soup & crab cakes at Cobb Lane
"Sweet Potato Hash" at Standard Bistro
Tomato salad & pickled okra at Hot and Hot Fish Club
Vegetable buffet at Niki's West
Vine-ripe tomatoes with Parmesan flan at Fire
Blount Springs
BBQ with tomato sauce at Top Hat
Jambalaya at Station House Grille
Chicken salad at Mill Street Deli
Black Bottom pie at the GainesRidge Dinner Club
BBQ & "Three-n-One" sauce from Bishop's Barbecue
Fudge at DeSoto Caverns Clanton Peach ice cream at Durbin Farms Market
Peach pie at Peach Park
Pecan pie at Heaton Farms
Coden Soft-shell crab po-boy at Mary's Place
Hot orange rolls at All Steak Daleville
"Castle Club" sandwich at the Castle Cafe
Daphne Roasted pork chop with garlic grits & green tomato chutney at Camellia Cafe
BBQ chicken with white sauce at Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q
Seafood-filled mushroom caps at Simp McGhee's
Taco and broccoli salad at Curry's on Johnston Street
Toffee at the Morgan Price Candy Company
Demopolis Soul food at Kora's Place
BBQ with vinegar/tomato sauce at the Green Top Cafe Dothan Doughnuts at Loyless Donuts
Fried cornbread at Kathy's Kountry Kitchen
Grouper fingers at the Old Mill Restaurant
Homemade soups at Basketcase Cafe
Sun-dried tomato bread & tomato soup at River Nile
Cheese from Sweet Home Farm (did you doubt that I'd have been here?) Seafood platter & gumbo at Wolf Bay Lodge
Chili dog at Cutt's
Grouper with pecan sauce at The Rawls
"Molasses Crinkles" cookies at Carlisle's
Bacon, egg & cheese sandwich at Bread Basket
Drop biscuits & apple jelly at Cotton Patch (sadly enough, this place is no longer in business) "Pecan Praline French Toast" at Oakmont Bed & Breakfast
Crab cakes at Fairhope Inn & Restaurant
Gumbo at Gumbo Shack
"Pier Grits" at Bay Breeze Guest House
Pork & beans at Julwin's Seared tuna panini & key lime aioli at Panini Pete's
Faunsdale Crawfish pie at Ca-John's Fayette
Strawberry almond waffles at Columbus Street Inn
Florence Bread with herbs & olive oil at Ricatoni's
Orange-pineapple ice cream at Trowbridge's
"Squash Blossoms" at 360 Grille
Steak & Dale's seasoning at Dale's
Apple cheese casserole at The Gift Horse
Key lime milkshake at the Stacey Old Tyme Soda Fountain
"Throwed Rolls" at Lambert's Cafe Fort Deposit Pecan Fruit Cake & pralines at Priester's Pecans
Fort Payne "JoJo" potatoes at the Bar-B-Q Place
Buffet & BBQ at Barry's Backyard Barbecue
Catfish and greens at Top O the River "Sweet Potato Fluff" at Pruett's Bar-B-Q
Hickory-smoked turkey sandwich at Bates House of Turkey Gulf Shores
Cheesecake at Hope's Cheesecake
"L.A. (Lower Alabama) Caviar" of black-eyed peas & "Cheeseburger in Paradise" at Lulu's
Oysters at the Original Oyster House Royal Red Shrimp at King Neptune's Guntersville
Crawfish at Crawmamma's
Seafood Campoli at Martinville Grille
Spinach salad at La Strada
Haleyville Chicken fingers & sauce at Guthrie's
Harpersville Wines from Morgan Creek Vineyards
Hartselle "Mercedes Special" skillet at Las Vias
Hayneville Sweet shrimp at Bayboy Farms
Headland Peanut butter pie at the Porch House
Butterscotch shakes at Pop's Charburgers
Baby blue salad at Franklin's Homewood Gourmet
"Camel Rider" sandwich & moussaka at Nabeel's (one of my favorite restaurants!) Lasagna at GianMarco's
Pimiento cheese on tomato bread at Savage's
Deep-dish stuffed pizza at Tortugas Hamburgers at Harry's Place
"Big Daddy" chicken plate at Tenders!
Deviled eggs at Mullins Drive In
Fettuccine at 801 Franklin
Florentine cookies at Jazz Factory
"German Brown Farmer's Bread" at Ol Heidelberg
Hot wings & habanero sauce at Beauregard's
Lamb at the Chef's Table
Meatloaf at G's Country Kitchen
Steak at Pauli's Bar & Grill
Tea & "sugar water" pitcher at Humphrey's Bar & Grill
Tex-Mex cuisine at Rosie's Cantina
Irondale BBQ & baked beans at Golden Rule Bar-B-Q Fried green tomatoes at the Irondale Cafe Jacksonville
Ribs at Cooter Brown's
Smokehouse ham, sausage, bacon & cathead biscuits at Uncle Mort's
Catfish & cole slaw at Ezell's Fish Camp
Lineville Catfish at Red's
Magnolia Springs
Whiskey steak at Jesse's
Hamburgers at J&R's
Black-eyed pea cake and trout at the Mentone Springs Hotel
Chicken & dressing at Dessie's Kountry Chef
Chili Corn Pone at the Log Cabin Restaurant and Deli "Decadent French Toast" at Mountain Laurel Inn
Millbrook BBQ at the Smoke House
Butterbean cake at The Pillars
Bread pudding & whiskey sauce at Captain's Table
Candied pecans at Tanner Pecans & Candies
Chicken & dumplings at Dick Russell's
Chocolates at Three George's
Coconut cream pie at the Tiny Diny
Fudge brownies at Pollman's Bakery
Hot dog at Dew Drop Inn
Oysters "fried, stewed or nude" at Wintzell's
"Pecan Praline French Toast" at Kate Shepard House Bed & Breakfast
Ribs at Saucy Q Bar B Q
Seafood dressing at J.P.'s Southern Heritage
Smoked BBQ at The Brick Pit
Strawberry tea at Spot of Tea
Weiner schnitzel at Osman's
Catfish & cheese grits at David's Catfish House
Blackened elk with blackberry port sauce at Vintage Year
Cornbread dressing at the Davis Cafe
Fresca salad with house dressing at Sinclair's
Fried chicken at Martin's
Fried green tomato sandwich at La Jolla
Hot dog & sauce at Chris
Lemon catfish & collards at Isaiah's
Oyster salad at City Grill
"Peta's Painfully Sweet Potato Pie" at PJR's Fish & BBQ
Pizza at Tony's
Sauteed crab claws at Jubilee Seafood
Spring roll with peanut sauce at Lek's Taste of Thailand
Vegetabales at Martha's Place
Veggies on the hout bar at Derk's Filet & Vine
"Wild Rice Waffles" at Red Bluff Inn
Mountain Brook Chocolate lava cake at daniel george
Fresh-squeezed limeade at Gilchrist Drug Muscle Shoals Fried green tomatoes at Campbell's
Barbecued ribs at Archibald's
"Meat & three" at City Cafe
Thai emerald curry with tiger shrimp at The Globe
Barbecue pork sandwich at Chuck's
Crab & Corn Bisque at Warehouse Bistro
Gumbo at Christopher
Orange Beach Pecan snapper at Voyagers - Perdido Beach Resort
"Rose Cou Rouge" (redneck rose) wine at Perdido Vineyards
Phenix City
Pork chop sandwich with mustard sauce at 13th Street Barbecue
Pine Level
Apple cheese casserole at Red's Little Schoolhouse
Point Clear Crabmeat omelet at the Grand Hotel
Divinity & pecan butter crunch at Punta Clara Kitchen
Key lime bread pudding at The Wash House
Royal red shrimp at Pelican Point Grill
Squash croquettes at the Guest House
Shrimp & catfish at The Ark
Caramel cake at Daily Bread
Catfish at Mud Creek Fishing Camp
Hot dog & red slaw at Payne's
Shrimp & grits at The Docks at Goose Pond Colony
"TLuv's Sweet Tomato Pie" at Blue Willow Bistro
and here
Tomato pie at Carlile's
Marinated chicken breast sandwich at Major Grumbles
New York strip at the Tally-Ho
Pecan cobbler at Downtowner
Tomato pie at Our House
Hush puppies at Back Forty
Slocomb Cornbread & fried green tomatoes at Zack's
Spanish Fort
Crab soup at Felix's Fish Camp
Stuffed flounder & original Greek salad at Roussos
"Yo Mama's Platter" at Ed's Seafood Shed
Catfish at Sate Coach Cafe
Spinach mushroom quesadilla at Marble City Grill
Talladega Grilled catfish at Fincher's
Muscadine wine at Bryant Vineyards
Buffet at Hotel Talisi
Thomaston "Grits & Grillades" & pepper jelly a Mama Nem's
Trinity White cream corn at Caddo Cafeteria
Troy Banana pudding at Sisters
Beans & cornbread at Mossy Grove Schoolhouse
Chicken fingers & dipping sauce at Crowe's
Crab cakes at Evangeline's
"Hoppin' John" at Cypress Inn Ribs & white bread at Dreamland Roasted red pepper soup & lasagna at Cafe Venice (one of my favorite restaurants)
Stuffed mushrooms at Kazy's
Wings at Bob Baumhower's Wings Sports Grille
"Mean Greens" & fried chicken at Taliaferro's
Tuscumbia "Harvey" milkshake at The Palace
Vestavia Hills
"Anthony's Salad" at L (local)
Black Forest Cake at Klingler's White Chocolate Bread Pudding at Nonnas
Honeysuckle, lavendar honey & pomegranate ice cream at Yellow Hammer
Crab cakes & dill sauce at Our Place Cafe

Ya'll take a look at the list and let me know if you've been to any of these places and what your thoughts are.


Snark Meister said...

Wow...I SO need to visit AL someday. I did a year in school in VA.

Keetha said...

Oh wow - - - all the food sounds GREAT, but the dieing part - - - that I DON'T want to think about!!! :-)

Terri said...

I'm printing out that list! We can hit a few spots when we spend the night in Dothan/Ozark on the 21st.

Keetha said...

What if I don't die in Alabama?

Charnita's Xpressions said...

I can't believe it! My son and I were talking in the car on the way down today-- about printing the list and trying to hit a few places at my Moms this week!
And I go to catch up on your blog and....THERE IT IS.
Weird ESP.....

Lindsey said...

I've visited lots of these places....especially the ones in Auburn (ah, the glory days). Jessie's Cafe in Albertville is my weekly date with my grandmother and mother. They must have the white chicken chili and it is only served on Tuesday. You'll find me there every Tuesday at have to get there early if you want some:) Enjoyed this post.

The Troll said...

I've been to at least 3 of the ones in Dothan and to "Sisters" in Troy. Don't recall if had any of the dishes listed.

I'll be Dothan in two weeks so maybe I'll try em.

Travis said...

Lots of those places in Birmingham have been recommended by my pals in the Alabama division of Soul Patrol.

"J" said...

So when I come to stay with you this is where I want to go: lol =)

Catfish and hush puppies at Greenbrier Bar-B-Que....

Crab cake and avocado sandwich at the Amsterdam Cafe....

Fried green tomato & shrimp appetizer at Hamilton's...
YUM-ERS...Fried green tomato!!!!

Onion rings at Lloyd's....
I love love love Onion Rings!!!

Sweet Potato Hash" at Standard Bistro....
This sounds WONDERFUL!

Soul food at Kora's Place....
This place sounds WONDERFUL!

Crab cakes at Fairhope Inn & Restaurant...
Once again Crab Cakes!!! Awwwwwwww!

Catfish and greens at Top O the River....
YUMMY! Catfish!

Catfish at Mud Creek Fishing Camp

Cornbread & fried green tomatoes at Zack's

These are just a FEW that I would want to hit up!!! HA!

Now you see why I can't lose weight! I love food way to much!!! =)

Leigh said...

Snark-really-you could eat your way through. And there is nothing like Southern cooking.

Keetha-Oh, but no. And you needent die in Alabama, just eat. Then you can leave happily.

Terri-You need to call that number and order the brouchure.Request 2 of them (thats what I did). I keep one in my purse and the other in my glove box of my car. I need another for hubby's car.

Lindsey-I need to go there. If for nothing more-to run into you! Enjoy your lunch tomorrow. And BTW- my fmaily is from that a-way. Collinsville/Glencoe/Guntersville/
Gadsden area

Troll-write it down. You must try it and report in how it was! You can be the special coorespondant of dining much like my friend Freddy was for DWTstars.

Travis-Gotta Love the Soul Patrol! "Soul patrol, soul patrol! Whew!"

J-Come on!! I am ready! You and I both!

Anonymous said...

Huntsville - Mullins - Chili dog!

RockstarGirl said...

I live close to Scottsboro, and I can tell you... Mud Creek's catfish ain't the only reason to eat there, and an even better reason to visit Payne's is for the AMAZING chocolate and strawberry malts.

Carlile's tomato pie is so popular, they actually ran the recipe in the local paper a while back. Tasty stuff, that.

Anonymous said...

Diamond Jims in Livingston has to be added to this list. Somewhere close to top.

Maurice said...

It's not dining out without some dessert!! Please give an honorable mention to Jillybean's Cupcakes in Jacksonville, Al. Great gourmet cupcakes at a great price! A must try if you are in the area!

Anonymous said...

Barrys bbq in fyffe is amazing! Not only the bbq but the chicken, ribs, and catfish! Can't forget their homemade peach ice cream and momma nels peach cobbler! You won't find home cooking anywhere near as good as you will there. All you can eat buffet! So worth the try!

jimmy said...

i have ate at 3 guys grill in Arab and Barry's BBQ in Fyffe and Big bob Gipsons in Decatur. however it needs to be 101 places to need to go to Sweet Home Cafe in Powell Alabama. its located on Hwy 35 between Rainsville and Jackson County, they have awesome broasted chicken, its to die for and just up the road is college corner cafe, awesome Hamburgers and Peanut Butter milkshakes. its located directly across the street from Northeast Alabama Community College.

Kevin Wade said...

I hope you have one whether you live in Alabama or plan to drive through. I am talking about the foods that are all listed in the Alabama Tourism Bureau's brochure.

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