Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Depot

(Last month on July 3rd, I gave a hometown tour of my hometown of Helena, Alabama. I thought I would give more individual credit to the city I love and it's businesses. You can find more Helena businesses and information featured on the City of Helena tab at the very bottom of my right sidebar. It is under the "Labels" tab.Today I am taking you to the place in town to eat and socialize, and that's The Depot Deli & Grill.)

The Place to go

Located in the heart of Old Town Helena and nestled comfortably near the Buck Creek Waterfall sits one of the Birmingham area's best kept family restaurant secrets, The Depot. It's memorable hometown cooking and a friendly atmosphere keeps patrons coming back for more. Considered an integral part of the community by most, it is often host to party-size gatherings for sporting team outings and various other groups. A visit to the Helena Depot Deli & Grill gives you a taste of what has made Helena, AL one of the most desirable places to raise children (ranked 13th on Business Week's 2007 list of Great Places to Raise Kids) in the country. And by a 2009 Money Magazine article which listed Helena in the top 100 places in which to live in America. Those accolades can all be confirmed by a single trip to the Depot. The place to go, be, see and be seen in Helena. It's where all neighbors converge, break bread and talk about what's in the news.

The History

The South and North Alabama Railroad Company constructed the Helena Freight House and Depot about 1872 while repairing damage inflicted by Union raiders in 1865. The original location of the structure was just north of the present railroad crossing. When a new depot was constructed around 1905, the building was moved by C.T. “Tom” Davidson to a site behind his house where he used it for storage and a work shop.
From 1872 to 1905, this building served as the hub of activity for the area. Most goods and people arriving or departing from Helena passed through this depot. It is one of the oldest structures remaining in town surviving the disastrous 1895 fire, the tragic 1933 tornado and numerous floods. It was moved to its present site in March 1999.
The Food

Today, it is where you can find Matt and his crew grilling up some of the best burgers and chicken in town. My friend, Jack Gray swares by the polish sausage, "the best!", he insists.
The Depot is certainly a place where "everyone knows your name". It's "hometown" at it's best! It also has one of the best views in town, perched atop of the banks of Buck Creek. From the back porch, enjoy the sound of the rushing waterfall as you eat one of the best burgers you will ever have. The Depot...it's the place to go in Helena!

The Depot (web site)
Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 11am - 9pm
Sunday: Closed
Contact Information
Address: 29 Lake Davidson Ln Helena, AL 35080-3264
View Map & Directions
Phone: (205) 620-1426
Fax: (205) 620-1426
Email: LetsEat@HelenaDepot.com


Mari said...

Good food, good friends and a beautiful view! Sounds perfect!

Jennifer said...

Our family is in love with the depot and frequent in regularly! The fact that it is right next to our building is very convenient and alluring. Every morning we get out of our cars to the smell of their grill,mmmmmm! Thanks for sharing the history as well, very interesting! Have a great week!

Kim said...

I've only been to Birmingham once in my life so far. I was a senior in high school and the Future Business Leader's of America was having their conference there. Not sure if it was the national conference or just the southeast regional one. Anyway, I don't remember much about the trip except we were on the 16th floor of the hotel and the elevator was glass and being afraid of heights made the trips up and down rather intimidating. LOL I don't remember seeing any of Birmingham except the hotel. If I ever get back, I'm heading straight to the Depot though. What a view! And I'm always up for a great burger :-)

Kirby3131 said...

What a lovely place and such a great view of the waterfall.

Rue said...

Hi Leigh! My goodness it's gorgeous there! I really want to visit Bama some day :)


Anonymous said...

Great old-fashioned hamburgers!!
It's soooooooo good!!!


Sounds like my kind of place. I will have to come check it out when I get back in the swing of things...I have been so tired last week and this week with the start of school. I don't know if I am coming or going. BTW...sharing one of my deepest darkest secrets...I never wanted to be a roller derby queen....I wanted to drive in powderpuff demolition derby's...or race a funny car like Shirley Muldowney. My dad took me every Friday night when I was younger and I loved it! I did get to ride in a powderpuff demolition derby....with the girl scouts once...it was so much fun. I had posters all over the place...and also...I loved roller derby...the thunderbirds were my favorite!

Elyse said...

hi leigh!

thanks for the little taste of helena! looks like a great place.