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100 Best Dishes in Alabama

Here's a list that was published in the Huntsville Times last month. I've lived in AL for 13 years, and of the ones I've tried, they're all winners! Alabama has more to offer than football and BBQ.

You can get a nice printed brochure of the list by calling The Bureau of Tourism & Travel at 800-ALABAMA.

ALBERTVILLE
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

ALICEVILLE
Fried rabbit at the Plantation House

ANNISTON
Barbecue at Goal Post Bar-B-Q
Cajun penne pasta at The Victoria Inn
"Shrimp & Grits" at Classic on Noble

ARAB
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

BESSEMER
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
Highlands baked grits at Highlands Bar & Grill
"Honey's Pies" at Johnny Ray's
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

BOAZ
Jambalaya at Station House Grille
Chicken salad at Mill Street Deli

CAMDEN
Black Bottom pie at the GainesRidge Dinner Club

CHEROKEE
BBQ & "Three-n-One" sauce from Bishop's Barbecue

CHILDERSBURG
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

CULLMAN
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

DECATUR
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

DORA
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

ELBERTA
Cheese from Sweet Home Farm
Seafood platter & gumbo at Wolf Bay Lodge

ENTERPRISE
Chili dog at Cutt's
Grouper with pecan sauce at The Rawls
"Molasses Crinkles" cookies at Carlisle's

EUFAULA
Bacon, egg & cheese sandwich at Bread Basket

EUTAW
Drop biscuits & apple jelly at Cotton Patch
"Pecan Praline French Toast" at Oakmont Bed & Breakfast

FAIRHOPE
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

FOLEY
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

FYFFE
Buffet & BBQ at Barry's Backyard Barbecue

GADSDEN
Catfish and greens at Top O the River
"Sweet Potato Fluff" at Pruett's Bar-B-Q

GREENVILLE
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

HEFLIN
Butterscotch shakes at Pop's Charburgers

HOMEWOOD
Baby blue salad at Franklin's Homewood Gourmet
"Camel Rider" sandwich & moussaka at Nabeel's
Lasagna at GianMarco's
Pimiento cheese on tomato bread at Savage's

HOOVER
Deep-dish stuffed pizza at Tortugas
Hamburgers at Harry's Place

HUNTSVILLE
"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

JASPER
Smokehouse ham, sausage, bacon & cathead biscuits at Uncle Mort's

LAVACA
Catfish & cole slaw at Ezell's Fish Camp

LINEVILLE
Catfish at Red's

MAGNOLIA SPRINGS
Whiskey steak at Jesse's

MARION
Hamburgers at J&R's

MENTONE
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

MOBILE
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

MONROEVILLE
Catfish & cheese grits at David's Catfish House

MONTGOMERY
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

NORTHPORT
Barbecued ribs at Archibald's
"Meat & three" at City Cafe
Thai emerald curry with tiger shrimp at The Globe

OPELIKA
Barbecue pork sandwich at Chuck's
Crab & Corn Bisque at Warehouse Bistro
Gumbo at Christopher

ORANGE BEACH
Pecan snapper at Voyagers - Perdido Beach Resort

PERDIDO
"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

PRATTVILLE
Squash croquettes at the Guest House

RIVERSIDE
Shrimp & catfish at The Ark

RUSSELLVILLE
Caramel cake at Daily Bread

SCOTTSBORO
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
Tomato pie at Carlile's

SELMA
Marinated chicken breast sandwich at Major Grumbles
New York strip at the Tally-Ho
Pecan cobbler at Downtowner
Tomato pie at Our House

SHORTER
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

STOCKTON
Catfish at Sate Coach Cafe

SYLACAUGA
Spinach mushroom quesadilla at Marble City Grill

TALLADEGA
Grilled catfish at Fincher's
Muscadine wine at Bryant Vineyards

TALLASSEE
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

TUSCALOOSA
Crab cakes at Evangeline's
"Hoppin' John" at Cypress Inn
Ribs & white bread at Dreamland
Roasted red pepper soup & lasagna at Cafe Venice
Stuffed mushrooms at Kazy's
Wings at Bob Baumhower's Wings Sports Grille

TUSKEGEE
"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

WAVERLY
Honeysuckle, lavendar honey & pomegranate ice cream at Yellow Hammer

WETUMPKA
Crab cakes & dill sauce at Our Place Cafe

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  1. Very interesting list. Unfortunately, it's been too long, since I dined across AL, and most of the spots, that I enjoyed are probably long gone.

    Thanks for taking the time to put this together. If we are able to do the Robert T Jones Golf Trail, this will come in handy.

    Appreciated,
    Hunt

    1. I've only sampled 14 out of the 100, but the listmaker is dead on for those 14. Hmmmmmm, sounds like a chowtour needs to be arranged just to verify . . .

      1. GUNTERSVILLE-Updates and corrections

        Crawfish at Crawmamma's Anything there is good!

        Seafood Campoli at Martin(i)ville Grille (also known as Bistro la Luna, located at Covenant Cove Resort)

        Spinach salad at La Strada-no longer in business but one of the original chefs from La Strada stayed on with the new owners at the same location downtown. It is now known as the Glover Restaurant and has been getting excellent reviews.

        2 Replies
        1. re: dcshields

          GUNTERSVILLE-Update Re: The Glover

          LOVED the place when it was La Strada--went back there earlier this year (2009) as The Glover...and it was downright AWFUL. We'll never go back after that overpriced, pathetic disappointment. Honestly, I've had bar food that was better.

          1. re: ciaohaus

            I'll have to agree that the place went downhill in a huge way after the departure of Chef Sebastien in early 2009. They hung on for a few months cranking out obnoxious food and finally closed in July of the same year. The building still sits empty and For Sale.

        2. It's been a few years but I've had 7 of the 100 and eaten at 10 of the places listed. I'd agree with them all. A couple of my favorites that were left off.

          BBQ Sandwich at Price's BBQ House in Auburn
          Chicken Finger Plate at Guthries (several locations but Auburn is the best)
          Biscuits/Breakfast at the Waysider in Tuscaloosa
          Dinner Buffet at the James Brown Family Restaurant in Opelika (may not be there anymore)
          PBJ and Hi-C Orange at my Grandmother's after mom and dad went to bed (40 years ago)

          1. I would like to add;

            Grouper Po Boy ~ Pelican Pub, Dauphin Island (if it's still there)
            Bucket o' reds and jug o' beer ~ Gulf Shores Steamers, Gulf Shores

            I've only had the ribs and white bread at Dreamland in Huntsville but they're my standard by which all other ribs are judged.

            DT

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            1. re: Davwud

              I found out just recently that the Pelican Pub is still there and the food is still good.

              DT