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Jul 15, 2010 08:13 PM

Any good eats in Cullman, AL?

I'm going to be visiting in laws next week and was wondering if there's any local places that serve awesome food. Any suggestions would be appreciated thanks = D

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  1. Can't say one way or another. But on the state's list of 100 Places to Eat in Alabama, here is the sole listing for Cullman:
    Hot orange rolls at All Steak
    Reading some of the reviews on other sites, it seems like the hot spot in Cullman, and not just for the orange rolls. It's apparently on the top floor of a bank building.

    All Steak Restaurant
    314 2nd Ave SW, Cullman, AL 35055

    7 Replies
    1. re: Big Daddy

      Great barbecue at Johnny's

      I like to request outside slice with my housecut fries. Johnny's is coming up on 50 years in business.

      Busy Bee's coming up on a hundred years in operation. A good southern breakfast can be found here.

      Duchess Bakery's been serving delicious fried doughnuts for over 70 years.

      Lots of good eating in Cullman Alabama. I haven't been through there my past couple road trips but it's a good Deep South eating town. You might just run into Hank Jr as he owns a farm in the area.

      1. re: scrumptiouschef

        My hometown!

        The AllSteak has always - in my book anyway - been either *amazing* or terribly boring. What are always terrific, though, are their orange rolls, and you can even call them and pick up a dozen (or two) for carry-out. Big Daddy's right that they are on the top floor of a bank building. It's a 'nicer' dining establishment.

        Everybody goes to Johnny's for barbecue - it's nice and they in particular have a great bbq baked potato. This is north-central Alabama so one of the sauces they offer is white barbecue sauce. If you're not from the area, it's fantastic on chicken but natives put it on anything. Love it. Johnny's has pretty great catfish too.

        Busy Bee serves what some people call 'breadburgers' and what are called 'slugburgers' in Mississippi. There's only a small region of AL/MS/TN that serve these. It's believed that the recipe was developed during the Depression: they're hamburgers with a filling added. That filling is different at different restaurants (usually just bread or flour). In any case, when you walk into the Busy Bee, you'll notice that your hamburger is scooped from a bucket, not placed on the flattop in patty form. Don't let that scare you off. They are delicious and habit-forming. It wouldn't have been in business so long if they weren't good.

        Scrumptiouschef is also right about Duchess. You *can't* leave Cullman without getting a sack of hot doughnuts early one morning. Duchess is closed on Sundays and Mondays, but find a way to get there while the doughnuts are still hot.

        BTW, if you get there later in the day and they have any left, you can freeze them, then put one on a plate in the microwave, put a damp paper towel on top, and nuke for 17 seconds. Perfection.

        If you're looking for a nice sit-down supper, though, I'd go to the All Steak.

        BTW, if your family likes catfish, a lot of people drive to the Top Hat on Hwy 31 in what is technically Hayden. They serve bbq also but their catfish is pretty great. A homey/rustic atmosphere.

        (I have to just put in here that if you've never been to Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman it is really something you have to see. Google it for more information, but nothing does it justice like seeing it in person. It would be a nice outing for your family for an hour or two, but don't go in the hottest part of the day.)

        I'd love to hear what you enjoyed once you get back home! Enjoy your visit!

        All Steak Restaurant
        314 2nd Ave SW, Cullman, AL 35055

        1. re: deepfriedkudzu

          Kudzu speaks the truth on Top Hat. It's supposed to be a barbecue joint but the first few times I went I noticed all the locals were eating fried catfish and leaving the barbecue in the kitchen.

          The catfish is excellent and when I lived in Birmingham I regularly made the pilgrimage up 31 to dine there.

          Ave Maria Grotto is a great place to spend an afternoon shooting a roll of film.

          I'd like to hear about some off the beaten path spots near Cullman. Bugtussle's been gone forever but it used to be THE spot to get a steak.

          The Rabbit Hutch was a one of a kind spot that's been shuttered for awhile now too.

          Where is a good meat n 3 within striking distance?

          1. re: scrumptiouschef

            Bug Tussle! Yes!! That's where you could go (I'm remembering this from when I was a little girl in the late '70s/early '80s) and order something like a 72oz steak and if you finished it, it was free. Last summer on the way to the lake, I stopped in the building where the steakhouse used to be - it's a convenience/grocery store now, and the cashier said that people come in every single day still asking about it.

            The Rabbit Hutch closed after a bad fire, if I remember correctly. The owner used to walk around wearing bunny slippers. What a unique - and to a young girl like me - fabulous/exotic place. Take a look at this if you have a moment:

            I don't still live in Cullman so something may have opened, but to my knowledge there really is no great meat & three in town. During lunch when the All Steak is more laid back, you can get a nice vegetable plate...

            All Steak Restaurant
            314 2nd Ave SW, Cullman, AL 35055

          2. re: deepfriedkudzu

            Sounds good. I definitely want to hit places where I can find dishes not found up here in Michigan. Johnny's will be a must have since I've been dying for some good bbq. Looks like I'll be down there sometime next week so when I get back I will report. Thanks for the suggestions = D

            1. re: deepfriedkudzu

              Have to agree with Kudzo on All Steak. But I would go there JUST for the orange rolls! And I enjoy their Sunday buffet, too. There is a wonderful little bakery in downtown, next to a German gift shop... can't remember the name, but they have the most incredible chocolate macaroons in the world!.. For catfish, we love to go to Bobby's which is out the way a bit in Eva, just down Eva Rd/hwy? I know I'm a little late on this reply, but you probably visit in laws often, right? Enjoy!

              All Steak Restaurant
              314 2nd Ave SW, Cullman, AL 35055

              1. re: Jninda

                The bakery, a few doors down from 'A Touch of German' is the Duchess Bakery that we mentioned further up the thread. Can't say I've ever tried a macaroon there...I'm a devotee of the sacks of hot doughnuts.

        2. We drive through the area about 4x/year usually staying in Decatur but we always stop for roasted peanuts @ the produce place @ the Cullman Flea Market. We need to try the Busy Bee.