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Nov 7, 2010 04:06 PM

Dothan AL

I am heading to Dothan AL soon and seek out authentic southern food, shrimp and grits and good BBQ.

Any tips please?

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  1. Go to Mama Goldberg's for good country cooking. Go to Zack's for country also. Old Mill has good seafood and steaks. Go to Dobb's or Hook's for BBQ.

    Mama Goldberg's @ 2620 Montgomery Hwy Suite 6, Dothan, AL 334 699 - 6662.
    Zack's Family Restaurant @ 1495 Headland Ave., Dothan AL 334 - 673 - 9225.
    Old Mill Restaurant @ 2557 Murphy Mill Rd., Dothan, AL 334 - 794 - 8530.
    Dobb's Famous BBQ @ 2636 South Oates St., Dothan, AL 334 - 794 - 5195.
    Hook's Barbecue @ 520 S. Oates St., Dothan, AL 334 - 699 - 4665.

    Zack's Family Restaurant
    1495 Headland Ave, Dothan, AL 36303

    Old Mill Restaurant
    2557 Murphy Mill Rd, Dothan, AL 36303

    7 Replies
    1. re: Littleman

      Littleman, you give a lot of advice here and most of the time I agree with you.


      "Go to Mama Goldberg's for good country cooking"?

      When we say "country cooking" one might perceive something more along the lines of fried chicken and collards and such. MG sells deli-style sandwiches and salads.

      I have to be honest, though, and say I'm not a Mama Goldberg's fan to begin with. But just wanted to take a moment and say that MG really isn't in the "country cooking" category for most of us.

      Phelana, I went to college at Troy which is not too far from Dothan. Dothan is not well-known for fantastic barbecue. Avoid "Larry's BBQ" which is a small chain in the area. As far as Southern food...


      For whatever reason, Dothan just doesn't enjoy a great dining scene. I will say that I really enjoy Conestoga Steak House there. It's been in business forever. They make an excellent steak but the atmosphere leaves much to be desired (which doesn't bother me. When in Rome...). Of course, if you're from a town with a great steakhouse, you're not going to be seeking out Conestoga.

      Any chances you're staying in the area for a while? The Rawls in Enterprise is nice.

      In Troy, Sisters (3316 Hwy 231) is a meat & three kind of place that's pretty good.

      OH WAIT! I know where you should go. Go to Abbeville. It's maybe a 30 minute drive. Okay *now* we've got Southern food. It's called Huggin' Molly's. Fried green tomatoes, fried pickles, sweet potato fries, pork chop, chicken fried steak, crawfish pie, stuffed grouper...

      At lunch, Huggin' Molly's is more like this fantastic retro diner and at supper it's a lot more refined. It's owned by the gentleman who owns Yella Wood, and his imprint is on much of the town. There are some ***fantastic*** old neon signs, wonderful window displays, it's really something to see, especially at night when all the signs are lit up. It almost feels like a movie set it's so perfect.

      I haven't been to Abbeville in more than a year so call to check hours, etc.

      If you're staying over for business and have a few days, see if you can get over to Montgomery on a weekday for some really great Southern food (Isaiah's, Martha's Place, etc.).

      Good luck, and I hope you enjoy your visit in the area!

      Martha's Place
      458 Sayre St, Montgomery, AL 36104

      The Rawls
      116 S Main St Ste 107, Enterprise, AL 36330

      Conestoga Steak House
      3549 Montgomery Hwy, Dothan, AL 36303

      1. re: deepfriedkudzu

        Thanks Kudzu. You are right. For some reason I remember MG's having some "country" food on their menu. I have friends that live there. I must have been thinking about another joint. The sandwiches are pretty good I thought. I didn't stay long. Thanks for your other suggestions also. Good luck.

        1. re: deepfriedkudzu

          Kudzu...........there's a Conestoga Steakhouse in Hattiesburg, MS. Do you think they are the same group or a separate restaurant.

          Conestoga Steakhouse @ 6313 US Highway 49, Hattiesburg, MS 601 - 264 - 8816.

          1. re: Littleman


            BTW, was just in Hattiesburg and had supper at Leatha's. Oh that's so good. We've eaten there a dozen times at least and never had anything that wasn't great. They really are pouring on the sugar now, though. I think the sauce was sweeter than ever. Time to pull it back a little. They already have it going on with the coleslaw...

            1. re: deepfriedkudzu

              The Shed is a BBQ joint that was founded in Ocean Springs, MS I think. They just recently opened a joint in Hattiesburg, MS in an old brick two story building downtown. They probably got it cheap since it was deserted. They are decorating it with all kind of junk that most would throw away but it's going to be a big hit I think. Check it out. I think they have several others at Destin, Mobile and Gulfport. I am not a Leatha's fan but all my friends are. Something hit me wrong there my last trip.

              The Shed BBQ @ 126 Mobile Street, Hattiesburg, MS. 601 - 336- 6755.

          2. re: deepfriedkudzu

            Have to chime in and say "Yes, Yes, Yes" to your Huggin Molly's suggestion. Definitely worth the drive from Dothan!! I just wish they served breakfast....

            You are right, Dothan does not have much of a dining scene. I can't think of one place in Dothan that I would actually "make a drive for"...but, if you happen to be in town you have to eat.

            My suggestions:

            American/Pizza/Salads/Sandwiches, etc:
            River Nile
            Red Elephant
            Richie B's

            Asian Bistro (Best Asian food in town...vietnamese and fresh chinese)
            Samrat Indian


            BBQ Shack---without a doubt the only one worth visiting in town

            Steak/Seafood: (Both suggestions b/c they are "classic" Dothan and worth a try if you are in town)

            1. re: foodexplorer

              The Dothan Technology Center has a culinary arts department that opens at least one Thursday and Friday a month during the school year. Check out their blog at for more information.

        2. Depending on how you are arriving or the amount of time you have, I found the Cajun Corner in Eufaula to be a treasure. The food is as good if not better than the Gumbo Shop in New Orleans...ambiance not so much. It's about half an hour north on 431. Also, nice scenery what with the lake and falls.

          Cajun Corner
          114 N Eufaula Ave Ste 4, Eufaula, AL 36027

          1. Is Loyless Donuts still worth a stop?

            Circle West or the one in Ashford?