What To Eat in Alabama
Around the Mobile Bay, must-eats include the sweet local crab-meat specialty, West Indies salad, as well as fried crab claws and fresh oysters. Throughout the state, barbecue is noteworthy – ribs especially; and to the north be sure to look for white BBQ sauce, unique to the area. Deep South classics such as fried chicken, cream pie, and banana pudding abound in the cafes of Birmingham and Montgomery. And you haven’t fully tasted Alabama until you’ve had a kraut-topped chili dog at Mobile’s Dew Drop Inn.
At once rich and piquant, West Indies salad is a mix of fresh crab meat, vinegar, salt, pepper, and chopped sweet onion. It is served cool by the bowl – frequently family style for the whole table, accompanied by saltine crackers. It usually is an appetizer, but is often eaten in double portions as an entrée.
Of all the South's soothing desserts, none is quite so palliative as banana pudding or, as true aficionados of comfort food know it, 'naner pudding. It is a dandy finish for any meal of meat and threes, especially welcome as the denouement following salty country ham, spicy barbecue, or highly seasoned fried chicken.
Unique to northern Alabama, white barbecue sauce is smoke-cooked chicken's boon companion. It is mayonnaise-based with an undercurrent of vinegar.
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A north Alabama destination in Heflin just off Interstate 20, Marie's serves some of the best smoke-cooked meats and a cornucopia of Dixie favorite side dishes.
One of Alabama's best BBQ parlors, Lannie's is a 70+ year-old restaurant serving succulent smoke-cooked pulled pork and ribs as well as big hamburgers.
For breakfast in Montgomery, Alabama, Cahawba House is a best best. Create your own biscuit sandwiches from top-notch ingredients. Lunch is served, too.
Where cattlemen go for lunch, the Stockyard Grill serves great steaks, burgers, southern-style vegetables and downhome desserts. A Montgomery treasure!
Montgomery, Alabama's Filet & Vine is a brisk, upscale meat-and-2 cafeteria / deli / bottle shop / butcher. Crowded, happy, and yummy.
Miss Myra's is the place to go in Birmingham for BBQ chicken covered in unique north Alabama white sauce. Banana pudding is world class!
Cultivated juke-joint ambience and well-prepared BBQ fulfill Saw's intention of being an "upscale dive" in the Birmingham suburb of Homewood.
Birmingham's Woodlawn Cycle Cafe boasts homemade sweet potato biscuits with strawberry jam, grits bowls with Conecuh sausage, and ginger-turmeric iced tea.
Bob Sykes is one of Birmingham, Alabama's most esteemed BBQ parlors (since 1957). Fabulous pork, but do save room for meringue-topped lemon pie.