About Regional Flavor
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.
Alabama Regional Specialties
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.
Seafood shack ambience and a patio overlooking the Alabama River make the Capitol Oyster Bar a favorite destination for casual meals, drinks & live blues music.
Where locals eat, especially at breakfast when the Downtowner is a gathering place for coffee & conversation. Lunch is meat-and-3. Have the lemon icebox pie.
Don't let its plain looks deceive you. Jubilee is a Montgomery hidden gem for outstanding seafood, including Alabama's unique West Indies Salad.
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.
Comfort food, southern-style, is what this charming little restaurant offers. Don't miss white-sauced smoke-cooked chicken, an Alabama specialty.
For breakfast in Montgomery, Alabama, Cahawba House is a best best. Create your own biscuit sandwiches from top-notch ingredients. Lunch is served, too.
Open at 5:30am, Ross Donuts is a Montgomery, Alabama, destination for basic, low-cost donuts (cake & yeast), jelly rolls, fritters, and savory kolaches.
Brenda's is a Montgomery, Alabama, brick shack that offers brightly-sauced southern BBQ, including ribs, chopped pork, pig ears, and chicken. Take-out only.
Montgomery, Alabama's Filet & Vine is a brisk, upscale meat-and-2 cafeteria / deli / bottle shop / butcher. Crowded, happy, and yummy.