Review by: Roadfood Team
Memorable | One of the Best
For over 50 years now, Greenbrier Restaurant in Madison, AL has been packing them in serving up deep-fried catfish and hickory-smoked barbecued pork and chicken.
Within moments of taking your seat, you get nearly a dozen of the most unique hush puppies you will likely ever see. Not round as if formed by an ice-cream scoop, they resemble the spoon-drop technique your grandfather probably used to fry them in a bubbling cauldron (a special machine does the trick here). The taste is miles better than anything you will find at a fish-and-chips fast food place.
What to eat at Greenbrier Restaurant
I ordered the combination dinner with catfish and pork shoulder. Greenbrier Restaurant breads their fish somewhat differently from their competitors, with a larger percentage of it wheat flour, instead of pure cornmeal, as some diehards insist on. Personally, I think this complements the tender, flaky fish, which has just enough “fishiness” to convince you that it is the real article. As for the pork, “inside” meat is the rule here, shredded, but not to death. Its character, like much barbecue in the Tennessee Valley, is more salty than smoky; this closed-pit product may take some getting used to by people accustomed to, say, Memphis-style meat, but give it a try.
Further, Greenbrier Restaurant is a splendid place to get out of the vehicle, stretch your legs, and enjoy the fresh air and unparalleled scenery of one of the places where cotton never got dethroned as king, whether by the boll weevil, polyester, or anything else!
NOTES: Beware confusing this place with “Greenbrier Bar-B-Que,” which is located on the access road off the Greenbrier Road exit on I-565; it has a similar menu but nowhere near the charm or spaciousness. Also, the owners of Greenbrier operate another restaurant on U.S. Highway 72 west of Athens, Alabama, the Catfish Inn, whose menu is identical to Greenbrier.
Original post by Mike Stroud
Directions & Hours
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|