9 Best Places for Appetizers in Alabama

Appetizers come first on Alabama menus for a reason: they’re the best part of every meal! These small yet savory options can truly be a meal all on their own, bursting with flavor and 100 percent satisfying. These nine best places for appetizers in Alabama might just make you want to skip the main course altogether. 

Capital Oyster Bar, Montgomery, AL

Calling all seafood lovers—this place is a dream come true! Their appetizer menu has a little bit of everything on it, from seafood favorites to wings to salads and even frog legs and gator tails. You could easily make a full meal from this section, and prices are just as favorable as their options.

Acre, Auburn, AL

This quaint farmhouse cottage hits the spot after an Auburn win. In fact, their appetizers span three categories to give you the portion and price you want. Choose from options like charcuterie and cheese, Gulf seafood gumbo, and chicken-friend Georgia quail, to name a few favorites.

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Odette, Florence, AL

Not only do they have awesome apps throughout the day, they also have a complete “snacking” menu for in-between meals and lighter appetites. Inventive favorites like the apple and pickled grape toast and the deviled eggs are fan favorites here. Plus, they have a whole lineup of small plates that are perfect for sharing.

Below the Radar Brewhouse, Huntsville, AL

This isn’t your typical bar fare. Their elevated apps set the tone for an awesome meal, including wings, mac and cheese bites, and their wildly popular Humble Hearts Bite, a fried-to-perfection blend of goat cheese, jalapenos, and white cheddar. Side note: they also have one of the best brunches in Alabama.

The Bright Star, Bessemer, AL

When it comes to Greek food, you just can’t go wrong. This Greek-American eatery offers hearty appetizers like crab cakes, stuffed mushrooms, fried green tomatoes, and other crowd pleasers that go well with any meal. 

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GTs on the Bay, Orange Beach, AL

Seafood places usually have the widest variety of apps, and this place is no exception. You’ll find everything from calamari to shrimp to crab claws and ceviche on their Starters section, and reasonable prices make it easy to get a few for all to share. Do yourself a favor and grab their Cajun Empanadas: they’re not to be missed. 

DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen, Gulf Shores, AL

Their appetizer menu makes it hard to choose just one. Alligator bites, stuffed ‘shrooms, yellow fin tuna dip, fried green tomatoes, and more give you plenty to choose from. For a unique combination, you’ll want to try their coconut shrimp—they’re nothing short of amazing!

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Huntsville and Mobile, AL

Their app menu is seemingly infinite, filled with all your favorites and then some. Choose from wings, potato skins, ribs, chips and salsa, avocado egg rolls, stuffed mushrooms, chicken potstickers, and tons of other options. There’s something for every palate and every preference, and portions are big enough for sharing.

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The Brick Grill & Bar, Guntersville, AL

Their app list is synonymous with the ideal bar food menu. Nachoes, shrimp, dips, cheese sticks, and many more pair well with whatever you’re drinking at the bar. And speaking of which, there’s no shortage of wines, brews, and signature drinks to choose from. 

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