The 12 Best Restaurants in Alabama!

If you're looking for good southern cooking, Alabama is the place to be. Whether it's a sweet and savory barbecue joint or some of the best chicken you'll ever bite into, Alabama knows how to do it exactly right. These restaurants will surely be a hit whether dining with the family or with friends.

Archibald & Woodrow's, Tuscaloosa, AL

This barbecue joint is one of the industries shining stars. No matter what dish you order, your meal will be swimming with a flavorful, homemade barbecue sauce. Though their sides are delicious, the banana pudding truly steals the show on this menu.

Carrigan's Public House, Birmingham, AL

For a true fine-dining experience in Alabama, Carrigan's is the place to go. Unexpectedly, on a menu of tempting items, the corn dog is easily their best food item. Their drink menu is also a high point, featuring a wide variety of well-crafted drinks and diverse beer & wine selection.

Champy's Chicken, Alabaster, Daphne, Muscle Shoals, AL

Nestled in the heart of historic Muscle Shoals, and several other locations, Champy's provides a taste of southern cooking at its finest in a fun, eclectic atmosphere. Known best for their fried chicken, Champy's also features a delicious selection of side items, including hot tamales, a jalapeno basket, and fried green tomatoes. If you have room for dessert by the end of a well-served meal, their key lime pie is a delight.

Catalina Bayou, Bayou La Batre, AL

Do not under estimate its humble ambiance. Catalina Bayou serves one of the best shrimp dinners around. The seafood restaurant will not disappoint with key southern favorites. The seafood gumbo is a fan favorite, along their fried okra is a must have side.

Nick's Original Filet House, Tuscaloosa, AL

Known to most as "Nick's in the sticks," Nick's has long been a staple Alabama restaurant. Aside from their well-known steak, Nick's is home to the famous Nicodemus: a potent drink that makes the off-the-beaten-path trip worth it.

Dreamland Bar-B-Que, Multiple locations

Established in 1958, the same year Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant began coaching at Alabama, John "Big Daddy" Bishop opened the original Dreamland Café in Tuscaloosa. The now chain boasts eight locations, but the original in T-town is a must visit. Dreamland is known for its ribs and white bread, and is well worth the hype. Their barbecue sauce is easily one of the best in Alabama and can be purchased on location.

Saw's Soul Kitchen, Birmingham, AL

Seated in the heart of downtown, Saw's lays claim to a rich history of southern cooking. Every item on their extensive menu is worth trying, from their cheese grits to their barbecued pork to their banana pudding. Saw's is one of the South's finest restaurants.

Shrimp Basket, Gulf Shores, AL

A Gulf Shores staple, Shrimp Basket boasts delicious seafood at a great price. What sets them aside from other seafood restaurants in Alabama is their perfectly-made hush puppies.

Tortugas Pizza, Birmingham, AL

Voted as the best pizza in the state by many local media sources, Tortugas is not just any regular pizza restaurant. This shop serves up authentic Chicago deep dish pizza, right in the heart of the South. With rich flavors and only the freshest ingredients, Tortugas is a must-visit spot in Birmingham.

The Original Oyster House, Gulf Shores, Mobile, AL

If you are looking for a true coastal experience, the Original Oyster House is the place to eat. Guests can enjoy freshly-caught seafood while dining on a dockside seating area. Their crab is a fan favorite on an outstanding menu.

Po Boy Factory, Huntsville, AL

One step into this Huntsville favorite, you are transported to a Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. Their "Hot Damn" sauce is to die for, and truly accents any of their many Po Boys. The Po Boy Factory is a Cajun experience worth trying when traveling in northern Alabama.

Amsterdam Café, Auburn, AL

The Amsterdam Café is worth mentioning for its dinner menu, but the true standout meal is their brunch selection. From chicken & waffles to short rib hash, you cannot lose when dining at the café. Their brunch menu also hosts a cocktail menu featuring the Mimosa Cure: a delightful drink that includes Ketel 1 Citroen, blanc Vermouth, OJ, and champagne.

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