The Official Travel Site of Alabama

Alabama is flat-out famous for its food, from the fresh fish served daily on the Gulf to the succulent barbecue made
from family recipes passed down through generations.

Famous Food

Award-winning. Eye-opening. Mouth-watering. Here, timeless soul food traditions meld with international inspirations and cutting-edge cuisine to create a food scene that is truly one of the nation's best. Search more restaurants.

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Fine Dining

If you're looking for the best meal of your life, it's almost certainly waiting for you in Alabama. In recent years, Alabama's food scene has flourished, earning national accolades and global exposure for the chefs who call the state home.

If you're in Birmingham, it would be practically criminal not to drop by Chef Frank Stitt's Highlands Bar and Grill or Chef Chris Hastings' Hot and Hot Fish Club. Both are annually ranked by the James Beard Foundation as two of the top restaurants in the nation. Best of all, they're just two of many gourmet restaurants that can be found throughout the city, which has become a dream destination for foodies who like their meals fresh, inventive and exquisitely prepared.

In Huntsville, don't miss a chance to experience the warmth and elegance of Cotton Row, housed in a cotton exchange building that dates back to 1821. And if you're looking for a truly unique North Alabama eating experience, trek to downtown Decatur to try the incredible steaks and seafood of Simp McGhee's, named for a legendary riverboat captain who lost his license for recklessly braving rapids on the Tennessee River.

Dreamland Bar-B-Que

Soul Food & Barbecue

When it comes to authentic Alabama cuisine, you can't beat the soul food and barbecue cooked up low and slow all across the state. Pork, chicken and beef are cooked to perfection and served with sauces that you'll want to bottle by the gallon. In North Alabama, award-winning Big Bob Gibson's is always worth a stop. In Central Alabama, great barbecue choices abound, but be sure to stop by the famous Dreamland Bar-B-Que in Tuscaloosa, or one of its locations in Birmingham, Mobile or Northport.

LuLu's at Homeport Marina

Fresh Seafood

The best fish is a fresh fish, and it doesn't get any fresher than at Alabama's Gulf Coast. Our neighboring beach communities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are both packed to the gills with amazing seafood restaurants that bring you the catch of the day and the best of the bay. When you're in Alabama, you can never go wrong with crab, oysters, shrimp and fresh fish. Each is caught locally and prepared and cooked faster than you could fillet a flounder.

Alabama Road Trips


Get ready to hit the road. Learn everything you need to know to travel the state like a local and experience all the hidden gems along the way.


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