Alabama Restaurant Week
Savor Alabama Cuisine
Alabama Restaurant Week allows locals and visitors alike to showcase their appreciation for Alabama restaurants and their staff. This culinary event unites Alabama's diverse range of cuisine in a 10-day celebration held August 14-23, 2020 all throughout the state. Many of our Alabama restaurants have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, so we encourage everyone to show their support for Alabama’s restaurants during Alabama Restaurant Week.
Restaurants are the places where we don’t simply eat, but so often celebrate our most cherished memories. They are there for us from first dates to anniversaries, birthdays, gatherings of family and friends, special occasions, our most memorable vacations or just in times we needed a little comfort. Over the past several months, they've demonstrated significant support for their employees and communities while simultaneously facing significant operational and financial challenges. Now, more than ever, they need our support. You can show your support through a variety of ways.
Dine-In, Takeout or Delivery
Many Alabama restaurants have opened their dining rooms to the public with additional precautions in place to keep you and your loved ones safe. However, if you are not comfortable with dining in, we encourage you to take advantage of takeout, curbside pick-up and delivery options so you can continue to satisfy the cravings of some of your favorite dishes. If possible, be sure to order directly from the restaurant, rather than third-party delivery services. This will not only eliminate fees, but it will also allow you to stay up-to-date on any seasonal menu offerings and specials.
Buy Gift Cards
A simple way to show your support for restaurants is to purchase gift cards that you can use later, giving you something to look forward to when you are ready to dine in your favorite restaurants again.
Buy Restaurant Merchandise
Most restaurants have a variety of merchandise that you can purchase to show your support. With some restaurants selling t-shirts, hats, pottery, cook books and more, there are plenty of items to fit everyone’s interests.
Buy Your Favorite Restaurant Products Online
Do you have a favorite sauce, marinade or seasoning that you can’t get enough of? Many restaurants sell their special sauces and seasonings right on their websites. Make any at-home meal taste better by ordering a bottle (or two) today.
Call and Ask How You Can Help
Many small, family-owned restaurants do not have merchandise or digital gift cards to sell, so reach out to them and ask how you can help! This may be a donation, helping someone on staff or raising funds for employees.
Advocate for Your Favorites
Lastly, use your personal channels to advocate for your favorite Alabama restaurants. Write a good review on the restaurant’s business pages, share your meal on your social media channels and tag the restaurant or chef (and us, too!), or use word of mouth to inform others of the restaurant’s offerings.
Overall, no deed is too small, and every little bit helps. Show your support and appreciation by eating out or taking out often while traveling in Alabama during Alabama Restaurant Week. Not sure where to start? Click here for a list of our favorite dishes to inspire your week’s culinary adventure through Alabama and download the journal to check off your progress as you eat your way through the 100 Best Dishes to Eat in Alabama.