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Alabama Food and Drink

It's the Year of Alabama Food! Alabama, renowned for its diverse culinary landscape, offers an array of the best Alabama food, ranging from award-winning fine dining to sophisticated wineries and breweries, and even cozy, off-the-beaten-path eateries. Savor mouth-watering Alabama barbecue, explore varied food truck delicacies, and indulge in French-inspired dishes that seem otherworldly. Alabama's rich food scene makes it a prime destination for tasting the exquisite flavors of the South. Enjoy being treated to top-notch culinary creations, relax in a welcoming atmosphere, and immerse yourself in a sensory feast. Plan your next journey today — a world of the best Alabama food awaits!

Explore Alabama Food & Dining

From meat and threes to fine dining, take it all in.


Fine Dining Part 2: Huntsville’s Culinar...

Fine dining in Alabama's Rocket City, a tech hub and city of the future.

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Travels With Darley: The Alabama for Foo...

It’s the Year of Alabama Food, and Darley Newman of Travels With Darley has embarked on a two-part series exploring the great eats in Central and South Alabama.

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Fine Dining Part 1: Alabama’s Culinary O...

Alabama’s emergence as a culinary destination has been on an upward trajectory for decades. Several factors have contributed to the state’s rise in culinary fame including a culinary heritage deeply rooted in Southern cuisines influenced by African, Native American and European flavors as well as a trend towards farm-to-table offerings.

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Southern Comfort

Having a great vacation has a lot to do with where you stay. Check out (and check into) some of the best accommodations in Alabama.

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A Weekend In Birmingham, Alabama

When you think of top foodie destinations in the Southeast US, many of the popular cities are overcrowded, incredibly expensive, and a bit overhyped.

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Show the Love for Alabama’s Restaurants ...

Alabama’s culinary expertise will be on display when Restaurant Week kicks off on Aug. 18. This culinary event showcases an appreciation of Alabama’s diverse cuisine over a two-week period from Aug. 18-27.

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Alabama Has a BBQ Culture All Its Own

Springtime in Alabama is chock full of art, music and food festivals. Visitors can find at least one or two festivals on any given weekend in almost every small town.

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Alabama Serves Up Some of the Best Catfi...

Drive down any backroad or off-the-beaten path road in Alabama and you are bound to come upon a catfish restaurant. Here catfish is just as popular as our barbecue.

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Taste the Freshness

Go shrimping, pick peaches and fry up green tomatoes. Tables overflow with what is grown or caught nearby.

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What to See and Do in the Auburn Area Th...

The City of Auburn was settled by John Harper and others from the state of Georgia in 1836. The city’s name was inspired by Oliver Goldsmith’s poem “The Deserted Village."

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Take in all Tuscaloosa has to Offer this...

The West Alabama city of Tuscaloosa is steeped in history. The city was named after the great Choctaw Chief Black Warrior, and it was incorporated into Alabama’s territory a day before Congress admitted Alabama as a state in 1819.

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Alabama’s BBQ Restaurants, Sauces and Co...

One thing Alabamians know is barbecue, and we’re not talking about the kind where you throw hot dogs and hamburgers on a grill. No, we mean truly authentic, cooked-to-precision barbecue pork, ribs and chicken: the kind you’d travel miles to eat.

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Alabama Breweries

It’s no secret that Alabama’s craft beer scene is truly one of the best, and its large variety of brews is giving craft beer connoisseurs something to cheer about. So, come and enjoy a cold one and escape from the stresses of life at one of Alabama’s amazing breweries. Here are five to get you started:

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Black-Owned Restaurants in Alabama

Are you hungry to support Black-owned restaurants in Alabama? From pizza to barbecue, we have you covered. Check out this list of five Black-owned restaurants serving up culinary masterpieces in Sweet Home Alabama.

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Ring In The New Year With These Lucky Di...

Southerners and Alabamians especially have a tradition for almost every holiday, and New Year’s Day is no different. It’s been said that how you spend the first day of the year is indicative of what the rest of the year will bring - a little extra luck sounds pretty good for 2021....

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Alabama Restaurants Serving Up Homestyle...

There’s nothing better than a home cooked meal, especially in the south, and these Alabama restaurants are serving them up daily. Check out these five restaurants for a taste of homestyle Southern cuisine just like your grandma used to make:

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Indulge In These Caramel Treats This Fal...

Move over pumpkin – caramel is the flavor of this season. Here are five caramel treats that you should indulge in this fall:

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Some Like It Hot: 5 Must-Try Alabama Cof...

Whether you’re a java novice or you grind your own beans, the coffee scene in Alabama has something for everyone. From sweet specialty drinks to no-frills caffeination, you’re sure to find your next regular spot among these local favorites.

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Alabama Restaurants Give Back During Pan...

2020 Alabama Restaurant Week is all about locals and visitors alike showing their support for Alabama restaurants. Although COVID-19 has changed many things, our Alabama restaurant owners have continued to do what they do best… putting the needs of their customers and staff before their own through one-of-a-kind service for their communities.

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2020 James Beard Award Semifinalists

The James Beard Award Semifinalists have been announced, and Alabama restaurants did not disappoint. Check out which ones made the list:.

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Valentine's Day Dining in Sweet Home Ala...

Valentine’s Day is Friday, February 14, and we’re here to help you plan your celebration for this day of love. Here are some of our recommendations for restaurants you can take your valentine to.

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5 Dishes Worth Breaking Your New Year's ...

Whatever your New Year’s resolution may be, we can guarantee these dishes are worth breaking it for.

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Holiday Sweet Treats

The holidays are in full swing, and we want to spread some holiday cheer through the best possible way… sweet holiday confections. Check out some of the local favorites from across Alabama.

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Progressive Thanksgiving Table

Take your taste buds on a journey throughout our state with a progressive five-course Thanksgiving meal.

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Savor The Taste of Fall in Sweet Home Al...

From pumpkin spice bread pudding to butternut squash soup, Alabama has no shortage of fall dishes and beverages that will satisfy your taste buds all season long.

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100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama

What do you do when there is too much delicious food to choose from? If you’re in Alabama, you create the legendary “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama,” a brochure to help travelers narrow down the very best food our state has to offer.

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Food Truck Fun

There’s something about food that just tastes better from a food truck. Luckily, Alabama is a food truck lover’s dream.

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Dine on the Water

It’s sweet summertime! When the weather is this pretty, we want to be as close to the water as possible, even at dinnertime. Here are some of our favorite waterfront eateries, so you can eat a good meal and enjoy the view.

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Barbecue Time

It’s the summer and it’s time for barbecue! Luckily, Alabama has some of the best barbecue joints in the South. Check out some of our favorite spots below.

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Alabama’s Catch for Savory Seafood

Whether you’re on a family vacation to Alabama’s Gulf Coast or road tripping through our great state, we have some of the best seafood in the South! Check out some of our favorite spots for the freshest catches and savory seafood below.

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Cheers to Alabama 200

Savor the flavors of Alabama's bicentennial!

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Sweet Treats in Sweet Home Alabama

Whether you're shopping for a gift for your sweetheart or just in the mood for something sweet, we wouldn't be Sweet Home without some sweet treats on your adventure. Take a look at some highlights across the state!

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Warm Up: Soups Across Sweet Home Alabama

It's soup season! It may be a bit chilly, but it’s warming up at these soup spots.

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Spooky Eats in Sweet Home Alabama

Enter these restaurants and dine, if you dare....

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Craft Beers Across Alabama's College Tow...

Grab a pint and cheer for the home team! Sweet Home Alabama is serving up frothy glasses of craft beer in some of your favorite football towns.

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5 Hidden Food Gems in Sweet Home Alabama

Not every treasure is marked on the map... Check out some of these hidden gems!

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Romantic Restaurants in Alabama

Whether you're seeking the perfect spot for Valentine's Day or simply trying to have a romantic evening with your special someone, these upscale restaurants are the perfect place to wine and dine your sweetheart!

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5 Healthy Eats in Sweet Home Alabama

Keep your New Year's resolution without sacrificing taste!

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Where to Eat in Alabama's Football Towns

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Alabama: football season. It doesn’t matter if you’re a hardcore fan or just in it for the Saturday revelry, you’re going to get hungry. Leave the suspense to fourth and 1 – we’ve got the go-to places for chowing down on game day figured out.

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Kid-Friendly Alabama Restaurants Your Fa...

Looking for good food and a fun atmosphere for your children? Alabama offers many dining experiences that are enjoyable for the whole family. Head to one of these restaurants that are sure to satisfy both the young and the young at heart.

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Alabama Beer Flight 4: North Alabama

We’re on to the last stop of our beer flight tour! Just in time for the end of summer, we’re heading to North Alabama.

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Alabama Beer Flight 3: Wiregrass

We’re on to our third beer flight as we tour craft breweries all over the state! Just in time for summer, we’re heading down to the Wiregrass.

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Alabama Beer Flight 2: The Gulf Coast

We’re on to our second beer flight as we tour craft breweries all over the state! Just in time for summer, we’re heading down to Alabama’s Gulf coast.

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Alabama Beer Flight 1: Birmingham

Over the past few years, craft breweries have planted their stake on Alabama. This summer we will be hopping around the state sharing our favorite breweries with you. First up: Beermingham (aka Birmingham!).

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Alabama's Best Cheesy Dishes

Sometimes it’s okay to be a little cheesy, especially when it comes to your food! If you’re a lover of all things cheese, add all these dishes to your must-eat list. Whether you love cheese dip, grilled cheese or cheesecake, we have the perfect fit for you in Alabama.

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Warm Up With Alabama's Best Winter Eats

As the temperatures begin to drop in Alabama, it’s time to start thinking about the best places to warm up with delicious seasonal dishes! Whether it’s a grilled cheese, a bowl of soup or a hot beverage, here are some of Alabama’s coziest treats.

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Everything But Pumpkin: Alabama's Unique...

There’s more to fall’s palate than pumpkin, and Alabama knows it. Treat your taste buds to autumn’s full array of flavors: apple cinnamon, pecan praline, sweet potato and more! Stop by any (or all) of these Alabama restaurants to get your own taste of fall!

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Alabama Restaurant Feature: Saigon Noodl...

We sat down with one of Birmingham’s favorite Vietnamese restaurants to kick off our new restaurant feature series where we will spotlight a different place every month! Saigon Noodle house has two Birmingham locations, one on 280 and one in Avondale, and offers the exotic and delicious flavors of South Vietnam! Continue reading to learn more.

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Alabama's Best Pumpkin Treats

We admit it: We can’t get enough pumpkin-flavored treats during the autumn months. Check out these seasonal treats from around the state.

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Chill Out with Alabama's Best Frozen Tre...

The heat of a Southern summer can be brutal, but one of these cool treats can sure help on a hot, sticky day.

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Waterfront Dining on the Gulf

When the view is as important as the dish, you don’t want to miss these four spots for your next waterfront dining experience on Alabama’s beautiful coast.

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Porches and Patios: Best Places To Eat O...

What’s better than a beautiful day in the South? A beautiful day paired with Alabama food, of course! Take advantage of favorite outdoor eateries across the state. Track down a local food truck, take in a panoramic view of the Gulf or enjoy date night on a candlelit patio. There are plenty of ways to get your fill of fresh air and Alabama food – here are some suggestions to get you started.

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Dog Friendly Alabama Restaurants

Are you traveling through Alabama with your furry friend? Make sure to check out these pet-friendly patios!

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Eat, Drink & Be Alabama

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Cahaba Brewing Company

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Row of bottled alcohol on a bar

John Emerald Distilling Company

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Leaves of grapevines at a vineyard

Perdido Vineyards

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Fish platter on a plate with garnish

Hot and Hot Fish Club

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Steak on a plate with vegetables and a glass of wine

Cotton Row Restaurant

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Find an Alabama Food Experience

Explore food and drink locations you should visit the next time you're here.
Bakery
2015 1st Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
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Restaurant
8150 Sylacauga Fayetteville Highway
Sylacauga, AL 35151
Big Daddy's

Specialty Food An...
501 Church Street Northwest
Huntsville, AL 35801
Downtown Huntsville’s newest wine shoppe with daily wine & beer tastings, a tapas menu, gift baskets...

Farmers Market
209 1st Avenue Northeast
Cullman, AL 35055
The Festhalle Market Platz is the home of the Cullman Farmer’s Market, open April-October each year ...

Restaurant
8780 Madison Boulevard
Madison, AL 35758