Porches And Patios: Best Places To Eat Outside in Alabama

The Gulf, Orange Beach
Just a little beach bar with an amazing view, serving thoughtful food inspired by the Gulf of Mexico. Oh, and the building is made from repurposed shipping containers and we spin vinyl. Come get stoked.

GainesRidge Dinner Club, Camden
The back porch and brick patio at GainesRidge give guests a gorgeous view of the historic property and gardens as they dine on dishes such as shrimp scampi and enjoy a slice of the restaurant’s famous black bottom pie. If you’re lucky, you may even encounter one of the friendly ghosts on the grounds.

The Southern Kitchen & Bar, Birmingham  

The Southern Birmingham is one of Birmingham’s premier bar & restaurants offering a unique combination of fine southern delicacies with a socially stimulating nightlife. During the summer, take advantage of The Southern’s rooftop lounge and bar or relax in the main house which turns into a covered patio, thanks to their 360 garage doors.

Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar, Orange Beach
Enjoy dinner within walking distance of the beach on Cosmo’s outdoor patio. Local seafood dishes, fresh sushi and signature cocktails fill the menu, which offers everything from happy hour snacks to succulent steaks.

Shindigs Catering Truck, Birmingham
Shindigs makes weekly stops around Birmingham and serves up dishes like steamed buns with pork belly and house kimchee to hungry fans daily. This popular and portable eatery, which also has a stacked schedule of private events, uses only the freshest and most seasonal ingredients. Shindigs always bring picnic tables, so diners can enjoy lunch alfresco wherever the truck is parked.

Tomatinos, Montgomery
Grab a pie on the patio at Tomatinos Pizza & Bake Shop. Situated in the historic Old Cloverdale neighborhood, Tomatinos offers everything from the classic Margherita pizza to premium toppings like prosciutto and Alabama goat cheese. Enjoy the sunshine as you experience this local favorite spot in the middle of it all in Montgomery.

Crawmama’s, Guntersville
First opened in 1987 as a 12-seat oyster bar, Crawmama’s has grown through numerous expansions into the crawfish and seafood destination it is today. A large, covered patio allows diners to enjoy the outdoors any time of year, and live music is played almost every weekend during the summer.

Crave Heat Food Truck, Huntsville
To get your Tex-Mex fix on the go, catch Crave Heat at one of its usual weekly stops around Huntsville. A stop at Crave Heat is a great way to explore new areas of town, due to the ever-changing location of these delicious tacos and burritos.

Chez Fonfon, Birmingham
Enjoy a cocktail and a game of boule in the back courtyard at Frank Stitt’s charming French bistro, Chez Fonfon. This shady area is the perfect place to escape for a peaceful outdoor lunch in the middle of the city. Order a famous Fonfon burger with crispy frites or treat yourself to one of the many dessert options as you enjoy the warm breeze.

Spot of Tea, Mobile
Located in a nearly 170-year-old landmark building in downtown Mobile across from Cathedral Square, Spot of Tea has charming sidewalk seating for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Order off the popular brunch menu, served seven days a week, with offerings that include bananas Foster French toast and Eggs Cathedral.

Doc’s Seafood Shack & Oyster Bar, Orange Beach
Cap off a day at the beach with a sunset seafood dinner outdoors at Doc’s. This laid-back spot has gumbo, a build-your-own seafood platter, and all the oysters you can eat. We don’t see any reason to waste time indoors when you can enjoy the sea breeze, salt air and a cold drink at this Gulf Coast favorite.

Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza Food Truck
Based in Alabama, this food truck travels the South serving up crispy, melty dishes like pizza, nachos and sliders to scores of fans. With regular stops at Blue Pants Brewery, Straight to Ale Brewing and Yellowhammer Brewing, Earth and Stone makes it easy to pair Alabama food with a cold pint of local craft beer.

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