I’m afraid that our Alabama barbecue trip ended on a sad note… oh, wait, no, it didn’t. I had a really good grape milkshake. Carry on.
The building looks like a real estate office from a later decade, but the most popular barbecue restaurant in town is actually a fifty year-old place that the locals still call a drive-in.
We took a quick break from barbecue to visit a terrific A-frame restaurant outside Gadsden.
It turns out that there was more than just civic pride at work when Betty’s Bar-B-Q in Anniston agreed to host the iconic Goal Post sign when that business closed. I learned some interesting connections and history when I stopped by this very popular place for a sandwich.
Last month, I took the kids on a little road trip to celebrate The Year of Alabama Barbecue. After a two-hour drive, we got started with lunch in a small town outside of Gadsden.
The famous Goal Post kicker lives on at a neighboring restaurant, proving that a great way to bring me by your place of business is to restore and find a new home for one of the best animated neon signs in the country.
We enjoyed pretty much everything about this lovely business, from the vintage signs to the good chopped pork to the company that we met there for a few minutes.
Underneath “the biggest cactus in town,” this local chain serves up some ridiculously good, very addictive Mexican fast food. I like this place a whole lot.
Crimson Tide faithful know all about this burger joint. It’s literally located across the road from their stadium!
I do love it when you deliberately set a place aside for a rainy day and find that it was worth the wait. The ribs here are totally amazing, and among the best we’ve ever had.
For the final stop on our trip, we had a second lunch outside Birmingham. This very old restaurant’s flagship store has seen the owners try and fail, mostly, to expand and grow larger.
There are restaurants all around Birmingham that sell hot dogs and have the name “Gus.” We looked into how these places are related and enjoyed a good lunch with friendly people and really noisy kids.
It’s the Year of Alabama Barbecue, to hear that state’s department of tourism tell it. So naturally, we needed to stop and get some…
Approaching 150 years in business, this very popular Saturday lunch spot has an army of upbeat employees and is loved by both tourists and locals alike.