When we last stopped in Fort Payne, we tried one of the city’s well-known barbecue joints, and we were immediately asked when we were going to try the other. Instead of going straight to our next destination, we detoured over Sand Mountain to I-59 to finally sample this place.
This is less of a barbecue restaurant than it is a meat-and-three that emphasizes their barbecue, but with sauces this good, you won’t mind staring down the barrel of Clint Eastwood’s handguns while you eat.
It may not look like much from the outside, but this little joint is serving up a much better breakfast than we expected, and, in the evening, it turns into the town’s favorite place for karaoke.
About halfway between Florence and Marietta, there’s a quite good barbecue joint that, happily, is open on Sundays. The meat is good and the onion rings are incredible.
Drive a little north of town, like you’re heading into Tennessee, and you’ll find a pretty big barn of a place with a gravel parking lot, full of cars. Come early; the neatest things on the menu go fast, but what’s left behind is still really good.
North of the UNA campus, in the Seven Points neighborhood, these two restaurants share a covered patio. It was a nice enough day to kick back and let Marie enjoy a sandwich and the girlchild enjoy some frozen yogurt.
In 1946, Dick Howell brought Memphis-style barbecue to northwest Alabama, and today, his great-grandson still runs this very popular place. All of the barbecue restaurants in this corner of the state are operating in Howell’s shadow.
We did more than just eat on this trip. Here are some of the other reasons to visit northwest Alabama.
As often as we stop into public libraries for an air-conditioned Baby Mercy Break, we’ve never before seen a little restaurant whose proceeds benefit the library’s mission. What a great idea! More places should do this.
Superstition sent me to this 96 year-old ice cream parlor, the city’s oldest business, twice on this trip. I went once just to make sure we had some pictures of it, and a second time to enjoy some orange pineapple ice cream.
If this place were in a larger city, nobody would stop talking about it. We teamed up with some fellow bloggers to try one of the Shoals’ most celebrated restaurants.
The first place we visited for Florence Restaurant Week was a new lunch place that serves very good burgers and sandwiches. We ran into one of our fellow hobbyists as well as the charity that we supported on this trip and had a good little meal.
Earlier this month, we were invited to Alabama to participate in Florence Restaurant Week. Here’s the first of ten chapters about our weekend, starting with a return visit to one of my favorite barbecue spots in the country.
Do you have travel plans in May? Change ‘em! Read about what will be happening in northwest Alabama next month and get ready for a great day or overnight trip to Florence Restaurant Week.