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Klingler’s Cafe, Vestavia Hills AL

Klingler’s Cafe, Vestavia Hills AL

In today’s chapter, Marie writes about rain and about flat tires, but more importantly, she writes about this European bakery and deli just outside the Birmingham city limits, where they’ve been serving up a dessert so rich and decadent that the state of Alabama insists that you must eat it before you die. Continue reading

Two Dairy Bars in Northeast Bama

Two Dairy Bars in Northeast Bama

Northeast Alabama is home to several decades-old fast food restaurants with soft serve ice cream that predate the national interstate fast food chains and retain the old name “dairy bars.” We found one that’s still hanging in there, and one that is evolving in a surprising way. Continue reading

Big Marv’s BBQ, Scottsboro AL

Big Marv’s BBQ, Scottsboro AL

As the road west out of Scottsboro makes its way past shuttered factories and abandoned plants, travelers will find a very small shack-and-smoker where some of the very best smoked pork in all of Alabama is quietly being served up without attention from big-name barbecue writers. Continue reading

Circumnavigating Alabama – Postscript

Circumnavigating Alabama – Postscript

After finishing our quick visit to Huntsville, I had hoped to visit a couple more barbecue places in northeast Alabama, and so I used Google Maps to chart our way home. Then, unlike our “whatever happens” drive to Nashville the previous afternoon, I looked around Urbanspoon and hammered down two more places to try. This … Continue reading

Circumnavigating Alabama – Part 7

Circumnavigating Alabama – Part 7

At last, my trip had brought me to Montgomery, and it was time to start heading home. I had decided to go north via US-231, which connects Alabama’s capital with the towns of Oxford and Anniston at I-20, and from there it would be just an hour and a bit home. Now, it’s with this … Continue reading