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.
It seems like the state immediately to our west puts a lot of utterly unnecessary burdens on starting a brewery. Here’s a company that, happily, has overcome them.
The final chapter about this tour sees me coming back home via I-20, making stops in Leeds, Anniston, and Heflin, for some great barbecue and some terrific old buildings and neon signs.
Leo & Susie’s Famous Green Top Bar-B-Q is probably not quite as wild and crazy as it once was, but it has a wonderful history and it’s still full of character and good food. And also, because Alabama does things differently than Georgia, cigarette smoke.