Whenever you hear “fried green tomatoes,” the first thing that probably comes to mind is the 1991 hit movie of the same name. Here in Alabama, fried green tomatoes is more than just a movie. It’s a delicious side dish that’s served at most Southern-style restaurants. Listed below are eight restaurants that serve some of the best fried green tomatoes in Alabama.
1. Irondale Cafe - Irondale
Irondale Cafe was established in 1928 and is a popular cafeteria-style restaurant. It was the inspiration for the Whistle Stop Cafe in Fannie Flagg's novel "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe," which later became the hit movie "Fried Green Tomatoes." People come from all over to try this iconic restaurant's fried green tomatoes. You can visit Irondale Cafe at 1906 1st Ave. N, Irondale, AL 35210. Its hours are as follows: Sunday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, closed.
2. Cypress Inn - Tuscaloosa
Cypress Inn is a locally owned and operated restaurant that offers a great view of the Black Warrior River. It's famous for its delicious seafood, juicy steaks, smoked chicken, and of course its fried green tomatoes. You can visit Cypress Inn at 501 Rice Mine Rd. N, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406. Its hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
3. The BBQ Shack - Dothan
The BBQ Shack is a family owned BBQ joint that's as famous for its fried green tomatoes as it is its pulled pork. While this restaurant might be small and not look like much from the outside, it's most certainly worth a visit. You can visit The BBQ Shack at 2122 S Brannon Stand Rd., Dothan, AL 36305. Its hours are as follows: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, closed.
4. Saw's Soul Kitchen - Birmingham
Saw's Soul Kitchen is a true hidden gem. This unassuming restaurant serves a variety of Southern dishes, including its flavorful fried green tomatoes - a customer favorite. You can visit Saw's Soul Kitchen at 215 41st St. S, Birmingham, AL 35222. Its hours are as follows: Monday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
5. Walton's Southern Table - Huntsville
Walton's Southern Table is a popular "meat and three" restaurant that serves all of your favorite Southern classics, including some of the best fried green tomatoes you'll ever eat. You can visit Walton's Southern Table at 4901 Whitesburg Dr., Huntsville, AL 35802. Its hours are as follows: Monday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, closed.
6. Fried Green Tomato's - Hoover
Fried Green Tomato's, a Southern "meat and three" restaurant, is a definite must-stop whenever you're driving through Hoover. This restaurant's fried green tomatoes with remoulade sauce are an absolute must-try. You can visit Fried Green Tomato's at 1615 Montgomery Hwy #132, Hoover, AL 35216. Its hours are as follows: Sunday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, closed.
7. Zack's Family Restaurant - Dothan & Slocomb
Zack's Family Restaurant serves up some of the best Southern-style food in Alabama. One of its most popular dishes is its fried green tomatoes. In fact, the fried green tomatoes at Zack's Family Restaurant are so good that they were included on the list "100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die." You can visit Zack's Family Restaurant in Dothan, Alabama at 1495 Headland Ave., and in Slocomb, Alabama at 160 East Slocomb St. Its hours are as follows: (Dothan location) Monday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, closed. (Slocomb location) Monday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Saturday, closed.
8. Niki's West Steak & Seafood Restaurant - Birmingham
Niki's West Steak & Seafood Restaurant is a cafeteria-style restaurant that's been in business since 1957. This iconic restaurant serves a variety of Southern classics, including its famous fried green tomatoes. You can visit Niki's West Steak & Seafood Restaurant at 233 Finley Ave. W, Birmingham, AL 35204. Its hours are as follows: Monday-Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, closed.
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