We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Big Mike's Steakhouse - Thomasville
Since opening in 2013, Big Mike's Steakhouse has become one of Alabama's top steakhouses. All steaks are cut in-house and perfectly wood-fire grilled at the request of each customer. The restaurant's biggest seller is its delicious 16 oz. ribeye. You can visit the original Big Mike's Steakhouse at 33215 Highway 43, Thomasville, AL 36784. Its hours are as follows: Friday-Saturday, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sunday-Tuesday, closed.
2. Stockyard Grill - Montgomery
The Stockyard Grill is a popular lunch spot that's located next to the stockyard. It's well known for its burgers and steaks. Portions are large, so don't forget to bring along your appetite.
You can visit Stockyard Grill at 4500 Mobile Hwy, Montgomery, AL 36108. Its hours are as follows: Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, closed.
3. Cooter Brown's Rib Shack - Jacksonville
For a plate of mouthwatering ribs, you'll want to visit Cooter Brown's Rib Shack. People travel from all over the U.S. to try this restaurant's famous ribs, which is included on the list "100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die."
You can visit Cooter Brown's Rib Shack at 8464 AL Hwy 204, Jacksonville, AL 36265. Its hours are as follows: Monday-Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Sunday, closed.
4. Martin's Restaurant - Montgomery
Martin's Restaurant, which is one of the oldest restaurants in Montgomery, is where you go whenever you're craving fried chicken. This local restaurant is best known for its flavorful fried chicken and delicious side dishes. You can visit Martin's Restaurant at 1796 Carter Hill Rd.,
Montgomery, AL 36106. Its hours are as follows: Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, closed; Sunday, 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
5. Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q - Decatur
Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q is known all over the world for its mouthwatering barbecue. From its pulled pork and ribs, to its smoked chicken and brisket, this barbecue restaurant serves a little bit of everything. You can visit Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur at two locations: 1715 6th Ave. SE (US Highway 31) and 2520 Danville Rd. SW. For each location's hours, click
6. Saw's Soul Kitchen - Birmingham
Saw's Soul Kitchen might not look like much from the outside, but its amazing food speaks for itself. If you love burgers, you'll love this restaurant's famous Saw Burger, which consists of cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and sauce. 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.
7. Bull Pen Steakhouse - Oakman
Bull Pen Steakhouse is located off the beaten path and is one of Alabama's most unique steakhouses. In addition to it being a restaurant that serves delicious steaks, burgers, and more, it's also a park that holds events. You can visit Bull Pen Steakhouse at 244 School St., Oakman, AL 35579. Its hours are as follows: Monday-Wednesday, closed; Thursday, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
8. Bates House of Turkey - Greenville
Bates House of Turkey has been in business since 1970. This local restaurant only serves turkey, including its famous hickory smoked turkey sandwich and its old fashioned roast turkey dinner. If you love turkey, you'll love this unique restaurant. You can visit Bates House of Turkey at 1001 Fort Dale Rd., Greenville, AL 36037. Its hours are as follows: Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
9. Nick's Original Filet House - Tuscaloosa
Nick's Original Filet House, which is best known as "Nick's in the Sticks," is a popular steakhouse that's been in business since the late 1930s. Even though it's located off the beaten path, its delicious steaks and burgers make it worth the drive. You can visit Nick's Original Filet House at 4018 Culver Rd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. Its hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Sunday, closed.
10. Hot Diggity Dogs - Birmingham
Hot Diggity Dogs is located on the second floor of Fancy's on 5th and serves the most over-the-top hot dogs. Each hot dog is made to order and includes a variety of toppings to choose from. Hot Diggity Dogs is the ultimate hot dog destination. You can visit Hot Diggity Dogs at 430 41st St. S, Suite B, Birmingham, AL 35222. Its hours are as follows: Tuesday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to midnight; Friday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.; Sunday-Monday, closed.
What other restaurants would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments.
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