Nothing beats a delicious home-cooked meal. Unfortunately, those are sometimes hard to come by—especially if you’re not into cooking. Luckily, several restaurants are located throughout Alabama that specialize in Southern homestyle cuisine. The majority of these restaurants offer everything from fried chicken and catfish, to fresh vegetables and homemade desserts. If you’re craving a delicious home-cooked meal, check out the 10 restaurants below. They’re some of Alabama’s best homestyle restaurants.
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1. Niki's West Steak and Seafood Restaurant - Birmingham
Serving the Birmingham area since 1957, Niki's West Steak and Seafood Restaurant doesn't disappoint! This cafeteria-style restaurant serves up delicious homestyle cuisine that you can't find just anywhere. If eating from the buffet doesn't suit you, this incredible restaurant also has a menu where you'll find even more delicious options. If you're looking for a recommendation, try their Chicken Pot Pie (pictured). It's absolutely AMAZING! Location: 233 Finley Ave W, Birmingham, AL 35204
2. Claunch Cafe - Tuscumbia
Claunch Cafe, located in downtown Tuscumbia near Spring Park, serves up delicious homestyle dishes with a Southern flair. A few of their popular plate meals include the following: Fried Chicken Plate, Chicken and Dressing Plate, and of course their famous Pecan Chicken Salad Plate. Folks, this chicken salad is the best! It's a definite must try if you're ever in the Tuscumbia area. Location: 400 S Main St, Tuscumbia, AL 35674
3. Blue Plate Cafe - Huntsville
Blue Plate Cafe serves up classic Southern dishes using family recipes. This wonderful cafe will take you back to your Southern roots with their delicious homestyle dishes, some of which include Chicken and Dressing, Roast Beef and Country Fried Chicken. They also serve up delicious breakfast dishes, including Three Cheese Omelets, French Toast, and of course their Blue Plate Special. Location: 3210 Governors Dr SW, Huntsville, AL 35805
4. The Sugar Kettle Cafe - Daphne
The Sugar Kettle Cafe, known as "The Little House with a Big Southern Taste," serves up a variety of Southern classics, including Country Fried Steak, Fried Chicken and Smothered Pork Chops. They also offer several breakfast dishes such as Chicken & Waffles, Caramel Soaked French Toast and a variety of biscuit sandwiches. Even though The Sugar Kettle Cafe's menu changes daily, you'll for sure find something to satisfy your appetite any day of the week. Well, except on Saturdays. That's the only day of the week they're closed. Location: 1015 Daphne Ave, Daphne, AL 36526
5. Relish Cafe - Hoover
At Relish Cafe, everything is made from scratch using only the freshest, local ingredients. Their daily changing menu offers a variety of food options such as Chicken and Dumplings, Shrimp and Grits, Hamburger Steak and Pot Roast. Be sure to save room for dessert. Their Banana Pudding is to die for! (Relish Cafe is located inside Hoover Tactical Firearms.) Location: 1561 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL 35216
6. Cutts Restaurant - Enterprise
Since 1937, Cutts Restaurant has been serving up some of the most delicious homestyle dishes. This cafeteria-style restaurant is a local favorite that offers customers a variety of Southern fare, including Pulled Pork, Hamburger Steak, Fresh Vegetables, Brunswick Stew and so much more. The portions of these dishes are huge. However, the prices aren't. They're very reasonable. At Cutts, you'll feel like family the moment you step through the door. Southern hospitality at its finest! Location: 417 E Lee St, Enterprise, AL 36330
7. Courtyard Cafe - Gadsden
Courtyard Cafe offers a variety of dishes at reasonable prices. It's also known for serving up some of the best Southern cuisine in Gadsden. If you're looking to enjoy a Southern homestyle meal, be sure to dine here during lunchtime. With menu choices such as Chicken and Dumplings, Fried Chicken and Fried Green Tomatoes, it's easy to understand why this restaurant has remained a favorite lunch spot among the locals for many years. Rumor has it that Courtyard Cafe is also a great place to get a steak dinner. Location: 501 Broad St, Gadsden, AL 35901
8. Annie Pearl's Home Cooking - Dothan
Annie Pearl's Home Cooking serves up a variety of regional favorites via buffet, including Fried Chicken, Country Fried Steak, Fresh Vegetables and Banana Pudding. Sunday through Thursday, Annie Pearl's Home Cooking is only open for lunch. However, on Fridays and Saturdays, they're open for both lunch and dinner. For dinner, they offer their guests an amazing seafood buffet. Location: 4930 W State Hwy 52, Dothan, AL 36305
9. G's Country Kitchen - Huntsville
G's Country Kitchen offers a variety of Southern favorites at affordable prices. These dishes, which come in large portions, are all made from scratch using only the freshest ingredients. A few of the most popular dishes served at G's Country Kitchen include the following: Fried Chicken, Catfish, Pork Chops, Fried Green Tomatoes and Meatloaf. As a matter of fact, their meatloaf was voted the best in the area. So, the next time you're in the Huntsville area and craving this Southern dish, be sure to stop by G's Country Kitchen. They'll fix you right up! Location: 2501 Oakwood Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
10. The City Cafe - Northport
The City Cafe serves up all your comfort food favorites, including Fried Green Tomatoes and delicious Mac & Cheese. Because they have such an extensive menu, which changes daily, there's truly something for everyone. The City Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch. Location: 408 Main Ave, Northport, AL 35476
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