When it comes to restaurants, you can’t always judge them by their outward appearance. After all, some of the most delicious food you’ll ever taste is served at restaurants that don’t look like much from the outside. Alabama is home to many restaurants that are humble in size or appearance, including the 10 restaurants listed below. After just one bite of food from these restaurants, you’ll be glad you looked past their humble exterior and gave them a try.
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. 82 West BBQ & Seafood - Union Springs
82 West BBQ & Seafood is a family owned and operated restaurant that serves flavorful barbecue, delicious seafood, and the juiciest steaks around. It's the perfect place to have dinner with the entire family, and it's open Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. You can visit 82 West BBQ & Seafood at 18502 US-82, Union Springs, AL 36089.
2. Our Place Cafe - Wetumpka
Our Place Cafe, which opened in 2001, offers its customers excellent service and delicious cuisine in a welcoming atmosphere. One of the restaurant's main dishes is its famous crab cakes with dill sauce. Our Place Cafe is open Tuesday through Saturday from 4:30 to until. It's a great restaurant for date night, a family dinner, and even a celebratory meal. You can visit Our Place Cafe at 809 Company St., Wetumpka, AL 36092.
3. Mrs. B's Home Cooking - Montgomery
Mrs. B's Home Cooking offers a variety of flavorful, Southern dishes that are so good they'll remind you of Grandma's cooking. This humble restaurant's hours are as follows: Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, closed; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
You can visit Mrs. B's Home Cooking at 17 Cullman St., Montgomery, AL 36104.
4. Dub's Burgers - Athens
For more than 50 years, Dub's Burgers has been grilling up some of the best burgers in North Alabama. This humble diner attracts people from near and far, and it's open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Dub's Burgers is closed on Sunday. You can visit Dub's Burgers at 402 S Jefferson St., Athens, AL 35611.
5. JT's Sunset Grill - Dauphin Island
JT's Sunset Grill offers its customers fresh Gulf seafood, grilled chicken, juicy burgers, garden salads, and more. There's something on the menu for everyone. In addition to delicious food, JT's Sunset Grill's nighttime customers will also experience a magnificent sunset view. JT's Sunset Grill is open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. seven days a week, and you can visit it at 1102 Desoto Ave., Dauphin Island, AL 36528.
6. Holy Smokes BBQ - Scottsboro
Holy Smokes BBQ is well known around town for its mouthwatering barbecue. In addition to barbecue, Holy Smokes BBQ also offers a variety of delicious side dishes such as baked beans, potato salad, and slaw. This humble barbecue restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. It's closed on Sunday. You can visit Holy Smokes BBQ at 108 Tupelo Pike, Scottsboro, AL 35768.
7. Taqueria El Palomino - Decatur
Taqueria El Palomino might be a tiny Mexican restaurant, but it packs a huge punch when it comes to flavor. This popular restaurant offers a variety of Mexican favorites, but it's best known for its delicious tacos. Taqueria El Palomino is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
You can visit Taqueria El Palomino at 1410 6th Ave. SE, Decatur, AL 35601.
8. The City Cafe - Northport
The City Cafe is a charming mom and pop restaurant that's located in downtown Northport. In addition to its variety of comfort food favorites, which include chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, and mashed potatoes, this local favorite also offers a wonderful breakfast menu. The City Cafe is open Monday through Friday from 4:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It's closed on Saturday and Sunday. You can visit The City Cafe at 408 Main Ave., Northport, AL 35476.
9. Trattoria Pizza & Italian - Spanish Fort
Trattoria Pizza & Italian is a neighborhood pizza restaurant that offers a great selection of pizzas. A few of the flavors include BBQ Chicken, Margherita, and The Bull. In addition to pizzas, Trattoria Pizza & Italian also offers salads, sandwiches, pastas, and more. This local restaurant offers a cozy atmosphere and is perfect for the entire family. It's open Sunday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
You can visit Trattoria Pizza & Italian at 11611 US-31, Spanish Fort, AL 36527.
10. Mary's Pit Bar-B-Que - Gurley
Since opening in 1958, Mary's Pit Bar-B-Que has been a local favorite. From ribs and pork, to chicken and turkey, Mary's Pit Bar-B-Que offers a menu that caters to all barbecue lovers. It may be located off the beaten path, but this small town barbecue restaurant is definitely worth a visit. Mary's Pit Bar-B-Que is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It's closed on Monday and Tuesday.
You can visit Mary's Pit Bar-B-Que at 179 Hurricane Creek Rd., Gurley, AL 35748.
Have you ever eaten at any of these humble restaurants? If so, what did you think? Please share your thoughts with us.