Alabama Tips

Regional Chain-Sneaky Petes Hot Dogs.  Multiple locations.  Slaw dogs topped with bbq sauce and also chili dogs

Another Regional Chain in Wintzells Oyster House.  Only in AL.  10 Locations and the only chain I know of with Chargrilled oysters.

Auburn, AL

Live Music-

Bloodhound-124 Tichenor Avenue  Auburn, AL 36830 (334) 246-3300 -Part restaurant with “upscale” southern food, and then a separate art gallery and music venue-closed monday

Bessemer, Alabama

Alabama Splash Adventure, FKA Visionland- 5051 Prince Street, Bessemer, AL 35023 Phone Number: (205) 481-4750. RIP-Visionland, now Splash Adventure and no longer operating the Rampage Wooden coaster, though they may open it for the 2014 or 2015 seasons.

Fairly new, decent amusement park 16 miles outside of Birmingham.Eats-Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q , 1724 9th Ave., Bessemer, AL-its bbq, what more do you need to know?

Birmingham, AL

Blog on Local Hot Dogs in Birmingham

Local Alternative papers

The Black and White
Birmingham Weekly

Record Stores-
Charlemagne Records- 1924 1/2 11th Avenue South (above Surin); 322-5349


Dreamland BBQ-Said to be the best ribs in Birmingham.  1427 14th Avenue South, 205-933-2133
The Golden Rule-BBQ with various locations around town.
Also, go for the chopped pork bbq at Johnny Ray’s along with his cream pie. In fact skip the bbq altogether and have a slice of EACH of the cream pies.24 hour eats-
Als Deli and Grill-1629 Tenth ave south.

Miss Myra’s Pit Bar B Q ?-3278 Cahaba Heights Rd, Birmingham, AL 35243 (205) 967-6004. The most photogenic bbq chicken i’ve ever seen and great looking ribs. The real deal.
The Purple Onion-1931 2nd avenue North. Mediterranean food.

Gus’s Hot Dogs-1915 4th Avenue North  Birmingham, AL 35203 (205) 251-4540-Chili dog joint a couple blocks from Petes-Both have a sweet sauce that is somewhere between a bbq sauce and onion sauce.  Gus’s puts the sauce on its burgers too.

Pete’s Famous Hot Dogs-1925 Second Avenue North, Birmingham AL 35203  205-252-2905-as mentioned above, this place has a cool neon sign and is teeny tiny, more than 3 people and its packed.


Live music clubs-

Parkside – 4036 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222-Monday Closed (205) 595-0920

The Oasis-live music

Saturn-Forest Park: 200 41st St S, Birmingham, AL 35222 (205) 703-9545

The Nick -2514 10th Avenue South -Birmingham AL 35205 -205.252.3831
Zydeco– 2001 15th Ave S, Birmingham, AL  Food and music

The Bottletree Cafe– 3719 3rd Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35222.(205) 533-6288.Pretty good touring bands

Other music stuff-

DIY Birmingham lists shows.

Greencup Books and Bare Hands Gallery hosts shows and events too, 105 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South in downtown Birmingham, AlabamaIn the area is the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House,  The original house was completed in 1940 and enlarged by Wright in 1948. 601 Riverview Drive, Florence. Call for appointment. Admission charged. 256-764-5274.

Decatur, AL

Eats-Alabama has a regional specialty form of bbq usually with chicken drenched in a mayonaise based white bbq sauce.

Big Bob Gibsons BBQ created it and you can try it at their two locations.  1715 6th ave, SE (hwy 31) or 2520 Danville Road, SW.

Daphne, AL

Manci’s Antique Club, 1715 Main St., Daphne, AL, 36526
(251) 626-9917-hearty food in an antique store including a Jazzy burger with “jezebel” sauce, a sweet and spicy sauce made from apple jelly, lots of po boys too with homemade tartar sauce.  And a bar self proclaimed the bloody mary capital of the world

Dothan, AL

Hunt’s Seafood & Oyster Bar-177 Campbellton Hwy, Dothan, AL – (334) 794-5193-Get the crab claws. They have a weird variation of baked oysters with cheese, scallions and bacon bits.
Dobbs Famous Bar-B-Que -2636 S Oates St, Dothan, AL 36301 (334) 794-5195 Back to Back with Hunts seafood. Around for 100 years, but mixed reviews.

Gulf Shores, AL

Home of the National Shrimp Festival in October.Waterville USA-This waterpark has a decent wooden out and back coaster.  Park Address: 906 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL 36542  Phone Number: (334) 948-2106

Huntsville, AL


Flying Monkey Arts
Flying Monkey Arts Center is a not for profit community arts collective that encourages, supports and promotes events, workshops and studios featuring but not limited to music, film, theater, dance, puppetry, visual and performance art with a focus on experimental works for mature audiences.   


Homewood, AL (Greater Birmingham)


Saw’s BBQ -1008 Oxmoor Rd, Homewood, AL 35209 Closed sundays.  Carolina pork, decent ribs and a chicken with white sauce.  Also a good burger!


Leeds, AL


Old Smokey Bar-B-Q – 7323 Parkway Dr, Leeds, AL 35094  (205) 699-7904 most days 10AM–8PM, Sunday Closed-good looking ribs, plus a loaded baked potato.

Rusty’s Bar-B-Q -7484 Parkway Dr, Leeds, AL 35094 (205) 699-4766 Open every day  9:30AM–9:30PM-White sauce chicken, the regional specialty.  Photogenic sign, ugly building.

Mobile, Al

The Dew Drop Inn-Said to be Mobiles oldest restaurant.  They serve hot dogs in toasted buns, topped with sauerkraut,  sweet beef chili, mustard, ketchup, and a pickle slice.and hamburgers topped with chili. 1808 Old Shell Rd., Mobile, AL 334-473-7872
The Brick Pit BBQ-5456 Old Shell Rd. Mobile, AL 334-343-0001, incredible slow smoked bbq-Pork smoked for 30 hours!
Wintzell’s Oyster House -605 Dauphin St. Mobile, AL 334-432-4605 (chain)
seafood gumbo, crisp-fried crab claws, oyster po-boys, and  West Indies salad,  a favorite dish in Mobile, nothing but hunks of crabmeat marinated in oil and vinegar with grated onions. Usually it is an appetizer, but some have it for a main coarse, with nothing but saltine crackers. 
“Oysters Fried, Stewed. or Nude.”  Multiple locations also.

The Boiling Pot -Cajun-Creole-style seafood & po’ boys- 3704 Airport Blvd, Mobile, AL 36608
Phone:(251) 345-0749

Venues-The Cell Block-216 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL


Montgomery, AL

Hank Williams Grave-Hank Williams Memorial – Oakwood Annex Cemetery-1305 Upper Wetumpka Road, Montgomery, Alabama  36107

A statue of Hank is across from the Old Auditorium,  N. Perry Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Eats-Chris Hot Dogs-Hank Williams favorite hot dogs-Located in Montgomery Alabama-just down from the Captial. Family Owned Since 1917.Hot dogs, chicken sandwiches & chili 138 Dexter Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104(334) 265-6850
Martin’s-1796 Carter Hill Rd., Montgomery, AL – (334) 265-1767-Meat and 3, famous fried chicken

Musuem-The Hank Williams Museum-118 Commerce St, Montgomery, AL 36104 (334) 262-3600

Robertson, AL

R Place – Highway 59, Robertsdale, AL 334-947-2935-known as the big butt king for their excellent pork butt sandwiches.Scottsboro, AL

Unclaimed Baggage is where all the lost luggage in the world comes to die.  The only store of its kind anywhere.    The flagship store is located at:      509 West Willow Street, Scottsboro, Alabama 35768.      256-259-1525.     Closed Sundays.


Spanish Fort, AL (near Mobile)


Blue Gill Restaurant-3775 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort, AL (251) 625-1998-Great Seafood and a local specialty, fried Dill Pickles


Tuscaloosa, AL

Downtown Tuscaloosa holds a big

cityfest each year around the end of August.


Archibald & Woodrows BBQ -good looking ribs, hot wings & country-style dinners.  4215 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405  (205) 331-4858 Open most days, including Sundays though they close at 6 pm on Sunday.

Dreamland BBQ-Southern chain with 3 restaurants

Record Stores
Vinyl Solution,1207 University Blvd  205-758-3710
Whirligig, 2111 University Blvd. 205-758-0690


Warrior, AL


Big Daddy’s BBQ-407 Main St N, Warrior, AL 35180  (205) 590-2279 Very Weird hours, close at 3 pm certain days.

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