ALABAMA (WAFF) - The southern states are known for their hospitality, and more importantly, their food.
In Alabama, we take it a step farther with our dining experience to go along with the good food.
1. Rattlesnake Saloon - Tuscumbia
If you want to dine in a cave, Rattlesnake Saloon in Tuscumbia is the place to be. You can get a basket of snake eyes and tails (fried sliced jalapeno peppers and fried green beans) or just a good ol' fashion cheeseburger. Feel free to get up and dance in the cave while the band plays.
2. 360 Grille - Florence
Want to eat a gourmet meal at the top of the tower? You can at 360 Grille in Florence. A part of Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa, the restaurant is located at the top of Renaissance Tower. You can get a view of the Shoals atop the tower. Don't worry, you'll get the complete view as the restaurant rotates around (hence the 360). Don't forget to try one of their famous desserts.
3. Red Barn Restaurant - Demopolis
It used to be a barn and a John Deere office, but now, it's a place for you to enjoy steak, chicken, seafood, and more. It's open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the week.
4. Main Street Cafe - Madison
Go to jail for a meal? Sounds crazy, right? Well, Main Street Cafe in Madison was once a jail, but now it's a restaurant. You can eat in a jail cell without having to serve hard time. Get some country cookin' in quaint downtown Madison.
5. Lambert's Cafe - Foley
Headed to the beach? Stop on the way and catch a roll. Lambert's Cafe is the "Home of Throwed Rolls" located in Foley, just before you get to the beach in Mobile. The waiters might play a few tricks on you - pretending to squirt you with ketchup and mustard or dump macaroni in your lap - but it's all fun and games and food at Lambert's.
6. The Freight House - Hartselle
Stop the train... and grab a bite to eat. The Freight House Restaurant in downtown Hartselle is located in a historic freight terminal. Where the trains use to run, now waiters run out modern southern food. Make sure you get a piece of the strawberry cake before your next stop.
7. The Busy Bee Cafe - Cullman
The Busy Bee Cafe has been a part of the Cullman community since 1919. It's Cullman's oldest and longest running restaurant. It started out as "Ford's Cafe," but there was a large bee hive in a tree outside the restaurant, which led them to rename it. On April 27, 2011, a tornado tore through the community and caused severe damage to many buildings including the cafe. It was reconstructed and re-opened and continues to be a landmark in Cullman. Get breakfast with all the fixings or wait for lunch or dinner to have one of their famous cheeseburgers.
8. Red's Little School House Restaurant - Grady
School's not in session, but lunch is. Red's Little Schoolhouse in Grady used to be a school, but it has since been converted into a dining establishment. Don't worry, there are no pop quizzes at this school, just really good food.
So, you don't have to go too far to get some great food and an even better experience. There are hundreds of unique places to eat right here Alabama.