100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

Alabama Tourism has released a new version of its food brochure, 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama before You Die.

A part of The Year of Alabama Food campaign, the revised brochure lists more than 30 new dishes.

Bessemer’s Bright Star Broiled Star Seafood Platter appears on the front cover of the printed brochure while the back cover shows plates of food from tourism’s Top 25 dishes.

The publication is red with white lettering and white plates of food that represent Alabama’s culinary offerings.

Despite its name, the list actually features 231 dishes from “award-winning restaurants, historic diners, famous BBQ joints, farm-to-table, fresh Gulf seafood and home cooking.”

Broiled seafood platter at The Bright Star (Bessemer)

Some of the new listings include:

  • T-Bird sandwich at Rosie’s Grill in Daphne
  • Sweetbreads with braised seasonal vegetables at True in Mobile
  • Pecan chicken salad at Claunch Café in Tuscumbia
  • Braised Meyer Ranch beef short ribs at the Cotton Row in Huntsville

Four Alabama chefs and restaurants that are semi-finalists in this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards, the Oscars of the culinary world, have dishes listed in the brochure. They include:

  • Frank Stitt’s Highland’s baked grits at Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham
  • James Lewis and his Neopolitan pizzas at Bettola in Birmingham
  • Chef Chris Hastings and his Tomato salad at Hot & Hot Fish Club in Birmingham
  • Nick Pihakis and his cheese biscuits at Jim N’ Nicks in Birmingham (3 locations), Alabaster, Gardendale, Homewood, Hoover, Jasper, Montgomery, and Prattville
  • Chef Wesley True and his sweetbread with braised vegetables at True in Mobile

A few other dishes that continue to be listed in the brochure include:

  • Muffaletta at Panini Pete’s in Fairhope
  • Peach pie at Peach Park in Clanton
  • Orange-pineapple ice cream at Trowbridge’s in Florence
  • BBQ chicken and white sauce at Big Bob Gibson’s in Decatur
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise at Lulu’s in Gulf Shores
  • Eggs Cathedral at Spot of Tea in Mobile
  • BBQ Ribs at Dreamland in Tuscaloosa
  • BLT Supreme at Radley’s Fountain Grille in Monroeville

Following is a partial list of restaurants named to the list, their locations, and the dish that warranted their inclusion on the list:

  • 13th Street Barbecue (Phenix City) – pork chop sandwich and mustard sauce
  • Amsterdam Café (Auburn) – crab cake & avocado sandwich
  • The Battle House Hotel (Mobile) – diver scallops with wild mushroom risotton, sautéed spinach and white truffle oil
  • Cosmo’s Restaurant (Orange Beach) – sea bass wrapped in banana leaves
  • Garrett’s (Montgomery) – jalapeno truffle chocolate soufflé

“We are excited about the new 100 Dishes brochure and the new look. Art Director Tommy Cauthen designed the cover to make it more appealing to travelers as they look for the brochure in our welcome centers,” said Lee Sentell, state tourism director.

Chicken and white sauce at Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q (Decatur)

“It’s been our most popular brochures to date and we think this will continue to hold true as we release this updated version.”

The brochure can be downloaded from the website (see link below), or visitors can pick up a copy at any of the state’s eight Welcome Centers.


Year of Alabama Food

Website: yearofalabamafood.com

Worth Pondering…

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.

—Julia Child

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