We try to make a point to stop by everytime we are in the city. It might take a while to get a seat but it's always worth it. The prices are normal for a sit down restaurant, with none of the bland, tasteless, culturelessness that comes with the national chains.
Favorite Dish: 1lb of Crab Claws to start it off. Enough to feed the whole family. Crab claws are the claws of Farmed Blue Crab. The meat along the claw is deep fried.
For the entree I usually go for the Gulf Shrimp and Cheese Grits. It's a southern classic that they do right!
TA started out as a small six unit truck stop business and now has many centers all throughout the country. In addition to fuel and places for truckers to shower or get their trucks repaired, they also have restaurants.
Their website says: Start out in the Northeast with Maine Blueberry Pancakes or Yankee Pot Roast, then travel down South for Country Ham n' Grits or Fried Catfish Fillet and Hushpuppies. Later in the week you may find yourself in the Midwest where you can select Loaded Baked Potato Soup or Charbroiled Ham Steak. Over to the Southwest you have the option of Huevos Rancheros, Tortilla Soup or Chicken and Cheese Enchilladas. Finishing up in the Northwest, enjoy Grilled Chipotle Salmon with a side of Wild Mushrooms and Rice
Favorite Dish: I had a skillet breakfast and Bob had a hamburger.
TravelCenters of America has more than 150 locations nationwide plus at least one in Canada. (no centers in Maine, Vermont, Montana or North and South Dakota). They not only have regular "American" food at a good price, but they also have regional and seasonal specialties. Some places also have carving stations called "A Fork in the Road"
Chris has been an establishment for a very long time. It specializes in Hot Dogs and has other typical American type food. It is not very clean and it is very dated, but it seems that is what makes it so charming to the locals. Cheap meal for sure;-)
Favorite Dish: Hotdog and water
I was on a walking tour of downtown Montgomery at lunch time and noticed that this place was packed with what appeared to be local folks, so I went in and joined them. Although the restaurant was busy, the service was fast and friendly.
Favorite Dish: The menu for Flames Grille Cafe calls it "The Original Taste of the Past," and they do a good job of living up to that motto. I asked my server what was their #1lunch order and she said the "Flames Original Hamburger," so I had one along with the Gourmet Cheese and Bacon Fries. Yummy! It was a good choice.
It's been a few years since I've been there, but this family run restaurant serves fantastic ribs and southern cooking at great prices. They also happen to have live jazz acts playing while you are eating dinner.
Favorite Dish: The ribs....I happen to think that they are the best in the country.
There is a fantastic greasy-spoon burger joint a few blocks east of the Capitol Building the the First White House of the Confederacy. It's easy to find, it's a free standing building, not part of a strip mall or anything. Parking was pretty tight. If anyone knows what I'm talking about, let me know!!
If your car breaks down and you are stuck in this horrible state for any length of time, try Dreamland Ribs. It's not in Montgomery - nothing of worth save for a Waffle House or two is in Montgomery - it's near Tuscaloosa. Go to the original location. As the sign outside says, 'Ain't nothing like 'em - nowhere.'
The restaurant looks like a garage, actually built cinderblock by cinderblock by John Bishop Sr. in 1958. A host of withered and rusted memorabelia line the walls.
Favorite Dish: Don't worry about a menu, ribs are the only thing they sell - order half a slab or full slab. They come plopped onto an old pie pan covered in a sheet of wax paper with a stack of Wonder bread to mop up the excess BBQ sauce. The ribs are cooked over hickory in two stone pits and lathered with the special Dreamland sauce. Believe me, these ribs are worth venturing into this hole of a state. Think of it as a pilgrimage to a rib holy land.
I love Chinese food, especially buffets! King Buffet is a little cheaper ($6.75 for dinner), but China Buffet is better. ($8.50 for dinner)
Favorite Dish: China Buffet: Crab legs, mussles in wine sauce, chicken on a stick
King Buffet: Crab meat balls, boneless spare ribs
This was a very nice establishment. The ambience was very clean and comfortable and the service was wonderful!
St Louis Ribs, Baby back ribs, wings, and pulled pork.
Favorite Dish: Pulled pork, with a Black and Tan featuring Guinness Stout and Newcastle Ale