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Downtown Montgomery is the center for both the state offices of Alabama and several of the major cultural attractions of the city. Like most major cities, there is a large selection of restaurants, offering different types of cultural foods. Here is a list of just a few in Montgomery.
One of the most popular downtown restaurants in Montgomery is the Montgomery Brewing Company, located on Jefferson Street. This casual dining establishment is located within walking distance of Riverwalk Stadium. Besides lunch and dinner, the menu also features a line of signature draft beers that are brewed on the premises. Menu options range from simple hamburgers to more exotic seafood options; one of the local favorites is the Cajun pizza that is often paired with mixed green salads and a generous glass of Montgomery Blonde ale.
A high-end steak house, The Chophouse is located in the downtown Montgomery neighborhood of Old Cloverdale. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday, for dinner only, and reservations are recommended; reservations can be made by telephone or on the restaurant's website. The menu includes wine, appetizers, entrees of steak and seafood, and desserts. Originally, The Chophouse opened in 1984 as a specialty wine shop, but started serving food soon afterwards.
For a quick hot dog and crinkled fries, there is always the historic Chris’ Hot Dogs on Dexter Avenue. Located a few blocks from the state capital building, Chris’ is one of the oldest continuing restaurants in Montgomery. In business since 1917, locals flock to Chris’ for old-fashioned hot dogs and hamburgers—prepared to order while customers wait—that are served with a mountain of French fries. The restaurant uses a secret sauce liberally on the meats as well as a dipping sauce for the fries, which is one reason they claim to have been in business for so many years.
Thai food in the Laotian tradition can be found at the Green Papaya, located on Coliseum Boulevard. The menu selections offers soups and both Thai and Lao curries, noodles, and rice, just to name a few. Vegetarians may substitute tofu for meats in any of the dishes, while meat lovers can request a mix of beef, chicken, and seafood if they like. Many consider the Green Papaya to be one of the best Thai restaurants in Montgomery.
Corsino’s on South Court Street has been a favorite watering hole for over five decades. Offering lunch and dinner, this oldest of all the Italian restaurants in Montgomery is known locally for its spaghetti, eggplant parmigiana, and lasagna entrees. The restaurant also offers a selection of wine to accompany the meal, with home brewed tea and plenty of sodas on hand as well.
Serving oysters "fried, stewed, or nude" is Wintzell's specialty, but the restaurant also offers salads, sandwiches, steak, and a variety of seafood. The restaurant has multiple locations in Alabama and can be found on Commerce street in Montgomery. The walls are covered in saying that the founder, J. Oliver Wintzell, coined himself, making the environment fun and family oriented. People who enjoy eating oysters will find the menu satisfactory, and for those who do not enjoy oysters, there are plenty of other options available.
You can't go wrong with catfish, either. The Catfish House in Millbrook is good, and there are other places in and around Montgomery that have good catfish.
There's nothing like a plate of fried catfish, hushpuppies, a baked potato (or maybe pinto beans) and slaw! Like Grivusangel, I'm fond of the vinegar kind. It's all I make, except for mustard and ketchup slaw.
Best thing to do is actually ask the locals about the best places. Chances are, they will direct you to eat catfish, barbecue or maybe a meat-and-three place. Take their advice. They know what they're talking about.
Well, you can't talk about good places to eat in Montgomery -- or any city in Alabama -- without talking barbecue!
Dreamland has a branch in Birmingham, and so does Jim N' Nick's and several other places. Montgomery barbecue is a lot like Birmingham 'cue. They like pork and ribs, and favor a sweeter red sauce. Depending on the restaurant, you can either get vinegar-based or mayonnaise-based slaw. I prefer the vinegar base. It cuts through the richness of the meat and sauce.
Eating barbecue is nearly always a good bet if you're in the South. It's usually reasonably priced, and you can get a good sense of the local flavor at a barbecue place, since that's where the locals usually eat.
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