The South is famous for its hospitality, its love of football, and its good eats. The River Region is home to a wide variety of restaurants- both new and old. Whether you’re in the mood for a juicy
burger, a light salad, or a delectable dessert, you’re sure to find something that will satisfy your
Classic Southern Fare
Newcomers to the South may not be familiar with the standard “meat and three” meal. It’s exactly what it sounds like- a plate featuring a protein, such as chicken or a pork chop, along with
three sides of your choice, usually ranging from collard greens and field peas to mashed potatoes and mac n’ cheese. Check out Sweet Creek in Pike Road or Sundown East on Atlanta Highway
for a taste of a few southern staples. Martin’s in Old Cloverdale is famous for having some of the best fried chicken in the South! Another southern cuisine must-have is chicken salad. Chicken
Salad Chick offers fifteen different varieties of the traditional southern entree after which it is named. Try the “Classic Carol”, or maybe the “Fruity Fran” if you’re feeling adventurous!
Looking for the perfect place to celebrate an anniversary, go on a date night, or just enjoy good food? There is no shortage of fine dining in the River Region. Stop by Central in downtown to experience a new twist on southern classics, all within a repurposed 1890’s warehouse space. If you’re in the mood for a fancy Sunday brunch, try the mimosas and Eggs Benedict at Vintage Year in Old Cloverdale.
Score One for the Home Team
Fans of fish and chips (and football!) will want to check out Irish Bred Pub downtown- it’s the perfect place to grab a bite and catch the game. Want to try something a little more southern?
Dreamland BBQ is home to some of the South’s best hickory grilled barbecue, as well as plenty of TVs for watching sports. Stop in at their location downtown and order something delicious. In the mood for dessert? Their banana pudding is to die for!
Montgomery is chock-full of great restaurant options that are perfect for the entire family. Newk’s Eatery is fresh, fast, and conveniently located on Vaughn Road. Their menu includes a variety of crisp salads, hearty soups, and robust sandwiches. On pizza night, round up the crew and visit a local pizzeria that will surpass your expectations. Midtown Pizza Kitchen is a great option if you’re in the mood for thin-crust pizzas and authentic Italian pasta dishes.
Little Red Cupcake is famous for their (you guessed it!) red velvet cupcakes. The options don’t end there, though- their menu includes German Chocolate, Strawberry Shortcake, Classic Vanilla, and more! Stop by their locations in Montgomery or Prattville for a sugar rush and a pick-me-up.
We Southerners have a language of our own, and you might need a little help decoding it if you’re
new to the area. Food terms can be especially tricky, but don’t worry- we’re here to help.
Dinner (n.): A mid-day meal.
Fix (v.): To prepare a meal.
Fixin’ (n.): Side item.
Greens (n.) : Collard, turnip, or mustard greens, simmered in pork fat.
Grits (n.): Finely ground corn; cooked and served for breakfast or as a side dish.
Supper (n.): An evening meal.