Thursday, June 2, 2016

Calhoun County Cuisine

Foodies Unite! Regardless of what your palate prefers, Calhoun County has mouth-watering food and southern hospitality all wrapped into one amazing destination. In fact, three local restaurants were featured in Alabama's 100 Dishes to Eat Before You Die, and another local staple was voted by the state as the best pizza. So, as you travel along I-20, take a short detour.

Classic on Noble's Shrimp & Grits
Shrimp and Grits were basically born in the south, and from the Carolinas to Louisiana is lovingly called "the grit belt." Classic's version plates creamy grits packed with flavor and bacon, and shrimp soaked in a buttery Cajun sauce. This deep south dish is featured daily on their lunch and dinner menu and at every Sunday's Brunch. If you favor the brunch, you might want to make a reservation and be prepared to skip dinner that night.
1024 Noble Street, Anniston, AL 36201 - (256)237-5388 - 

Cooter Brown's Rib Shack Ribs
We might be biased, but we've traveled to Memphis and more. We still can't find ribs that beat Cooter Brown's! The dry-rub ribs are delectable but be prepared to get messy. Also, try the Hillbilly Egg Rolls appetizer. They pair nicely with the ribs and baked beans. Cooter Brown's also serves several local breweries' craft beers.
8464 Alabama Hwy 204, Jacksonville, AL 36265 - (256)435-1514 - 

Garfrerick's Cafe's Pecan Encrusted Grouper
This farm to table cafe dishes out some of the best local vegetables, and the pecan encrusted grouper is mouth-watering. Garfrerick's also serves a Sunday Brunch, but it is comprised of mostly vegetables and a classic southern dessert. The bread is great and vegetables fresh. If fish isn't for you, they also have great steaks, so there is something for everyone!
655 Creekside Drive, Oxford, AL 36203 - (256)831-0044 - 

Mata's Greek Pizza & Grinders
Voted the Best Pizza in Alabama, this family owned and operated restaurant has served Calhoun County for over 20 years. The dough, the pizzas, are made from scratch. The cheese is grated daily, the toppings hand chopped. If you measure the time to make the dough, grate the cheese, chop the toppins, load your favorite ingredients all the way until the deep-dish is baked, each pizza takes about two hours from start to finish. Their salads are a great pairing, and if you're not a pizza person, they have "grinder" sandwiches that are delicious too. We recommend calling in your order, so you you don't have to smell the mouth-watering pizzas long before you can dig in...
1708 Quintard Avenue, Anniston, AL 36201 - (256)237-3100 -

It's impossible to choose just a handful of restaurants to represent the diverse menus Calhoun County has to offer, so you'll just have to come eat, stay and play to try it all yourself.

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