Alabama’s capital city offers the chance to enjoy plenty of fine southern cuisine, from unforgettable BBQ to fresh seafood and a wide range of international offerings too. And, with a slew of local restaurants serving up diverse menus ranging from fine dining to dives, even the pickiest of foodies will find something to please among the Montgomery’s best restaurants.
Lek’s Railroad Thai
Lek’s Railroad Thai offers a unique setting downtown in the historic train shed, Union Station, a building that’s stood here along the banks of the Alabama River for nearly 120 years. It’s not only a stand out for its location, but unique Asian offerings, including some of the best sushi in town and especially delicious curry dishes. The owner enjoys getting to know each and every customer, and his passion for service and fantastic fare shows in the results. Diners rave about discovering a Thai place that actually “lives up to the hype,” guaranteeing a treat for even the “most discerning Asian palates.”
Mrs. B’s Home Cooking
When you’re looking for down-home Southern cooking, Mrs. B’s is the place to go. Served cafeteria style, you’ll find delectable, flavorful soul-infused dishes along with that famous hospitality the southern states are known for. Patrons enter the food line, grab a tray and load up on favorites like fried chicken, meatloaf, oxtails, cornbread, collard greens and yam, paired with fruit punch or sweet tea. On a nice day, customers can enjoy meals on rocking chairs set across the wide front porch. When the weather doesn’t cooperate, long tables and benches create a family-style atmosphere in the main dining room.
Filet and Vine
Filet and Vine is a great choice when you’re looking for classic meats and side dishes like mac and cheese, turnip greens, and all of the usual country fixings in a casual atmosphere. One of the region’s top “meat-and-three” offerings, this eatery is known for its outstanding meat cuts that are sold in its own market and a daily “hot bar” menu. You’ll find affordable but outstanding high quality options, including marinated chicken and juicy steaks, all from either blank Angus certified beef or silver sterling. Its deli offers homemade sandwiches and salads, along with a selection of fresh baked goods like muffins and cookies.
Located on the same site as the restaurant, its bottle shop stocks over 15,000 different varieties and vintages of wine and more than 600 different import and domestic beers, ales and ciders.
Café M sits within the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and offers one of the most cultured dining experiences in the entire state, if not the world, according to some. Diners enjoy lovely views of the museum’s terrace, overlooking the lake and park, along with delectable European and Middle Eastern dishes made utilizing fresh, local ingredients. Its Saturday brunch has become a locals’ favorite with items like Summer Berry Cheesecake French Toast, Red Bean Stew and Grits, and Roasted Sweet Corn Succotash.
K & J Rib Shack
Visitors can’t leave Montgomery without sampling some of its amazing BBQ, considered to be some of the best there is on the planet. While finding a barbecue joint in this city is like looking for the Golden Gate in San Francisco, the best of the best, as it so often happens, can be found in a roadside shack.
K & J Rib Shack is a rustic pit stop serving up the No. 1 ribs in the city, along with juicy pulled pork, BBQ chicken and down-home sides like fried okra, black-eyed peas, baked beans and cole slaw.